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OVERVIEW

Robert M. Weiss
Partner

Chicago

One North Wacker Drive
Suite 4400
Chicago, IL 60606-2833

P 312-338-5917

F 312-759-5646

OVERVIEW

Robert M. Weiss
Partner

Chicago

One North Wacker Drive
Suite 4400
Chicago, IL 60606-2833

P 312-338-5917

F 312-759-5646

Having practiced information technology law exclusively for two decades, Robert Weiss provides practical and strategic legal and business advice on a variety of complex technology and data transactions, internet- and electronic commerce-related matters, and infrastructure procurements. Clients appreciate his talent for managing the distinctive dynamics of relationships among companies during and after such technology deal negotiations.

OVERVIEW

Having practiced information technology law exclusively for two decades, Robert Weiss provides practical and strategic legal and business advice on a variety of complex technology and data transactions, internet- and electronic commerce-related matters, and infrastructure procurements. Clients appreciate his talent for managing the distinctive dynamics of relationships among companies during and after such technology deal negotiations.

Supporting his clients’ operations worldwide, Rob works with assorted businesses who have sophisticated technology needs spanning a broad spectrum of industries, including financial services, healthcare, retail, hospitality, private equity firms, transportation and logistics, and credit card processing.

Rob regularly helps clients take advantage of the numerous benefits of operating in the cloud and manage the associated risks. He is valued by clients for his dedication to helping them navigate the constantly evolving challenges of data privacy best practices and compliance.

He provides counsel on, drafts and negotiates cloud and machine learning agreements; technology development and data licensing projects, data center and co-location agreements; and telecommunications procurements. He also advises on systems integrations infrastructure and business process sourcings, as well as mergers and acquisitions.

Rob is a recognized leader in the community of technology law practitioners, having been deeply connected with International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw); he is immediate past president of the board.

Valued for his knowledge in the area, Rob regularly speaks and writes on subjects associated with information technology, including a recent appearance on the China Global Television Network (CGTN) in a segment about the telecom industry. He has also published articles and been quoted in a variety of newspapers, journals and other media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, CNN Money, Consumer Reports, CFOMagazine, Computerworld, Real Simple, the Journal of Internet Law, the University of Virginia Journal of Law and Technology, and the Health Information Privacy/Security Alert.

Professional and Community Involvement

Lifetime member of advisory committee, International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw)

Past president and former member of executive committee, ITechLaw

Former chair, Computer Law Committee of Chicago Bar Association

Former sponsorship chair and former U.S. Developments editor, ITechLaw’s principal publication, The Bulletin

Honors

The Best Lawyers in America, 2008-2019

Chambers USA, 2006-2019

“Forty Under 40,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 2003

EXPERIENCE
Presentations
  • Chicago Payments Forum, Start-Up Panel Presentation, Chicago, Illinois, October 2018
  • Significant Software Clauses: Contrasting Vendor and Customer Perspectives, presented at the Association of Corporate Counsel Conference, New Jersey, August 2017
  • Right to Be Forgotten,  State Bar of Wisconsin Business Meeting sponsored by the Technology Law Committee of the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 2015
  • Cloud Computing Contracts: Risk Considerations and Negotiation Strategies, Neal Gerber Eisenberg Conference Center, Chicago, Illinois, May 2014
  • Responding to a Data Breach The Role of Corporate Counsel: a U.S. Perspective, American Bar Association 2013 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, August 2013
  • Hot Topics in Technology Law,  Association of Corporate Counsel New Jersey (NJCCA), Bridgewater, New Jersey, June 2013
  • IT. CAN Roundtable: An International Double-Header, Canadian IT Law Association in Cooperation with ITechLaw, Chicago, Illinois, November 2012
  • Key IT Contracting Issues for Financial Services Companies, International Technology Law Association Annual European Conference, Rome, Italy, October 2012
  • Advantages & Pitfalls of Using Temporary Employees,  International Technology Law Association Annual European Conference, Oslo, Norway, October 2011
  • Online Advertising: Achieving Profitability for Your Business while Avoiding Legal Pitfalls, Neal Gerber Eisenberg Conference Center, Chicago, Illinois, November 2010
  • Digital Advertising, An Interactive Panel on Conducting an International Campaign, International Technology Law Association Annual European Conference, Berlin, Germany, October 2010
  • May I See Your License, Please? A Discussion of the Software Audit and What to do if it Happens to You, International Technology Law Association Annual European Conference, Brussels, Belgium, November 2009
  • Identifying, Analyzing and Mitigating Risks in Technology Contracts, Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Conference, Anaheim, California, June 2007
  • Beyond India: Expanding Outsourcing Horizons, International Technology Law Association Annual Meeting and World Conference, Chicago, Illinois, April 2007
  • Key Areas in International Outsourcing Agreements, Georgetown Law Symposium on Global Sourcing and the Global Lawyer, Washington D.C., January 2007
  • Understanding the Importance of Information Technology: Privacy, Security, Liability, Nonprofit Roundtable Series, Chicago, Illinois, May 2006
  • How to Avoid Getting Burned by the Boiler, SBC Legal Conference in San Antonio, Texas, May 2005
  • Offshore Outsourcing,  Law Seminars International Conference on Negotiating Technology Outsourcing Agreements in Seattle, Washington, September 2003
  • Licensing Content on the Internet, Chicago Bar Association Licensing Seminar in Chicago, Illinois, April 2000

*These presentations occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.

Publications
  • "The Dynamic Forces Moving the Hospitality Industry Into The Future," Hospitality Business News, May 2016
  • "Software Code Theft: Are you Protected?" The National Law Review, April 2012
  • "Protect Personal Information," the Law Review Forum, April 2010
  • Co-author, "Outward Bound: Considering the Business and Legal Implications of International Outsourcing," Georgetown Journal of International Law, Summer 2007
  • Co-author, "Online Dynamic Pricing: Efficiency, Equity and the Future of E-Commerce," University of Virginia Journal of Law & Technology, Summer 2001
  • Co-author, "Dynamic Pricing on the Internet and the Future of E-Commerce," The Journal of Internet Law, Summer 2001

*These publications occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.

Press Quotes and Interviews

Press Quotes

  • Creepy or Cool: Offers Based on your Personal Data? eCommerce Bytes, July 2012
  • What the Court’s Ruling Means for Consumers, Westlaw, Norwich Bulletin, July 2012
  • How Online Retailers Personalize Prices, Smart Money, June 2012
  • How Online Retailers Personalize Prices, Shutterstock.com, May 2012
  • Program Pirates: Steering Clear of Software Audits, Inside Counsel, July 2009
  • Software Safety, Inside Counsel, July 2009
  • Delete Cookies, Score Some Dough, MSMMoney.com, February 2009
  • Make Sure You Pay the Lowest Price Every Time, Consumer Reports: Shop Smart, May 2007
  • Amazon mystery: pricing of books, Los Angeles Times, January 2007
  • Amazon mystery: pricing of books, Chicago Tribune (online edition), January 2007
  • Commanding Data, CFO Magazine, March 2006
  • It’s a brave new world: fight ID fraud, CNN Money, September 2005
  • Lurking Liabilities in Security Law, Computerworld, May 2005
  • EMR Progress May Rely on Resolving Medical Device Security, Health Information Privacy/Security Alert, March 2005

Interviews

  • Chinese Telecom Giant ZTE says US Ban Will Hurt the Company, Other Firms, CGTN Interview, April 2018
  • Mediaplanet’s The Future of Legal, Interview, March 2018
  • Denver’s Fox 31 News, discussing dynamic pricing and offering tips on how to get the best online deal, May 18, 2015
  • Mobile Device Privacy Act, CCTV Interview, October 2013

*These interviews and quotes occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.

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