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Locke Lord’s Thomas Smedinghoff Receives ABA Section of Science & Technology Law Chair’s Award for Lifetime Service

August 16, 2017

August 16, 2017 – Locke Lord’s Thomas Smedinghoff was honored by the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Science & Technology Law with the Chair's Award for Lifetime Service. Smedinghoff accepted the award during the Section’s 2017 Annual Meeting in New York last week.

Based in the Firm’s Chicago office, Smedinghoff has been involved in the leadership of the ABA for numerous years. He was previously Chair of the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law. Since 2009, Smedinghoff has served as Chair of the ABA Identity Management Legal Task Force and as Co-Chair of the ABA Cybersecurity Subcommittee since 2011, both within the Business Law Section. He is also currently the Co-Chair of the International Policy Committee within the Section of Science & Technology Law. Previously, he served as Chair of the Electronic Commerce Division within the Section of Science & Technology Law.

Smedinghoff focuses his practice on the new legal issues relating to the developing field of information law and electronic business activities. He has been retained to structure and implement first-of-their-kind e-commerce initiatives, electronic transactions, privacy and cybersecurity protocols and related corporate governance issues, and identity management and information security legal infrastructures for the federal government and national and international businesses, including banks, insurance companies, investment companies and certification authorities. He also provides counsel on cybersecurity due diligence in mergers and acquisitions, and other transactions.

Smedinghoff has been a pioneer in developing law and public policy governing new technology, including making many internationally recognized contributions to the laws governing software, e-transactions, identity management and data security. Smedinghoff worked to negotiate the 2005 U.N. Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts (the first international treaty on cross-border e-commerce and e-transactions), completed work on U.N. efforts to develop international law regarding electronic negotiable instruments and participated in newly initiated U.S. and international U.N. efforts to develop online federated identity management legislation and private sector legal frameworks.

A frequent author and speaker, Smedinghoff has also received an array of accolades throughout the years. In 2014, he was named one of The National Law Journal’s Top 50 Intellectual Property Trailblazers & Pioneers. He is consistently recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA and Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers, among others.


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