Leading Information Technology Lawyer Joins Wiggin and Dana

June 4, 2012

Wiggin and Dana welcomes John B. Kennedy as a corporate partner in the firm's Stamford office. He joins Wiggin and Dana from Dewey & LeBoeuf.

Mr. Kennedy has more than 25 years of experience and is recognized nationally for his work on transactions and counseling in the law of information technology, data privacy and security, intellectual property and e-commerce. His clients have included Fortune 500 as well as emerging companies in the financial services, technology, communications, media, energy and consumer products sectors.

"We are seeing a big increase in client demand in the areas of information technology and data privacy," comments Bob Benjamin, Chair of the firm's Executive Committee. "John's decades of experience and national reputation in these fields give us extra firepower in areas of the practice that are already thriving."

Mr. Kennedy's 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.

He 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.

He is the author of numerous articles on privacy and data security and since 2000 has co-chaired Practising Law Institute's Annual Privacy and Data Security Law Institute.

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.