About Brie

Brie Bridegum Pierznik focuses her practice on general corporate and securities law matters for emerging-growth companies. Brie also counsels clients on commercial contracts, technology licensing, and other agreements involving intellectual property rights. She advises clients in many industries, including technology, food and beverage, and outdoor and athletic apparel.

Brie brings a unique, in-house perspective to advising her clients, as she has been seconded and worked extensively on site with Portland’s two largest software companies: Viewpoint and Puppet.

Brie began her legal career in commercial and intellectual property litigation and dispute resolution. She has significant experience helping clients navigate complex issues, often involving the most senior levels of company leadership. That background informs her corporate practice and enables her to help clients avoid and manage legal risk.

Before joining Stoel Rives, Brie served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Jack L. Landau at the Oregon Supreme Court.

Prior to her legal career, Brie worked in sports information at the University of Oregon’s Athletics Department, coordinating print and broadcast press coverage of the school’s intercollegiate athletics teams. She also routinely worked for ABC and ESPN at remote broadcasts of sporting events all over the West Coast.

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  • Represent startups, emerging growth companies, and investors in connection with business formation, founders’ issues, and venture capital financing
  • Represent clients in the technology and food and beverage industries with buy-side and sell-side M&A transactions
  • Secondment with software company to assist with compliance efforts around changes to revenue recognition guidelines
  • Secondment with software company to assist with acquisition integration, partnership agreements, vendor deals, and software licensing
  • Secondment with global semiconductor manufacturer to draft and negotiate contracts for all IT-related purchases, working closely with procurement department
  • Provide software licensing and contract review support to local technology companies
  • Advised major technology company regarding its response to civil investigative demand (CID) issued by Department of Justice under the False Claims Act
  • Represented technology company in breach of contract and economic tort litigation against its former executive 
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Honors & Activities

Professional Activities

  • Included in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America (Corporate Law, Technology Law), 2021–2022
  • Lawyer Mentor, Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE)/PIE Shop
  • Pro Bono Outside General Counsel, Portland Women in Technology (PDXWIT)
  • Expert in Residence, Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership (Lewis & Clark College)
  • Participant, FBI’s Citizens Academy, 2021
  • Former member, Stoel Rives’ Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee

Civic Activities

  • Board Member, Metropolitan Family Service
  • Cooperating Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
  • Member, ACLU’s Legislative Review Committee
  • Volunteer Attorney, Small Business Legal Clinic
  • Mentor, Portland Reentry Court (United States District Court)
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Closing the Intellectual Property Education Gap, creating understanding” (moderator), InventOR panel, June 23, 2021
  • “Basics of IP Law for Startups,” InventOR Regionals, Badger Venture, February 23, 2021
  • “Understanding Intellectual Property,” InventOR Regionals, Klamath Community College, February 26, 2020
  • “4 suggestions for building a more inclusive workplace” (co-author Tami Wood), Portland Business Journal, August 30, 2019
  • “The Art of Sales Workshop,” Female Founders Alliance: Access Portland, Portland, Ore., April 9, 2019
  • “Understanding Intellectual Property,” InventOR Regionals, Klamath Community College & Oregon Institute of Technology, April 2, 2019
  • “Want to Crack a SAFE? Good Information for Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Others Involved in the Startup Company World,” (co-presenter Mark Bonham), Utah Innovator Series, Lehi, Utah, December 4, 2018
  • “What Every Business Attorney Should Know About SaaS,” (co-presenter Jennifer Schoof, Act-On Software General Counsel), Stoel Rives BAT Series, Portland, Ore., September 19, 2018
  • Portland’s largest law firm, powerhouse startup group join forces” (quoted), Portland Business Journal, August 28, 2018
  • “Startup Law 101,” (co-presenter Steve Boender), InventOR Train the Trainer, Portland, Ore., August 23, 2018
  • “InventOR: Startup Law 101,” (co-presenter Steve Boender), InventOR State Finals, Klamath Falls, Ore., June 30, 2018
  • “The Attorney-Client Privilege and the Duty of Confidentiality for In House Counsel,” (co-presenter Steve Lovett), Stoel Rives’ Rooftop CLE Series, Portland, Ore., May 31, 2017
  • “Recent Developments and Trends in Privacy Law,” Oregon Law Institute, June 6, 2014

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