John Kennedy is a partner in Wiggin and Dana's Corporate Department and a member of the Information Technology and Outsourcing, and Privacy and Information Security Groups.
In 25 years of practice, Mr. Kennedy has focused on transactions and counseling in the law of information technology, data privacy and security, intellectual property and e-commerce. His transactional practice includes outsourcing, software development and licensing, e-commerce transactions, technology transfer and intellectual property-intensive M&A, divestitures, joint ventures and re-structurings. His clients have included Fortune 500 as well as emerging companies in the financial services, technology, communications, media, energy and consumer products sectors.
Mr. Kennedy has negotiated complex information technology (IT) outsourcing services agreements involving cloud computing, IT infrastructure and software procurement, systems integration, software development and maintenance, voice and data services and disaster recovery and business continuity. He has also negotiated business process outsourcing (BPO) agreements for call centers and customer support services, finance and accounting services, human resources administration, enterprise procurement services, government passport and visa services, research and development services and supply chain management. His work in this area includes advising clients on all stages of the contract process, including RFP preparation and evaluation, vendor diligence, negotiation of definitive agreements and ongoing advice concerning governance, dispute management and amendments.
In Mr. Kennedy's extensive practice in information privacy and security law, he has represented clients in connection with risk and compliance assessments of data privacy policies and practices, data breach preparedness and response, regulatory investigations of data practices, behavioral advertising campaigns and ‘privacy by design' analyses of products and services in social media and mobile e-commerce, corporate information governance programs, international data transfers and compliance with U.S. state and federal data privacy and information security laws. His clients in this area include companies in the financial services, technology, media, energy and consumer products industries. He is the author of numerous articles on privacy and data security and since 2000 has co-chaired Practicing Law Institute's Annual Privacy and Data Security Law Institute. Bloomberg BNA recently published Mr. Kennedy's Privacy & Data Security Practice Portfolio Series, Cybersecurity and Privacy in Business Transactions: Managing Data Risk in Deals (March 2015).
He has been named in the Who's Who of Business Lawyers for 2012 for Internet, e-Commerce and Data Protection (for more about the standards for inclusion in Who's Who of Business Lawyers, please click here). Chambers USA ranks Mr. Kennedy nationally in their Outsourcing category (for more information about the standards for inclusion in Chambers USA, please click here.) The Best Lawyers in America has named him for his work in Information Technology Law since 2009 (for more about the standards for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, please click here). Recently he was elected to the The American Law Institute, the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law.
Mr. Kennedy received his J.D. from Columbia Law School. He was a William Rainey Harper Fellow at the University of Chicago, where he earned an M.A. in English and American Literature, and graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College.