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Andrew J. Schlidt


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Suite 1900
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3819
Phone: (414) 978-5515

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Andy Schlidt is a shareholder in the Milwaukee office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. where he serves as co-chair of the firm's Corporate & Finance Practice Group and a founder of its Technology Law Team. Andy is a business lawyer with broad experience in commercial transactions, corporate governance, and regulatory compliance. He previously served on the firm's Board of Directors and leverages the firm's 150+ legal professionals to achieve the business and strategic objectives of clients.

As a founder of the Firm's Technology Law team, Andy’s primary focus has been to serve as National Technology Counsel to companies. In this role, he counsels clients in the strategic use, purchase, sale, distribution and commercialization of new technology. He also guides clients through the unique regulatory and compliance challenges that arise at the intersection of technology and law. By way of example, clients regularly hire Andy to advise them on implementation of IT regulatory compliance plans, sophisticated IT & BPO outsourcing transactions, IT procurement deals, joint ventures, joints developments, vendor disputes, data privacy and security, telecommunications (wireless, fiber optic, DAS), management of IP, technology start-up, company formation and growth. Clients remark that Andy “speaks CIO” and that he is able to bridge the gap between legal and IT departments. He draws upon prior industry experience as a consultant with the Chicago office of Accenture and his Masters of Technology Degree from Purdue University. While at Purdue, Andy wrote a thesis on the technology risk management practices at Fortune 200 companies.

Andy is a member of ITechLaw (a worldwide technology law community since 1971) and Caucus (Association of Technology Acquisition Professionals). He also serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Wisconsin E-Business Consortium and previously was a member of the Telecommunications Committee for the Wisconsin Public Utilities Institute. He is a member of the Science & Technology Section of the American Bar Association and the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin.


  • Marquette University Law School, J.D.; Marquette Law Review
  • Purdue University, Masters of Industrial Technology, with honors
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A. Economics; Dean’s List


  • Wisconsin

Awards & Distinctions

  • Named a "Rising Star" on the Wisconsin Super Lawyers list (2006, 2007)
  • Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Milwaukee County War Memorial Service Award
  • Notre Dame Club of Milwaukee Service Award

Representative Work

  • FINANCIAL SERVICES: Counseling an $18 billion Fortune 500 financial services company in technology related legal issues including negotiation of licensing, services, and outsourcing agreements with vendors such as IBM, Oracle, Fiserv, United Healthcare, Standard & Poors, and USAData.
  • HEALTHCARE: Advising in creation of a Regional Health Information Organization for centralizing electronic medical health records in Wisconsin. Representation of health care organizations and insurers in information technology legal matters, including acquisition of electronic medical records software systems, privacy and security of patient information, data back-up and business continuance programs, Stark and anti-kickback compliance.
  • SOFTWARE: Representing an international logistics software developer in the drafting and enforcement of master technology agreements, implementation agreements, maintenance and support agreements, reseller agreements, joint development agreements, and strategic alliance agreements. Negotiated deals with customers such as duPont, Sears, Target, and Pepperidge Farms.
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS: Representing telecommunications companies (ILEC, CLEC, & VOIP) in regulatory matters involving the WI Public Service Commission and Federal Communications Commission and negotiation / enforcement of complex commercial deals including: Network Joint Ventures; Interconnection Agreements; Pole Attachment Agreements; IRU Agreements; Co-location Agreements; Wholesale Capacity Agreements; Fiber Leases; and ISP and VOIP service agreements.
  • MANUFACTURING: Advising a Fortune 500 manufacturing company in managing legal issues in a $400 million enterprise-wide ERP implementation of SAP and IBM software affecting all global operations. Managed legal issues related to licensing, intellectual property, maintenance & support, hosting, security, privacy and disaster recovery planning among others.
  • WIRELESS: Assisting NYSE and NASDAQ telecommunications utilities with the deployment of wireless digital networks in Wisconsin including securing of government approvals, acquiring of public and private land rights, and negotiating of lease / co-location agreements.
  • FIBER OPTICS: Representing a fiber optics construction company in the development of a fiber communications network throughout the Midwest. Representing its affiliate in forming and growing a broadband communications company in deploying dark fiber and municipal Wi-Fi networks.
  • NEW VENTURES: Counseling start-up companies (including software development and other technology companies) in managing legal considerations associated with launching new enterprises. He serves as “General Counsel” to start-ups advising on issues such as corporate formation, management of intellectual property, contracting with business partners, venture financing, human resources, corporate growth strategy, risk mitigation, and dispute resolution.
  • RECORDS MANAGEMENT: Advising corporations in the development and maintenance of appropriate records retention programs in light of recent amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure relating to discovery of electronic records in litigation.

Professional Associations

  • UW E-Business Consortium – Advisory Board Member
  • Wisconsin Telecommunications Association
  • Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Wisconsin Public Utilities Institute – Telecommunications Committee
  • American Bar Association – Business Law Section and Science & Technology Sections
  • State Bar of Wisconsin – Business Law Section (Information Technology & E-Commerce Committee) and Energy Telecom Section

Community Involvement

  • Milwaukee County War Memorial, Inc. – Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees

Articles and Presentations

  • 20th Annual IT Procurement Summit hosted by Caucus, Association of IT Procurement Professionals (October 26, 2015)
  • Humpty Dumpty’s Great Fall: Business Continuity Planning, In Business Magazine Legal Login Blog (October 15, 2015)
  • Bluffing IT: Five Secrets of an IT Vendor, In Business Magazine Legal Login Blog (June 23, 2015)
  • Legal Issues in IT Outsourcing Transactions, 2015 Annual Conference of the Wisconsin Association of Corporate Counsel (April 30, 2015)
  • Keeping IT Simple: How to Start an Effective IT Risk Management Program, In Business Magazine Legal Login Blog (April 20, 2015)
  • Negotiating the Cloud: Tips for Avoiding an IT Legal Storm, 2014 Annual Conference of the Wisconsin Association of Corporate Counsel (May 16, 2014)
  • Keep your eyes "OPENED" in INTERNATIONAL cloud computing, On Balance Magazine (January/February 2014)
  • Negotiating the Cloud: Tips for Avoiding a Legal Storm-Emerging Legal Lessons in Cloud Computing, Wisconsin Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (WISACCA) - An Introduction to Tax and Dispute Issues in the Cloud (December 12, 2013)
  • Insecurity in the Cloud?, 2013 Wisconsin Digital Government Summit (December 5, 2013)
  • Smart Buildings: Who is Fiddling With Your Roof?, IBMadison.com (April 8, 2013)
  • To stay in sync with the digital world, follow the data, IBMadison.com (February 11, 2013)
  • Business Continuity Planning: Conduct a Critical Vendor Review, IBMadison.com (December 27, 2012)
  • 14th Annual Business Best Practices & Emerging Technologies Conference, Panelist: Privacy & Security Issues in a Cloudy Environment, UW E-Business Consortium (October 4, 2012)
  • Cloud vs. Office? The Answer is Not as Clear-cut as You Might Think, IBMadison.com (September 2012)
  • Cloud Computing: Forecasting Turbulence for IT Operations, IBMadison.com (August 30, 2012)
  • IT Contracting: Tips for Negotiating on the Front End to Avoid Disputes on the Back End, Wisconsin Association of Corporate Counsel Seminar (March 29, 2012)
  • Cyber security concerns changing attorneys' roles, quoted, as published by New England In-house (May 2, 2012)
  • Electronic Documentation of Business and Real Estate Transactions, State Bar of Wisconsin Real Estate and Business Law Institute (June 10, 2011)
  • Emerging Legal Issues in Cloud Computing Environments, Wisconsin Digital Government Summit (November 30, 2010)
  • E-Commerce Legal Considerations, University of Wisconsin Executive MBA Program (November 17, 2010)
  • Best practices for the electronic workplace, BizTimes (November 28, 2008)
  • Best Practices in Crisis Management, Association of Corporate Counsel Conference for Wisconsin Chapter (May 15, 2008)
  • Emerging Legal Issues in Technology Transactions, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Center for Technology Innovation (January 12, 2007)
  • Key Issues in Software, ERP and ASP System Contracting, participant in panel discussion, State Bar Information Technology Inter-Professional Conference.
  • Intelligent Buildings, spoke on the development of “Intelligent Buildings” through Broadband Telecommunications and related I.T. Infrastructure at Shorecliff Communications Broadband Building & Commerce Seminar.
  • Build-to-Suit and Purchase/Leaseback Tower Problems, spoke at a national telecommunications conference regarding contractual legal issues arising in the development of wireless networks. Mr. Schlidt's comments were published in the Sept. 15, 1998 edition of Wireless Review magazine.

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