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Michael D. Stovsky

Partner
Chair, Innovations, Information Technology & Intellectual Property (3iP) Practice Group; Executive Committee Member
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Mike is a Partner and Chair of Benesch’s Innovations, Information Technology & Intellectual Property (3iP), Data Security and Privacy, Blockchain and Smart Contracts practices. He also serves as Benesch’s EU GDPR Data Protection Officer and is a member of the Executive Committee. Mike helps companies negotiate, close, and handle complex, high-value, IP and technology transactions 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;
  • Blockchain platforms, distributed computing and ledgers, smart contracts, digital signatures, and electronic contracting, DApps, and DAOs;
  • Technology M&A (including substantial IT, FinTech, and data-centric deal practice), 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, 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;
  • IoT, 3D printing, and additive manufacturing;
  • Life sciences technology transactions including pharmaceutical, medical devices, and agribusiness, collaboration, and license deals for major health systems, health product distributors and vendors (including EMR, EHR, RCM, VOIP, and billing implementations);
  • General corporate matters;
  • IP due diligence; and
  • Open source software.

  • EDUCATION

    • University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1991, J.D.
    • Northwestern University, 1986, B.A.
  • BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS, LICENSES, CERTIFICATES

    • State of Ohio
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
    • Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US)
  • MEMBERSHIPS, ASSOCIATIONS, OTHER ACTIVITIES

    • Member, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Member, American Bar Association
    • 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, Overseas Connections Committee, Jewish Federation of Cleveland
    • 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
    • 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
    • Former Adjunct Professor, Case Western Reserve University Law School ("Advanced Business Associations: Representing the Internet Start-Up Company" and "Advanced Contracts: Electronic Contracts")
    • Former Board Member, Cleveland Music School Settlement
    • Former Board Member, IP Advisory Council, University of Akron Law School
    • Fund Raising Volunteer, United Way 2010 Campaign- Cleveland West Region Cabinet