McGuireWoods’ technology and outsourcing team has a singular focus:
business matters driven by technology. We deftly handle issues that come
with large-scale outsourcing arrangements, including business process
outsourcing (BPO) and traditional information technology outsourcing (ITO),
as well as other licensing and technology procurements. We routinely assist
clients throughout the life cycle of projects – from RFPs to contract
finalization to dispute resolution. That’s why we’re recognized in Chambers USA, the definitive guide to leading lawyers, and Legal 500 US, which ranks the firm nationally for our work on
technology transactions. U.S. News – Best Lawyers also named
McGuireWoods one of the best firms for technology law.
Our lawyers have advanced technical and science degrees as well as industry
and work experience in computer science, software, and other high-tech
fields. We understand the unique business and legal challenges companies
face as information systems continue to evolve and become more complex.
McGuireWoods lawyers are at the forefront of these technological
advancements and counsel clients on matters involving cloud computing,
including software-as-a-service (SaaS) business models, premise-based and
cloud implementations, integration and deployment, open source software and
other new technologies, including artificial intelligence, Internet of
Things (IoT) and blockchain technology. Firm clients are both technology
customers and vendors, including Fortune 100 corporations, governmental
entities, nonprofit organizations and emerging business enterprises.
In addition to supporting the procurement, development, and deployment of
technology for our clients, the team assists in corporate transactions,
software audits, and dispute prevention and resolution. We draw on an
extensive knowledge base of best practices and familiarity with major
vendors’ market positions and business objectives. We also routinely
interface with larger clients’ supply chain organizations to bring our
technology focus to assist in both routine and extraordinary matters.
The technology and outsourcing team’s intense focus on the IT marketplace
means that, for example, from the outset our lawyers fully understand the
criticality of enterprise resource planning (ERP) projects, the watchouts
in software licensing and cloud deployments, the important metrics for call
center services, and the pitfalls in cross-border data transfers. As a
result, we can immediately bring our legal and negotiation experience to
bear to efficiently plan and effectively carry out our clients’ IT goals,
working across the entire project life cycle:
Our lawyers also provide strategic counsel on how to prevent and avoid
costly technology disputes to clients in virtually every industry sector.
And if remediation fails, we litigate and arbitrate complex intellectual
property, software license, systems development, software development,
trade secret and internet disputes raising cutting-edge legal issues in
state and federal courts throughout the United States.
Because technology is tied inextricably to data privacy and security, our
technology team often draws upon the significant resources of our data
privacy and security lawyers — an interdisciplinary group dedicated to
investigating, remediating and counseling on issues involving this rapidly
evolving area of law.