About Chris Brown 2018-03-19T20:54:06+00:00

About Chris Brown

Part-time Kansas City startup lawyer, full-time entrepreneur.

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A move to the other side of the table

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. I had spent years helping entrepreneurs and freelancers document their deals, minimize their risk, and maximize their chances of success. But I wanted to be on the other side of the table – the one making decisions and creating deals myself.

Today I spend part of my time representing Kansas City startups, freelancers, and small businesses through Venture Legal and part of my time building Contract Canvas, a digital-contract platform for creative professionals. I absolutely love working on two companies at the same time because it gives me the opportunity to do different things every day and the ability to provide incredibly practical advice to my law firm clients.

A different approach: Forward-Thinking “Horseback Law”

A common complaint about the legal industry is that it is out of date and doesn’t keep up with modern business trends. There’s a lot of truth to that which is why I’ve done everything I can to make Venture Legal more like a business and less like a law firm.

My pricing is transparent and I use fixed-fee, project based billing whenever possible. I also use many of the same tools as you: DocuSign for electronic signatures, Xero and Stripe for online billing, Dropbox for file storage and sharing, and Asana for task management.

Perhaps more importantly, we approach your legal needs from a different angle. While many attorneys focus 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.

Community

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 better public education. 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, 2018
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2013-2016
  • KCMBA Bar Leadership Academy, 2011-2012
  • Most Outstanding Law Review Writing, 2010

Past & Present 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

Education

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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