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.

Prior to joining the firm in 1999, Jim worked for a Fortune 500 insurance company for 17 years in various positions including Special Technologies Counsel and Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer. He has also served as Secretary and General Counsel for a national software development and services company.

Jim is an adjunct professor at Creighton Law School and is a Nebraska Commissioner on the Uniform Law Commission.

Jim is also 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, he has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Copyright Law, Information Technology Law, & Trademark Law and was named the Best Lawyers’ 2019 Copyright Law “Lawyer of the Year” for Omaha. He is included in Great Plains Super Lawyers for his work in Information Technology/Outsourcing.

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  • Notre Dame, J.D., 1978
  • University of Nebraska at Omaha, B.A., 1975
  • Commissioner, Nebraska Uniform Law Commission
  • Commissioner, Uniform Law Commission
  • Omaha Bar Association
  • Nebraska Bar Association
  • Computer Law Association
  • Past president and board member, Nebraska Make-A-Wish
  • 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
  • Assisting in the startup and providing on-going representation to statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE)
  • 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
  • "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

2018

  • Immanuel, Top 10 Cyber Threats, June 12, 2018
  • 14th Annual Nebraska IT Symposium, Legal Implications of Blockchain and Virtual Currency, May 22, 2018
  • Baird Holm Labor Law Forum, Employee Data Privacy: Why Your Company Website Matters, May 10, 2018
  • Baird Holm Technology and Data Protection Forum, April 18, 2018 
  • Testimony to Nebraska Legislature regarding Uniform Regulation of Virtual Currency Businesses Act, February 6, 2018

2017

  • ULC , Virtual Currency to NE Dept of Banking and Finance, November, 17, 2017
  • NSBA, Clouding Computing Contracts, October 12, 2017
  • NSBA Intellectual Property Section, Blockchain 101, August 24, 2017
  • Harry A. Koch Co., Taking Your Information Security Program to the Next Level, August 15, 2017
  • 13th Annual Nebraska IT Symposium, Effective Incident Response from a Legal Perspective, May 16, 2017
  • Baird Holm Labor Law Forum, Data Breaches: Insider Threat, May 11, 2017
  • Baird Holm Technology and Data Protection Forum, April 12, 2017
  • Harry A. Koch, Taking Your Information Security Program to the Next Level, February 28, 2017
  • Nebraska Paralegal Association, Cyber-Security Threats, January 25, 2017

2016

  • Baird Holm and Seven Citadels Consulting, Insider Threat Workshop, October 20, 2016
  • 12th Annual Nebraska IT Symposium, What Your Board Should Ask About Cybersecurity, May 24, 2016
  • WoodmenLife, Board Oversight: Information Security, May 5, 2016
  • NeHII Cybersecurity Forum, Take Your Information Security Program to the Next Level, June 21, 2016

2015

  • Baird Holm Technology Data Protection Forum, November 19, 2015
  • Nebraska Hospital Annual Convention, Is Your Hospital the Next Sony?,
    October 21, 2015
  • NSBA, Data Privacy & Cyber Security Risks in Employment Law, June 12, 2015
  • ISBA Commercial & Bankruptcy Seminar, Cloud Computer Contracts,
    May 29, 2015 
  • 11th Annual Nebraska IT Symposium, A View of the Cloud from the Legal Trenches, May 21, 2015
  • Harry A. Koch Co., An Overview of Cyber Breaches, May 13, 2015
  • ISHA Cybersecurity: A View from the “Legal” Trenches, May 12, 2015
  • Travel and Transport, Privacy and Data Protection, February 27, 2015


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