Mr. Brown is recognized by the International Association of Privacy Professionals as a Privacy Law Specialist, a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP-US), and a Certified Information Privacy Manager. He has spoken on the subject of data privacy as a panelist or featured speaker at numerous conferences and forums. Mr. Brown has extensive experience in drafting privacy notices, policies, and business practices; assessing data privacy and cybersecurity risk; designing data privacy compliance programs; negotiating data privacy contract terms and data processing agreements; implementing “Privacy by Design”; responding to requests from data subjects and authorities; and preparing for and responding to data breaches. He has also advised on data privacy issues related to digital marketing, employee privacy, “bring your own device,” cross-border transfers, data classification and management and the use of location-tracking technology.
In addition to his counseling work, Mr. Brown has been part of the teams advising on the data privacy and cybersecurity aspects of the following matters:
- Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. in its $21 billion sale to Analog Devices, Inc.
- Churchill Capital Corp III, a SPAC sponsored by Churchill Capital Group, in its $5.7 billion merger with MultiPlan, Inc. that has an enterprise value based on the transaction of approximately $11 billion
- Sanofi in its $3.7 billion acquisition of Principia Biopharma Inc.
- SiriusXM in its acquisitions of Simplecast and Stitcher
- Blackstone in its acquisition of a majority stake in ZO Skin Health, Inc.
- Berkshire Partners in its acquisition of CrossFit, Inc.
- GI Partners in its acquisition of Vast Broadband
- Apax Partners as lead investor in a $100 million Series H funding round for Payfone, Inc.
- Providence Strategic Growth Partners as lead investor in a Series B funding round for Sevenrooms Inc. and in its strategic investment in Wagepoint Inc.
Prior to rejoining Weil, Mr. Brown served as data privacy counsel for a Fortune 500 energy company, where he built and managed the company’s global data privacy program and served as the companywide subject matter expert on data privacy. He also previously served as legal counsel for a Fortune 500 tech company, where he negotiated IT services agreements with enterprise customers representing various industries. Mr. Brown started his career as an associate in Weil’s Complex Commercial Litigation practice group.
In his pro bono practice, Mr. Brown helped pioneer the Weil Human Trafficking Initiative and successfully moved to vacate over 100 convictions on behalf of victims of human trafficking. He has also represented clients in various immigration and housing matters.
Mr. Brown received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, where he served as an associate editor of Texas Law Review. He graduated with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, from The University of Texas with a B.A. in Plan II Honors and history.