- Repeatedly recognized as a Washington Super Lawyer, including being honored as one of the “Top 100” Washington Super Lawyers
- Named as one of “Seattle’s 87 Top Business Lawyers” by Seattle Business Monthly (2008)
- Recognized as one of Seattle’s “40 Under 40” by Puget Sound Business Journal (2006)
With over 25 years of complex commercial litigation experience—both as a law firm lawyer and as in-house litigation counsel at Amazon—Brian has represented companies of all sizes, across a wide variety of industries, helping them avoid, defend, prosecute, and resolve high-stakes complex commercial litigation, including intellectual property disputes, trademark and copyright litigation, consumer class actions, securities and corporate governance litigation, internal investigations, and trade secret and non-compete matters. Brian is also a trial lawyer and has tried cases to judges and juries in federal and state courts across the country, as well as handling complex arbitration hearings.
Prior to rejoining Fenwick, Brian was Associate General Counsel, Litigation & Regulatory at Amazon. In that role, Brian managed a diverse portfolio of active litigation, including all manner of commercial disputes, privacy and data-breach claims, class actions and complex arbitrations, intellectual property litigation, and First Amendment and media claims. He also handled a wide range of regulatory matters at the federal, state, and local levels. In addition, Brian provided risk-mitigation counseling and support to all of Amazon’s diverse businesses and subsidiaries. Brian’s unique blend of law firm and in-house experience allows him to provide crisp, practical advice to help corporate clients at the highest levels make informed business decisions about smart risk.
Throughout his career, Brian has devoted substantial time to pro bono work, focusing on issues affecting women, children, and the poor. Brian currently serves on the board of The Campaign for Equal Justice, Washington state’s primary funds drive for civil legal aid, and on the board of Legal Voice, which pursues justice and equal access for women and LGBTQ people. While at Amazon, Brian helped create legal clinic programs for Mary’s Place, a first-of-its-kind family shelter located within Amazon’s headquarters. In 2013, Brian received the Washington State Bar Association’s Annual Pro Bono Award for his significant contributions to the legal profession, the justice system, and the public interest.
Education & Admissions
J.D., University of Washington School of Law
Order of the Coif
B.A., summa cum laude, English and psychology
Admitted to practice in Washington