Attorneys in the Information Technology Practice Group at Lewis Rice stand ready to assist clients in any industry with their unique IT needs, whether they relate to compliance, licensing, transactions, or litigation. We routinely advise large and small businesses, CIOs, and IT providers.
We are known for our depth of experience in areas such as the following:
- Negotiation and implementation of ERP systems
- Social networking and big data
- Open source and copyright analysis in software licensing, mergers, and development agreements
- Purchase agreements and M&A transactions involving software, hardware, and other information technology
Today's non-technology companies regularly engage in technology-driven transactions and potentially have a more pressing need for experienced counsel. Our Information Technology Department frequently handles such transactions - from the licensing and integration of enterprise resource planning systems, to the purchase and integration of state-of-the-art server farms - and has the expertise to help any client with the structuring, reviewing, drafting, or negotiating any such deals.
In the 21st century, every client uses software as part of its business and thus faces risks relating to its compliance under its software licensing agreements, including over-utilization, unauthorized users, or other compliance issues. Our team assists clients with proactive risk management by ensuring compliance before the software vendor demands an audit. Our proactive approach limits liability before a dispute arises and often reduces software licensing and maintenance costs. If a client is the target of an audit, we manage the audit process and, if necessary, challenge the software vendors' payment demands.
Dispute Resolution and Litigation
Our information technology team has extensive experience with resolving and litigating complex IT disputes, including those arising from licensing agreements, hosting agreements, and outsourcing transactions. We work hard at the outset to understand the relationship and interdependence between the client's business and technology partner, which allows our team to formulate the best possible strategy to resolve the dispute, whether it be through pre-litigation dispute resolution, arbitration, or the court system. We also assist our clients with the sometimes difficult process of transitioning away from the disputed transaction, with the hope of limiting both the client's business impact and the litigation dispute strategy impact.
Lewis Rice's Information Technology Practice Group has a well-rounded, full-service practice that can assist any client with its IT needs.