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William R. Denny

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Mr. Denny practices primarily in the areas of cybersecurity, data privacy and information governance.  He has represented both public and privately held companies 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.

Mr. Denny 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.

Mr. Denny writes extensively on technology and business issues, including:

  • “Cybersecurity as an Unfair Practice: FTC Enforcement under Section 5 of the FTC Act” in Business Law Today, June 2016
  • “Legal Considerations for Business Contracting in Cloud Computing Services” and “Essential IT Due Diligence in Corporate Transactions” in Internet Law for the Business Lawyer (Second Edition) (American Bar Association 2012)

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

  • 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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Education

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

  • 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
  • Federal Bar Association, Ad Hoc Committee for Electronic Discovery
  • Richard K. Herrmann Technology American Inn of Court