Emerging Growth & Technology

inset-emergingBlock Law, LLC is dedicated to doing one thing very well—representing Enterprise users and Vendors in information technology matters.

We represent many of the world’s largest companies in connection with their adoption and use of new information technologies, including software, hardware and integrated business process solutions.  We also represent hardware and software vendors as in-house counsel, thereby bringing to bear our deep understanding of corporate procurement.  We bring another dimension to our services, whenever necessary and through partners, by bringing strategic, financial and technical expertise to bear on our clients’ efforts to secure leading edge information technology contracts.

Technology Advisory Services

Block Law possesses unparalleled experience structuring and negotiating agreements for the purchase, implementation, management, design and integration of systems, custom applications and business processes on behalf of large enterprise clients. While clients usually seek Block Law’s assistance on complex transactions, we are also engaged to review and negotiate more routine technology contracts (e.g., equipment purchase agreements, software licenses, hardware and software maintenance contracts and amendments/extensions of existing contracts).

Our strength flows from knowledge of business and technology as well as the law. Because we understand the priorities, motivations and technologies that drive business, we go beyond the “terms and conditions” of agreements to assist clients in the development of critical documents such as statements of work, service level agreements, pricing schedules, information security requirements and asset transfer arrangements. We focus on the keys to our clients’ business and technological success, not just arcane legal principles.

Our experience also shortens procurement cycles, eliminates “on-the job” training and frees up in-house legal resources. Our efficient and relentless focus on value-based results makes sourcing the legal aspects of even routine tech transactions to Block Law more cost-effective for clients than keeping the work in-house.

Enabling Cloud Computing Initiatives

Block Law has been at the forefront of large enterprise public and private cloud computing engagements (including software as a service, infrastructure as a service, platform as a service, and service management as a service). We advise enterprise users during cloud computing strategy development, sourcing and contract negotiations. While not all computing services will move to the cloud, cloud computing is becoming an extremely important option for large enterprise users. Many of the issues that arise in cloud deals are common to other technology transactions.

Structured Managed Services and Outsourcing

Block Law is routinely engaged in matters related to IT outsourcing, managed network services, hosted solutions, Enterprise Resource Planning (“ERP”) software, data centers, global managed infrastructure services, Enterprise 2.0 solutions, content delivery network services and managed security services.

Block Law Advises and Represents Major Financial Services firm in all aspects of technology licensing and negotiation. A major financial services firm engaged Block Law to advise on its adoption of vendor software and cloud services and to structure and negotiate its agreement with a large cloud based software provider. Serving as outside legal counsel, Block Law applied its extensive experience in cloud computing, managed services and technology to guide the client through the opportunities available with, as well as the risks and pitfalls inherent in cloud based software and services. Through its guidance and negotiation, Block Law helped the client establish a strong foundation for the successful and optimal use of cloud services, both strategically, as well as by developing a contractual framework upon which the client could rely as its use of cloud services increases in both breadth and quantity.