Jonathan E. Lass
With both general counsel and law firm experience, Jonathan Lass pursues a practical problem-solving approach to effectively achieve his clients’ goals. He provides thoughtful legal advisement, clear drafting, and strategic negotiation throughout each transaction, project, or litigation.
Jonathan assists government agencies and private sector corporations with public sector information technology outsourcing transactions involving critical systems and infrastructure.
Jonathan has decades of experience assisting clients with technology, corporate, and intellectual property projects and litigation.
Jonathan’s technology law experience includes joint development transactions, SAAS-based hosted services transactions, software licensing transactions, open source licensing transactions, outsourcing and off-shoring transactions, information governance projects, and cyber security and data breach projects. Jonathan has experience assisting government agencies outsourcing operations through an RFP and assisting private industry vying for government contracts.
Jonathan’s corporate law experience includes advising entrepreneurs, business executives, and in-house counsels during the entire lifecycle of their business from entity formation to sale of the business and from mergers to financings. Jonathan enjoys understanding his client, identifying their interests, and designing strategies to obtain their desired results.
Jonathan’s intellectual property law experience includes the registration of intellectual property before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and management of registration of IP on a world-wide basis before foreign IP offices, legal advisement as to how best to protect and preserve trade secrets, development of a global trademark portfolio, and registration and protection of works of authorship protected under copyright law.
Jonathan represents both private industry and government agencies, such as the University of Texas and the Texas Secretary of State. He advises clients in many industries, including technology, energy, government, media, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, manufacturing, financial, automotive, and retail and has experience in international transactions.
Jonathan is invested in teaching and mentoring future leaders. Jonathan currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law where he has taught a Negotiations and a Financial Methods course to law students since the 2017-2018 academic year. In the 2016-2017 academic year, he served as an adjunct professor at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas where he taught a Business Law and Ethics course to business majors. Jonathan has served as a guest lecturer at the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University for a Biomedical Engineering Entrepreneurship course and an Engineering Innovation in Medicine course, which is part of the Texas A&M University’s EnMed program (a graduate joint degree program between their medical and engineering schools). Jonathan has served as a guest lecturer at St. Mary’s School of Law for an Electronic Discovery course. Jonathan authored a chapter titled Computer Usage Policies, Records Management, and Information Governance, in the legal textbook Essentials of E-Discovery, which was published by the State Bar of Texas.
Jonathan is committed to learning, writing, and speaking about cutting-edge technology law subjects, and is a long-standing member of the Planning Committee at the University of Texas School of Law Annual Technology Law Conference, where he frequently speaks on issues related to technology law, technology transactions, electronic discovery, intellectual property, and cybersecurity developments. He is also involved in other technology law forums, including the Women in eDiscovery Austin Chapter and the Austin Bar Association Technology Law Section.
Bobby Jones Scholar, University of St. Andrews, Scotland
B.A., Emory University
J.D., University of Texas School of Law
United States District Court for the Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas
- Represented the State of Texas Judiciary as lead counsel in the drafting, negotiation, and selection of vendors in connection with its eFile Texas 2.0 Outsourcing Project.
- Represented the Texas Department of Transportation as lead counsel in the drafting, negotiation, and selection of vendors in connection with its Fully Managed Information Technology Services and Operations outsourcing project valued at approximately $1,000,000,000.
- Represented The University of Texas System in complex education technology, software, and services transactions entered into by the University of Texas System and its institutions.
- Represented the Texas Secretary of State to acquire all intellectual property and software underlying its voting systems so that the State of Texas could independently protect, maintain and support its voting systems.
- Represented the Texas Lottery Commission in the outsourcing of its lottery operations valued nearly $1 Billion.
- Represented electric utilities with software and systems implementations of its energy management systems (EMS), outage management systems (OMS), supervisory control and data acquisition systems (SCADA), geographic information system (GIS), and outsourcing technology transactions.
- Represented the President of a software company in the sale of its business to a Fortune 100 technology company.
- Represented an electric Gen Co to acquire and divest power generation assets valued at more than $150 Million.
- Represented a publicly-held corporation in obtaining a $20 Million credit facility.
- Represented accountancy, dental, medical, and veterinary practices to acquire or sell their professional practices.
- Represented a green device company in the sale of its business to a global, venture-backed technology company.
- Represented a Dubai-based business in a global, multi-level software launch.
- Developed open source software and social media policies for client companies.
- Successfully arbitrated trademark domain name dispute on behalf of Earth and Sky®.
- Held the position of Interim General Counsel to a publicly-held corporation.
- Bobby Jones Scholar
- The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White Inc.)
- Corporate Law, 2021
- Rising Star Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, 2010-2013
- Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
- Speaker, “Public Sector Information Technology Outsourcing,” University of Texas School of Law Technology Law Conference with Martin Zelinsky, former General Counsel of the Department of Information Resources (DIR), and Brian Tulga, Cardinal Source Management Consulting. (May 22, 2020)
- Speaker, “A View into Trade Secret Misappropriation” University of Texas School of Law Technology Law Conference (May, 2018) with Federal Judges Robert Pitman, Xavier Rodriguez, and David Horan
- Guest Lecturer, Texas A&M University EnMed Program (2017)
- Speaker, “Technology and Intellectual Property Law Issues as Viewed From the Federal Bench” University of Texas School of Law Technology Law Conference with Judge Lee Yeakel, Judge Robert Pitman, and Judge Xavier Rodriguez (2017)
- Speaker, “Technology Law From the Bench” University of Texas School of Law Technology Law Conference with Judge Lee Yeakel, Judge Robert Pitman, and Judge Xavier Rodriguez (2016)
- Speaker, “Information Governance in an Electronic World,” Women in eDiscovery, Austin Chapter (2016)
- Guest Lecturer, St. Mary’s University School of Law (San Antonio, Texas), in the area of Electronic Discovery (2015)
- Speaker, “Complex Technology and Intellectual Property Transactions,” University of Texas School of Law Technology Law Conference (2015)
- Speaker, “Ethics of e-Discovery,” University of Texas School of Law Technology Law Conference with Judge Lee Yeakel, Judge Robert Pitman, and Judge Xavier Rodriguez (2015)
- Contributor, “Austin Event to Examine Complex Technology Business Transactions,” Austin Business Journal, May 4, 2015 (Christopher Calnan)
- Author, “Computer Usage Policies, Records Management, and Information Governance,” Essentials of E-Discovery, State Bar of Texas (2014)
- Speaker, “Technology, Ethics, and Electronic Discovery,” University of Texas School of Law Technology Conference (2014)
- Speaker, “Cybersecurity: Developments, Challenges and a Modest Case for Self-Defense,” University of Texas School of Law Technology Law Conference (2013)
- Speaker, “Best Practices in Electronic Discovery,” University of Texas School of Law Technology Law Conference (2013)
- Guest Lecturer, Texas A&M University, College of Engineering (2010-2013)
- Guest Lecturer, Concordia University MBA Program (2013)
- Speaker and Moderator, “Data Security Breaches – Lessons Learned,” University of Texas School of Law Technology Law Conference (2012)
- Contributor, “SXSW goes to court to protect its brand” Austin Business Journal, December 2, 2011 (Vicky Garza)
- Contributor, “Dachis, Defakto Trade Words Over Social Council Name,” Austin Business Journal, June 10, 2011 (Christopher Calnan)
- Guest Lecturer, Austin Entrepreneur Network course held at the Acton School of Business (2010)
- Speaker, “How to Protect Your Intellectual Property Rights in Software from Bankruptcy and Insolvency Risks through Software License Agreements and Source Code Escrow Agreements,” University of Texas School of Law Technology Law Conference (2009)
- Author, “How To Protect Intellectual Property,” Small Business Wiki (2008)
- Speaker, “How to Protect Your Intellectual Property,” University of Texas School of Law Technology Law Conference (2008)
- Contributor, “Local companies beware of foreign export laws,” Austin Business Journal, November 25, 2007 (Jean Kwon)
- University of Texas School of Law, Adjunct Professor
- University of Texas McCombs School of Business, Adjunct Professor
- Austin Symphony Orchestra, Board of Directors, Nominations Committee Associate Vice President (2018-2019)
- University of Texas, Advisory Board Member
- Austin Bar Association Technology Law Section, Former Chairman
- University of Texas School of Law Technology Law Conference, Planning Committee Member
- Bobby Jones Scholars Foundation, Selection Committee