Diana J. P. McKenzie

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Biography

Experience

Diana McKenzie is a partner and chair of HunterMaclean’s information technology and outsourcing practice group. She is internationally recognized for her work in information technology and outsourcing matters and is best known for her ability to provide practical, efficient, and strategic legal counsel.

Diana has practiced exclusively in information technology and privacy law since 1985. This experience gives her the breadth and depth to offer an unparalleled sophisticated and holistic perspective on her clients’ business challenges. She has extensive experience with issues unique to the health care technology industry.

Diana is a nationally recognized writer and internationally recognized speaker in information technology, outsourcing law, and cybersecurity/privacy law. She has given over 150 speeches in fifty cities across the United States and in fourteen countries in Europe, South America, and Australia. Diana has published over fifty articles in various periodicals such as the Stanford Journal of Law, Business & Finance, The Licensing Journal, Intellectual Property and Technology Law Journal, and the Computer and Internet Lawyer. She has been quoted over 100 times in various periodicals such as the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Miami Herald, and Computerworld Magazine. Diana also has a background in computer programming.

Diana graduated from Kenyon College, magna cum laude, with honors in Political Science in 1981. She earned both her M.B.A. and J.D. from Emory University in 1985. Prior to joining HunterMaclean, she practiced at a major Chicago law firm where she founded and ran the information technology law practice group. Other leadership experience includes running the U.S. contracting for one of the top health care technology vendors. She has also served on the Management Committee for the first information technology law boutique in the country.

Community Involvement

Greater Island Council of Hilton Head Island: Member

WomenOnCall.org: Advisory Board, 2007-2017

Economic Development Corporation of Hilton Head Island: Board of Directors, 2012-2016

Savannah Logistics Technology Corridor: Co-Founder

Recognition

Best Lawyers in America: Information Technology Law, 2006-2019

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Who’s Who Legal, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers: 2008-2018

Since 1996 Who’s Who Legal has identified the foremost legal practitioners in multiple areas of business law.

Top 12 Healthcare Technology Law Attorneys: Health Data Management, 2017

Diana J. P. McKenzie was featured in this article by Health Data Management on the “12 Healthcare IT Law Attorneys You Should Know.”

Georgia Trend Magazine Legal Elite: 2012

Georgia Trend Magazine’s annual listing of Georgia’s top attorneys, selected by their peers. The list includes eight practice areas: business law; personal injury litigation; criminal law; labor and employment; taxes, estates and trusts; bankruptcy and creditors’ rights; family law; and general practice/trial law.

Georgia Super Lawyers: 2010

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Corporate Counsel Super Lawyers: 2010

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Chicago Magazine: Top 50 Women Lawyers in Illinois, 2009

Chicago Magazine: Top 50 Women Lawyers in Illinois, 2009

Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Illinois, 2005-2009

(no category listing available in Georgia)

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Illinois Super Lawyers: 2004-2009

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Martindale-Hubbell: AV Rated

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Publications & Presentations

Publications

GDPR: What U.S. Companies Need to Know

Think you don’t need to comply with the new European Union General Data Protection Regulations now in effect? Think again. Diana McKenzie and Nicole Pope explain how the new GDPR rules could seriously impact U.S. businesses in this article for Savannah Morning News.

12 Healthcare IT Law Attorneys You Should Know

Diana J. P. McKenzie was featured in this article by Health Data Management on November 21, 2017.

Cybersecurity Basics for Board of Directors

This article by Diana McKenzie and Nicole Pope discusses some of the practical steps a responsible board of any size company should take to reduce cybersecurity risks.

What Really Matters in Negotiating IT Outsourcing Contracts

Handout by Diana J. P. McKenzie at presentation to the Association of Corporate Counsel Georgia Chapter in Atlanta, Georgia, in October 2014.

Bitcoins: What You Need to Know About the Cryptocurrency

While Bitcoin gains traction as a burgeoning digital payment system, the concerns regarding its use grow as well. More than 60,000 online retailers now accept the “virtual cash,” and the UK has announced that Britain may start treating Bitcoin as a legitimate currency. But what, exactly, is Bitcoin? And what does a business need to know before accepting it as payment? Diana McKenzie, chair of HunterMaclean’s information technology practice, sheds light on these questions in her article for Savannah Morning News.

What Business Owners Should Know About Security Breaches

The increase in data breaches, as well as their associated costs, are frightening statistics for any business, not just nationwide chains. Diana J. P. McKenzie discusses a few ways companies can be proactive about protecting assets both before and after a security breach.

Licensor and Licensee Dealmaking Tips to Reduce Data Privacy and Security Risks

This article by Diana J. P. McKenzie for Bloomberg BNA addresses data privacy and security issues that frequently arise over the life span of a complex software license and services deal, and presents dealmaking tips that could be used to mitigate potential risks.

Facebook, Twitter, and the Law: What Every CIO Should Know About Social Media

By Diana McKenzie, published on June 6, 2011, on CIO Insight.

Right now, the intersection of social media and the law looks a lot like a street corner where the traffic signal has just stopped working: Things are moving much too fast and you know there’s bound to be an accident or two. One of the few things we can say with any certainty is that the state of the law of social media will be vastly different 12 months from now.

With millions of people continuing to share online gigabytes-worth of what was once relatively private information, no business can be completely safe from the unintended and often harmful consequences of all that information being released into the wild.

Trends in Outsourcing Emerging From the Great Recession

By Diana J. P. McKenzie, published on October 13, 2010, in Journal of the Technology Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia.

Avoiding Social Media-Related Legal Issues in the Workplace

By Diana J. P. McKenzie, published in July 2010 in Business in Savannah.

An informal rule of thumb to apply is this: If your company has a social media policy prohibiting certain postings and the employee’s postings nonetheless casts the company, its management or customers in a negative light, or if the company’s trade secrets and strategy are being discussed anywhere outside the secure confines of your enterprise, the employee should almost always be fired or disciplined.

Recession May Provide Opportunities to Negotiate Favorable Software Agreements

By Diana J. P. McKenzie, published in December 2009 in Business in Savannah.

Key Elements of a Good ERP Implementation

By Diana J. P. McKenzie, published in January 2008 in The Journal of Information Integration and Management, Data Trends and Applications.

Controlling the Chaos: A New Approach to Streamlining Outsourcing Negotiations

By Milton L. Petersen and Diana J. P. McKenzie, published in November 2005 in Intellectual Property and Technology Law Journal.

Preventative Law: Disentanglement Clauses in IT Outsourcing Agreements

By Milton L. Petersen and Diana J. P. McKenzie, published in September 2005 in the Computer Law Association Bulletin.

Preventative Law: Disentanglement Clauses in IT Outsourcing Agreements

By Diana J. P. McKenzie, published in August 2005 in Cutter Consortium Executive Update.

Creating a Healthy Relationship with Your (Next) IT Vendor

By Diana J. P. McKenzie, published in Journal of Healthcare Information Management (Fall 2003).

Presentations

Meet the Presidents: Introduction to Former Presidents of ITechLaw to celebrate ITechLaw’s 15th year in India

Presented by Diana J.P. McKenzie at ITechLaw’s 2019 International Asia Conference in Bangalore, India, on January 31, 2019.

Negotiating Health Care IT Agreements

Presented by Diana J.P. McKenzie at Health Care Technology 2018: New Risks and How to Plan for Them in Cyber Threats, Digital Medicine, IoT and Technology Agreements at the Practising Law Institute (PLI) in New York, New York, in June 2018.

Emerging Technology & Trends

Diana J.P. McKenzie served as moderator of this panel discussion at the ITechLaw 2018 World Technology Law Conference in Seattle, Washington, in May 2018.

HunterMaclean Brunswick Critical Issues Forum on Cybersecurity

Diana J. P. McKenzie served as the moderator at HunterMaclean’s Brunswick Critical Issues Forum on Cybersecurity on October 12, 2017, at the College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, Georgia.

Negotiating IT Contracts

Presented by Diana J.P. McKenzie at TTX Company in Chicago, Illinois, in July 2017.

Negotiating Health Care IT Agreements

Presented by Diana J. P. McKenzie at Health Care Technology 2017: Critical Issues in Cybercare, Digital Medicine, and Structuring Effective Agreements at the Practising Law Institute (PLI) in New York, New York, in June 2017.

HunterMaclean Critical Issues Forum on Cybersecurity

Diana J. P. McKenzie served as the moderator at the HunterMaclean Critical Issues Forum on Cybersecurity on April 27, 2017, at the Savannah Technical College in Savannah, Georgia.

Legal Aspects and Trends in Nursing Informatics: Practical advice on terms you need to review in your technology contracts

Presented by Diana J. P. Mckenzie at the Annual American Nursing Informatics Association Conference (ANIA) in New Orleans, Louisiana, on April 1, 2017.

Negotiating Health Care IT Agreements

Presented by Diana J. P. McKenzie at Health Care IT 2016: New Technology, New Legal Issues at the Practising Law Institute (PLI) in New York, New York, in June 2016.

Security Update

Presented by Diana J. P. McKenzie at the 2016 Health Care Law Update & Annual Meeting for the Georgia Academy of Health Care Attorneys in Atlanta, Georgia, in May 2016.

Diana J. P. McKenzie to Present at 24th Annual Technology Law Conference

HunterMaclean Information Technology partner and chair Diana J. P. McKenzie is a speaker at the upcoming Technology Law Conference in Seattle, WA. On Tuesday, December 15, Ms. McKenzie will present Security and Other New Provisions You Need in Your Technology Contracts Now.

The Inner Workings of the Cloud: A Customer Perspective

Presented by Diana J. P. McKenzie at Law Seminars International in Atlanta, Georgia, in April 2015.

Licensor and Licensee Dealmaking Tips: Typical Bones of Contention and Possible Solutions

Presented by Diana J. P. McKenzie at Technology Law Conference’s 23rd Annual Seattle Conference on Tech Law at the Law Seminar’s Institute in Seattle, Washington, in December 2014.

Legal Potpourri in the Digital Age: Social Media, Text Messaging, Mobile Health and More

Presented by Diana J. P. McKenzie at the HIMSS 2014 Midwest Fall Technology Conference in Chicago, Illinois, in November 2014

Other Options for Getting the Supplier to Focus on Target Outcomes

Presented by Diana J. P. McKenzie at the ITechLaw 2014 European Conference in Paris, France, in October 2014.

What Really Matters in Negotiating IT Outsourcing Contracts

Presented by Diana J. P. McKenzie to the Association of Corporate Counsel Georgia Chapter in Atlanta, Georgia, in October 2014.

My Career Story: Or, How to Succeed in the Practice of Law by Making a Lot of Mistakes

Presented by Diana J. P. McKenzie at the University of South Carolina Beaufort in Beaufort, South Carolina, in September 2014.

Videos & Podcasts

Podcasts

Podcast: Diana McKenzie on the TAG Radio Series 'Tech Talk'

Diana McKenzie is interviewed on the Technology Association of Georgia’s Tech Talk Radio about her Information Technology and Outsourcing practice. The interview includes examples of how complex IT law can get, leading her host to liken to her work to Star Trek 3-D chess .

Podcast: Diana McKenzie on the Creative Coast 'Front Porch'

Creative Coast Executive Director Bea Wray interviews Diana J.P. McKenzie about the HunterMaclean Information Technology practice, which Diana chairs.

News

23 HunterMaclean Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2019

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that 23 attorneys from the firm were recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019. Best Lawyers is an annual publication that recognizes attorneys for outstanding achievements in their area of practice.

The Brunswick News: Panel: Cyber threats up in 2017

HunterMaclean’s Brunswick Critical Issues Forum on Cybersecurity took place on October 12, 2017. Tyler H. Jones of The Brunswick News covered the event.

23 HunterMaclean Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2018

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that 23 attorneys from the firm were recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018. Best Lawyers recognizes attorneys for significant achievements in their area of practice.

SMN: HunterMaclean Forum Tackles Cybersecurity Issues

HunterMaclean’s Critical Issues Forum on Cybersecurity took place Thursday, April 27. Mary Carr Mayle covered the event in this article for the Savannah Morning News.

21 HunterMaclean Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2017

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that 21 attorneys were recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017. Best Lawyers, which is published annually in almost 70 countries, recognizes attorneys for outstanding achievements in their area of practice.

20 HunterMaclean Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2016

HunterMaclean, a leading business law firm with offices in Savannah and Brunswick, is pleased to announce that 20 attorneys from the firm were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016.

HunterMaclean Attorneys Selected For The Best Lawyers in America 2015

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that 22 lawyers from the firm were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015.

HunterMaclean Partner Diana McKenzie Speaks on Outsourcing and Contract Law in Belgium

Diana McKenzie, a HunterMaclean partner, spoke at the 2014 International Federation of Computer Law Association s (IFCLA) in Antwerp, Belgium, on “IT and Contracts: Outsourcing.” McKenzie has been practicing exclusively in information technology and outsourcing law for more than 25 years and is a nationally recognized writer and internationally recognized speaker.

Island Packet: Hilton Head Economic Development Board Wants to Triple its Budget

The publicly-funded Economic Development Corporation of Hilton Head Island wants to triple its budget so it can attract cutting-edge businesses and younger residents to the area. The board is asking for nearly $450,000 from the town for fiscal year 2015.

TAG Radio Tech Talk with Diana J. P. McKenzie

It isn’t often that your practice gets compared to both Star Trek 3-D chess and the TV reality show Survivor, but that’s exactly what happened to Diana J. P. McKenzie, chair of the HunterMaclean Information Technology and Outsourcing practice area, in this podcast .

25 HunterMaclean Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2014

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that 25 lawyers from the firm were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014.

Record Number of HunterMaclean Attorneys Selected for Georgia Trend’s 2012 “Legal Elite” Issue

Georgia Trend honored 14 HunterMaclean attorneys in the magazine’s annual “Legal Elite” issue, which recognizes the top attorneys in the state of Georgia.

28 HunterMaclean Attorneys Among 'Best'

HunterMaclean, a business law firm with offices in Savannah and Brunswick, has announced that 28 lawyers from the firm were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013.

Attorney Diana J. P. McKenzie to Address IT and Computer Law Conferences in Dayton and Munich

Internationally Recognized HunterMaclean Partner Focuses on Complex Contractual Agreements

Attorney Diana J. P. McKenzie, the leader of HunterMaclean ’s Information Technology and Outsourcing Practice Group, will serve as a featured speaker at the University of Dayton School of Law’s Computer and Cyberspace Law Seminar in Dayton, Ohio on June 8 and at the International Federation of Computer Law Associations (IFCLA) in Munich, Germany on June 22.

Attorney Diana McKenzie to be Featured Speaker at HIMSS12 Healthcare IT Conference in Las Vegas

Attorney Diana J. P. McKenzie, the leader of HunterMaclean’s Information Technology and Outsourcing Practice Group, will speak at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s HIMSS12 conference, which will take place February 20-24, 2012 in Las Vegas at the Venetian Sands Expo Center.

HIMSS12 is a conference that features top industry leaders who share their insights and lessons in more than 300 educational sessions in 23 topic areas regarding healthcare IT. The conference expects to attract more than 30,000 attendees from around the world with more than 1,000 exhibitors.

Record Number of HunterMaclean Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America for 2012

HunterMaclean, a leading business law firm with offices in Savannah and Brunswick, is pleased to announce that Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, recently honored a record 23 HunterMaclean attorneys by including them on this prestigious list of leading lawyers.

“We are delighted to have a record number of attorneys from our firm featured on this year’s Best Lawyers in America list,” said Frank S. Macgill, HunterMaclean’s managing partner. “This honor reflects hard work on the part of the firm’s partners and associates.”

Diana J. P. McKenzie Press Quotes

Risk and Reward in the Cloud, quoted in Healthcare-Informatics.com (May 2012).
Negotiating Maximum Cloud Uptime From Service Providers, quoted in SearchHealthIT.com (September 2011).
Health Care Cloud Offers Some Risks, Endless Possibilities, quoted in SearchHealthIT.com (June 2011).
When Negotiating Health IT Contracts, Try to Get Extra Warranties, quoted in SearchHealthIT.com (February 2011).
Good Practice: Outsourcing Health IT Can Save You Headaches, Not Money, quoted in CMIO (September 2010).
Site Helps Match Female Volunteers, Nonprofits, quoted in Island Packet (January 2010).

Record Number of HunterMaclean Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America for 2011

The Best Lawyers in America for 2011, a confidential peer-review survey, recently honored a record 28 HunterMaclean attorneys by including them on this prestigious list of leading lawyers. Last year, 20 attorneys at HunterMaclean earned this top honor.

“We’re delighted to have a record number of attorneys from our firm featured on this year’s Best Lawyers in America list,” said Frank S. Macgill, HunterMaclean’s managing partner. “Our attorneys work hard for our clients and it shows.”

Information Technology Attorney Milton L. Petersen Joins HunterMaclean as Partner in IT Practice Group

Accomplished attorney Milton L. Petersen recently joined HunterMaclean as a partner and member of the firm’s Information Technology Practice Group.

A leading information technology attorney, Petersen has a successful, established practice, with more than 10 years of experience in the area of information technology, healthcare technology, and outsourcing. Before joining HunterMaclean, he was a partner at a major law firm in Chicago, where he counseled public and private sector clients on a wide variety of IT-related transactions and issues. Over the years, his clients have ranged from technology start-ups to Fortune 100 companies.

Diana J. P. McKenzie Moderates sessions at the 2009 ItechLaw Annual European Conference

Diana J. P. McKenzie will moderate Hot Issues in eHealth and Healthcare Technology at the 2009 Information Technology Law Assciation’s Annual Conference. The topic includes several sessions: “Electronic medical records and initiatives,” “Critical provisions in your healthcare technology contracts,” “The users’ perspective,” and “The vendors’ perspective.”

Diana J. P. McKenzie has a nationwide practice focused on providing practical and strategic legal advice to clients on significant technology, privacy and security, and electronic commerce transactions.

Diana J. P. McKenzie joins HunterMaclean as leader of the firm's new Information Technology Practice Group.

Accomplished attorney Diana J. P. McKenzie recently joined HunterMaclean as a partner and leader of the firm’s new Information Technology Practice Group.

One of the world’s leading information technology attorneys, McKenzie has a successful, established practice in the area of information technology and outsourcing. Before joining HunterMaclean, she was a partner at a major law firm in Chicago, where she founded and chaired the firm’s Information Technology Practice Group.

HunterMaclean Launches New Information Technology Practice Group

HunterMaclean recently launched a new Information Technology Practice Group. The firm’s newest practice group provides clients with effective, practical and dynamic solutions to technology-related contracting and legal compliance needs.

“In recent years, our clients have demonstrated an increasing need for legal expertise in the field of information technology law,” said John M. Tatum, managing partner at HunterMaclean. “As a result, we have created a dedicated practice group that provides cutting-edge information technology solutions for our clients, from negotiating outsourcing and other technology contracts to developing electronic commerce service agreements.”

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Information Technology & Outsourcing
  • Cybersecurity and Data Privacy
  • Intellectual Property
  • Health Care
  • Corporate

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
912.236.0261  Phone
912.236.4936  Fax
www.huntermaclean.com
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 9848, Savannah, GA 31401
University Attended:
Emory University Goizueta Business School, M.B.A., 1985; Kenyon College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1981 Phi Beta Kappa
Law School Attended:
Emory University School of Law, J.D., 1985
Year of First Admission:
1986
Admission:
1993, Illinois; 1986, Georgia
Memberships:

Professional Affiliations

ITech Law Association: President, 2002-2003; Board of Directors, 1997-2003; Officer, 2000-2003; Advisory Board, 2003-Present

Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society: Senior Member, 2002-Present

Technology Association of Georgia: Savannah Chapter, Advisory Board

Healthcare Information Technology Strategies Newsletter: Advisory Board

Birth Information:
1959
ISLN:
904944189

Peer Reviews

5.0/5.0 (2 reviews)
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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Government Counsel on 04/27/14 in Outsourcing

  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Government Counsel on 04/27/14 in Information Technology

    Diana has a world wide practice, and specializes in IT and Outsourcing Contracts in the US, particularly in the health care industry. She is highly deserving of an AV.

    Diana has a world wide practice, and specializes in IT and Outsourcing Contracts in the US, particularly in the health care industry. She is highly deserving of an AV. Read less

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