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Outsourcing 2014: Sourcing Critical Services

Author(s): Brad L. Peterson, Michael S. Mensik, George Kimball, John F. Delaney, William A. Tanenbaum
Practice Area: Corporate & Securities, Intellectual Property, Privacy & Cybersecurity
Published: Oct 2014
PLI Item #: 49804
CHB Spine #: G1197

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 Co­Head of the Technology Transactions Practice at Arent Fox and the leader of the Health Care IT section. He is a Past President of the International Technology Law Association. Bill’s practice focuses on technology, intellectual property, cybersecurity and data transactions. He negotiates IT and IP transactions in a wide range of industries, including technology development projects, Health Care IT arrangements, data agreements and the IP and technology aspects of M&A and other corporate deals. Bill leads outsourcing transactions. He handles the legal aspects of upgrading computer systems and integrating cybersecurity, cloud services, mobile technology, social media, Big Data and the Internet of Things into existing IT systems and revenue­generating business operations. Bill is recognized for creating new IT structures for new solutions to business risks and opportunities.

In 2016, Bill was named as one of the Top Five IT Lawyers in the U.S. by Who’s Who Legal. He was previously named “Lawyer of the Year” in IT in New York by US News & World Report/Best Lawyers. Bill was named to the inaugural edition of Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders 2017. Membership is limited to “those who truly stand out in their field as leaders and trailblazers, and who are held in high esteem by their clients and fellow practitioners." Chambers ranks Bill as one of only five lawyers in Band One in

Technology & Outsourcing in New York, in Band Two nationally, and as a Leading Outsourcing Lawyer in its global edition. Legal 500 names him as a “Leading Authority” on Technology & Outsourcing. He is recognized as an “IP Star,” as a “Life Science Star,” and 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). Bill works closely with CIOs, Chief Security Officers and Chief Data Officers as well as corporate law departments. He is the only attorney Officer of SIM (NY Chapter), a CIO industry association.

Clients endorse Bill as “a brilliant lawyer. I cannot imagine working with anyone else;” “tremendous advocate;” “outstanding in his field;” “brings extremely high integrity, a deep intellect, fearlessness and a practical, real­world mindset to every problem;” “efficient, solution­driven and makes excellent judgment calls,” (Chambers) "one of the best IP lawyers I have worked with" and "knows exactly how to get a deal done” (Clean Tech and Who's Who Legal). Legal 500 says he is "a leading authority security [and] privacy;" and “has particular expertise in cloud computing, Big Data, social media [and] mobile computing.”

Clients also rely on Bill for IP litigation and his resourcefulness in settling disputes. In addition to favorable settlements driven by “a truly impressive array of technology law expertise” (World’s 250 Leading Patent and Technology Lawyers), he led a team that won a patent litigation victory for a health care client at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and won a leading patent case on summary judgment. He serves as an advocate in arbitration and as an arbitrator. He was appointed to the 2016 peer­vetted “List of the World’s Leading Technology Neutrals.” The List is administered by the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center.

Bar & Court Admissions New York

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court


Cornell University Law School, JD

Brown University, AB

(Degree with Highest Honors, Phi Beta Kappa)


Corporate & Securities Technology Transactions

Cybersecurity & Data Protection

Health Care

Health Care Information Technology

Intellectual Property

Recent News

August 1, 2016
Strategic Perspectives: Risks in Health Care IT Agreements and
 Recommendations to Avoid Them

June 3, 2016
Bill Tanenbaum and Douglas Grimm to Present on the State of Health Care IT

Primary Areas of Practice:    IT and Outsourcing


Accolades:                             Chambers USA Band 1 (‘the gold standard of legal advisors on IT outsourcing and


                                                Legal 500 USA Firm of the Year for Outsourcing 2014


Law School/

Graduate School:                MBA – University of Chicago

                                                JD – Harvard Law School


Work History:                       IBM Marketing Representative
                                                Kirkland & Ellis – Associate
                                                Mayer Brown LLP - Partner


Professional Memberships:  Sourcing Interests Group
                                                     International Association of 
                                                     Outsourcing Professionals

John F. Delaney is a partner in the New York office of Morrison & Foerster LLP, where he leads the office’s Technology Transactions Group.  Mr. Delaney has advised clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to early-stage start-ups on a wide range of complex technology law issues, including outsourcing transactions (covering IT, BPO, HRO, ADM, Business Transformational, Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery and Offshoring arrangements), SaaS, IaaS, PaaS, privacy and data security, cloud computing, big data, social media, mobile applications, digital content distribution, technology development agreements and joint venture relationships.  He has also assisted clients in developing licensing campaigns and royalty strategies, and on the creation of and participation in standard-setting organizations.

Mr. Delaney is ranked by Chambers & Partners as one of America’s leading business lawyers (recommended in New York for "Technology & Outsourcing" (Band 1) and nationally for “Outsourcing” (Band 2); 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.

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