About Us

Contract/Form Author and Contributors

Principle Legal Author:
  • M-T Michele Rennie (LL.B, NP.)
  • Michele is Head of Intellectual Property and Internet law at Computalaw Limited, based in Europe with U.K. offices in London, Edinburgh and Jersey which gives on-line advice through www.computalaw.com. Michele has specialised in intellectual property and Internet law worldwide since 1980 and has acted as legal adviser to hundreds of IT companies around the world, including many multi-nationals. Most recently, Michele is also legal advisor to the award winning digital signature company SignASP with which company Computalaw has just entered into a strategic alliance to offer digital signature facilities through the Computalaw website.

    Michele has been a member of the International Bar Association Committee on International Computer and Technology Law since 1980. She was also chairman of the British Computer Society Ecommerce Legal Task Group (1999-2004) and was also a member of the Intellectual Property and Electronic Commerce working parties of the European Informatics Market (EURIM). Over the last 18 months Michele has also been legal advisor to The CTOSE Foundation which was established in January 2004 to promote the results of the European Commision sponsored CTOSE project on Cybercrime.

    Publications: Michele is also a regular conference speaker and is author of severa publications of International Computer and Internet Contracts and Law (sweet & Maxwell/Thomson) in 1985, 1989, and the latest in 1994-2005 which is updated annually. The publication contains over 4000 pages of computer and internet contracts and intellectual property relating to Europe, USA, Japan, Australia and the Internet.

    Michelle is also Editor of Computer & Telecommunications Law Review (CTLR) for which she edits and write IPR articles. She has also written fro the British Government's Parlimentary Information Technology Committee Journal (Pitcom). Another aspect of her advisory work involves writing/contributing to briefing papers and Research documents for UK Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) through her membership of European Informatics (EURIM) and the British Computer Society.

    US Contributors:
  • David Bender (Sc.B, LLB, LLM)
  • David is Of Counsel in the New York City office of White & Case LLP, where he specializes in litigation, transactional matters and counseling in the areas of Privacy, Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law. He previously served as head of AT&T’s IP Litigation Department, where he was responsible for all IP litigation brought by or against any Bell System company. He is a past President of the Computer Law Association.

    Publications: David is the author of COMPUTER LAW, a four-volume treatise published by Lexis-Nexis Matthew Bender and updated twice annually. He is also a member of the Editorial Boards of Computer Lawyer, Cyberspace Lawyer, and Computer Technology Law Report, and has written numerous law review articles in the fields of IT Law, IP Law and Antitrust Law. David has made presentations on various topics in those fields at more than 200 seminars in the United States and some 15 other countries, and is the author of several dozen papers published in diverse seminar handbooks.

    David has a Sc.B. in Applied Math from Brown University, an LL.B. from the University of Pennsylvania, an LL.M. in Patent Law from George Washington University, and an S.J.D. (specializing in Computer Law) from George Washington. In a previous life, David served as an engineer with Ford Aerospace, and as a mathematician with Hughes Aircraft.

  • J. T. (“Jay”) Westermeier (LL.M, JD, MBA)
  • is a partner in DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary US LLP, resident in its Reston, VA office. He has been involved in all aspects of information technology, including intellectual property, technology licensing and other forms of technology contracts, risk management, domestic and international distribution, corporate, litigation, arbitration and mediation. He represents emerging and established software, Internet, electronic commerce and other information technology companies as well as information technology users and suppliers.

    He is the only lawyer to ever receive the Distinguished Information Sciences Award, the highest award presented annually by the Association of Information Technology Professionals. He is a past president of The Computer Law Association, the world’s largest association of its kind with members in 60 countries. He also served as the Chairman of the American Bar Association’s committee on professionalism of computer specialists under the Science and Technology Section, Co-Chair of the D.C. Bar’s Computer and Telecommunications Section and Director of the D.C. Computer Law Forum. He was appointed by the Governor of Virginia and approved by the Virginia Assembly to serve a four year term on the Council on Information Management for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is also a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2003-2004; 2005-2006 Editions), Euromoney’s “Guide to the World’s Leading Technology, Media and Telecommunications Lawyers”, Euromoney’s “Guide to the World’s Leading Information Technology Lawyers”, Mondaq’s “Listing of the World’s Leading Internet and E-Commerce Lawyers”, Law Business Research Limited’s “An International Who’s Who of e-Commerce Lawyers (2d Edition)” and “Who’s Who Legal – The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers” (2002).

    He is the Founder of the Georgetown University Law Center’s Advanced Computer and Internet Law Institute and co-Founder of the Virginia Bar’s Information Technology Legal Institute. He serves on the advisory boards for The Computer Law Reporter, E-Commerce Law & Strategy, BNA’s Computer Technology Law, BNA’s Electronic Commerce & Law, Commercial Law Advisor, Intellectual Property Counselor, Internet Law and Business, and Information Strategy: The Executive’s Journal. He is also on the advisory board for The Computer Law Association and the World Organization of Law and Computer Science. He is a USA correspondent for Computer Law Review International. He has edited several books on computer law, contributed to a number of the leading computer law treatises, including Documenting E-Commerce Transactions (Business Laws, Inc.), Drafting License Agreements (Aspen Law) and Data Security and Privacy Law: Combating Cyber Threats (West Group), published more than 170 articles on legal issues related to information technology and has lectured at conferences, seminars and programs all over the world on numerous computer and Internet-related legal topics. He is the 2001 recipient of the Burton Award for Legal Excellence.

    He is a member of the Virginia, D.C. and Maryland bars and numerous courts. He litigates cases in state and federal courts. He is a member of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution Technology Panel of distinguished neutrals. Education: George Washington University (L.L.M., 1978); American University (J.D., 1974); George Washington University (M.B.A. 1969); United States Military Academy (B.S. 1963). Certificate of Data Processing (CDP) awarded by the Institute for the Certification of Computer Professionals, 1977.

  • Erik M. Feig (B.Eng, JD)
  • is a senior associate in the Technology & Sourcing Practice Group of DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary US LLP, resident in its Reston, Virginia office. Mr. Feig's broad based practice focuses primarily on information technology, intellectual property, and business law. He represents a wide range of businesses of all sizes - from startups to the Fortune 500 – in developing and implementing their critical business strategies, whether as vendors, suppliers, strategic partners/joint venturers, or as licensees. He often drafts and negotiates complex agreements where the development, use and commercial exploitation of technology and other intellectual property are key to the success of his clients' businesses.

    A regular writer and speaker on information technology and strategic business matters, Mr. Feig is the Metro Washington, DC membership chair of the Computer Law Association and is a member of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. He earned his bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University, and his JD from Fordham Law School in New York City.

  • Steve Davidson
  • Steve is chairman of the intellectual property and information technology law department at the Minneapolis-based law firm of Leonard, Street and Deinard, where he represents clients throughout the United States in development projects, transactions and litigation involving computer and information technology. He is also an experienced arbitrator and mediator of complex disputes involving intellectual property and technical subject matter.

    Steve is a former president of the Computer Law Association and an adjunct professor of information technology law at the University of Minnesota Law School. He serves on the editorial boards of several leading information technology law journals and has appeared on the faculties of more than 100 information technology law conferences in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

    Steve’s colleagues: Mical Kapsner Griffin and Scott Bergs also contributed to International Computer and Internet Contracts and Law.

  • Mical Kapsner Griffin
  • Mical is an associate in Leonard, Street and Deinard’s Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law Department and has a transactional practice focusing on the protection, development, licensing, and creative exploitation of software, technology and other intellectual property. She advises diverse clients on a wide variety of issues relating to copyright, trademark and trade secret protection, privacy, online commerce, and other business transactions involving information technology. Miki has authored or co-authored numerous articles on a variety of intellectual property and technology issues. Miki is a 1998 graduate, magna cum laude, of Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, and served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Harriet Lansing of the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

  • Scott Bergs
  • Scott is an associate in Leonard, Street and Deinard’s Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law Department. His practice is focused in the areas of technology (computer and telecommunications) and intellectual property law. Scott has a great deal of experience in a wide variety of technology transactional matters. Scott is on the Board of Directors of the Computer Law Association and is a member of the MSBA Computer and Communications Law Sections and the Internet law committee.

    Publications: Scott is a frequent speaker on technology and IP legal issues and has written several articles on such topics, including, Open, Click and Download; What Have I Agreed To? The Possibilities Seem Endless published in Raymond T. Nimmer, Software and Database Licensing: Current Trends and Proposed New Laws, p. 687 (Practicing Law Institute 1999), co-authored with Stephen J. Davidson.

    Australian Contributor:
  • Anna Sharpe (LL.B. (Hons), LL.M)
  • Anna is a partner at Clayton Utz, Brisbane, Australia. Her practice involves laws affecting communications, particularly technology and intellectual property law.

    Publications: She is Author of Credit Acts Handbook (Law Book Company, 1986), co-author of Computer Contracts: Principles & Precedents - Computer Contracts Section (Butterworths). She has also published over 200 articles in professional and technical journals.

    European Co-Contributor:
  • Philip Woolfson (M.A., LL.B)
  • Philip is a solicitor and Advocat at the Paris bar, based in Brussels. He is also a graduate of the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium. He is a partner of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, a US firm of lawyers with its head office in Washington DC. His practice concentrates on Community law and French law, in particular in relation to cross-border provision of services, data protection, competition law and financial services.

    Japanese Contributors:
  • Takashi Kanai (LL.B., LL.M)
  • Takashi is an attorney-at-law at Frantech Law Office Tokyo. His practice involves computer-related contract law; Unfair Competition Prevention Law; Trademark, copyright, Product Liability, company law, franchising and intellectual property law and international finance. He has studied at Keio University, Japan, Cornell University Law School, USA and Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London. He is a member of Dai-ni Tokyo Bar Association, Japan Trademark Association, Risk Management Consultant Association of Japan and of the Committee on Unfair Competition Prevention Law (Institute of Intellectual Property).

    Publications:He is the author of "Computer Program and Database Protection in Japan" (co-authored by Kei Amemiya) (in English language) "Franchisor's Duty to Disclose under Franchise Agreement at its Conclusion" (1994) (in Japanese language) "Franchisee's Confidentiality Duty and Non-Competition Duty under Franchise Agreement" (1995) (in Japanese language) "Franchise Agreement and Product Liability Law" (1995) (in Japanese language) "Bankruptcy Issues under Franchise System" (1997) (in the Japanese language) "Copyright Issues on Graphics" (included in "Copyright Issues on Homepages" edited by Internet Lawyers Conference, 1997) (in the Japanese language).

  • Wakaba Hara (LL.B., LL.M)
  • Wakaba was an associate lawyer at Mitsui, Yasuda, Wani & Maeda, Tokyo and now works for the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Her practice involves all areas of intellectual property law and corporate law focusing on international protection of intellectual property. She has studied at Keio University, Japan; the Legal Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan and Columbia University School of Law, USA. She is a member of Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association and the Japan Federation of Bar Associations since 1990.

  • Kei Amemiya (LL.B)
  • Kei was an associate at Okamoto, Susuki & Takamatsu, Tokyo. His practice involves international finance, licensing, intellectual property law, antitrust, company and commercial law and dispute settlement. He has studied at Chuo University, Japan and the Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court. He is also co-author with Takashi Kanai to Computer Contracts 1985 (Sweet & Maxwell).

    Indian Contributors:
  • Shalini Agarwal (LL.B., LL.M Cantab)
  • Shalini is a founding partner of ALMT Legal, resident in the firm’s London office. ALMT Legal is a unique Indian law firm with offices in India and a branch in London. Although several partners and associates of the firm are dual qualified (UK-India), all offices of ALMT Legal advise only on matters of Indian law and jurisdiction.

    Shalini is a corporate-commercial lawyer and advises on cross border transactions relating to India including joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, distribution/agency agreements and contractual arrangements. Her practice areas include advising clients on IT/IP, software and outsourcing contracts.

    Shalini is a frequent speaker at international seminars and conferences and has written several articles on various aspects of doing business in India.

  • Sakate Khaitan (LL.B., MBA London Business School)
  • is a partner in ALMT Legal, resident in the firm’s London office. He has been involved in advising clients on inward investment policies and cross border transactions in India. His practice concentrates on corporate-commercial cross border transactions, capital markets and financial services and tax. Sakate is also a co founder of the India Business Forum [IBF], London Business School and has spoken widely on various business matters.

  • Satyendra Shrivastava (LL.B., LLM LSE)
  • is an associate at ALMT Legal. Commencing his career as a legal journalist with the Economic Times, Satyendra’s area of practice spans cross border investments and computer and information technology law. He also contributes to various legal publications on matters relating to Indian law and jurisdiction. He is fluent in English, Hindi, Gujarati and has a working knowledge of French.
  • Pragati Mor (LL.B)
  • is an intern with ALMT Legal. Her areas of practice include commercial contracts and IP law.

    Electronic and Digital Signature Contributor:
  • Stephen Mason
  • Stephen Mason is a barrister (www.stephenmason.eu) with an interest in electronic signatures, authentication, security, electronic evidence, e-mail and internet use, and interception and monitoring of communications. He is a member of the IT Panel of the General Council of the Bar of England and Wales, and the UK representative on the IT Law Committee of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe. He is presently Visiting Research Fellow, Digital Evidence Research at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, and an Associate Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

    He is the author of:
    Electronic Signatures in Law (Tottel, 2nd edn, 2007) ISBN 978 1 84766 051 0, this text covers 98 jurisdictions, and has a separate chapter on each the following individual countries written by country-specific authors: Canada by Anila Srivastava, Valerie C. Mann and Thomas S. Woods; Germany by Dr Martin Eßer and the United State of America by Thomas M. Dunlap and E-mail, networks and the internet: A concise guide to compliance with the law (xpl publications, 6th edn, 2006) ISBN 1 85811 3563

    He is the general editor of:
    International Electronic Evidence, general editor, (British Institute of International and Comparative Law, 2008), ISBN 978-1-905221-29-5, covering the following jurisdictions: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand and Turkey
    Electronic Evidence: Disclosure, Discovery & Admissibility, author and general editor (LexisNexis Butterworths, 2007) ISBN 9 781405718370, covering: Australia, Canada, England & Wales, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa and the United States of America

    He is also the general editor of the Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review (wwww.deaeslr.org).