For the past 20 years, Brent C.J. Britton has been assisting entrepreneurs and technology companies of all sizes in corporate and intellectual property transactions. A dot-com era Silicon Valley veteran, Britton’s legal career has included tours of duty in several major firms in San Francisco, New York City, and Tampa. In his third year out of law school, Britton founded the noted San Francisco technology law firm, Britton, Silberman & Cervantez, LLP, which was later acquired by Thelen Reid & Priest, LLP. Britton has been a prominent voice for the cultivation of Tampa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem while maintaining strong roots in the San Francisco Bay Area’s emerging companies community.

Britton’s clients range from startups to international conglomerates in the fields of digital media and software development, video games, education, mechanical devices, entertainment, telecommunications, healthcare, cybersecurity, blockchain, and cryptocurrency. Britton’s legal work covers a full range of services of value to technology companies, such as corporate formation, venture funding, technology licensing and transactions, intellectual property strategy and prosecution (patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets), due diligence and auditing, innovation lifecycle management, mergers & acquisitions, website policies and terms of service, sweepstakes and gambling rules and procedures, employment agreements, initial coin offerings (ICOs), and regulatory advice.

While in law school in the early 90’s, Britton clerked for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. A former computer scientist and software engineer, Britton is the only lawyer who holds a graduate degree from the MIT Media Laboratory. Alongside his Master of Science from MIT, Britton also holds a Bachelor of Arts in computer science from the University of Maine and a Juris Doctor from the Boston University School of law. Britton is admitted to practice law in California, New York, and Florida. He has been an adjunct professor of Creativity and Innovation at the University of South Florida and the University of Tampa. He is the co-founder of several startups, and he writes and speaks frequently on entrepreneurship, creativity, ethics, and the philosophy of happiness and success. Britton’s book, “Ownability,” an introduction to intellectual property law, is available on


2013-14 Adjunct Professor of Creativity, University of South Florida, Tampa
2012-13 Board of Directors, USF Entrepreneurship Program, Tampa
2004-13 Board of Directors, Tampa Museum of Science and Industry, Tampa
2004-11 Board of Directors, Tampa Bay Technology Forum, Tampa
2007-09 President, MIT Alumni Club, Tampa
2006,08 Adjunct Professor of Business Law, University of Tampa, Tampa
2006 Proctor, Florida Bar Examination
2005-06 Board of Directors, Florida Research Consortium, Tallahassee
2005-06 Board of Directors, The WhizKids Foundation, Cambridge, MA
2005-06 Board of Directors, Voices for Children of Hillsborough County, Tampa
2005-06 Board of Directors, Tampa Bay Business Committee for the Arts, Tampa
2005-06 Advisory Council, Florida Department of Health Center for Universal Research to Eradicate Disease, Tallahassee
2003-04 Board of Advisors, MIT Enterprise Forum, New York


2010-14: Best Lawyers in America
2008-13: Florida Legal Elite
as of 2012: Martindale-Hubble Peer Rated AV-Preeminent (highest possible)
2010-11: Tampa’s Top Attorneys
2010: TBTF Outstanding Leadership Award Finalist
2009: Tampa Bay’s 100 Most Influential Business Leaders
2007: MIT Media Lab Distinguished Alumnus
2005: TBBJ Who’s Who in Business
2005: TBBJ Who’s Who in Law

Recent Publications

“Ownability – How Intellectual Property Works”
(2013) (
“Instant Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Just Add Money!”
The Tampa Tribune, op-ed, (Apr. 2013)
“Brent C.J. Britton”, – personal blog (2008-present)
“Best Practices in IP Due Diligence,”
South Florida Business Review (Oct. 2008)
“Protect Your Ideas-Turning Intellectual Property into Value,”
Parts I-VII, Bay Area Business Magazine (Feb-Dec, 2008)
“Beware the Forgotten Founders (and Other Tips for IP Due Diligence),”
The Daily Deal, (May 30, 2008)
“Intellectual Property Audits: How to Verify That You Own Your IP,”
eWeek, (Jan. 18, 2008).
“(Virtual) Reality Check: What is the Law of Virtual Reality?”
PLC Magazine (Oct., 2007).
“Does Virtual Reality Alter the Rules?”
Solicitors Journal (Sept., 2007).
“Virtual Reality: A Modern Legal Crucible,”
IPLaw360, Portfolio Media (March, 2007) (Also published at 12 Cyberspace Law, 1 (Sept. 2007))

Recent Speaking Engagements

Due Diligence for Investors,
TiE Tampa Chapter seminar, Tampa (6/6/2013)
Life’s a Pitch,
numerous venues (2009 – 2013)
TechVenture… Human Adventure,
TechVenture 2011 conference, Orlando (see 
Playful Detachment
Ignite conference, Tampa (see (7/28/2011) 
Social Media for Lawyers
Hillsborough County Bar Association seminar, Tampa (3/16/2011)
Ideas2Money: Start Up Your Startup in 10 Easy Steps
numerous venues (2009 – 2011)
Due Diligence When Forming a Startup Company
Panel, Business of Biotech conference, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa (1/31/2011)
Tap Your Inner Wizard
Go on. Tap That, Tampa Bay Inventors Council seminar, Tampa (1/26/2011)
Put On Your Own Oxygen Mask Before Helping Those Around You (and other Life Lessons I’ve Learned on Airplanes)
Tampa Bay Executive Forum seminar, Tampa (11/15/2010)
Designing the Future
Keynote, Internet Technology Summit, Orlando (6/22/2010)
Ideas2Happy, TEDx conference
Tampa (see (2/12/2010)