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Andrew J. Schlidt
Attorney
555 East Wells Street
Suite 1900
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3819
Phone: (414) 978-5515
Fax: (414) 223-5000


Technology Law
Andy Schlidt is a shareholder in the Milwaukee office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. where he is co-chair of the firm's Corporate & Finance Practice Group and is leader of the Technology Law Team. He is a corporate lawyer with broad experience in commercial transactions, corporate governance, and regulatory compliance matters. Andy has 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 leader of the Firm's Technology Law team, Andy serves as National Technology Counsel to companies with operations across North America and abroad. In this capacity, Andy draws upon his prior industry experience as a business process and technology consultant with the Chicago office of Accenture. To further refine his knowledge of industry developments and outsourcing / technology deals, Andy completed a Masters of Industrial Technology degree through Purdue University. At Purdue he conducted a study of the technology risk management practices of legal counsel at Fortune 200 companies.

Andy is a member of the Science & Technology Section of the American Bar Association and the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin, including Co-Chair of the State Bar IT Law and e-Commerce Committee. He was a founder of the Information Technology Association of Wisconsin (ITAWi) and has served as a member of the Telecommunications Committee for the Wisconsin Public Utilities Institute. Andy is an annual contributor to the Electronic Contracting chapter of the State Bar book on “Contract Law in Wisconsin.

Education

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

Admissions

  • State Bar of Wisconsin

Awards & Distinctions

  • Wisconsin “Rising Star” Attorney – awarded to top 2.5% of lawyers under 40 years old (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. – Trustee

Articles and Presentations

  • 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, presenter, 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
  • 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 September 15, 1998 edition of Wireless Review magazine.