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For the past 20 years I have been assisting entrepreneurs and technology companies of all sizes in corporate and intellectual property transactions. A dot-com era Silicon Valley veteran, my legal career has included tours of duty in several major firms in San Francisco, New York City, and Tampa. In my third year out of law school, I founded the noted San Francisco technology law firm, Britton, Silberman & Cervantez, LLP, which was later acquired by Thelen Reid & Priest, LLP. I have been a prominent voice for the cultivation of Tampa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem while maintaining strong roots in the San Francisco Bay Area’s emerging companies community.

My clients range from startups to international conglomerates in the fields of digital media and software development, video games, education, mechanical devices, entertainment, telecommunications, healthcare, and nanotechnology. Britton’s legal work covers a full range of services of value to technology companies, such as corporate formation, venture funding, technology licensing and transactions, intellectual property strategy and prosecution (patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets), due diligence and auditing, innovation lifecycle management, mergers & acquisitions, website policies and terms of service, sweepstakes and gambling rules and procedures, employment agreements, and regulatory advice.

While in law school in the early 90's, I clerked for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. A former computer scientist and software engineer, I am the only lawyer who holds a graduate degree from the MIT Media Laboratory. Alongside his Master of Science from MIT, Britton also holds a Bachelor of Arts in computer science from the University of Maine and a Juris Doctor from the Boston University School of law. Britton is admitted to practice law in California, New York, and Florida. Britton is an adjunct professor of Creativity and Innovation at the University of South Florida, I am the co-founder of several startups, and  write and speak frequently on entrepreneurship, creativity, ethics, and the philosophy of happiness and success. My book, “Ownability,” an introduction to intellectual property law for entrepreneurs, is available on


Practice areas


  1. Licensing: 40%
    21 years
  2. Intellectual Property: 25%
    21 years
  3. Business: 15%
  4. Venture Capital: 10%
  5. Corporate: 10%
    21 years



Hourly ($200-400/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

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400 N. Tampa Street
Suite 2840
Tampa, FL, 33602

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1 Embarcadero Center
Suite 2860
San Francisco, CA, 94111



FLMember in Good Standing200506/17/2016
NYDue to reregister within 30 days of birthday 200407/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2014
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2013
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2012
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2012
Tampa's Top AttorneysSuper Lawyers2011
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2011
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2011
Tampa's Top AttorneysSuper Lawyers2010
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2010
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2010
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2009
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2008
Publication nameTitleDate
Personal Blog“Brent C.J. Britton”2014
The Tampa Tribune, op-ed,“Instant Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Just Add Money!”2013
South Florida Business Review"Best Practices in IP Due Diligence”2008
Bay Area Business Magazine“Protect Your Ideas-Turning Intellectual Property into Value” Parts l-Vll2008
The Daily Deal“Beware the Forgotten Founders (and Other Tips for IP Due Diligence)”2008
eWeek“Beware the Forgotten Founders (and Other Tips for IP Due Diligence”2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyThe Media LabS.M.1991
University of MaineN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
Boston University School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Gasparilla Interactive Festival, TampaTechnology and Humanity; Faris Yakob Introduction2015
Arts & Co., TampaIntellectual Property for Artists & Creatives2015
USF St. PetePitching Investors in a Data-Driven Universe2014
Rotary Club of Ft. MyersThings Happy Successful People Do2014
Leadership Speaker SeriesCreativity2014
Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb podcast– Interview, IP for Paleo and other Nutritional Bloggers2014
CoWork TampaSecure Your Own Oxygen Mask Before Helping Those Around You2014
TiE Tampa Chapter seminarDue Diligence for Investors2013
Tampa Writers’ GroupLegal Issues for Writers2013
SIPLAOwnabilty: IP Law for IP Law Students2013
Numerous VenuesLife’s a Pitch2013
TechVenture conferenceTechVenture… Human Adventure2011
Tampa Bay Inventors Council Seminar, TampaTap Your Inner Wizard. Go On. Tap That.2011
Numerous venuesIdeas2Money: Start Up Your Startup in 10 Easy Steps2011
Ignite conference, TampaPlayful Detachment2011
Hillsborough County Bar Association seminar, TampaSocial Media for Lawyers2011
TEDx confrence TampaIdeas2Happy2010
Tampa Bay Executive Forum seminar,TampaPut On Your Own Oxygen Mask Before Helping Those Around You (and other Life Lessons I've Learned on Airplanes)2010
Internet Technology SummitDesigning the Future2010

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