Professional Biography

Lester (Les) Brown Partner

  • Palo Alto

    D +1.650.838.4415

    F +1.650.838.4350

    Palo Alto

    3150 Porter Drive

    Palo Alto, CA


  • Los Angeles

    D +1.310.788.3203

    F +1.310.843.1244

    Los Angeles

    1888 Century Park East, Suite 1700

    Los Angeles, CA







  • October 2017
    Attorney Publications
    Protecting Innovative Companies Against 21st Century Risks
  • 10.27.2015
    The Top 5 Insurance Products Every Startup Needs
    The fast-paced nature of the startup world means that entrepreneurs often overlook the insurance products necessary to protect a growing company. But simply telling your board “We have insurance” does not mean it is the appropriate insurance for your particular company or that the policy is being properly utilized. Insurance should be viewed as, and maximized like, any other company asset.
  • 09.25.2015
  • 09.24.2015
  • 09.23.2015
  • 09.09.2015
    The Animas Spill: EPA Liability and Insurance Coverage
    When a contractor for the Environmental Protection Agency accidentally released three million gallons of contaminated mining work wastewater into the Animas River in August 2015, the EPA immediately took responsibility, as it should.
  • 06.01.2015
    Top 5 Insurance Products for Startups
    Attorney Publications

    startupPerColator Founder Tip of the Week

    Q: How should I invest in insurance for my startup? What types of insurance do I need? What can I expect from the claim process?
  • 10.09.2014
    Federal District Court Rules PRP Can Pursue CERCLA Cost Recovery Action Against State
    Judge William B. Shubb of the Eastern District of California ruled last month that a state government agency can be held liable as a Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) even if the agency’s involvement at a particular site is limited to cleanup activities.
  • 09.17.2014
    Insurance Coverage for Businesses Affected by Hurricane Odile
    Reports are coming in from Baja California about substantial damages from Hurricane Odile. As of September 15, 2014, the airport in Cabo San Lucas is closed, as are roads up and down the Baja peninsula.
  • 10.25.2017
    Speaking Engagements
    Commercial UAV 2017 / Las Vegas, NV
  • 07.17.2015
    Speaking Engagements
    7th Annual TMA Western Regional Conference / Carlsbad, CA
  • 04.29.2015
    Speaking Engagements
    RIMS 2015 Annual Conference & Exhibition
  • 10.16.2014 - 10.17.2014
    Environmental Insurance
    Speaking Engagements
    2014 Comprehensive Insurance Law Conference
    City University of Seattle / 521 Wall St,  Seattle, WA 98121
  • 04.23.2013
    I’m Exhausted, But Are My Underlying Limits?
    Speaking Engagements

    A number of excess insurance companies argue that any compromise between the policyholder and an underlying carrier should result in the policyholder losing all excess coverage. It's time for policyholders and their brokers to just say no to wordings in their policies that may yield such an inequitable result.

    The panel will encourage all parties to support the proposition that excess coverage is triggered by the amount of the liability, rather than who will be responsible for payment. Such an approach will not only reduce litigation, but foster better relationships, compromise and stability among policyholders, underlying and excess insurers.

  • 08.30.2011
    Hurricane Irene: Insurance Coverage for Preventative Measures, Property Damage, and Business Interruption
    Perkins Coie Webinar

    Perkins Coie's Insurance Recovery attorneys addressed questions and coverage issues businesses need to understand in order to respond quickly to damage caused by hurricanes and other natural disasters.



Areas of Focus

Bar and Court Admissions

  • California

  • New York

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1983
  • Cornell University, B.A.,
    cum laude
    , 1974