About the Speaker
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    Michael Jones
    Attorney, Trusted Counsel

    Michael is a corporate attorney with a strong background in intellectual property and business-oriented technology. As an Attorney with Trusted Counsel, Michael handles licensing and commercial agreement issues. He advises clients on IP and technology licensing, outsourcing and services agreements. He is responsible for negotiating complex technology transactions involving software licensing, data analytics services, cloud hosting services, R&D, data privacy and data security. He also manages a large volume and variety of other transactions, negotiates standard and complex corporate and commercial agreements, and balances legal and business risks for clients. He is currently spearheading Trusted Counsel's initiative to help its clients understand and comply with the European Union's GDPR and other recent privacy developments. He helps them to understand and map the data flowing in and out of their organizations, and then guides them through the process of updating their internal and external privacy policies, online terms and other third party agreements. Michael is a very seasoned attorney with 14 years of experience in the legal profession. Most recently, he served as Associate General Counsel in the Technology, Intellectual Property & Strategic Sourcing Group at New York Life Insurance Company, where he negotiated and drafted strategic and tactical technology agreements with all major suppliers as well as other related services agreements and routinely advised internal clients on technology- and privacy-related issues. He also served as the Legal Officer and Secretary of the New York Life Foundation. Prior to that, he was an Associate at a number of New York firms, among them Loeb & Loeb LLP; Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP; and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Michael graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in classics and French, followed by a Master of Arts degree in classical philology as well as Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Yale University. He then earned his J.D. from Emory University.