Bill Brown
Senior Lecturing Fellow

Mr. Brown is Senior Lecturing Fellow, rejoining the Law School after previously serving as Professor of the Practice of Law.   He is the Executive Chairperson and Chief Technology Officer for 8 Rivers Capital. He focuses on technology development with the mission to achieve global “net zero” carbon emissions by 2050. 8 Rivers strives to develop and commercialize new technologies related to clean energy power, clean hydrogen, clean ammonia, and CO2 capture from industrial sources and direct air. Bill is also the Co-Founder and President of NET Power LLC, a power technology company that produces electricity from natural gas while capturing all atmospheric emissions. Prior to NET Power and 8 Rivers, Mr. Brown held various positions in the finance industry with firms such as Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, and AIG International.  Before his Wall Street career, he was a partner at Sidley Austin.   

Mr. Brown currently sits on the boards of Duke University’s School of Law, Resources for the Future, and the NC Department of Commerce Board of Science. Bill graduated with two B.S. degrees in Biology and Political Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and later received his J.D. from the Law School.

Bill Brown