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Michael J. Silverman is a partner in Duane Morris LLP. He is the chair of the firm's Information Technologies and Telecommunications Practice Group and a member of the Trial Department. Mr. Silverman also serves as the general counsel of the firm.
Mr. Silverman represents clients in computer, e-commerce and technology law transactions; systems development disputes; commercial disputes and shareholder disputes. Mr. Silverman has counseled clients (vendors and users) on negotiating and drafting systems development contracts and outsourcing agreements, domestic and international software license agreements, Web hosting and development agreements, and telecommunications service agreements. Mr. Silverman has also litigated a number of large-scale information technology and e-commerce system failure disputes, as well as complex financial fraud, shareholder, trade secret, non-competition, and commercial disputes in state and federal courts and before arbitrators.
Mr. Silverman also counsels clients regarding numerous areas of e-commerce and Internet law, including structuring relationships, processes and contracts for e-commerce endeavors (such as joint venture, channel partner, ASP and co-marketing arrangements) and for delivering products and services to consumers and businesses over the Internet. He assists clients in managing IT and Internet law issues in M&A transactions and counsels clients on privacy and security issues relating to Internet and network-based activities.
For example, Mr. Silverman managed a team of Duane Morris lawyers negotiating more than 800 customer contracts in a year for one of the world's largest information database providers. He assisted the client in the development of its suite of form customer contracts to license its products, enter into e-commerce relationships with business partners and provide services to end users.
Mr. Silverman served as special counsel to the city of Chicago regarding the Y2K computer issue. He also served on the Mayor's Council of Technology Advisors for the City of Chicago. Mr. Silverman is a certified public accountant and a certified fraud examiner. He writes and speaks frequently on a variety of legal topics, including those related to systems development contracts and system failure disputes, software licensing, cybercrime prevention, trade secrets, outsourcing, privacy and e-commerce and has acted as a legal source for various members of the press, including Computer World Magazine and CNN's Burden of Proof.
Admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Mr. Silverman is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the American Bar Association and the Computer Law Association. He is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law and graduate of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (B.S., accounting).
Notable Cases and Results:
Successfully completed a two-and-a-half month arbitration against one of the largest computer system developers in the world regarding the failure of its three-year system development and outsourcing project
Successfully litigated an e-commerce web marketplace system failure dispute on behalf of the developer/integrator
Successfully litigated the failure of a large, complex warehouse management software system implementation
Successfully represented the Resolution Trust Corporation at the trial of a former lawyer who defrauded a federally insured bank of millions of dollars via a complex scheme of financial transactions
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Supreme Court of Illinois
Year of Birth: 1963
Law School: Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1990
Undergraduate School: University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, B.S., accounting
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Certified Public Accountant, Illinois, 1985
American Bar Association
The Chicago Bar Association
Federal Trial Bar
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
International Technology Law Association