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Thomas A. Brown Named "Up & Coming" Lawyer

April 23, 2010

Press Releases

Thomas A. Brown Named "Up & Coming" Lawyer

April 23, 2010

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Boston, MA, April 23, 2010 – Thomas A. Brown, a patent attorney at Fish & Richardson, has been selected as an “Up & Coming Lawyer” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.  The award recognizes attorneys who have practiced for 10 years or less yet have already distinguished themselves in the practice of law and in their community.  Mr. Brown will accept his award at an “Excellence in the Law” event co-sponsored by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and the Massachusetts Bar Association on May 20, 2010 in Boston.

“It is a tremendous honor for Tom to be selected for this important recognition,” said Peter Devlin, President of Fish & Richardson.  “This award is a well-deserved acknowledgment of Tom’s many accomplishments not just as a patent litigator and prosecutor, but also through his pro bono cases and his volunteer work in the Boston community.”

At Fish, Mr. Brown focuses his practice on patent litigation and prosecution in the area of computer science and technology.  Prior to joining Fish he was a law clerk for the Honorable Robert E. Keeton, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Mr. Brown has served as counsel on two recent groundbreaking pro bono cases for the Electronic Frontier Foundation that established important legal principles at the intersection of criminal law and computer technology.

Mr. Brown and two other Fish attorneys won a major victory in a closely watched case concerning a Boston College student who had been accused of computer hacking and of perpetrating an email hoax.  The Supreme Judicial Court found that the subsequent search and seizure was illegal because the affidavit’s non-specific allegations of computer hacking failed to establish probable cause that a crime had been committed.  This was a major ruling in Massachusetts upholding civil rights in the digital domain.

In another case, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority v. Anderson et al, Mr. Brown represented three MIT undergraduate students who were charged with violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) after their academic research uncovered vulnerabilities in Boston’s transit fare payment system.  After the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts held that the students’ work did not constitute a violation of the CFAA, the MBTA agreed to drop the case, and the students helped the MBTA fix the vulnerability.

Mr. Brown also volunteers in the Northeast Housing Court’s lawyer-for-a-day program, helping scores of tenants avoid eviction.  In addition, in partnership with the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project, Mr. Brown has helped two Armenian journalists win asylum who were persecuted by their home country because they reported on an anti-government political demonstration.

Mr. Brown received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 2003.  He received his B.S., with distinction, magna cum laude, from Yale University in 1998.

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