Information Technology

Calfee’s Information Technology (“IT”) practice is one of the largest and most experienced in the Great Lakes region. We employ a multi disciplinary team of attorneys to provide clients with the counsel they need in a rapidly changing information age. Our attorneys draft and negotiate contracts and counsel clients regarding all types of IT transactions including software development, licensing and hosting. We also assist clients with the legal ramifications of doing business on the internet - drafting and negotiating online contracts and agreements for developers, customers and proprietors. In addition, we help clients with the legal consequences of operating in cyberspace, including counseling, drafting and negotiating cloud and SaaS (Software as a Service) subscriptions and other online agreements, for both customers and vendors.

Calfee has worked with IT clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, vendors and buyers. We provide all legal services needed to create, protect, market, transfer, and use IT assets and services, and to resolve related disputes.

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Drawing upon the experience of attorneys in Calfee’s Intellectual Property, Corporate, Tax, Commercial Finance and International groups, our IT attorneys counsel clients on applicable state, federal and foreign laws in areas such as export regulation, advertising, privacy, HIPAA compliance, and jurisdiction.  We represent clients regarding all forms of intellectual property in IT including patents, copyrights, domain names, and trademarks. 

Our IT practice provides sophisticated advice to a wide variety of businesses on corporate organization and capital formation issues such as choice of entity, private and public financing alternatives, joint ventures and partnerships, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and our experience in IT-related dispute resolution ranges from intellectual property claims to system performance disputes in mediation, arbitration and litigation.

IT Transactions

  • Software development and consulting agreements
  • Software licensing and maintenance agreements
  • Hosting, ASP and outsourcing agreements
  • Master Service Agreements


  • Website agreements and terms of use
  • Privacy policies and Data Security
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Digital marketplaces
  • Advertising
  • Cyberliability and Insurance

IT-related Dispute Resolution

  • Hardware and software performance
  • Proprietary rights
  • Domain names and trademarks
  • Internet disputes, including linking, automated data mining, defamation, and spamming

Corporate Organization and Capital Formation

  • Public offerings, including IPOs
  • Securities transactions and compliance issues
  • Venture capital
  • Choice of entity
  • Corporate governance
  • Joint ventures
  • Mergers, acquisitions and divestitures