2018 Rising Stars: Brian Brown

Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Ellie Mae

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Named executive vice president in 2017, Brian Brown has built a commercial legal team for Ellie Mae which supported their ability to scale the business from $128 million to over $400 million.

Brown began his career at Ellie Mae in 2014 and was named general counsel in 2016. He has been instrumental to the company in all acquisitions since joining Ellie Mae in 2014, including AllRegs, MortgageReturns and Velocify, as well as being personally involved in negotiating many of Ellie Mae’s most strategic commercial deals.

Previously, Brown served as corporate associate for Goodwin Proctor LLP, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, and Kirkland & Ellis LLP, representing private equity firms and Silicon Valley companies in mergers, acquisitions, venture capital and security transactions.


Great advice I received as an attorney is “assume people have the best intentions.” I’ve found that when I, and our legal team, assume that the third parties we work with, either in a contract negotiation or a dispute, have the best intentions, we’re better able to quickly and effectively resolve our differences and move the business forward.

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