William J. Brown, Jr. (Bill)
Bill Brown is a civil litigator who has extensive experience representing clients in intellectual property litigation, products liability defense, business disputes, and complex commercial litigation in arbitration and state and federal courts.
His range of experience includes cases involving diverse technologies, such as medical devices, digital signal processing, aerospace operations, flat screen display panels, semiconductors, Internet servers, database management systems, pharmaceuticals, nutritional supplements, and automotive parts. Bill has represented action sports companies in disputes over intellectual property rights related to skateboard and footwear products. In addition, Bill has handled complex international trade secret disputes in state and federal courts.
Bill has obtained verdicts and awards for his clients in high stakes litigation and arbitration. He has argued and won appeals in the California Court of Appeal and at the Federal Circuit.
Prior to founding Brown Wegner LLP, Bill practiced for more than a decade in the Intellectual Property Group at the international law firm Jones Day, and also operated his own practice.
Bill was a Visiting Professor at Chapman University School of Law, where he taught classes and supervised students in the Veterans Law Center, which focuses on assisting veterans. Bill also coached Moot Court at Western State University School of Law.
Before attending law school, Bill served in the United States Air Force, where he was a navigator, instructor and flight examiner on C-130 aircraft. His military experience includes tactical deployments worldwide, evaluation of high-technology equipment, and the performance of sensitive national security tasks.
Bill is active in legal, civic, and charitable organizations in Orange County, and serves on executive and advisory boards for a number of organizations. He is a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and has been named a “Super Lawyer” for numerous years.
Admissions to Practice
All state courts in California, all United States District Courts in California and Colorado, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and Federal Circuits.
United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs (B.S. 1988, with military distinction)
Arizona State University College of Law (Executive Editor, JURIMETRICS,
THE JOURNAL OF LAW SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; Symposium Editor, HARVARD JOURNAL OF LAW & PUBLIC POLICY; J.D. cum laude 1997).
Military Service/Judicial Clerkship
Captain, United States Air Force (1988-1994); United States Air Force Reserves (1994-2008)
Law Clerk to Judge James Ideman, United States District Court, Central District of California (1997-1998)
Spoliation of Evidence: Preserving Your Case and Protecting Your Client, panelist, Radisson Hotel, December 4, 2015, Newport Beach, California
Impact Case Preview: Lexmark International v. Impression Products, Litigation Counsel of America: Intellectual Property Institute, September 15, 2015 (Teleforum)
The Impact of Forum Shopping: Recent High Profile Cases, panel moderator, The Pacific Club, February 8, 2008 Newport Beach, California
Trademark Infringement for Use of Online Search Terms by Search Engines, University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, November 15, 2007, Berkeley, California
The Attorney’s Role in Combating Fraud: Impact of the Rules of Professional Conduct and the California Formal Ethics Opinions, MCLE ethics presenter, The Pacific Club, October 2, 2007, Newport Beach, California
Legislative Developments: A One-Sided Proposal to Expand the State Attorney General’s Recovery of Fees in Civil Enforcement Litigation, The Center Club October 3, 2006, Costa Mesa, California