May 3, 2013
Polsinelli welcomes technology attorney Daniel L. Farris as counsel in its nationally recognized Science and Technology Practice. A former software engineer and network administrator, Farris has an extensive background in the information technology and telecommunications industries, and advises clients on legal matters ranging from e-commerce and cloud computing to mobile technologies and broadband networking.

“We like the energy and enthusiasm Daniel brings to the firm and the fact that he is well versed in the unique legal challenges that the software and telecom industries face,” Polsinelli Chicago Managing Director Anthony J. Nasharr said. “We look forward to his contributions as we continue to build our science and technology capabilities firm wide and in our growing Chicago office.”

The addition of Farris occurs during an exciting period of overall growth for Polsinelli, which has seen its national footprint expand to nine states and 16 cities. The firm was listed by Inc. Magazine in 2012 as the fastest-growing, full service law firm in America and Chicago has been a major part of that growth. The office opened in 2006 with just six attorneys. Today it has expanded to 78.

“We’re excited to bring Daniel on board as we grow our capabilities in Chicago and nationally,” said Life Sciences and Technology Division Chair Patrick C. Woolley. “We think his experience in telecom and communications will provide real value for our clients.”

Multi-office integration of legal knowledge and expertise was one of the factors that attracted Farris to Polsinelli.

“I was particularly impressed that the whole of our firm’s science and technology experience can be available for my clients at a moment’s notice,” Farris said. “At most firms, lawyers focus on narrow practice areas or specific projects, but I view client service more holistically. Providing good legal services means understanding how any particular project fits within your client’s broader business strategy and long term goals.”

Farris concentrates his practice in the areas of intellectual property, technology and corporate law. He has handled a wide range of transactions related to the sale or procurement of dark fiber and been involved in development of a variety of agreements relating to the telecommunications, technology and software space. Farris also has substantial experience related to patent protection and enforcement, trademark and copyright law, unfair competition, trade secret protection and misappropriation.

In the area of corporate formation and governance, Farris provides counsel to clients in a variety of structural and management decisions, including choice of corporate form, drafting and revision of Articles and Bylaws, director and officer authority, capital projects, equity and debt financing, public and private securities offerings, and mergers and acquisitions. He also is experienced in drafting and revising employment agreements, employee handbooks, and non-disclosure, non-solicitation and non-compete agreements, and regularly assists clients in protecting the intellectual property and proprietary information from unauthorized disclosure or use by current or departing employees.

Farris earned his law degree, cum laude, from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He also has earned an M.S. degree in Information Systems and a B.A. degree, magna cum laude, in Marketing and Finance from DePaul University.

Farris is a member of the American Bar Association, the Application Developers Alliance, the Chicago Business Network, the Independent Software Developers Forum and the Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society.
Farris is an excellent source for reporters working on stories about:
  • Mobile and cloud computing 
  • Data privacy and security issues 
  • Startups, formation, starting out to licensing