• Harvard Law School (J.D., 1990), magna cum laude; Editor of the Harvard Law Review
  • Harvard College (A.B., 1985), cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
  • Princeton University (M.A., 1987), Mellon Fellow in the Humanities

Elliot Brown is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Irell & Manella where he specializes in complex litigation and intellectual property matters including litigation at the trial and appellate levels, intellectual property counseling and transactions involving intellectual property. He has advised clients across the nation on a broad gamut of patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret and right of publicity issues. Mr. Brown has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty area of intellectual property, was named to the Southern California "Super Lawyers" list by Los Angeles Magazine, and was recently named by American Lawyer as one of the nation's Best Lawyers in IP Law and Business. The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals named Mr. Brown one of California's "Top 10 Copyright Lawyers" in 2008. He has also represented clients, including national law firms, in complex litigation matters and served as the firm's managing partner from 2009-2012.

Mr. Brown's clients have included Broadcom, HP, Activision, Compaq, A10 Networks, AT&T, Loopnet, Intel, Tessera, Alta Vista, Google, Yahoo!, Disney, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, the Motion Picture Association of America, NBC and RKO Pictures,, and MGI Publishing, Inc.

Mr. Brown has lectured on intellectual property matters to his peers in such venues as the ABA's IP Section annual meeting, ALI-ABA seminars, the Copyright Society of the USA's annual meeting, the Los Angeles Copyright Society, Counseling the High Tech Client seminars, and American Conference Institute seminars. He has also lectured at UCLA and USC Law Schools. Mr. Brown co-authored, with his colleagues David Nimmer and Gary Frischling, the article "The Metamorphosis of Contract Into Expand," 87 California Law Review (1999), which was picked by West Publishing Group as one of the best intellectual law review articles of 1999 and republished in the 2000 edition of Intellectual Property Law Reporter. He also served as a legal consultant on feature films Runaway Jury and Fair Game.

In 1991-1992, Mr. Brown served as a law clerk to the Honorable Pierre N. Leval, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York.

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Professional Activities

  • Board of Directors, Los Angeles Legal Aid Foundation
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association 
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Bar & Court Admissions

  • 1990, California
  • 1991, U.S. District Court, Central, Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of California; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth and Federal Circuits