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Elliot Brown Named Managing Partner


Irell & Manella LLP has unanimously elected Elliot Brown as its Managing Partner.  Mr. Brown succeeds David Siegel, who steps down due to term limits after serving two three-year terms as Managing Partner.  Mr. Siegel will continue to practice full-time as head of Irell's securities litigation group.  Mr. Brown will work closely with Andra Greene, the Managing Partner of the firm's Orange County office.  Mr. Brown will continue his full-time litigation practice.

Mr. Brown specializes in intellectual property litigation and counseling.  He has received various professional accolades including being named in 2008 as one of top ten copyright lawyers in California by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal.  He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of intellectual property and in Southern California Super Lawyers in the field of intellectual property litigation.

Mr. Brown joined Irell & Manella after graduating from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, where he served as an Editor on the Harvard Law Review with President Barack Obama.  Mr. Brown subsequently was a law clerk to the Honorable Pierre N. Leval, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York 

Mr. Brown attended Harvard College, where he graduated cum laude and was a member of  Phi Beta Kappa.  He obtained his M.A. in Philosophy at Princeton, where he was a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities.  He has lectured on intellectual property matters at ABA seminars, Copyright Society of the USA and Los Angeles Copyright Society meetings, and at UCLA and USC law schools.  Mr. Brown currently sits on the board of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. 

Outgoing Managing Partner David Siegel remarked:  "Elliot has developed a well-deserved national reputation handling complex IP matters from coast-to-coast while also serving in firm management for years as a member of our Executive Committee and, recently, as chair of our Long-Term Planning Committee, and being an active figure in our community.  His election as managing partner is a natural progression for him and reflects the trust and confidence all of the partners have in his judgment."

Mr. Brown noted:  "The wise guidance of our firm’s leaders and the tireless dedication of our attorneys and staff have positioned Irell & Manella lawyers to continue to practice law at the highest level in a collegial environment.  I am honored to serve my colleagues in this new role and I look forward to working with them to meet the challenges ahead."

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