Philip Robert Brinson

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  • Biography

    Philip Robert Brinson is an experienced trial lawyer with unique skills developed through practical experience. He is a trusted advisor and determined advocate, as well as a formidable adversary. His depth of legal experience in a variety of practice areas, includes entertainment, fashion, media, sports, cannabis, hospitality and retail, employment, products liability, professional liability, as well as business and commercial litigation. Over his colorful career, Mr. Brinson has enjoyed first-chair trial success with cases involving copyright/trademark, Dram Shop and premises liability, assault/battery, employment, defamation, fraud, commercial, and product liability litigation, and he is adept at presenting matters to state appellate courts and the United States Court of Appeals. He has represented clients throughout Texas, and in California, Tennessee, New York, Florida, Nevada, Missouri, Colorado, Louisiana, Illinois, Delaware, Oregon, Washington, and Pennsylvania.

    Entertainment, Recreation Law, and Intellectual Property

    Mr. Brinson represents both self-insured and insured clients, ranging from high-profile Grammy® and Emmy® award winning entertainers and producers to Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Brinson has litigation experience on both sides of the docket in infringement actions for copyright and trademark in the entertainment, sports, esports, fashion, and hospitality industries, including matters involving the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and likeness misappropriation claims under copyright preemption principles. Mr. Brinson has immersed himself in the entertainment industry which allows him to provide counsel to a wide array of clients, including musicians, actors, producers, and directors.  

    Hospitality, Liquor, and Cannabis Law

    Mr. Brinson represents a variety of venues, including nightclubs, restaurants, sports bars, theaters, music and film festivals, and rodeos. He serves as General Counsel to a multi-concept hospitality enterprise that developed, owns, and operates close to 40 sports bars and live music venues, in Texas and Louisiana. As General Counsel, Mr. Brinson provides a full range of legal services, including personal injury defense, human resource and employee management, regulatory compliance and lobbying, risk management and loss prevention, alcohol commission compliance, litigation management, contract negotiation, trademark and copyright enforcement and protection, public relations, and commercial litigation. Mr. Brinson’s experience provides a unique perspective on how litigation affects his clients to formulate and coordinate prudent and pragmatic strategies to achieve solutions that deliver the greatest legal protection available, with minimal business interruption.

    Mr. Brinson has experience representing clients in the hospitality industry, including hotels, restaurants, and hospitality industry service providers in matters involving claims of violations of various human rights, including cases involving human and sex trafficking, workplace safety, and employment condition related compliance matters.

    Mr. Brinson represents distillers, brewers, and wineries, on various aspects of their operations, from proving legal assistance with licensing, brand and intellectual property protection, compliance, company structure, employment, to handling litigation matters.  He also represents a wide array of clients involved in the cannabis and hemp industries, including growers and distributors for compliance, licensing, employment, and intellectual property.

    Products Liability

    Mr. Brinson has represented numerous products manufacturers including EZGo division of Textron Inc., Bad Boy Buggies, Jacobsen, Cushman, Cynosure, Extremity Medical, Valkyrie Subsea, Bumbo, and several over product manufacturers of recreational vehicles, turf care equipment, oilfield pump equipment, pipeline testing.  He also represents a number of medical device manufacturers and providers, including medical and aesthetic lasers, cranial bands, sterilization equipment, prosthetics, surgical instruments, implants, and software systems.  Mr. Brinson has first chair trial and extensive litigation experience in product liability matters for product manufacturing and marketing defect claims from vehicle rollovers and ejections to catastrophic pipeline failures and fire claims, in addition to medical device related claims.  A deep understanding of the technical theories and his personal experience in working in the oil and gas service industry allows Mr. Brinson to appreciate the implications of product liability claims and to develop the most effective defense.

    Employment

    ​Mr. Brinson has significant experience representing businesses and management in most areas of employment law, including discrimination, workplace harassment, compensation, unfair competition, trade secret violations, and restrictive covenants. In addition to his litigation experience with employment matters, Mr. Brinson routinely assists management with workplace investigations and preventative business and employment counseling and training.

    Admissions

    • Texas
    • Tennessee
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

    Memberships

    • State Bar of Texas
    • Houston Bar Association
    • Austin Bar Association
    • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
    • Tennessee Bar Association
    • Defense Research Institute
    • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo: Committeeman
    • Houston Museum of Natural Science: Member
    • Houston Zoo: Member
    • The Houston A&M Club
  • Practice Areas
  • Representative Experience
    • Adrianna Diaz v. Cynosure, Inc., et al., in the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles, California – Aesthetic Laser Defect and Misrepresentation – Defense Verdict (two month trial)
    • Richard King v. Patti LaBelle, Pattonium, Inc., Efrem Holmes, Zuri Edwards, and Norma Harris, In the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas - Houston Division - Assault and Battery/Defamation - Defense Verdict
    • Sherry Helton v. Daniel Lee Alford, III, in the County Court at Law of Burleson County, Texas, Breach of Contract/Land Use Dispute for Cattle Operation – Defense Verdict
    • Dewain Joseph Flinn, Jr. v. 2170 Portsmouth, Ltd. and Frank Porrovecchio, In the 280th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas - Dram Shop/Security - Defense Verdict
    • Xavier Benavides v. Cushman, Inc., In the 280th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas – Product Liability – Defense Verdict
    • Rick Huckaby, et. al. v. A.G. Perry & Son, Inc., In the 124th Judicial District Court of Gregg County, Texas – Defense Verdict
    • Mitchell Hobbs v. Fast Eddie's, NO. 12-1125-C368, In the 368th District Court of Williamson County, Texas - Dram Shop - Motion for Summary Judgment Granted
    • Valkyrie Commissioning Services v. Oceaneering Internations, Inc., Arbitration in Houston, Texas, Intellectual Property Infringement
  • Publications & Presentations

    Presentations

    "How to Buy a Small to Medium Size Company - Entity Formation Considerations," Texas Association of Business Brokers, 2010

    "Texas Dram Shop Liability," Continuing Education Seminar, May 2006

  • Education

    Education

    J.D., South Texas College of Law, 1993

    B.S., Economics, Texas A&M University, 1988

    Honors

    Top Rated Lawyer-AV® Preeminent™, Martindale-Hubbell

    Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly magazine in the areas of Business Litigation, Civil Litigation: Defense, and Entertainment & Sports (2013-2019)