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Outsourcing 2013: Sourcing Critical Services

Author(s): George Kimball, Brad L. Peterson, William A. Tanenbaum, Michael S. Mensik, John F. Delaney
Practice Area: Corporate & Securities, Intellectual Property, International Law
Published: Sep 2013
PLI Item #: 42614
CHB Spine #: G1151

George Kimball is a member of the technology and outsourcing practice at Wiggin and Dana. Before joining his present firm, he was an Associate General Counsel at HP, where his responsibilities included negotiation of major outsourcing engagements; teaching, training and practice tools for HP lawyers, sales executives and account executives; and legal support for cloud and security businesses. Earlier in his career, he spent more than 30 years in private practice in California, including partnerships at Latham & Watkins, Arnold & Porter, Baker & McKenzie and a Los Angeles technology boutique, Kimball & Weiner LLP.

Since the early 1990s, he has advised clients concerning contracts to outsource information technology and business processes in a wide range of industries. He is author of Outsourcing Agreements: A Practical Guide (Oxford 2010). He has been ranked as a leading outsourcing lawyer by Chambers Global, Chambers USA and Legal 500.

A native of Southern California and resident of Ann Arbor, Michigan, George is a graduate of UCLA, University College London and the University of Michigan Law School, where he now teaches as an adjunct member of the faculty. He is a member of the Bar in Michigan and California and has been admitted to practice before the US Supreme Court.

Michael Mensik is the global co-coordinator of Baker & McKenzie's Global Information Technology/Communications Law practice.  Ranked as a leading Technology and Outsourcing attorney by Chambers Global 2007, Mr. Mensik is described by that publication as “erudite and popular.”  According to clients “he is an expert in a variety of topics and knows the best person in every office around the world for your situation.”

In 2009, Mr. Mensik was inducted into the Outsourcing Hall of Fame by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals.  The PLC Which Lawyer 2010 rankings listed Mr. Mensik as a “leading” outsourcing professional, its highest accolade.  In 2011, Who’s Who Law Business Research Ltd. listed Mr. Mensik at one of the world’s pre-eminent Internet, e-Commerce and Data Protection lawyers.

Mr. Mensik was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and resided in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, until 1964.  He attended Stanford University (B.A., Economics, with distinction, 1976) and the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall (J.D. and M.A., Economics, 1980).  While a student, Mr. Mensik attended Pontificia Universidad Católica del Per? in Lima, Peru.  He is admitted to practice law in Illinois.

William A. Tanenbaum is Co-Head of the Technology Transaction practice at Arent Fox, the leader of the Health Care IT section, and a partner in the Corporate & Securities practice. He is a Past President of the International Technology Law Association. Bill’s practice focuses on technology, cybersecurity and intellectual property, with an emphasis on IT and IP transactions, Health Care IT, outsourcing, data transactions, cloud services, strategic intellectual property counseling, and the technology and IP aspects of corporate transactions. He advises clients on upgrading computer systems and integrating cloud, mobile, social media, Big Data and the Internet of Things into existing IT systems.

In 2016, Bill was named as one of the Top Five IT Lawyers in the U.S. by Who’s Who Legal, and recognized as one of the “Leading Lawyers in Outsourcing in Chambers Global.  He was previously named “Lawyer of the Year” in IT in New York by US News & World Report/Best Lawyers. Bill is ranked in Band One in Technology & Outsourcing in New York and in Band Two nationally by Chambers: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He is recognized by Legal 500 as a “leading authority” on Technology & Outsourcing. Bill is also recognized as an “IP Star,” as a “Life Science Star,” as one of the “Clean Tech 100” (by Managing IP Handbook 2016, LMG Life Science Guide 2016, and LMG Clean Technology and Renewable Energy Guide), and is the only lawyer Officer of SIM (NY Chapter), an industry CIO association.

Bill has been ranked in Chambers since 2003. Chambers found that clients say that Bill: “is a brilliant lawyer. I cannot imagine working with anyone else;” “brings extremely high integrity, a deep intellect, fearless and a practical, real-world mindset to every problem;” is “at the stage in his career where no issue is unfamiliar or too complex or intimidating to take on;” and “is efficient, solution-driven and makes excellent judgment calls.”

Other leading legal ranking publications agree and find that Bill ‘is one of the “IP lawyers I have worked with” (Clean Tech Guide”); “has a fantastic reputation and clients ‘couldn’t wish for a more skilled lawyer’” (Who’s Who Legal); is “endorsed by all as a ‘strong, pragmatic lawyer who knows exactly how to get a deal done’” and "a leading authority security [and] privacy" (World’s 250 Leading Patent and Technology Lawyers); “draws on a truly impressive array of technology law expertise" and “has particular expertise in cloud computing, big data, social media [and] mobile computing” (Legal 500).

Clients also rely on Bill for IP litigations and settling disputes. He led a team that won a patent litigation victory for a health care client at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He serves as an advocate in arbitration and as an arbitrator. He was appointed to the 2016 “List of the World’s Leading Technology Neutrals.” The List is administered by the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center.

Bill founded and chairs PLI’s annual Health Care IT Conference, founded and co-chairs PLI’s annual Outsourcing Conference, speaks on IP Licensing and IT at PLI’s IP Law Institute, on outsourcing at Sourcing Interests Group Global Summits and on the cloud, data sharing and IT-enabled cybersecurity at other industry and legal conferences.

John F. Delaney is a partner in the New York office of Morrison & Foerster LLP, where he leads the office’s Technology Transactions Group and co-heads the firm’s Media practice.  Mr. Delaney advises clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to early-stage start-ups on a wide range of complex technology law issues.

As a co-founder of the firm’s Social Media practice, Mr. Delaney also advises clients on the rapidly evolving law of social media, including user-generated content and the application of the DMCA and CDA safe harbors; online data collection and monetization; the enforceability of online “Terms of Use”; the drafting and updating of social media policies; online data harvesting; the FTC’s Endorsement Guides; and risk reductions strategies and emerging best practices in connection with corporate blogs, third-party social media platforms, mobile applications, wearable technology and other emerging technologies.

Mr. Delaney is also the co-founder and co-editor of Socially Aware, a popular blog and award-winning newsletter covering social media and Internet law developments.  The blog is located at, and was recently included in the ABA Journal’s 9th Annual Blawg 100, a list of top legal blogs.

Mr. Delaney is ranked by Chambers & Partners as one of America’s leading business lawyers (recommended in New York for "Technology & Outsourcing" (Band 1)); is recommended by Legal 500 in the areas of “Technology:  Outsourcing,” “Technology:  Transactions” and “Technology: Data Protection and Privacy”; and is recognized by Best Lawyers in America (Information Technology), PLC Which Lawyers (Outsourcing), IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners (Patent Licensing) and Superlawyers (Intellectual Property; IT & Outsourcing; Entertainment & Sports).  Crain’s New York Business included him in its “Technology 100,” a list of individuals “likely to shape the direction and growth of New York’s economy for years to come.”

Mr. Delaney received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, and his J.D. from Columbia Law School.

Brad Peterson is a partner in our Chicago office and a co-leader of our global Business & Technology Sourcing practice at Mayer Brown.  As a corporate technology lawyer, Brad helps global companies work more effectively with their technology and operations suppliers, including helping insurers in outsourcing and re-sourcing IT, finance, claims and other back office functions. In the past five years, he has represented clients in increasing numbers of contracts with digital services providers, including cloud, data analytics, “as a Service” and automated process scopes and cyber security and privacy issues related to those scopes.