Brian has more than two decades of “first chair” trial experience in federal and state courts, as well as before the U.S. International Trade Commission. Brian practices primarily in the intellectual property domain, engaged in IP litigation and counseling. This includes patent, copyright, trademark and trade secrets. Brian also has extensive commercial litigation experience, including tortious interference, fraud, securities fraud, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary cases. Other litigation experience includes products liability matters, mineral rights disputes, and medical malpractice defense.
Brian began his career at Baker & Botts where he was a member of the trial and appellate teams for Pennzoil Company in the famous Pennzoil Co. v. Texaco, Inc. case, a case that resulted in a $10.53 billion jury verdict for Pennzoil. Brian also served on the trial teams for Houston Lighting & Power in its lawsuits and administrative proceedings arising out of the construction of the South Texas Nuclear Project.
Brian’s matters in recent years have involved primarily complex technologies, including well control systems, managed pressure drilling equipment and software, hydraulic fracturing injection products and services, downhole pressure control software and equipment, other oilfield services, tools and tubulars, chemical engineering processes, medical devices, consumer electronics, computer software, digital storage media, cellular phones (including SMS-related inventions), residential water treatment systems and telemedicine systems and methods.
Indiana University, University of Texas at Austin (B.A.), Phi Kappa Phi, College Scholar
Baylor Law School, Baylor University (J.D., magna cum laude, Interscholastic Mock Trial Team.
Faculté de Theologie Réformée, Aix-en-Provence, France, auditeur libre, 1995 –1996.
Admissions to Practice
- State of Texas
- US Supreme Court
- US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- US District Court for the Southern District of Texas
- US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
- US District Court for the Western District of Texas
- US District Court for the Northern District of Texas
- French (Premier Prix, Concours National de Français – Alliance Française – USA).
- State Bar of Texas
- Hon. Nancy F. Atlas Intellectual Property Inn of Court, “Master of the Bench”
- AV® Preeminent™ Rating Martindale Hubbell
- Named a Top Lawyer in Houston, Intellectual Property Rights, Houstonia Magazine (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
- “Federal Trade Secrets Law Is Now a Reality,” Soulier Lawyering Newsletter (May 2016)
- “Documenting Bona Fide Intent to Use a Mark,” Texas Lawyer (2011)
- “Chapter 5: United States,” Trademark Opposition and Litigation in BRIC and NAFTA Countries (2010)
Brian is married to Victoria, and they are proud parents to four children. Brian is a home group leader in his church, and a volunteer musician at a hospice. His hobbies include German and French, reading, travel, music, and photography. Brian has three photographic prints in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts – Houston and has won prizes for his work in national photography competitions. Brian had a regular gig playing guitar and singing French ballads at a French restaurant in Houston, and in 2016 was invited by the Consul General of France to perform a trio of French ballads at Europe Day at the Miller Outdoor Theater in Houston.