Randy Whitmeyer

Partner
About

Randy Whitmeyer is a technology attorney with over 30 years of experience in the information technology industry, including 25 years as an attorney focusing on technology and intellectual property contracts and law. Randy serves as outside general counsel to emerging and mid-sized technology companies, and works on special projects for larger companies in a variety of industries facing technology, intellectual property, and privacy issues.

Prior to law school, Randy graduated summa cum laude with a computer science degree from Duke University. Afterwards, he worked for over four years in software development and management positions at a start-up computer software company. He draws on this technical and business foundation to bring a practical approach to legal matters.

Randy also provides advice and counseling on trademark, copyright, internet, and data privacy law matters. He regularly prepares and prosecutes trademark applications in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for clients in a variety of industries.

Last but not least, Randy is the four-time consecutive winner of the Wake County Bar Association Tennis Tournament (2012 – 2015)!

Professional Background

Randy works with users and vendors in preparing form agreements and negotiating technology, license, service, distribution, supply, strategic alliance and partnering agreements in the following industries, among others:

  • Managed Service Provider
  • Software as a Service
  • Enterprise Software
  • Educational Software
  • Online Advertising
  • Games
  • Healthcare Software
  • Software Development and Consulting
  • E-commerce
  • Medical Devices

Randy has worked at leading full-service national and regional law firms in North Carolina and in Chicago, including the technology boutique law firm of Gordon & Glickson (acquired by McGuire Woods), 11 years as a partner at Hutchison Law and 3 ½ years as a founding partner of Whitmeyer Tuffin in Raleigh.

Presentations/Publications

Randy speaks and writes often on legal issues affecting the technology industry and the Internet at local, national and international conferences. He first spoke on Internet law topics in 1994.

  • “Everything as a Service Contracts” (Association of Corporate Counsel, Raleigh, NC, 2016)
  • “Update on Open Source and Intellectual Property Issues” (Association of Information Technology Professionals, Raleigh, NC, 2013)
  • “HIPAA, HITECH Act, and the Omnibus Rule:  An Update for Business Associates” (OPDA Technology Alliance, Chicago, IL, 2013)
  • “Legal and Contract Issues Surrounding Cloud Computing” (IEEE, RTP, NC, 2013)
  • “Managed Service Provider Contracts” (OPDA Technology Alliance, Delray Beach, FL, 2013)
  • “Privacy Law Update: Strategies for Handling Personal Information (Financial Directions Seminar, RTP, NC, 2013)
  • “IP 101 for Entrepreneurs:  Top 10 IP Mistakes Made by Emerging Companies” (NCSU’s MBA Program, Raleigh, NC, 2012)
  • “Contracting with the Healthcare Cloud Service Provider” (NCHICA Workshop on Health Information in the Cloud, Charlotte, NC, 2011)
  • “Intellectual Property and Contract Issues in M&A Transactions” (Whitmeyer Tuffin seminar, RTP, NC  2011)
  • “Lost in the Cloud:  Legal Issues Surrounding Cloud Computing” (North Carolina Bar Association, Pinehurst, NC, 2010)
  • “Hot Topics in Information Technology Law” (Association of Information Technology Professionals, Raleigh, NC, 2010)
  • “Introduction to Business Entities and Intellectual Property Protection for Start-Ups” (Council for Entrepreneurial Development, RTP, NC, 2009)
  • “Internet and E-Commerce Law Update” (LawExchange International, Boston, MA, 2009)
  • “Introduction to Intellectual Property and Social Networks” (United Arts Council, Raleigh, NC, 2009)
  • “Legal and Regulatory Issues Affecting E-mail Management” (CIO Forum and Executive IT Summit, Raleigh, NC, 2007)
  • “Taking Your Business Global” (Council for Entrepreneurial Development Executive Workshop, RTP, NC, 2007)
  • “Intellectual Property Licensing” (Patent and Trademark Office Inventors’ Conference, RTP, NC  2007)
  • “An Update on Copyright Law and the Internet” (International Technology Law Association IT Law Bootcamp, Bangalore, India, 2007)
  • “Legal Issues Associated with Doing Business Internationally” (NCACPA Annual Symposium, RTP, NC, 2006)
  •  “Hot Topics in Information Security and Privacy Law” (UNC School of Law Festival of Legal Learning, Chapel Hill, NC, 2006)
  • “Update on Open Source Legal Issues” (Center for International Legal Studies, Valle Nevado, Chile, 2006)
  • “Healthcare IT Contracts” (North Carolina Medical Society Management Conference, Greensboro, NC, 2005)
  • “Legal Protection for Scientific and Technical Materials (UNC Festival for Legal Learning, Chapel Hill, NC, 2003)
  • “Key Contract and Legal Issues in Software Development Agreements”  (Client presentation, 2002)
  • “Legal and Policy Issues Associated with Information Technology”, co-creator and adjunct professor of graduate course at UNC-Charlotte’s School of Information Technology (1998-2001)
  • “Legal Issues Associated with the Internet” (Duke University Continuing Legal Education Program, Durham, NC, 1994)
Professional Activities

  • Member, OPDA Technology Alliance (national group of MSP providers)
  • Board of Directors, Communities in Schools of Wake County (2000-present, Chairman of the Board, 2010-2011)
  • International Technology Law Association (1996-present, U.S. Recent Developments Editor, 1998-2000)
  • Board of Advisors, UNC Journal of Law and Technology
  • Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Raleigh Graduate
Education/Admissions

Randy graduated in 1991 magna cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law, where he received the John Paul Stevens Award for Academic Excellence for graduating at the top of his class.  He served as law clerk to the honorable Judge Walter J. Cummings of the Seventh Circuit United States Court of Appeals.

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