Overview

I highly recommend Nick Brown. When Nick came on board, it changed the tide of my case. He far exceeded my expectations, and even more so, he far exceeded the expectations of our opponent. He was my secret weapon. - Dr. Michael Jones, President, American Academy of Health, Fitness & Rehabilitation Professionals (former client)

Nick has led complex, high-stakes cases in the technology, energy, manufacturing, and distribution industries in federal district and appellate court, Texas state court, and arbitration. After graduating valedictorian and interning for three federal judges in law school, Nick clerked for the Honorable Gregg Costa of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Before joining Kirkland, he practiced at a litigation boutique where he first and second chaired dozens of cases from start to finish. Nick’s practice focuses on bringing and defending commercial and intellectual property claims. His wide range of experience includes M&A litigation and post-closing arbitration, indemnity and environmental disputes, enforcement and defense of trade secrets and other IP, pursuing and defending breach of contract and fraud claims, defending mass tort and personal injury actions, bringing claims against foreign governments, and litigating supply chain disputes. Nick maintains an active pro bono practice that focuses on assisting victims of scams after natural disasters. 

Nick is a two-time American Debate Association National Champion and former team captain of the Vanderbilt University Debate Team. His technology background dates back to his time at Vanderbilt University, where he took a significant number of science, engineering, and programming classes. Before completing law school, Nick interned for NASA, the University of Texas Health Science Center, and Texas Instruments.

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Thought Leadership

Publications

Co-Author, “Dallas Court of Appeals Hints at ‘Device Turnover Orders’ in Trade Secret Cases,” Westlaw Today, September 2021

Co-Author, “Texas Legislature Clarifies Limits on Recovering Attorneys’ Feed in Breach of Contract Cases,” Texas Lawbook, June 2021

Co-Author, “Will Business Courts Come to Texas in 2022? After Passing Committee, H.B. 1875 Becomes Must Monitor Legislation,” Baker Botts Client Update, April 2021

Co-Author, “Dawn of an Era in Commercial Litigation: The New Regime of the Texas Citizens Participation Act,” SBOT Litigation Section: The Advocate, 2018

Author, “What Changed in the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act,” Law360, 2017

Author, “SLAPPed and Sanctioned: The long Reach of the Texas Citizens Participation Act”

Co-Author, “A Case Killer Lurks In The Texas Defamation Mitigation Act,” Law360, 2017

Co-Author, “Funding Your Post-Harvey Rebuild,” Texas Bar Blog, 2017

Author, “Expert Storytelling & Storytelling Experts: Why You Should Use Scientific Stories in the Courtroom,” 5 Houston Law Review's HLRe 157, 2015

Co-Author, “A Reply to “Mind the GAAP,”” 93 Tex. L. Rev., 2014

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, “SLAPP-Less in Seattle: The (Amended) Texas Citizens Participation Act,” HIPLA/IPIL Fall Institute Presentation, September 2019

Speaker, “The Cutting Edge of Arbitration: Did I Really Agree to That?” Driven (CLE), Inc. Course No. 174052915, June 2019

Memberships & Affiliations

Houston Urban Debate League Young Professionals Council

Houston Bar Association

Houston Young Lawyers Association

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • Texas

Courts

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States Court of Federal Claims

Education

  • University of Houston Law CenterJ.D.summa cum laude2014

    Valedictorian

    LEX Award, All 1L Classes

    Chief Editor, Houston Law Review

    Blask Fellowship Recipient, Federal Bar Association, 2012

  • Vanderbilt UniversityB.A., Communication of Science and Technology; Philosophy Minor2011

    Founder’s Medal for Oratory, Vanderbilt University, 2011

    National Champion, American Debate Association, 2009–2010 & 2010–2011

    Team Captain, Vanderbilt University Debate Team, 2008–2011