Jimerson Birr’s Technology Industry Team offers a wide variety of legal services to the technology sector, including advice on corporate formation and structure, angel, venture and private equity financing, private placement stock offerings, corporate governance and controls, distribution and licensing agreements, joint venture arrangements, recapitalization and restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property protection (including patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights), and labor and employment.
Technology sector success is not an overnight feat as many would have you believe. Tech companies need time to perfect their products and services, just like any other business does. As part of that process, our lawyers work with executive and departmental management teams to develop operational policies and procedures, legally support fresh business ideas, and develop specific operations and risk management tools for future use. Our team endeavors to tackle burning problems that prevent acceleration of our clients’ growth. Through our experience in business and law, we’ve developed a series of powerful legal maneuvers and strategies that that give license to our technology sector clients to continue applying new thinking patterns, creating disruptive ideas, and looking beyond today to identify unexpected opportunities. When it is time to grow or contract through business transactions, our lawyers can provide counsel throughout the process, and perform the due diligence required to suitably represent your interests in the transaction. We will help you examine and appraise opportunities, and make sure to ask the right questions and document the most important deal points before closing the transaction. Our goal is to provide the information, direction and assistance that our clients need to assess and reduce their risks while they attempt to increase their value through mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, spin-offs or reorganizations. With sprightly and industry-focused legal teams, Jimerson Birr is small enough to be on speed dial, yet large enough to help technology clients overcome all operational, regulatory and transactional tests.
Jimerson Birr’s attorneys provide counsel on a wide variety of issues related to the governance and structure of employment relationships in technology sector workplaces. Some of these issues include wage and hour standards, discrimination, workplace safety and health, pensions and benefits, and workers’ compensation. Our team focuses on employee relations in the technology environment with a particular skillset to write polices and resolve issues that garner compliance with state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based on race, sex, disability, and other protected characteristics. We are able to work with employers to address other employment related issues such as non-compete, confidentiality and non-solicitation protections, unemployment benefits, wage and hour claims, severance negotiations, union issues, workplace safety, and more.
Intellectual property denotes creations of the mind: inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, images, names and logos used in commerce. Most technology companies cannot legally operate without prophylactic technology measures in place. Our team works diligently to protect technology sector clients’ valuable, intangible assets in order to preserve their standing and enhance their competitive advantage in the marketplace. You can safeguard your business’s physical assets through insurance policies. But how do you protect intangible assets like your company’s original ideas, unique identifiers, and proprietary processes from being misappropriated? The answer is to secure and enforce trademarks, copyrights, patents and other intellectual property rights. Jimerson Birr attorneys work with technology companies to identify protectable IP, register for appropriate protections in domestic and foreign jurisdictions, maintain legal compliance with registrations, uphold secrecy of protected rights, monitoring and policing marketplace infringement, and defending rights in instances of IP pilferage.
No matter what the issue in dispute is, our litigation attorneys work with technology industry clients to aggressively advocate their interests in all phases of contested litigation, including activities like investigating the details of the case, gathering of evidence, interviewing of witnesses and other parties, conducting depositions and analyzing relevant documentary information, narrowing the issues through court pleadings, exploring and negotiating settlement opportunities, and presenting their cases through trials and the appeal process. Our attorneys are specialists in all business issues affecting a technology industry client, as well as all the procedural tricks of the legal process. For our team, success translates into providing value and winning. Our litigators want to win every negotiation, every dispute, every motion, every objection, every trial, and every appeal. Though we want to win and hate to lose, our team does the diligence to analyze and has the experience to recognize when it is the right time to promote compromises due to the risks being greater than the rewards.
Our robust Technology Industry Team understands that technology companies need more than just our legal acumen to produce a meaningful partnership. As part of our role as a trusted advisor, we maintain contacts with seed and angel investors as well as venture capital, private equity and other capital market sources, and deploy that network for the benefits of our clients where introductions appropriate. In law and business, our lawyers have the ability to diagnose our clients’ business problems and challenges, the skills to make the right recommendations to improve their situation, and the resolve to take those ideas and actually make them happen.
Jimerson Birr recognizes that companies in the risky, complex, and high-stakes technology sector depend on sound counsel for mission-critical operational, legal and regulatory issues. We are committed to the goal of helping technology companies mitigate risk and prevent problems before they arise or escalate.
Successfully negotiated over $38,000 credit for client involving claim for overpayment of utility charges.
Provided corporate counsel, drafted Operating Agreement and Employment Agreements to reflect changes in corporate structure and protect member interests in national telecommunications and cloud-based technology company.
Obtained full value recovery in favor of biotechnical support services company against debtor located in Puerto Rico.
We brought in Jimerson Birr to contribute to our organization’s growth and focus. Their suite of abilities extends beyond law—this firm truly understands what makes a business tick. By working with Jimerson Birr, our management team was able to collaboratively build operational policies and procedures, craft specific risk management tools and, overall, reexamine the way we run our business to be more effective and profitable to further establish our place in the market. Any organization, whether established or in the early stages, can benefit from engaging this firm to help you create a stronger future for your business.
Jimerson Birr has handled contracting issues and litigation work for our technology company with headquarters on the First Coast. We’ve given them a wide variety of problems to solve, and they have handled quite a few issues, ranging from more complex matters relative to intellectual property matters, services agreements, confidentiality and non-compete issues to helping us establish more focused operational policies that help us scale. Their extensive understanding of handling issues with the technology sector and steadfast insight on best practices has continually proven beneficial to our organization. When you put your trust in our Jimerson Birr, they will take a true hands-on approach.