About Chris Brown

About Chris Brown 2017-11-17T19:50:01+00:00
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Part-time Kansas City startup lawyer, full-time entrepreneur.

On October 3, 2013, I decided to make an entrepreneurial jump. I resigned from a mid-size Kansas City law firm and became a full-time entrepreneur. Today I represent Kansas City startups, freelancers, and small businesses through my law firm, Venture Legal. I’m also the co-founder of Contract Canvas, a digital contract platform for creative freelancers and b.Legal Marketing, a website development and hosting platform for small law firms. The opportunity to work on different projects every day is something which I cherish very much and it allows me to provide more practical advice to my law firm clients.

A different approach: Forward-Thinking “Horseback Law”

If you’ve worked with a traditional law firm, you might have walked away frustrated. Many firms use out-of-date technology, practice methods, and billing practices that often don’t align with the way you run your business. When you work with Venture Legal, you’ll enjoy a modern practice that takes advantage of cloud-based technology, digital file-sharing, electronic signatures, and online billing. What’s more, both you and our firm can benefit from our fixed-fee, project-based legal services.

Perhaps more importantly, we think differently. While many attorneys focus solely on reasons you can’t do something, we try to provide “yes if” answers rather than just answering “no.” You’ll probably also like our use of what Google calls Horseback Law.


An advocate for the future of Kansas City

Through volunteering, speaking, mentoring, writing, and more, I’m constantly involved with building a better future for our city. I’ve been very lucky to have a voice in city hall for positive change and I’m always advocating for forward-thinking policies in the areas of technology, job creation, and great educational opportunities for every child in our city. I’m taking the long view and I’m in it for the long haul!

Awards & Recognition

  • Recipient, WeWork Creator Award, 2017
  • Silicon Prairie Service Provider of the Year Finalist, 2013 & 14
  • Top Ten People KC Entrepreneurs Should Meet, SPN, 2014
  • Top Ten Law Firm Website, Lawyerist.com, 2014
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2013-2016
  • KCMBA Bar Leadership Academy, 2011-2012
  • Most Outstanding Law Review Writing, 2010

Community Involvement

  • Board of Advisors & Policy Committee, KC Tech Council
  • Policy Committee, Kansas City Startup Foundation
  • Board Member, KC Legal Hackers
  • Subject Matter Expert (Law), Kauffman FastTrac
  • Associate Member, The Freelance Exchange of Kansas City
  • Mentor, UMKC Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Mentor, Startup Weekend Kansas City
  • Mentor, The Sprint Accelerator
  • Mentor, Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts
  • Mentor, The Lean Lab
  • Mentor, Coffee + Design
  • Speaker, ECJC Workshop Series
  • Speaker, WordCamp Kansas City
  • Speaker, Kansas City Design Week
  • Member, Think Big Coworking
  • Member, WeWork
  • Founder, Innovative Professionals for Entrepreneurs
  • Graduate, KCMBA Bar Leadership Academy
  • Member, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member, Missouri Bar
  • Member, Kansas Bar


UMKC School of Law

Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 2010

World Intellectual Property Organization

International Intellectual Property Certificate, 2007


Belmont University

Bachelors of Business Administration, 2005

  • Emphasis in Music Production
  • Focus in Record Production and Engineering

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