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 a variety of technology issues including big data, wireless communications, machine-to-machine wireless communications, in-bound and outbound sourcing, SaaS, PaaS, IaaS and all aspects of Cloud computing, telematics, data security and privacy issues, RFID payment systems, and the use of marketing data in a manner that does not violate various federal, state and international laws. He counsels clients on open source issues, both as part of on-going compliance and during M&A transactions. 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” by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell. He was also recognized as a leading lawyer for Illinois, Technology & Outsourcing in Chambers and 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.” Mike has been selected by his peers as a Leading Lawyer in Computer & Technology Law.
•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.
Sale of Compliance11 to Charles Schwab Corporation
We represented software tools provider Compliance11 in its October 2011 sale to Charles Schwab Corporation.
ISD Corporation Sale of Parent Company Stock
Our lawyers represented ISD Corporation in the sale of the stock of its parent company by its venture capital and private equity to Florida-based ACI Worldwide.
Edwards Wildman's Mike Bennett Contributes to the SC Magazine eBook on Big Data (2014)
November 18, 2014
Cutting Edge Developments Affecting Cloud Companies in Privacy and Data Security
September 16, 2014 event
Writing for Leisure & Hospitality International, Mike Bennett Examines Big Data Issues in the Hospitality Industry
August 26, 2014
US-Korea Law Day
July 26, 2014 event
Edwards Wildman's Mike Bennett Analyzes Big Data Issues in Oil & Gas Monitor
April 8, 2014
The Legal & Business Risk to Insourcing
February 13, 2014 event
Cloud Computing: Customer Concerns and Legal Myths
March 12, 2013 event
Edwards Wildman's Mike Bennett Comments on Medical Practices Moving to Cloud-based Services in Medical Office Today Healthcare Law
February 7, 2013
Cloud Computing Webinar: Legal & Regulatory Update for 2012, Speaker
November 15, 2012 event
AON Consulting Industry Symposium
June 12-13, 2012 event
Edwards Wildman's Mike Bennett Analyzes Data Breaches on Social Media Sites in Law360
October 20, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Mike Bennett Comments on Big Data vs. Traditional Outsourcing in Data Informed
October 14, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Mike Bennett Weighs In on Guest Data Collection in Lodging
September 17, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Mike Bennett Comments on Three Key Pieces to Data Security in Hospitality Technology
August 6, 2014
Chambers USA 2014 Recognizes 35 Edwards Wildman Lawyers for Excellence
June 4, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Mike Bennett Comments on Hotel Market Bracing For DATA Act Repercussions in Law360
November 22, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Mike Bennett Analyzes Cloud Computing for Oil and Gas Companies in Oil & Gas Monitor
May 29, 2013
Chambers USA 2013 Ranks 36 Edwards Wildman Lawyers in 17 Practice Areas
May 28, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Mike Bennett Analyzes When Mobile CRM Goes Too Far in CRM Buyer
May 28, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Mike Bennett Comments on Medical Practices Moving to Cloud-based Services in Medical Office Today
February 7, 2013