Michael Bennett is a partner in the Intellectual Property Department of Edwards Wildman. Mike's entire legal career has been spent advising technology companies as well as companies acquiring technology products on the legal issues inherent in existing and emerging technology. For nearly 20 years, he has counseled clients on their use of technology and has provided strategies to avoid the legal pitfalls that frequently arise from such use. He consults with clients on a variety of technology issues including the mitigation of risk associated with use and distribution of software licensed under an open source model, creation of RFID payment systems, data security and privacy issues, and the use of marketing data in a manner that does not violate various federal, state and international laws. On behalf of technology consumers, Mike has negotiated transactions with nearly every major provider of hardware and software operating systems and applications. These negotiations include traditional inbound and outbound licensing, development agreements, distribution, customization, and implementation. Mike has represented clients acquiring ASP services, traditional outsourcing, business process outsourcing, and facilities management services, and negotiated on behalf of Northrop Grumman the largest private/public outsourcing IT agreement at the time, valued at $2 billion.
In 2013, Mike was selected as a Top Rated Lawyer in Technology byAmerican Lawyer Media andMartindale-Hubbell. He was also recognized as a leading lawyer for Illinois, Technology & Outsourcing inChambersand Partners USA (2013), noting that his client service is at the highest level and his extensive cloud computing experience, which alongside his deep open source knowledge gives him an enviable awareness of the impact of emerging technologies on business development.
•Structure and negotiate innovative licensing and supplier agreements to maximize downstream revenue for bio-fuels technology companies.
•Regularly counsel corporations on policies, license agreements and best practices for Open Source and Cloud Computing technology.
•Served as lead counsel to an IT service provider for a ten-year IT outsourcing agreement valued at $2 billion; the largest private public outsourcing agreement of its kind.
•Represents a multi-billion dollar leading consumer brands company on all of its major technology transactions including traditional licensing agreements, ASP agreements, implementation agreements for Enterprise Resource Planning systems, and outsourcing.
•Represented one of the world's leading spirits companies regarding issues related to the outsourcing of finance and accounting functions. Assisted client from the negotiation of a legal structure for the outsourcing agreement to ongoing maintenance of change orders.
•Represents an insurance company in its $600 million relationship with a major provider of IT outsourcing services, in a wide array of matters including structuring of outsourcing agreements, developing new applications, and dealing with various disputes that arise.
•Represented one of the country's largest REITs regarding all of its major technology initiatives including implementation of back-end systems, front-end systems, telecommunication agreements, and B-to-B commerce sites.
•Represented a major provider of travel content regarding a significant technology initiative designed to increase the scope and allow greater control of the services it offers consumers and businesses.
•Represents a global communications and manufacturing company in its licensing dispute.
Before Edwards Wildman
Before becoming a lawyer, Mike studied systems analysis and design at DePaul University. He began his legal career as in-house counsel at Zenith Data Systems, a computer company.
Besides Edwards Wildman
Mike is currently studying Mandarin and already speaks Italian.