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Bryan Brewer

Phone: +1 202.624.2605
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

H. Bryan Brewer, III, is the co-chair of Crowell & Moring's Corporate Group and a partner in the firm's Privacy & Cybersecurity and International Trade groups.

Mr. Brewer is experienced in matters related to mergers and acquisitions, public securities, government contracts, intellectual property licensing and counseling, venture capital, export controls, and general corporate governance issues that affect both for-profit and non-profit companies. Included in this experience is a focus on the intersection of corporate and cybersecurity and privacy as well as counseling with companies focused on digital transformation issues.

In addition to his corporate transactional practice, Mr. Brewer has over two decades of experience acting as special counsel to corporate trusts and trustees in the context of complex corporate transactions. Mr. Brewer has advised trusts in transactions relating to securitization, environmental, bankruptcy/liquidation, royalty, equipment, college/university, and the insurance verticals. He has advised and coordinated counseling on a wide range of matters impacting trusts and trustees, including general corporate and trust structuring matters, trust agreements, fiduciary duties, due diligence and trustee obligations under Delaware law, public securities and SEC filing obligations of publicly traded trusts, bankruptcy, litigation, tax, and matters relating to conflict of interest.

Mr. Brewer provides counseling for both public companies and privately held corporations on mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance, and securities issuances. He is experienced in providing advice on the corporate aspects of technology, life sciences, and government contracts. Mr. Brewer has counseled on digital strategy and technology in the autonomous vehicle, internet of things, artificial intelligence, and other transformative technology verticals. He also has advised emerging research-based companies with respect to the legal issues associated with the development of vaccines (including vaccines based on virus-like particles) and discovery of small molecules targeting emerging infectious agents, biodefense companies specializing in the development and commercialization of medical countermeasures against chemical and biological threats, and foundations focusing on biomedical research projects bringing the public sector (NIH) and the private sector (pharmaceutical, biotech, and other companies, foundations, and academia) together to solve persistent health challenges. Mr. Brewer's experience involves counseling with respect to awards, RFPs, solicitations, teaming agreements, joint venture agreements, subcontracts, intellectual property, and licensing issues and positioning with respect to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), and other governmental agencies.

He is also experienced in providing corporate/business counseling and strategic advice for rapidly expanding start-up and pre-IPO companies. He has clients in a number of sectors including government contractors, energy, life sciences, technology, telecommunications, media and the financial markets. He has also worked on numerous matters related to International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR), Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and regulatory and export compliance matters generally. He also counsels clients on transactional aspects of intellectual property rights and strategies and has experience in formulating, negotiating and implementing intellectual property licensing agreements, technology transfer programs, technology acquisitions, and copyright and trade secret protection programs.

Mr. Brewer has deep experience in working with trade associations on their transactional and corporate challenges and transactions. He has acted as outside counsel on numerous corporate matters and transactions for trade associations. Mr. Brewer has counseled numerous non-profit corporations on formation, licensing and related contract and intellectual property issues in a variety of industries. Mr. Brewer has authored numerous articles and frequently speaks on such topics as mergers & acquisitions, securities, venture capital, intellectual property, export controls and other emerging business issues.


  • College of William & Mary, B.A. (1990)
  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D. (1993)


Admitted to practice: Pennsylvania, Commonwealth of Virginia, District of Columbia

Mr. Brewer is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association (Intellectual Property and Corporation, Finance, and Securities Law Sections).

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"How to Navigate Supply Chain Disputes in a Pandemic," Litigation Alert (May 19, 2020). Contacts: Mark A. Klapow, Bryan Brewer, Luke van Houwelingen, Mara Lieber
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"Business Disruption in a Pandemic Part II: Practical Issues You Have to Consider After Receiving or Giving Notice, During the Disruption, and Once It Ends?" Crowell & Moring Webinar (April 9, 2020). Presenters: Bryan Brewer, John L. Murino, Emily Alban, and Michelle Pham.
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"Business Disruption and Commercial Contracts (Part 5): Once Force Majeure Is Asserted, What Are Our Rights And Obligations?," Litigation Alert (April 1, 2020). Contacts: Bryan Brewer, Mark A. Klapow, Luke van Houwelingen, Mara Lieber
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Business Disruption and Commercial Contracts (Part 4): How To Assert Force Majeure," Litigation Alert (April 1, 2020). Contacts: Bryan Brewer, Mark A. Klapow, Luke van Houwelingen, Robert B. Kornweiss
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Business Disruption and Commercial Contracts (Part 3): Does The Law Of Impossibility Or Frustration Excuse Performance?," Litigation Alert (April 1, 2020). Contacts: Bryan Brewer, Mark A. Klapow, John L. Murino, Emily Alban
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Business Disruption and Commercial Contracts (Part 2): What Is The Actual Cause Of The Disruption?," Corporate Alert (April 1, 2020). Contacts: Bryan Brewer, Mark A. Klapow, John L. Murino
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Coronavirus Stabilization Act of 2020 – COVID-19 Stimulus Law Title IV: Federal Government Financial Assistance to Distressed Industries and Mid-sized Businesses – 2008 Redux?" Crowell & Moring Webinar (April 1, 2020). Presenters: Bryan Brewer, James G. Flood, Ilana Lubin, and Scott A. Lessne.

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