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, hospitality and retail, employment, products liability, professional liability, as well as business and commercial litigation.
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. 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 represents clients across Texas, and in California, Tennessee, New York, Florida, Nevada, Louisiana, Illinois, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.
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, in addition to a variety entertainment venues, including nightclubs, 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 so he can coordinate prudent and pragmatic strategies to achieve solutions that deliver the greatest legal protection available, with minimal business interruption.
In addition, 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, and other products on claims of product defects. 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.
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
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