Our Team

Andrew Brown, Partner

Andrew Brown provides legal services in both Spanish and English to a wide variety of business entities and individuals in all manner of business and commercial disputes. He practices in both state and federal court. His experience includes litigation, arbitration, mediation and negotiation.

Andrew grew up in Austin, and learned Spanish while living in Costa Rica, Honduras, and Chile. He graduated from The University of Texas School of Law in 2002, having served as Submissions Editor on the Texas International Law Journal. He passed the bar exam on the first try, and was fortunate enough to serve as law clerk to the Honorable Randy Crane, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas. During law school, Andrew spent one summer interning for federal judge Gabriel Cavallo in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Andrew has the experience needed to serve the needs of businesses and individuals in the legal arena–Andrew worked as a litigation associate for one of the largest law firms in the world, DLA Piper US LLP, and later for Texas law firm Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, PC, before starting The Brown Firm, PLLC in May, 2011.

Andrew enjoys gardening, politics, and running with his dog Houdini. He has a blackbelt in Taekwondo, and once received a bloody nose while sparring with US Olympic Gold Medalist Steven Lopez.

Admissions:
All Texas State Courts
United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Memberships and Activities:
Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star listing, 2010, Thomson Reuters Legal
State Bar of Texas
Austin Bar Association
Hispanic Bar Association of Austin
KLRU-NEXT Founding Member
KLRU Development Committee
500 Club Austin, Charitable Giving Circle, Founding Member
Seton Forum, Member
Black Belt in World Taekwondo Federation (Olympic-Style) Taekwondo.

Education:
J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 2002
Submissions Editor, Texas International Law Journal
B.A., Colorado College, 1994

Srivinas “Vasu” Behara, Partner

Vasu is a partner at The Brown Firm PLLC.  From case inception through appeal, he focuses his legal practice on resolving business disputes.  He has represented and counseled clients in litigation, arbitration, mediation and negotiation, and fought for his clients in venues spanning from Oregon to Delaware.

Vasu joined The Brown Firm after working as a litigation associate in the Austin office of DLA Piper LLP (US), a global business law firm. Vasu understands that effective counseling requires the ability to think creatively, utilize experience, and offer practical solutions. He is not hesitant to have candid discussions with his clients about the merits of disputes, and he also recognizes when aggressiveness and urgency is required.

A graduate from the University of Texas School of Law in 2005 with Honors, Vasu earned the Dean’s Achievement Award in Trial Advocacy and was Co-Managing Editor of The Texas Review of Entertainment & Sports Law (TRESL).  After law school, Vasu was honored to return to his hometown to serve as a two-year judicial clerk for the Honorable Ricardo H. Hinojosa in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, McAllen Division. Through his clerkship he learned about ethics and integrity of legal practice while also absorbing invaluable experiences in assisting the Court with one of the busiest dockets in the United States.

Vasu is dedicated to pro bono matters, the protection of civil rights, and civic commitment. He has served as a Staff Attorney with the State Bar of Texas, Legal Access Division, where he worked on a pro bono campaign to recruit more attorneys to provide free legal services to the poor. He was the recipient of the Texas Civil Rights Project’s (TCRP) Kristi Couvillon Pro Bono Hero Award and has been spotlighted by Texas Access to Justice Foundation for his pro bono work. He serves on TCRP’s Board of Councilors, which helps to recruit law firms and individuals to make pro bono contributions on TCRP cases. He is also a Board Chair for Austin Voices for Education and Youth (“AVEY”), a non-profit that is focused on strengthening schools and expanding opportunities for Austin’s youth. Currently, he also serves as a Mentor through Austin Partners in Education for the last six years to a student (now attending Austin High School).

Vasu was born in Chicago and grew up in the Rio Grande Valley. His parents are from a small town in South India.  He is the middle child of two ambitious brothers, proud husband to his loving wife Ashley, and father to their young daughter Lennon. He enjoys jogs on Lady Bird Lake, traveling, reviewing hotels and restaurants, and he is bullish about his spectator sports.

Admissions:
All Texas State Courts
United States District Courts for the Southern, Northern, Eastern, and Western District of Texas
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Publications:

“Controlling Issues of Law: Texas Removes Impediment for Interlocutory Appeals,” DLA Piper Litigation Alert

“When Private Information Becomes Public: Responding to a Texas Public Information Act Request,” DLA Piper News and Insights from Austin


Nichol Peterson-Kros, Paralegal