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Internet of Things 2020: Everything is Connected SF


Speaker(s): Heather J. Meeker, Ian C. Ballon, Jose A. Esteves, Leonard T. Nuara, Michelle Finneran Dennedy, Pamela Clark-Meister, Peter F. McLaughlin, Thomas Snyder
Recorded on: Jun. 24, 2020
PLI Program #: 277796

Heather Meeker is a partner in O’Melveny & Myers’ Silicon Valley office in the Mergers and Acquisitions practice group and a Founding Portfolio Partner at OSS Capital.

Meeker advises technology clients on intellectual property matters, including licensing and collaboration arrangements, software copyright and patent issues, technology procurement, open source licensing strategies, and intellectual property issues in investments, mergers and acquisitions.  She is an internationally-known specialist in open source software licensing.  Her latest book, Open Source for Business, is a definitive handbook for lawyers, engineers, and businesspersons on open source licensing in business.  Her Technology Licensing: A Primer, is a widely used handbook for technology licensing specialists.

In 2019, Meeker was named by Business Insider as one of the ten people transforming the way the technology industry does business, along with the CEOs of Salesforce, Stripe, and Microsoft.  She was the only lawyer on this list.

Meeker is widely recognized for her leadership in intellectual property licensing law, with Chambers USA, the Legal 500, Best Lawyers in America, and SuperLawyers naming her among the industry’s top lawyers in multiple years. She received the prestigious IP Vanguard Award for private practice from the Intellectual Property Section of the California state bar for 2016.  In 2012, Best Lawyers named her its “San Francisco Information Technology Law Lawyer of the Year.”  In 2018, she was named one of the top Women Leaders in Tech Law by The Recorder.  The Daily Journal named Meeker to its list of “Top 100 Women Lawyers in California” in 2013, and has named her twice to its list of “25 Top IP Portfolio Managers (Licensing) In California.” Managing IP named her to its “IP Stars - Top 250 Women in IP” list in 2013.

She is a member of the Advisory Council for the American Law Institute’s projects on Principles of the Law of Software Contracts (2010) and Restatement of Law, Copyright (ongoing).


Michelle Finneran Dennedy currently serves as Chief Executive Officer at Drumwave. She has a passion for developing software for business people, data scientists, analysts, students, all kinds of surfers - and you.

She is the co-author of The Privacy Engineer’s Manifesto and the Privacy Engineer’s Companion.

Before working at Drumwave, Michelle was a VP and Chief Privacy Officer at Cisco. She was responsible for the development and implementation of the organization's data privacy policies and practices, working across business groups to drive data privacy excellence across the security continuum.

Michelle founded The iDennedy Project, a public service organization to address privacy needs in sensitive populations, such as children and the elderly, and emerging technology paradigms.

Michelle has also served as Chief Privacy Officer for McAfee/ Intel and Vice President for Security & Privacy Solutions for the Oracle Corporation. These teams worked closely with customers to enable them to proceed with the confidence that information is protected and accelerated as an asset. Before the Oracle acquisition of Sun, Michelle was Chief Data Governance Officer within the Cloud Computing division at Sun Microsystems, Inc. Michelle also served as Sun’s first Chief Privacy Officer.

Michelle is a sought-after and provocative public speaker, evangelizing new approaches and business justifications for soundly-defined, transparent security and privacy policies and systems that protect healthy, safe global businesses.

Michelle has a JD from Fordham University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree with university honors from The Ohio State University. In 2009, she was awarded the Goodwin Procter-IAPP Vanguard award for lifetime achievement and the EWF – CSO Magazine Woman of Influence award for work in the privacy and security fields. In 2012, she was recognized by the National Diversity Council as one of California’s Most Powerful & Influential Women. In 2014 she was cited as an AlwaysOn Power Player in On-Demand Computing and was honored as the Gold Stevie award as Woman of the Year in Technology.


Pamela Clark-Meister is an in-house attorney with over 20 years of experience shaping business and legal strategy, managing complex technology transactions, and advising on intellectual property, commercial and M&A transactions. With Intel since 1999, she is currently serving as a Group Counsel to Intel’s Internet of Things Group (IOTG) in Visual Markets.  IOTG is leading the industry in transforming businesses and the way we live by making it simple, smart and connected IOT solutions.


Ian C. Ballon is Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig LLP’s Global Intellectual Property & Technology Practice Group and represents internet, mobile, entertainment and technology companies in defending data privacy, security breach and TCPA class action suits and in other intellectual property and technology litigation. A list of recent cases may be found at http://www.gtlaw.com/Ian-C-Ballon-experience.

He is also the author of the leading treatise on internet and mobile law, E-Commerce and Internet Law: Treatise with Forms 2d edition, the 5-volume set published by West (www.IanBallon.net), which includes extensive coverage of security breach and data privacy issues. In addition, he is the author of The Complete CAN-SPAM Act Handbook (West 2008) and The Complete State Security Breach Notification Compliance Handbook (West 2009). He also serves as Executive Director of Stanford University Law School’s Center for E-Commerce, which hosts the annual Best Practices Conference where lawyers, scholars and judges are regularly featured and interact.

Ian was named the Lawyer of the Year for Information Technology Law in the 2019, 2018, 2016 and 2013 editions of Best Lawyers in America and was recognized as the 2012 New Media Lawyer of the Year by the Century City Bar Association. In both 2018 and 2019 he was recognized as one of the Top 1,000 trademark attorneys in the world for his litigation practice by World Trademark Review. In addition, in 2019 he was named one of the top 20 Cybersecurity lawyers in California and in 2018 one of the Top Cybersecurity/Artificial Intelligence lawyers in California by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal. He received the “Trailblazer” Award, Intellectual Property, 2017 from The National Law Journal and he has been recognized as a “Groundbreaker” in The Recorder’s 2017 Litigation Departments of the Year Awards. In 2010, he was the recipient of the California State Bar Intellectual Property Law section's Vanguard Award for significant contributions to the development of intellectual property law (http://ipsection.calbar.ca.gov/IntellectualPropertyLaw/IPVanguardAwards.aspx).

Mr. Ballon was listed in Variety's "Legal Impact Report: 50 Game-Changing Attorneys" and has been named by the LA Daily Journal as one of the Top 75 intellectual property litigators in California in every year that the list has been published (2009 through 2018) and as one of the top 100 lawyers in California. He is also listed in Legal 500 U.S., The Best Lawyers in America (in the areas of information technology and intellectual property) and Chambers and Partners USA Guide in the areas of privacy and data security and information technology. Mr. Ballon also holds the CIPP/US certification from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Ian can be reached at: Ballon@gtlaw.com, 310-586-6575 or via leading social media platforms (IanBallon).


Lennie is a nationally recognized authority on technology and internet law and co-author of Drafting Internet Agreements, a practical legal treatise with annotated forms on internet and computer law published by the Aspen Publishers division of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. Lennie formerly was a partner at several prominent law firms and served as the Chair of the Technology & Intellectual Property Practice of Thacher Proffitt & Wood, LLP, and was a partner in the Intellectual Property and Technology Practice at Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Known for his high energy and unique blend of practice-legal knowledge, technology expertise and skills, Lennie serves as trusted advisor to dozens of multinationals and smaller corporates, hospitals and healthcare providers, financial institutions, startups and venture firms across industries including, E-business, retail, hardware and software, communications and energy, frequently involving the development and deployment of breakthrough and best-of-show technologies. His recognized technology law expertise coupled with his IT education and experience gained while operating technology companies provide unique insights that benefit clients who engage Lennie for strategic guidance and counseling.

Lennie also advises clients on privacy, cyber security and compliance. He offers specialized expertise in the creation of dynamic workflows and incident recovery solutions to manage and mitigate risk exposures. Clients engage Lennie regularly as a special counsel or to manage complex litigation in areas requiring his unique skill set and knowledge.

Lennie gained recognition as a “go to” technology expert and problem solver following the tragic destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, home to Thacher Proffitt & Wood’s main office. Miraculously, no employees of the firm perished, but the destruction of the Twin Towers resulted in a complete loss of all of the firm's technology infrastructure and backup systems. On that day, Lennie interrupted his practice of law and became the CIO of the firm for the following six months. He was responsible for all decisions for the interim survival and ultimate rebuilding of the firm's technology infrastructure, including: equipment specification and acquisition, conversion of the firm's applications palette; extensive outsourcing of such IT functions as help desk and infrastructure management. The experience of losing everything, rebuilding everything from scratch, being the buyer instead of “representing the buyer” has given Lennie valuable insights that inform his practice even today. He has published and spoken on the lessons that he learned from this experience at seminars throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Prior to joining Flatiron, Lennie was Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for ICF Mercantile, a technical textile distributor of medical, aerospace and construction yarn where he managed the transformation from a distribution to manufacturing business in a new state of the art manufacturing, research and development center. While at ICF he was responsible for all aspects of business operations, legal and IT, including creating the financial and production models to support the financing for transition; negotiations of the lease, construction, engineering, and architectural services agreements; and on-site management of construction resulting in an on-time and on budget startup.

Before ICF, he was the co-founder, President and Chief Operating Officer of Tera Group and TeraExchange. Lennie and his co-founder developed and managed the strategic evolution of the first and only multi-asset, Central Limit Order Book and RFQ based Swap Execution Facility and multi-asset execution management system from inception into a Dodd Frank Act - CFTC regulated institutional exchange for cleared derivatives, equities, futures, fixed income and options markets. Derivatives assets include IRS, CDS, NDF, and the first regulated Bitcoin derivative based on the TeraBit Bitcoin Price Index. While at Tera he managed the firm's operation including fundraising, client/investor presentations and relationships, operations, legal, regulatory, financial, marketing, business development and technology development and implementation.

An experienced commercial litigator, Lennie has handled high-stakes disputes in involving IP infringement, engineering and construction, IT systems and Internet businesses, including the successful resolution of several multi-hundred million dollar matters.

With over 250 articles and presentations, Lennie is one of the most sought-after lecturers in the country on Technology, Internet Law, Cybersecurity, Privacy, Cloud Computing, Social Media, Intellectual Property, Licensing, Techno-Entertainment, Negotiations, Identity Theft, Technology and Intellectual Property Litigation, E-Discovery, Online Child Safety and Law Practice Management.


Tom is Executive Director of RIoT, supporting Internet of Things and disruptive technology industry growth. By day he runs RIoT Labs at HQ Raleigh. In his spare time, Tom co-instructs Product Innovation Lab, a Forbes award winning multi-disciplinary course in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at NC State.

Prior to joining RIoT, Tom held an executive leadership role at the ASSIST Center, a National Science Foundation sponsored effort to create wearable electronics for healthcare monitoring. Previously, he spent two decades in product development and technology incubation in NC.

He’s passionate about creating and fostering collaborations across disciplines, markets and cultures. He enjoys the outdoors, woodworking, boardgames, big crowds, craft beer and ideas that are just crazy enough to work.


Peter McLaughlin is a partner in the Boston office of Womble Bond Dickinson and a member of the firm’s Privacy & Data Security practice. He has nearly 20 years of experience advising U.S. and international clients on their handling of corporate and personal information and complying with cybersecurity, privacy, and data protection standards.

After having been Assistant GC (Privacy & Security) and global privacy officer for Cardinal Health as far back as 2005, with a total 7 years of in-house experience, McLaughlin appreciates the importance of practical guidance to clients. McLaughlin advises clients with respect to a broad range of technology transactions, privacy and security issues. These predominantly touch: 1) the domestic and global handling of personal data, including the CCPA, EU GDPR preparedness, and Privacy Shield compliance; 2) information security programs (across industries), Internet of Things, US and multinational security reviews, and post-incident responses with management of forensic teams; and 3) innovative uses of information and technology, such as digital health and life sciences, advertising and consumer marketing, Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, facial recognition, and analytics.

Mr. McLaughlin is a regular contributor to blogs, magazines, and journals, and he has presented at events by: PLI; Privacy Xchange Forum; RSA Conference; mHIMSS; IAPP; HIPAA Summit; World IP Forum; and others.

McLaughlin received his J.D. from Georgetown Law in 1993 and his B.A. from Columbia in 1986.


Jose A. Esteves focuses on assisting clients in maximizing the value of their intellectual property and technology assets, including through strategic stand-alone transactions such as collaborations, joint ventures, cloud/outsourcing arrangements and other complex technology transactions; stand-alone and mergers-and-acquisitions-related development, licensing, supply, marketing and support arrangements; and IP monetization and financing transactions. Mr. Esteves also counsels clients on IP, technology and data legal and commercial issues, including with respect to privacy, cybersecurity and emerging issues in big data, artificial intelligence/analytics, internet of things and other key technologies, including in fintech, health care and autonomous vehicles. Mr. Esteves advises a diverse group of clients from the U.S. and abroad, including Europe, Asia and South America. Mr. Esteves also handles intellectual property and technology aspects of traditional mergers and acquisitions, financings, public offerings and commercial transactions. Intellectual Asset Management magazine, the leading trade publication focused on IP monetization, includes Mr. Esteves on its list of the “IAM Strategy 300 — The World’s Leading IP Strategists.”