Technology • Draft and negotiate software development agreements (both waterfall- and Agile-based) and software maintenance agreements • Draft EULAs, terms of service agreements, and privacy policies • Draft licensing, SaaS, and distribution agreements (including co-branding and white labeling) • Draft professional services agreements (including MSAs and SLAs) • Provide legal counsel and review of technology-related agreements • Offer counsel and legal support on other technology-related transactional matters
Corporate • Provide general legal advice to clients on a variety of issues pertaining to business formation and day-to-day business operations • Advise clients on stock options and other stock-related matters • Assist clients with performing due diligence to position them for funding rounds • Draft independent contractor and employment agreements • Negotiate settlement agreements in business “divorces” (including assignment and protection of IP rights)
Intellectual Property • Counsel clients on protecting trade secrets and other proprietary rights • File trademark applications and respond to USPTO office actions • Draft NDAs, confidentiality agreements, IP assignments, non-competes, and other IP agreements • Write and respond to cease and desist letters
Other • Educate attorneys about technology and educate technology leaders about the law by conducting seminars through bar associations and technology organizations
Juris Doctor, Barry University School of Law Master of Business Administration (MBA), University of Central Florida Master of Science, Computer Science, University of Central Florida Bachelor of Science, Computer Science, University of Southern Mississippi
Software Engineering Experience
20 years experience as a professional software engineer (Symantec/Veritas/Seagate Software, Micro Design International (MDI), Medicomp, and Sverdrup Technologies)
I've always had a passion for math, science, and software. I spent twenty years as a software engineer and never imagined I would do anything else. I never aspired to be an attorney. It wasn't until I was working on my MBA that I discovered that I also have a passion for the law. When I started law school, I knew I wanted to focus on how the law affects the information technology profession. I could bring a depth of understanding of technology to the practice of law that most people could not. So, realizing that I found that area of the law interesting (when my classmates found it boring) was not the least bit surprising to me. What was surprising to me is how much the practice of law is like software development. Analyzing a legal problem and translating complicated technology concepts into legal agreements take the same logic skills that I used when I was designing a software solution. So, now I have two loves—technology and the law. I would love to use my passions to make your business run more smoothly.
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