Brent C.J. Britton is a technology lawyer, teacher, and author in San Francisco, California, and Tampa, Florida. A former computer scientist and software engineer, Britton was the first graduate of the MIT Media Laboratory to become a lawyer and he was the first volunteer legal associate at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Recently described by 83 Degrees magazine as “arguably the most sought after one-man think tank for entrepreneurs across Central Florida,” Britton has been advising technology companies for more than 20 years in Boston, Silicon Valley, New York, and Florida.
In 2013, Britton published “Ownability: How Intellectual Property Works,” which has been adopted as the text for teaching IP law to engineers at Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley. In the 1990’s, he founded Britton Silberman & Cervantez, LLP, the San Francisco law firm that, prior to its acquisition in 2000, was noted in the press for its long list of dot-com clients, including craigslist and LinkedIn, and its “young, hip, cool, and fun” atmosphere.
Alongside his current position as managing partner of the Tampa office of the San Francisco law firm, de la Peña & Holiday LLP, Britton is adjunct professor of creativity and innovation at the University of South Florida, and a director or member of several eleemosynary and civic organizations. An accomplished entrepreneur in his own right, Britton has since his high-school days been a founder, co-founder, or investor in a number of successful startup companies and organizations devoted to entrepreneurial advocacy and education.
Britton holds a JD with honors in intellectual property from Boston University School of Law, a MS in digital media arts & sciences from MIT, and a BA with high distinction in computer science and finance from the University of Maine. He is licensed to practice law in California, New York, and Florida. He is rated AV-preeminent by Martindale-Hubble, and he is listed annually among the Florida Legal Elite and the Best Lawyers in America. In 2007, he was named a distinguished alumnus of the MIT Media Laboratory.
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For fun, Brent plays classical piano, lifts weights, and runs. He also writes and speaks frequently on nearly any subject presented. He lives in Tampa, Florida, but spends as much time as possible in San Francisco.
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