• 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


  • Hon. Pierre N. Leval, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (now U.S. Court of Appeal, Second Circuit)

Elliot Brown is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Irell & Manella LLP where he specializes in complex litigation and a broad spectrum of intellectual property matters.

Mr. Brown has led copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret, and right of publicity litigations in courts and administrative bodies throughout the country.  He has also represented clients in negotiating complex transactions involving intellectual property. Mr. Brown's clients have included Fortune 500 companies, startups, law firms, and individuals, and have spanned a diverse gamut of industries ranging from high to low tech.    

After law school, Mr. Brown clerked for the Honorable Pierre N. Leval, one of the most distinguished copyright jurists in United States.  Mr. Brown continued his copyright work at Irell where he has collaborated extensively with David Nimmer, one of the world’s foremost copyright experts.  Mr. Brown was named the 2017 Los Angeles Copyright Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America

Mr. Brown was the firm’s Managing Partner from 2009 to 2012.

Mr. Brown also served as a legal consultant on the feature films Runaway Jury and Fair Game.

Professional Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, Los Angeles 2017 Copyright Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Litigation - Patent; Litigation - and Intellectual Property; and Copyright Law
  • Southern California "Super Lawyers
  • Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals, California's "Top 10 Copyright Lawyers"
  • American Lawyer, Best Lawyers in IP Law and Business 

Teaching and Scholarship

Mr. Brown has frequently taught intellectual property and presented papers on intellectual property to peers, including at 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.

Mr. Brown has also taught law students including at UCLA, USC and Harvard Law Schools.  He is currently co-teaching an Advanced Copyright Law seminar at UCLA Law School with David Nimmer.  

Mr. Brown has authored and co-authored numerous articles.  Most recently he co-authored (with Irell colleagues Ben Hattenbach and Ian Washburn) From Camera Obscura to Camera Futura: How Patent Law Shaped Two Centuries of Photographic Innovation and Competition, 98 J. Pat. Trademark Off. Soc’y (2016).

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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