Today’s technology sector spans a diverse group of industries from software developers and cloud-solution providers to clean tech energy plants and health care technology solutions. Tech innovators from small businesses operating from garage offices in Silicon Valley to multinational corporations need strategic advisors with strong technical and legal experience to assist them in navigating the unique regulatory and financial challenges they encounter.
Our Technology Industry Group is comprised of lawyers who have an in-depth understanding of the industry and serve tech creators, facilitators and technology-based businesses. We represent clients of all sizes and types with a stake in the technology industry, including entrepreneurs, emerging companies, venture capitalists, middle-market private companies, financial companies and large public companies.
Working with lawyers across a wide range of disciplines – including transactional, litigation and regulatory – we are able to serve as full-service legal counsel to our clients in the technology industry. We help technology clients with issues such as entity formation; mergers and acquisitions; corporate finance and capital-raising efforts; labor and employment; intellectual property; international trade compliance; regulatory filings and compliance; internal investigations including those relating to standards of business conduct and litigation.
Our multidisciplinary group assists companies with legal services, including:
- Corporate and Securities
- Intellectual Property
- Government and Regulatory Affairs
- Labor and Employment
- Information Privacy, Security and Governance
- Software Litigation
- Technology Transactions and Licensing
Corporate and Securities
Our lawyers provide a variety of services to public and private companies, financial institutions and institutional and individual investors.
We have extensive experience representing clients in sophisticated business transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, debt financings, restructurings and reorganizations, public and private securities offerings and venture capital investments. We leverage our strong full-service firm platform to lead these transactions.
Helping technology clients identify, protect and leverage the value of their intellectual assets is the core of our IP practice. Our full service intellectual property group comprises litigators, transactional lawyers, registered patent attorneys and counselors with extensive experience in government and technology firms. Our patent, trademark and copyright groups work together seamlessly to handle any intellectual property issue that may arise. We partner with our clients to develop their desired outcomes and conceive and execute strategies to reach their goals.
Government and Regulatory Affairs
We counsel technology firms in those areas that are subject to significant government regulation, including antitrust, appropriations, communications and intellectual property. We rely on our deep industry focus to represent technology companies before regulatory agencies, analyze and advocate for the development of legislation and associated regulation, and, where necessary, litigate on our client’s behalf.
Labor and Employment
We work with technology companies to set up the proper foundation of option plans, intellectual property assignment agreements and other policies necessary to ensure the proper ownership and foundation for growth. We have successfully litigated hundreds of cases in state and federal courts throughout the country regarding a wide range of labor and employment issues, including discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination, FMLA, wage and hour, privacy and whistleblower claims.
We understand the complexities of technology companies and have represented numerous firms in internal investigations, patent litigation and complex commercial litigation in disputes over long term service arrangements, product/software delivery agreements, and consumer class actions, all of which require a nuanced understanding of the technology and the marketplace.
One of the cornerstones of our practice is our significant trial experience. Whereas other litigators may rarely see the inside of a courtroom, our group of more than 300 litigators has successfully tried cases in arbitrations as well as in court. We efficiently managed class actions and multidistrict litigation and won major dispositive motions in state, federal and appellate courts around the country.
Treating litigation like a business issue, we understand the financial pressures facing businesses and in-house counsel today. We work with clients to control the costs and risks of litigation through pre-emptive legal strategies, creative approaches to alternative dispute resolution and fee models that incentivize efficiency.
Information Privacy, Security and Governance
Our privacy lawyers help technology clients understand and comply with laws regarding the use and transfer of personal information. We provide practical advice and useful tools based on a thorough understanding of the business needs of the technology industry as a whole, as well as the individual client’s perspective. Our lawyers provide a full range of services designed to meet privacy law needs, including auditing existing policies and procedures; advising on data collection activities; structuring outsourcing contracts; developing and implementing employment policies; protecting trade secrets; investigating data security incidents; and defending against privacy class actions.
We offer software vendors and service providers a full range of legal support from contracts to litigation. Our services include negotiating complex license agreements and services contracts, and project management advice during ongoing implementation projects. We also regularly advise software industry clients on developing insurance and risk management programs and ensuring that proper coverage is in place for all products and services being offered.
When litigation is the only alternative, our group has the experience and drive needed to successfully handle complex, high exposure software cases. We have done this in a variety of forums, both domestically and abroad.
Technology Transaction and Licensing
By combining our capabilities in technology, patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets with the support of lawyers in other areas, such as mergers and acquisitions, tax, litigation and antitrust, we develop and execute legal solutions that help clients preserve their flexibility, while protecting their rights and property. We assist clients with development and distribution; inbound licensing; outbound licensing; strategic alliances and joint ventures; research and development; university research and technology transfer; and IP asset acquisitions and equity investments.