James E. O'Connor's practice focuses on providing representation for clients with respect to the development, acquisition and use of technology and other forms of intellectual property. In addition, he assists clients with matters involving e-commerce, the internet, privacy and security, risk assessments and emerging technologies. Jim represents clients in the financial, health, technology and cyber industries. He is the Chairperson of the Technology and Intellectual Property section of the firm.

Prior to joining the firm in 1999, Jim worked for a Fortune 500 insurance company for 17 years in various positions including Senior Counsel & Special Technologies Counsel, Assistant General Counsel, Associate General Counsel and Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer. He counseled senior operations and division officers on all aspects of their business, chaired the negotiating teams responsible for acquiring mission critical technologies, and structured and negotiated complex systems integration agreements, software development transactions and hardware acquisitions.

Jim has also served as Secretary and General Counsel for a national software development and services company. He taught "Technology and the Law" at Creighton University School of Law for nearly a decade, and is currently teaching "Law of Electronic Commerce." He is a member of the Omaha Bar Association, Nebraska Bar Association, the Computer Law Association and the American Bar Association’s Section of Intellectual Property Law and Section of Science & Technology. Since 2006, James has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Copyright Law, Information Technology Law, and Trademark Law. He was also included in Great Plains Super Lawyers 2009 for his work in Information Technology/Outsourcing.

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  • Notre Dame, J.D., 1978
  • University of Nebraska at Omaha, B.A., 1975
  • Omaha Bar Association
  • Nebraska Bar Association
  • Computer Law Association
  • American Bar Association's Section of Intellectual Property Law and Section of Science & Technology
  • Board member, Nebraska Infragard (an association of businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies and the FBI created to help protect the critical national infrastructure)
  • Frequent speaker on topics involving data breaches and cybersecurity at local, regional and national conferences
  • Nebraska, 1982
  • Wisconsin, 1978
  • Extensive experience in negotiating contracts for mission critical data processing, telecommunications and related technologies
  • Assisting clients in handling data breaches, ranging from cases involving lost portable devices to sophisticated exploits involving cyber-hacking and computer viruses
  • Providing on-going representation to a national cyber security company
  • Assisting in the startup and providing on-going representation to several regional Health Information Exchanges (HIEs)
  • In-depth expertise regarding privacy and security issues in the banking, insurance and healthcare industries including assisting in identifying risks and mitigation strategies
  • Drafting and negotiating vendor standard contracts for several national software vendors in the financial, healthcare and energy sectors
  • Assisting Fortune 500 company in divesting itself of major line of operations, including all related technology
  • "ALI Adopts New Principles of Software Contracts: Time to Review and Update Standard License Agreements," May 2009
  • "Health Information Technology and the Stimulus Package: What does it mean to you?," February 2009
  • "Time to Renew Your Internet Domain Name Strategy," February 2009
  • "New Massachusetts Data Security Standards Mandate Encryption of Portable Devices - Compliance Deadline: May 1, 2009," February 2009
  • HITECH Privacy and Security Compliance Toolkit with policies, forms, flowcharts and analysis
  • Nebraska Cyber Security Conference, Implications of a Breach in the Cloud ,
  • June 3, 2014
  • Holmes Murphy "Cyber Crime: Protecting Your Organization Against Data Breaches," February 27, 2014
  • Nebraska IT Symposium, The Cloud and its Legal Linings," May 23, 2013
  • Secure Healthcare Solutions, "HIPPA Security/Privacy Compliance Workshop,"
  • April 25, 2013
  • Stratcom, Cyber Focus Day at Stratcom, November 8, 2012
  • American National Bank Cyber Fraud, October 16, 2012, October 23, 2012
  • Baird Holm LLP, Data Risk and Crisis Management, September 19, 2012
  • USLAW Lloyds of London Boot Camp II, "Enterprise Cyber Risk Solutions,"
  • June 20, 2011
  • USLAW Lloyds of London Boot Camp I, "Cyber Risk Liability," February 9, 2011
  • Bellevue University, "Beyond IT Compliance...Responding the Current Cyber Threats," November 12, 2010
  • Nebraska State Bar Association Technology Seminar, "Hot Topics and Cyber Law," May 7, 2004
  • Nebraska CERT Conference HIPAA Security Update, August 6, 2003

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