Lecturer on Law
Peter Brann is currently a partner at Brann & Isaacson, where he handles complex corporate and intellectual property matters. He also represents companies and individuals in their dealings with the government, and has been hired by governments as outside counsel. He has litigated intellectual property and corporate cases in state and federal court in 19 states and before state and federal agencies, and has represented over a dozen of the 100 largest Internet retailers. He has tried to jury verdict as lead counsel several multi–million dollar cases.
Brann previously served for 18 years as an Assistant Attorney General and then the State Solicitor for the State of Maine. In the latter capacity, he was responsible for all civil appeals for the State of Maine. In 1999, he won the National Association of Attorneys General award for Best Brief in the U.S. Supreme Court as lead counsel in Alden v. Maine, 527 U.S. 706 (1999), which he also argued and won. He has acted as lead counsel in over 80 appeals for public and private party clients in the U.S. Supreme Court, the First, Second, Third, Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Eleventh, District of Columbia, and Federal Circuits, and state appellate courts in California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, and Tennessee. He has been lead counsel for numerous retailers and retail organizations in amicus curiae briefs submitted in major patent cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and the Federal Circuit.
Since 2010, Brann has been a Visiting Adjunct Lecturer at Columbia Law School, co–teaching with James Tierney a seminar entitled, “The Role of the State Attorney General”. He has also taught at Tufts University and Bates College.