Bar Admissions

  • California


  • J.D., UCLA School of Law, 2013
    Member, UCLA Law Trial Advocacy Program
  • B.A., Philosophy, University of California at Santa Barbara, 2008
    First Team All-Conference, Collegiate Water Polo Association, 2007
T +1 415.653.3729
F +1 415.653.3755

Brian A. Featherstun


Brian Featherstun is a litigation attorney with Venable LLP, with a focus on complex civil litigation. He has significant experience in all aspects of the litigation process, from pre-filing analyses through discovery management, motion practice, expert work, both jury and bench trials, and post-verdict motions and enforcement. Brian has experience on both sides of the aisle, representing plaintiffs and defendants in numerous forums across the country in a wide variety of practice areas, ranging from complex patent litigation to class action defense. He works with both in-house and outside counsel teams to develop effective, cost-efficient, and, should it be necessary, jury-friendly strategies on matters ranging from routine business disputes to "bet the company"-type litigation.

Brian also maintains an active pro bono practice, ranging from negotiating to protect low-income tenant rights to developing and implementing business and legal strategies to protect nonprofit organizations' intellectual property. Recently, he successfully represented a federal inmate in clemency proceedings before the United States Department of Justice's Office of the Pardon Attorney, obtaining a sentence commutation for his client from President Obama on the final day of his presidency.

Prior to joining Venable, Brian was a litigation associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where his practice focused primarily on intellectual property litigation.

Brian received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law. While at UCLA, he was a member of UCLA's Trial Advocacy Program, which focuses on training for first-chair trial work. As part of that program, he represented pro bono clients in multiple hearings before the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, conducting both opening and closing statements, as well as direct and cross examinations of witnesses.

Significant Matters

  • Obtained dismissal on behalf of a large food company in a class action involving novel issues related to “all natural” advertising claims. The decision was the first in the country to consider the issue.
  • Served as lead associate on a trial team that achieved a favorable jury verdict on behalf of a leading media company in a defamation case involving social media.
  • Lead associate of a trial team that obtained a favorable jury verdict on behalf of a rental car company in a personal injury trial.
  • Currently serving as trial counsel for a supplement manufacturer in eleven co-pending class actions alleging false advertising on dietary supplement products.