Brent Britton

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Brent C.J. Britton
Brent Britton
Born 1966
Bangor, Maine
Education SM, MIT Media Lab;
JD, Boston University;
BA, U.Maine
Occupation Attorney

Brent Cabot James Britton (born 1966), noted Intellectual property attorney and entrepreneur, was influential in establishing the legal framework that ushered in the late 20th century Internet boom in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, California.


Born and raised in Bangor, Maine, Britton earned a BA in computer science from University of Maine in 1989, an SM from the MIT Media Lab in 1991, and a JD from Boston University School of Law in 1994. He is the only Media Lab alumnus to become a lawyer.

Britton founded and published one of the first ever online magazines, NutWorks, from January 1985 through March 1990.[1][2] In 1992 and 1993, he was the first volunteer law clerk for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In 1994, he founded and served as Editor in Chief of the Boston University Journal of Science & Technology Law, the first all-digital law journal.

In 1997, Britton co-founded Britton Silberman & Cervantez, LLP, a San Francisco boutique that was one of the first law firms devoted exclusively to internet companies.[3] The high-flying firm became well known in legal circles for applying specialized intellectual property and venture capital knowledge to Internet-based start-ups, as well as among the digerati for ushering in the era of the lavish "dot com party".[4] Britton Silberman and Cervantez was acquired by Thelen Reid & Priest in 2000.[5] He has also been Partner and Of Counsel with several other major international law firms, and is now a shareholder and firmwide head of the Emerging Business and Technology practice group of GrayRobinson, P.A., a 240 attorney law firm based in Florida. He practices corporate law at the firm's offices in Tampa where he has been described as a "guru" to the local entrepreneurial community and has been called a prominent voice for startups.[3][6]

Britton is recognized as an expert in laws relating to social media and online communities. He is often quoted, teaches, and publishes, on developments in law and entrepreneurship in the fields of technology, science, and art.[7]

In 2008-2009, Britton co-hosted, with Michele Bauer, the CEO Lounge[8] on talk radio 860 AM WGUL, Tampa, a weekly radio show and podcast[9]) where CEOs and other entrepreneurs shared their stories for succeeding in business and enjoying life along the way. Britton is also a founding member of Gazelle Labs. Gazelle Labs was a Tampa Bay technology incubator focused on fostering new technology companies from seed to launch.[10] Britton's forthcoming TV show, "Creating Happy," is currently in development for national broadcast in 2013 on the nascent Health and Wellness Network.[11]

Britton is a classical pianist and an avid runner on Bayshore Blvd. in Tampa, Florida.


  1. Peter Flynn. "Nutworks". Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  2. Peter Flynn. "Nutworks Electronic Humor Magazine". Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Heidi Kempf (2010-06-01). "Brent Britton: Tampa's Social Media Think Tank / Entrepreneurial Guru". 83 Degrees Media. 
  4. "Young, Hip, Cool and Fun". San Francisco Daily Journal. 1999-04-14. 
  5. Victoria Slind-Flor (2000-07-10). "Big Times for Small Firms". National Law Journal. Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  6. Trigaux, Robert (2013-06-15). "Times Business Columnist". Tampa Bay Times. 
  7. "Ideas to money". Gulf Coast Business Review. 2005-06-21. Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  8. "CEO Lounge".  Template:Dead link
  9. "CEO Lounge Podcast". 
  10. Perez, Sarah (2011-11-17). "Tampa’s New TechStars Network Incubator, Gazelle Lab, Launches 6 Companies". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  11. "HWC". HWC. 

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