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Michael D. Stovsky

Chair, Innovations, Information Technology & Intellectual Property (3iP) Practice Group; Executive Committee Member
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Mike Stovsky is a Partner and Chair of one of Benesch’s core practice groups, Innovations, Information Technology & Intellectual Property (3iP). Mike helps companies negotiate, close, and handle complex, high-value, IP and technology transactions and matters including:

  • Systems implementation deals (including multi-site installed and cloud ERP, CRM, VOIP and ECM implementation transactions), eCommerce, development, reseller, professional services, service level, telecomm, network services, equipment purchases, support & maintenance, and managed security services;
  • Technology M&A (including IT, financial services, medical devices, health services), joint ventures and technology collaborations, and representation of VCs, PE funds, family offices, and their portfolio companies in capital formations, acquisitions, and divestitures;
  • Inbound and outbound IP, IT and technology procurement, licenses, technology transfers, business process outsourcing (SaaS, IaaS and PaaS), acquisitions, divestitures, and outsourcing transactions (including FFIEC audit compliance), and IP portfolio transfers;
  • Global data security and privacy compliance including the US, Canada and the EU (EU GDPR and ePrivacy, EU/US privacy shield, HIPAA/HITECH, Gramm Leach Blilely, COPPA, FTC Act and Red Flag rule compliance), PCI-DSS, ISO 27001, ITIL, COBIT, and NIST standards, data classification, breach response and mitigation, and policies/procedures;
  • Artificial intelligence, digital signatures, electronic contracting, cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin and Litecoin), blockchain platforms (Ethereum), DApps, and DAOs;
  • IoT, 3D and 4D printing, and additive mfg;
  • Life sciences technology transactions including pharmaceutical, medical devices, and agribusiness development, collaboration, and license deals, and IT and IP deals for major health systems, health product distributors and vendors (including EMR, EHR, RCM, VOIP, and billing implementations);
  • IP due diligence; and
  • Open source software.


    • University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1991, J.D.
    • Northwestern University, 1986, B.A.

    • State of Ohio
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
    • American Bar Association
    • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

    • Former Adjunct Professor, Case Western Reserve University Law School ("Advanced Business Associations: Representing the Internet Start-Up Company" and "Advanced Contracts: Electronic Contracts")
    • Co-Director, Northwestern University Alumni Admissions Council for Cleveland
    • Firm Representative, Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)
    • Firm Representative, International Trademark Association (INTA)
    • Firm Representative, American Intellectual Property Law Association
    • Member, Licensing Executives Society
    • Member, Leadership Cleveland (Class of 2010)
    • Member, Planning Committee, National Institute on Representing High Technology Companies; American Bar Association 1998
    • Member, Committee on Law and Commerce in Cyberspace, Business Law Section; American Bar Association
    • Member, Science and Technology Law Section; American Bar Association
    • Fellow, Past Chairman, Technology Committee; Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Social Justice Advisory Council, Temple Tifereth Israel
    • Board Member, Providence House
    • Fund Raising Volunteer, United Way 2010 Campaign- Cleveland West Region Cabinet
    • Former Board Member, Cleveland Music School Settlement
    • Former Board Member, IP Advisory Council, University of Akron Law School
    • Volunteer, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association 3R's Program (Cleveland City High School Tutor)
    • Youth Sports Coach, Beachwood, Ohio (Baseball and Soccer)
    • Board Member, Beachwood Schools Foundation