Brian R. Brown

Brian Brown is a partner in the firm’s M&A and Corporate Transactions group and a member of our Life Sciences Industry team. Working predominantly with domestic and international clients in the life sciences and health care space, Brian’s corporate practice is focused on mergers, acquisitions, corporate governance issues, negotiating commercial contracts and agreements and providing tax-related advice.

What do you focus on?


My practice covers a wide range of corporate issues, from counseling start-ups on business formation, raising capital and related tax advice, to representing industry leaders on corporate reorganizations, divestitures and complex, large-scale mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. I am particularly knowledgeable in the health care and life sciences sectors and have a thorough understanding of the issues that arise in transactions related to such matters.

Professional background

From 1982–1987, I served in the United States Air Force as a Judge Advocate General Officer.

What do you see on the horizon?

I see health care and privacy taking a more important role in transactional work as cross-border legal work takes center stage.

Presentations and Publications

  • “Estate Planning, Tax Planning and Asset Protection,” Seminars with UBS
  • “Tax Aspects Related to FASB Interpretation No. 48,” Seminar for CPAs and Attorneys
  • “Legal Issues Relevant to Alliances of Affiliations,” Seminar for Triangle Professional Women’s Organization
  • “Selected Tax Aspects in Mergers and Acquisitions,” Presentation to Attorneys’ Group
  • “Caveat Earnout,” the Inside Scoop, April 2016
  • North Carolina Estate Administration Manual, 1993–1995

4 M&A partners join Nixon Peabody’s new N.C. office

Law360 | July 17, 2017

The article focuses on the arrival of M&A and corporate transactions partners John Erwin Brian Brown, Angie Cottrell and Isabelle de Smedt, and paralegal Patricia Harris as well as the firm’s Raleigh office.

Nixon Peabody opens in North Carolina with K&L Gates hires

American Lawyer | July 10, 2017

The following coverage is about the arrival of M&A and corporate transactions partners John Erwin, Brian Brown, Angie Cottrell and Isabelle De Smedt to Nixon Peabody’s new Raleigh, North Carolina office.


Brian R. Brown



Phone: 919-900-3902

Fax: 833-256-5858

Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M.

Emory University School of Law, J.D.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, B.A., History and English

District of Columbia


North Carolina

Brian was listed as a 2016 “Client Service All-Star” in the area of Corporate/M&A by BTI Consulting Group, one of the leading independent research and consulting groups. BTI selects “Client Service All-Star” recipients through conducting independent interviews with c-suite executives of Fortune 1000 companies to seek feedback on their legal services providers. In addition, Business North Carolina magazine named Brian a “Legal Elite” for tax and estate planning in 2006 and 2009.

Brian is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and American Health Lawyers Association.

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