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William R. Denny

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William R. Denny practices primarily in the areas of cybersecurity, data privacy and information governance. Bill is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and Chair of the IAPP KnowledgeNet Chapter for Delaware. He has represented public and privately held companies and government entities in a wide range of technology and intellectual property-related transactions, including counseling clients on compliance with cybersecurity laws, development of data security policies, contracting with cloud service providers, outsourcing of IT services, mergers and acquisitions, technology licensing, software development, sales of internet domain names, and website terms of use and privacy policies. Clients include major licensees of information technology as well as internet service providers, software developers and system integration service providers.

Bill has litigated disputes over the interpretation and enforcement of many types of technology contracts, general commercial contracts and liability insurance policies. He has tried jury and non-jury cases in federal and state trial and appellate courts, before arbitration panels, and by use of other alternative dispute resolution techniques.

Bill writes extensively on technology and business issues, including:

Bill frequently speaks at seminars, programs and meetings on topics including technology, e-discovery and cybersecurity, among others:

    • November 9, 2016: at a program sponsored by the Delaware State Bar Association, Mr. Denny presented “Recent Developments in Data Security.”
    • September 28, 2016, at a program sponsored by the Delaware Small Business Development Center, Mr. Denny presented “Data Breach and Vendor Risk Management.”  This presentation focused on necessary due diligence, essential contract terms and follow-up activities to minimize the risk of harm caused by a vendor cyber security event.

    • September 7, 2016:  2016 Secure Delaware Workshop, Mr. Denny presented "Data Breach and Vendors: Strategies to Limit Your Risks of Data Breach and Protect Yourself from Vendor Vulnerabilities."
    • December 15 and 16, 2015: National Business Institute Seminar entitled “Legal Ethics of Email.”  Mr. Denny was one of two principal speakers.
    • October 3, 2015: Delaware State Bar Association Seminar, “Managing E-Discovery Effectively.”  Mr. Denny focused on recent developments in e-discovery.
    • September 29, 2015: Delaware Cyber Security Workshop, “Changing Legal Landscape in Cybersecurity: Implications for Business.”  Mr. Denny focused on recent developments in cybersecurity laws and regulations at a full-day seminar sponsored by the State of Delaware.
    • May 6, 2014:  Delaware Cyber Security Workshop.  “Changing Legal Landscape in Cybersecurity: Implications for Business.”  This presentation focused on the latest developments and implications for businesses as they seek to protect their critical infrastructure and comply with laws and regulations for data protection.
    • April 10, 2014:  ABA Business Section Spring Meeting, Cloud Computing and IT Services Subcommittee.  Mr. Denny presented on recent developments in cloud computing contracting practices.
    • February 6, 2013:  Delaware Cyber Security Workshop.  Mr. Denny led a roundtable discussion on data security and data breach notification laws at the full day conference on cybersecurity sponsored by the State of Delaware.
    • January 2013:  Technology Inn of Court of Wilmington.  Mr. Denny led a panel discussion on e-discovery.
    • October and November 2013:  Client presentations on indemnification and limitation liability provisions in commercial contracts.

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University of Virginia School of Law, 1987, J.D.

University of Helsinki, 1984

Princeton University, A.B., cum laude, 1983

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Delaware, 1988

Professional Activities and Honors

Certified Information Privacy Professional / U.S. Private Sector; Chair, KnowledgeNet Delaware Chapter

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 in the area of Information Technology Law.

AV® rated  by Martindale-Hubbell.

Delaware State Bar Association; Co-Chair, E-Discovery and Technology Law Section; Committee on Professional Ethics (former Co-Chair)

American Bar Association; Business Section, Cyberspace Law Committee; Co-Chair, IT Services and Cloud Computing Subcommittee; Cybersecurity Legal Task Force

Federal Bar Association, Ad Hoc Committee for Electronic Discovery

Richard K. Herrmann Technology American Inn of Court