Thought leadership & speeches

Thought leadership


Peter Brown has been an innovator in applying the law to the ever-changing demands of information technology businesses. Through his extensive writing and frequent lectures to lawyers and industry leaders, he has influenced how lawyers think and practice when dealing with intellectual property and technology issues.

Lawyers read his monthly articles published in both the New York Law Journal and

Mr. Brown has organized and led programs in the field of Information Technology for the Practising Law Institute for two decades. He has also been invited as a guest speakers for numerous PLI programs on intellectual property and technology. Mr. Brown has been invited to speak before bar associations, including the New York State Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association, the International Bar Association and the American Bar Association. For the International Technology Law Association he has lectured at its U.S. and international conferences. An avid traveler, Mr. Brown has been invited to make legal presentations in eight countries outside the U.S.

Peter Brown was one of the founders of Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner, a New York-based law firm focused on information technology law and intellectual property.



Co-Author, Computer Law: Drafting and Negotiating Forms and Agreements, Law Journal Seminars-Press, 1984, annually updated.

Co-Author, Emerging Technologies and the Law: Forms and Analysis, Law Journal Seminars-Press, 1994, annually updated.

Author, “Spyware and Pretexting: Recent Developments,” The Computer & Internet Lawyer, June 2007.

Author, “Bearing the Costs of Electronic Discovery,” NYS Bar Association: Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Newsletter, Winter 2003.

Co-author of the following articles recently published in the New York Law Journal:

  • “A “Loss” Under the CFAA Does Not Require Interruption of Service,” February 10, 2017.
  • “Broadly Drafted License Agreements and Their Enforcement,” January 9, 2017.
  • “The Constitutionality of Using Cell-Site Simulators,” December 12, 2016.
  • “Recent Disputes Over Copyright Licenses Come in Many Forms,” November 7, 2016.
  • “Latest Developments in the Law of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles,” October 7, 2016.
  •  “Applying Statutory Immunity in the CDA in Recent Cases,” September 13, 2016.
  • “Enforceability of Mandatory Arbitration in Online Contracts,” July 12, 2016.
  • “Telemarketing Cases Produce Interesting Decisions,” June 14, 2016.
  • “Recent Uses of Software and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act,” May 10, 2016.
  • “How Will Courts Respond When Connected Cars are Hacked?” April 12, 2016.
  • “How Has Facial Recognition Technology Impacted the Law?” February 9, 2016.
  • “Consumer Review Legislation, Litigation Appears on the Horizon,” January 12, 2016.
  • “Potential Legal Implications of the Defend Trade Secrets Act,” December 8, 2015.
  • “Privacy Laws,” November 10, 2015.
  • “New Developments Regarding Immunity Under the CDA,” October 13, 2015.
  •  “Confronting Complicated Issues Under State Cyberstalking Law,” September 8, 2015.
  •  “Online Impersonation Continues, With Varying Consequences,” August 11, 2015.
  •  “Imposing Liability Under DMCA Counter-Notification Provision,” July 14, 2015.
  • “How Has Digital Ubiquity Affected Fourth Amendment Law,” June 9, 2015.
  • “Courts Continue to Acknowledge Increasing Prominence of the TAR,” May 12, 2015.
  •  “Courts Continue to Fracture Over Anti-Hacking Issue,” April 14, 2015.
  •  “Judicial and Attorney Misuse of Social Media Can End Careers,” March 10, 2015.
  •  “Updates on Data Breach and Anonymous Online Speech Issues,” February 10, 2015.
  • “Analyzing Recent Decisions of Software Audit Disputes,” January 13, 2015.
  •  “Recent Legal Consequences for Spyware Users,” December 9, 2014.
  •  “Can an Email Account Be Searched Without Probable Cause?” October 14, 2014.
  •  “Recent Disputes Between Parties to Joint Ventures,” September 9, 2014.
  • Courts Conflict on Anonymous, Allegedly Defamatory Online Speech,” August 12, 2014
  • Recent Disputes Focus on Software Licenses,” July 8, 2014
  • Implications of Mandatory ‘Black Boxes’ in Vehicles,” June 10, 2014
  • Are Search Engine Results Protected Speech?,” May 13, 2014
  • Do Claims Resulting From a Data Breach Have Any Success in Court?” April 8, 2014
  • Regulatory Guidance on Outsourcing,” March 11, 2014
  • The Legality of Searches of Cell Phones Seized During Arrests,” February 11, 2014
  • Analyzing the Competing Interests Between a School and Its Students,” December 10, 2013
  • The Legal issues Associated With Data Encryption,” October 8, 2013


  • Co-Chair of the Practising Law Institute’s seminar “Think Like a Lawyer, Talk Like a Geek 2016: Get Fluent in Technology,” November 18, 2016, co-panelist “Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.”
  • Speaker at the International Technology Law Association’s European Conference, “Less Regulation But More Privacy: Is the U.S Approach to Privacy Superior to EU Rulemaking?” Madrid, November 11, 2016.
  • Moderator, International Bar Association, Section Meeting, New York, May 3, 2016 “Current Innovations in Legal Service Delivery.”
  • Co-Chair, Practising Law Institute’s seminar “Think Like a Lawy
    er, Talk Like a Geek 2015: Get Fluent in Technology,” November 6, 2015, co-panelist “Darknets.”
  • Panel Chair and Speaker at the International Technology Law Association’s U.S. Conference, “Strategies to Control the Risk of Targeted Attacks,” New York, May 15, 2014.
  • Co-Chair of the Practising Law Institute’s seminar “Information Technology Law Institute 2014”, April 10-11, 2014, co-panelist on “Software Development Agreements: Key Negotiation issues.”
  • Co-Chair of the Practising Law Institute’s seminar “Think Like a Lawyer, Talk Like a Geek 2013: Get Fluent in Technology,” and co-panelist “The Anatomy of a Software Development Agreement.” November 18, 2013.
  • Panel Chair and Speaker at the International Technology Law Association’s European Conference, “Innovation: Virtual Reality and 3D Printing,” Amsterdam, October 4, 2013.
  • Co-Chair of Practising Law Institute’s seminar “Think Like a Lawyer, Talk Like a Geek,” November 5, 2012, speaker on “New Delivery Methods for Digital Content.”
  • Speaker at the International Technology Law Association’s European Conference, “Understanding the Collection of Big Data” Rome, October 11, 2012.
  • Webinar co-sponsored with Bird & Bird “UsedSoft v Oracle: New Rules for Software Vendors in the EU” October 2, 2012.
  • Co-Chair of Practising Law Institute’s seminar “Information Technology Institute 2012,” San Francisco, April 3-4, 2012 and New York, April 19-20, 2012, speaker on “Cutting Edge Developments in Internet Based Litigation.”
  • Chair of New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association’s seminar “Cell Phone Technology: The Business of Mobile Data and the Emergence of Location Based Services” March 29, 2012.
  • Speaker, Practising Law Institute’s seminar, the “6th Annual Patent Law Institute”, on “Creating a Bulletproof Patent License: The Impact of Recent Court Decisions,” February 17, 2012.