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Health Care IT 2015: Critical Issues

Author(s): William A. Tanenbaum
Practice Area: Health Care, Intellectual Property, Privacy & Cybersecurity
Published: Jun 2015
PLI Item #: 58852
CHB Spine #: M6

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

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