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March 7, 2023

Two Practice Area Changes Reflect Strong Focus on Data Security, Technology, and IP Licensing

Barclay Damon announces two changes that signal the law firm’s continued focus on serving clients’ needs in the areas of data security, technology, and intellectual property licensing.

Barclay Damon’s former Cybersecurity Team has been elevated to practice area status within the firm and is now called the Data Security & Technology Practice Area. This change formalizes the team’s role as a key firm practice and reflects the critical, high-value nature of the work performed for clients in this area of law. The name change reflects the team’s emphasis on contract counseling, drafting and negotiation for information technology transactions, legal compliance, due diligence for corporate transactions, incident response, defense to regulatory investigations, and representation in data-security and information technology litigation.

The Data Security & Technology Practice Area is co-chaired by Renato Smith and Kevin Szczepanski.

Barclay Damon’s Trademarks, Copyrights & IP Transactions Practice Area has been renamed. The new name Trademarks, Copyrights & Licensing Practice Area better reflects the team’s ongoing focus on the licensing, development, and commercialization of clients’ intellectual property in addition to preparing and prosecuting trademark and copyright applications, enforcing clients' rights in these areas, and handling a wide array of intellectual property- and technology-related agreements.

The Trademarks, Copyrights & Licensing Practice Area is co-chaired by Mike Oropallo and Renato Smith.

Connie Cahill, Barclay Damon’s managing partner, said, “The launch of our new Data Security & Technology Practice Area reflects the value our clients place on the sophisticated advice and collaboration we provide to help protect, develop, and monetize clients’ technologies, intellectual property, data, and other critical business assets. Responding to clients’ needs and anticipating change in these areas is part of staying fluid and adaptable to fast-evolving business environments.”

Barclay Damon attorneys team across offices and practices to provide customized, targeted solutions grounded in industry knowledge and a deep understanding of our clients’ businesses. With nearly 300 attorneys, Barclay Damon is a leading law firm that operates from a strategic platform of offices located in the Northeastern United States and Toronto. For more information, visit our award-winning website at

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