Michael Bennett is a Partner in the Intellectual Property Department of Locke Lord. Mike's entire legal career has been spent advising technology companies as well as companies acquiring technology products on the legal issues inherent in existing and emerging technology. For nearly 20 years, he has counseled clients on a variety of technology issues including big data, wireless communications, machine-to-machine wireless communications, in-bound and outbound sourcing, SaaS, PaaS, IaaS and all aspects of Cloud computing, telematics, data security and privacy issues, RFID payment systems, and the use of marketing data in a manner that does not violate various federal, state and international laws. He counsels clients on open source issues, both as part of on-going compliance and during M&A transactions. On behalf of technology consumers, Mike has negotiated transactions with nearly every major provider of hardware and software operating systems and applications. These negotiations include traditional inbound and outbound licensing, development agreements, distribution, customization, and implementation. Mike has represented clients acquiring ASP services, traditional outsourcing, business process outsourcing, and facilities management services, and negotiated on behalf of Northrop Grumman the largest private/public outsourcing IT agreement at the time, valued at $2 billion.
In 2013, Mike was selected as a "Top Rated Lawyer in Technology" by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell. He has been also recognized as a leading lawyer for Illinois, Technology & Outsourcing in Chambers and Partners USA, noting in 2013 that his "client service is at the highest level” and “his extensive cloud computing experience, which alongside his deep open source knowledge gives him an enviable awareness of the impact of emerging technologies on business development." Mike also has been selected by his peers as Leading Lawyer in Computer & Technology Law.