Lawyers

Houston
TransWestern Tower
1900 West Loop South
Suite 1000
Houston, TX 77027


Austin
816 Congress Avenue
Suite 1510
Austin, TX 78701


Nashville
222 Second Avenue South
Suite 1700
Nashville, TN 37201


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 (2013-2018)

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, 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, 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 and Liquor 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.

Products Liability

Mr. Brinson has represented numerous products manufacturers including EZGo division of Textron Inc., Bad Boy Buggies, Jacobsen, Cushman, 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 lasers, cranial bands, sterilization equipment, prosthetics, surgical instruments, 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.  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
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo: Committeeman
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science: Member
  • Houston Zoo: Member
  • The Houston A&M Club
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Contact

(713) 490-4834

prbrinson@grsm.com


Offices

Houston

Austin

Nashville

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 (2013-2018)

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, Louisiana, Illinois, Delaware, Oregon, Washington, and Pennsylvania.

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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, 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 and Liquor 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.

Products Liability

Mr. Brinson has represented numerous products manufacturers including EZGo division of Textron Inc., Bad Boy Buggies, Jacobsen, Cushman, 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 lasers, cranial bands, sterilization equipment, prosthetics, surgical instruments, 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.  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
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo: Committeeman
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science: Member
  • Houston Zoo: Member
  • The Houston A&M Club
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