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About Brian Larson

Associate professor of law, Texas A&M University School of Law. Legal argumentation and rhetoric, including theoretical work in philosophy of argumentation and relevance-theoretic pragmatics. Other interests include data privacy and public health, the law of online contracts, and empirical research methods. I study legal argumentation in context and practice, using text-analytic, computational, and cognitive methods. Fifteen-year career as attorney in private practice before coming to the academy. Follow me on LinkedIn and Mastodon (Masto conf code: <a rel="me" href="">Mastodon</a>).


August 2017 - Present Associate Professor of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law
August 2015 - Present Of Counsel, Larson Skinner PLLC
August 2015 - June 2017 Assistant Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology ‐ School of Literature, Media, and Communication
May 2008 - July 2015 Managing Member, Larson Skinner PLLC
June 2007 - November 2013 President, Larson/Sobotka Business Advisors LLC
May 2002 - April 2008 Sole Proprietor, Larson Skinner PLLC
October 2000 - June 2002 President and General Counsel, Regional Multiple Listing Service of Minnesota, Inc.
August 1995 - October 2000 President, Regional Multiple Listing Service of Minnesota, Inc.
November 1993 - August 1995 General Manager, Regional Multiple Listing Service of Minnesota, Inc.
August 1990 - December 1993 Communications Director, Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS, Inc.
October 1988 - January 1990 Business Graphics Designer, Deloitte

Curriculum Vitae


2019 - Present Intersections of Classical Rhetoric & Contemporary Law
Texas A&M University Arts & Humanities Fellowship Program
Arts & Humanities Fellow
Role: PI
2019 - Present The Pragmatics of Othering: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Cyberhate
Texas A&M University
Texas A&M Triads for Transformation
Role: Co-PI
2016 - 2017 REULlab: Responsible End-User Licensing Lab
Georgia Institute of Technology, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center Fund
Role: PI
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2018 - Present See CV for more recent service, See CV
2013 - Present Peer Reviewer, Written Communication; Journal of Business & Technical Communication; Legal Communication & Rhetoric
2000 - Present Member, American Bar Association
2016 - 2016 Peer Reviewer, Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication, Law and Policy Division, Spring Coll.
2013 - 2016 Member, Board of Directors, MLS Domains Association
2010 - 2016 Corporate Secretary, MLS Domains Association
2008 - 2010 Member, Board of Directors, Real Estate Information Providers Association
2005 - 2010 Speaker, Hennepin County (MN) Bar Association Speaker's Bureau
2008 - 2009 Liaison to Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems, American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law
2002 - 2009 Member, ABA IPL Section Committee on Online Data, Transactions, and Security
2007 - 2008 Member, ABA IPL Section Annual Report Board
2007 - 2008 Chairman of Intellectual Property Law Section Databases & E-Commerce Committee, American Bar Association
2003 - 2007 Volunteer Judge, American Mock Trial Association
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Honors and Awards

  • Thank a Teacher Program, Georgia Institute of Technology (Spring 2016)
  • Thank a Teacher Program, Georgia Institute of Technology (Fall 2015)
  • Council of Multiple Listing Services Hall of Fame (October 2015)
  • Association of Teachers of Technical Writing Graduate Student Scholarship (2015)
  • University of Minnesota Writing Studies Department James I. Brown Fellowship (2014)
  • Swanepoel 200 List of 200 Most Influential Leaders in Real Estate Industry (2013, 2014)
  • University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts Graduate Research Partnership Program Fellow (2012)
  • Inman News 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders (2009-2013)
  • Texas A&M University Arts & Humanities Fellow (class of 2019)


  • Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing


2010 - 2015 Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Scientific & Technical Communication, University of Minnesota
1996 - 2000 Juris Doctor, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
August 1992 Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, University of Wisconsin

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