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Carlton Fields is dedicated to addressing the full spectrum of technology companies’ legal needs. We work both with established tech companies and with growth-stage firms on cutting-edge intellectual property, corporate, employment, and privacy and cybersecurity matters.

Technological advances are constant, rapid, and unrelenting. To address these challenges effectively and efficiently, Carlton Fields employs an integrated team approach to help our clients develop, protect, and capitalize on their technology assets and to help them rapidly grow their businesses. In every stage of our technology clients’ life cycles, we render counsel with the goal of helping our clients succeed.

  • AdTech

    Our team assists large and small advertisers and agencies with regulatory compliance, privacy consulting, data rights and ownership, terms of service, brand and intellectual property protection, M&A support, and contract review.

  • Blockchain and Digital Currency

    Carlton Fields has worked for years not just to respond to the laws applicable to blockchain and cryptocurrency but also to develop that legal regime alongside our clients, who are themselves technology and business innovators in this space. Carlton Fields has taken a forward-looking approach to working with clients on blockchain-related issues, including those arising from the use of cryptocurrencies and smart contracts. For growth-stage companies, including exchanges, we provide cost-effective regulatory, litigation, and transactional support and outside general counsel services. For established companies, including financial services firms and merchants, we partner with in-house professionals and business leaders to integrate blockchain technologies and work with cryptocurrency while minimizing legal risk. Learn more about our capabilities in blockchain and digital currencies.

  • Esports and Electronic Gaming

    Our team of technology lawyers stretches across practices and disciplines to provide innovative and tailored solutions to help our clients reach their legal and business goals in esports and electronic gaming. We combine our passion for technology and video games with our collective experience in key industries to deliver comprehensive legal services — both traditional and emerging. Our attorneys are thought leaders for esports, and we represent teams (both private and collegiate), individual talent, investors, and promoters and leagues. We also assist growth-stage companies that market to the industry. We work with publishers and content developers on corporate and employment matters, and to protect their intellectual property. Learn about our capabilities in esports and electronic gaming.

  • IT, IT infrastructure, and Cybersecurity

    Carlton Fields has provided legal support to information technology and IT infrastructure clients, and recent work has included cloud providers and data centers in transactions, employment, regulatory, and litigation. We also work closely with the growing cybersecurity industry, including managed security service providers, and such work has included M&A support, privacy consulting, and contract review. Our team includes former computer engineers and former federal cyber prosecutors. Learn about our capabilities in cybersecurity and data privacy.

  • Online Commerce

    Carlton Fields represents some of the largest online retailers and marketplaces throughout the country, as well as companies that do business online with the public and those that support the electric and physical sides of the supply chain. Our work includes protection of intellectual property, employment advice, and cybersecurity and privacy concerns. We also represent insurance carriers and brokers, including P&C carriers and health insurance brokers, with substantial direct-to-consumer internet presence. While our legal support is holistic for our clients’ needs in online commerce, our recent experience has included corporate transactions, consumer litigation (including class actions), and cybersecurity incident response.

  • Telecommunications

    Our telecommunications practice is nationally recognized, and we serve some of the largest mobile and telecommunications providers in the world. Recent legal issues on which our attorneys have assisted include significant mergers and acquisitions, the development of fraud recovery programs, cybersecurity advice and incident response (including as to consumer proprietary network information), and legal issues involving 5G and related technology. Learn about our capabilities within the telecommunications industry.

  • Software, Mobile Applications, and Software as a Service (SaaS)

    Our litigators and intellectual property attorneys, including former software engineers, have represented software and SaaS companies for years. We also have substantial experience with mobile applications, in providing legal services both to established developers and to growth-stage companies and individual entrepreneurs. Our work includes monitoring intellectual property portfolios, often at a fixed monthly cost, to ensure appropriate protections and enforcement. Recent projects have included support for distance learning software and infrastructure, including issues raised under COPPA for data collection on minors. Our attorneys also have substantial experience providing legal support to virtual reality and simulations projects.

  • EdTech

    Carlton Fields has long been trusted outside counsel to K-12 schools and colleges and universities, including some of the top private boarding schools and universities where we serve as outside general counsel. Our technology attorneys partner with this education practice to serve companies that provide software, hardware, and related consulting solutions to education customers. This support includes contract review, employment and outsourcing advice, M&A, intellectual property services, and, when necessary, litigation on intellectual property and complex billing disputes.  Learn about our capabilities within the education industry.

  • Fintech

    Carlton Fields has worked with financial services clients since our inception 120 years ago, and we have grown alongside our clients as fintech and payment technologies have made traditional banking and insurance services more accessible than ever. We support traditional banks, financial services firms, private equity, and venture capital, as well as the growth-stage companies whose ideas are fueling an explosion of innovation in fintech. We have particular experience in legal services to the crowdfunding industry and service providers in the insurance space. Learn about our capabilities in financial services and regulatory industries.

  • Insurtech

    Our attorneys have worked closely with in-house legal departments and service providers to the insurance industry as the past 10 years have seen cosmic shifts in the delivery of underwriting, claims adjusting, and marketing of those services. We have supported service provider clients whose customers include property and casualty, automotive, hurricane, and life insurance carriers and brokers. Our industry clients — the insurers and brokers themselves — are some of the largest insurance and reinsurance companies and insurance brokerages in the world, and we assist them in innovating and developing this technology, including through incubators. We bring this deep industry experience to scale when serving growth-stage customers and disrupters that are pushing technology forward. We provide regulatory, employment, intellectual property, and privacy support, as some of our work.

  • Aviation

    Our aviation practice employs several licensed pilots, and we have advised international and domestic aircraft manufacturers and pilots in all manner of regulatory, litigation, and intellectual property disputes. We have particular recent experience with the use of unmarred aerial vehicles and drones, including their use in construction and survey projects and in high-density areas. We also support companies that provide software and hardware services to aviation clients and transit systems more broadly. Learn about our capabilities within the aviation industry.

  • Health Care Tech and Electronic Health Records

    Our traditional health care practice has long included legal advice on emerging technologies, including sophisticated medical devices for patient care and, in the back office, electronic health records, medical billing, and records processing. This has included regulatory support, intellectual property protection, contract review, and privacy and cybersecurity advice, in this highly regulated space. In the past year, we have also advised on a number of cutting-edge telehealth and telemedicine issues. Our work for providers of electronic medical billing services, software, and support has included internal investigations, government investigations, and class action defense. Learn about our capabilities within the health care industry.

Experience

  • Structured sophisticated equity and debt financing transactions involving venture capital funds, private equity groups, and banks.
  • Bought and sold companies and divisions through mergers, stock purchases, and asset purchases. 
  • Structured complex joint venture transactions.
  • Enforced intellectual property rights through litigation, and defended against claims of intellectual property infringement.
  • Drafted and negotiated technology and content licensing agreements; customer, reseller, VAR, and OEM agreements; outsourcing and manufacturing agreements; technology transfer agreements; development and distribution agreements; source code escrow agreements; evaluation and beta test agreements; maintenance and support agreements; and equipment leases.
  • Advised with respect to cybersecurity, disaster preparedness, and data breaches.
  • Protected intellectual property rights including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.
  • Protected human capital through invention disclosure programs, noncompete, nonsolicit, and nondisclosure agreements; compensation and benefit plans; and comprehensive employee manuals, policies, and procedures.
  • Conducted website audits to assess terms of use and privacy statements and electronic contracts.

All Insights

No Password Required: An Infowar Expert Who Paved the Path From Rock-And-Roll to Cybersecurity

No Password Required: An Infowar Expert Who Paved the Path From Rock-And-Roll to Cybersecurity

October 7, 2021

Winn Schwartau is a security, privacy, infowar, and cyber-terrorism expert who has been paving the way in cybersecurity since 1983. He is often referred to as the “Civilian Architect of Information Warfare” and is known for his straight-shooting, no-BS originality.

No Password Required: A Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst Who Is an Expert on Social Media Trolls

No Password Required: A Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst Who Is an Expert on Social Media Trolls

September 3, 2021

Charity Wright is a Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst at Recorded Future who specializes in Chinese threats and disinformation. Charity is a Super Mario-loving extrovert who utilizes her research and inferencing skills in both of her full-time jobs; threat analyst and mom.

Time to Fight Back – How Wireless Providers Should Leverage a Federal Indictment to Stop Cellphone Traffickers

Time to Fight Back – How Wireless Providers Should Leverage a Federal Indictment to Stop Cellphone Traffickers

September 2, 2021

A Texas federal grand jury recently returned an indictment charging 101 individuals in a transnational cellphone trafficking conspiracy responsible for stealing more than 70,000 devices worth nearly $100 million from wireless service providers and their customers.

Bracing for 2023: 10 Steps to Prepare for a New Era in U.S. Privacy

Bracing for 2023: 10 Steps to Prepare for a New Era in U.S. Privacy

August 17, 2021

On July 7, Colorado joined California and Virginia as the third state to pass comprehensive consumer privacy legislation. All three states have new privacy laws with effective dates in 2023 (though California’s Privacy Rights Act has some provisions that took immediate effect). While the laws vary, here are 10 steps companies should take now to ease the transition.

No Password Required: A Corvette-Driving Research Scientist Who Built His Own Video Games

No Password Required: A Corvette-Driving Research Scientist Who Built His Own Video Games

July 30, 2021

Dr. Greg Hall is a Research Scientist at the Institute for Human-Machine Cognition and the University of West Florida. Dan is a Corvette-driving car lover who considers ALF to be one of the classics and has great taste in hats.

DFS Continues Focus on Cybersecurity: Issues Ransomware Guidance and Signals Increased Enforcement Actions

DFS Continues Focus on Cybersecurity: Issues Ransomware Guidance and Signals Increased Enforcement Actions

July 15, 2021

The New York State Department of Financial Services is continuing its focus on financial institutions’ cybersecurity, issuing new guidance, probing cybersecurity as part of routine examinations, and signaling increased enforcement actions. This alert discusses this new guidance and its impact on financial institutions.

No Password Required: A Cyber Practice Leader and Natural Optimist Who Believes Every Day Is the Best Day

No Password Required: A Cyber Practice Leader and Natural Optimist Who Believes Every Day Is the Best Day

June 30, 2021

Dan Burke is the Cyber Practice Leader at Woodruff Sawyer, one of the largest insurance brokerage and consulting firms in the US. Dan is a natural optimist and family man who believes every day is going to be the best day and the next shot will always be his greatest golf shot.

Biden Administration Issues Practical Guidance for Ransomware Attacks

Biden Administration Issues Practical Guidance for Ransomware Attacks

June 15, 2021

On June 2, 2021, President Biden issued a memorandum providing "recommended best practices" for protecting against ransomware.

No Password Required: An SOC Technical Manager Who Builds Things With Keyboards and Blowtorches...

No Password Required: An SOC Technical Manager Who Builds Things With Keyboards and Blowtorches...

May 20, 2021

Phillip Tarrant is the SOC Technical Manager at Compuquip Cybersecurity who is passionate about many things in life, including his pet chickens, building things both with and without a keyboard, disconnecting in nature, and welcoming people into the field of cybersecurity.

No Password Required: An OSINT Expert Who Credits Much of Her Success to Her Improv Comedy Skills...

No Password Required: An OSINT Expert Who Credits Much of Her Success to Her Improv Comedy Skills...

April 22, 2021

Rachel Tobac is the CEO and co-founder of Social Proof Security who hopes to one day work herself out of a job by improving education and awareness of social engineering attacks.

No Password Required: A Believer That the Key to Internet Safety Is Simple...

No Password Required: A Believer That the Key to Internet Safety Is Simple...

March 18, 2021

Roger Grimes is the defense-driven evangelist at KnowBe4 who confidently defines himself as the best in the world at defending against hackers. In this episode, Roger joins the No Password Required team to discuss how being a terrible accountant led him to the world of cybersecurity, why octopi cannot be trusted, and why music is the best way to create powerful connections.

No Password Required: A Pen Tester at Rapid7 With a Passion for LEGO Bricks, Star Wars, and Sometimes LEGO Star Wars

No Password Required: A Pen Tester at Rapid7 With a Passion for LEGO Bricks, Star Wars, and Sometimes LEGO Star Wars

February 18, 2021

Shane Young is a penetration tester at Rapid7 whose real-life acting and cyber skills would have been a great addition to the “Oceans 11” team. In this episode, Shane joins the No Password Required team to share some of his exciting stories as a penetration tester, how hacking his high school’s network got him into the world of cybersecurity, and why LEGO bricks are really made for adults, not kids.

No Password Required: An Inherently Trusting Person in an Inherently Distrusting Profession

No Password Required: An Inherently Trusting Person in an Inherently Distrusting Profession

February 18, 2021

Melinda Lemke is the Head of Information Security at King & Spalding with a decade of leadership experience in the cyber industry. In this episode, Melinda joins the No Password Required team to talk about her experience as a woman and leader in this field, how professional mentors can enhance success, and the best yacht-rock bands of all time. Maybe most importantly, the team discusses the John Hughes movie universe and why Kevin McAllister is a better problem-solver than Ferris Bueller.

No Password Required: A Journey From Math Camp to Cyber Intelligence

No Password Required: A Journey From Math Camp to Cyber Intelligence

February 18, 2021

Stephen “Scuba” Gary is a cyber intelligence professor at the University of South Florida with over 15 years of experience in the cybersecurity industry. In this episode, Scuba joins the No Password Required team to discuss his journey in the field of cybersecurity, how one gets the nickname Scuba without scuba diving, and why math nerds throw the best parties. Scuba, Ernie, and Clabby analyze ransomware attacks in Florida, security lessons to be learned from the 2020 elections, and more.

What the Heck is Happening in California? An Update on California’s Privacy Laws

What the Heck is Happening in California? An Update on California’s Privacy Laws

February 12, 2021

In a period of less than two years, the California privacy law landscape has changed dramatically. With the effective enforcement date of the CCPA in January 1, 2020, to a new privacy law, the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), passed by California voters in November 2020, as well as a new Attorney General on the horizon, California will certainly be a place to watch in 2021.

The Final CCPA Regulations May Be Ready, But Is Your Business?

The Final CCPA Regulations May Be Ready, But Is Your Business?

August 19, 2020

On August 14, California’s attorney general announced the approval of the final regulations for the CCPA. This alert discusses principal changes and key highlights in the final regulations.

The CCPA for the Land Title Industry: Practical Compliance With CCPA and New Privacy Laws

The CCPA for the Land Title Industry: Practical Compliance With CCPA and New Privacy Laws

February 6, 2020

Join Elizabeth Reilly from Fidelity National Financial and Carlton Fields’ attorneys Jack Clabby, Joe Swanson, and Steve Blickensderfer as they answer real questions from real members of the American Land Title Association on the resources and tools available to members of the land title industry, as well as some practical compliance tips for companies as they work to comply with the CCPA.

The CCPA for the Land Title Industry: CCPA Resources and Compliance Tips

The CCPA for the Land Title Industry: CCPA Resources and Compliance Tips

January 29, 2020

Join Elizabeth Reilly from Fidelity National Financial and Carlton Fields’ attorneys Jack Clabby, Joe Swanson, and Steve Blickensderfer as they answer real questions from real members of the American Land Title Association on the resources and tools available to members of the land title industry, as well as some practical compliance tips for companies as they work to comply with the CCPA.

New Wave of Deaf and Blind Californians Suing Websites

New Wave of Deaf and Blind Californians Suing Websites

January 23, 2020

Is your website suitable for the blind or deaf? If not, you may well be sued in California even though your business is elsewhere.

The CCPA for the Land Title Industry: Service Providers and Sale of Data Under the CCPA

The CCPA for the Land Title Industry: Service Providers and Sale of Data Under the CCPA

January 22, 2020

In this program, Jack Clabby, Joe Swanson and Steve Blickensderfer give practical advice on the attorneys’ role in a data security incident response guide, which is a key document in preparing for California’s new data privacy law, the CCPA.

The CCPA for the Land Title Industry: Who Does the CCPA Apply To?

The CCPA for the Land Title Industry: Who Does the CCPA Apply To?

January 15, 2020

In this program, Jack Clabby, Joe Swanson and Steve Blickensderfer give practical advice on the attorneys’ role in a data security incident response guide, which is a key document in preparing for California’s new data privacy law, the CCPA.

CF on Cyber: Leveraging the Incident Response Guide to Prepare for the CCPA

CF on Cyber: Leveraging the Incident Response Guide to Prepare for the CCPA

November 7, 2019

In this program, Jack Clabby, Joe Swanson and Steve Blickensderfer give practical advice on the attorneys’ role in a data security incident response guide, which is a key document in preparing for California’s new data privacy law, the CCPA.

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