On April 25, 2022, New York City will be the first city in the United States to implement a mandatory minimum wage. — Michael Kurzer, a new partner in Vinson & Elkins’ Technology Transactions and Intellectual Property (IP) practice, will be based in the New York office.
Hilary Preston, Vice Chair of Vinson & Elkins, said that Michael’s experience “bolsters our technology-focused practices, particularly around intellectual property,” and enhances the advice we can offer clients in areas of technology in relation to the energy transition, diversified M&A, private equity, and capital markets. In today’s fast-paced economy, technology plays a critical role, so having Michael on our team will enhance our ability to help our clients navigate complex technological challenges. “
When it comes to corporate law, Kurzer has a wide range of experience that includes licencing and due diligence for technology-focused mergers and acquisitions and private equity investments, which he has brought to Vinson & Elkins. In addition, he frequently advises clients on open-source software issues and policies. Vinson & Elkins’ existing Technology Transactions team, which includes partner Devika Kornbacher, will work closely with him in order to expand the firm’s representation of technology-focused and technology-enabled clients, while also providing guidance on a wide range of corporate transactions.
According to Milam Newby, head of Vinson & Elkins’ Technology practice, “as our clients across industries rely more heavily on their digital infrastructures, we continue to see an increase in the need for advice on data privacy and security issues.” We gain depth and experience as a result of Michael’s addition, which will allow us to broaden our technology offerings to address areas of unprecedented growth for our clients, such as data usage and information security advisory services.
It was “Vinson & Elkins’ demonstrated commitment to growth in New York,” along with the firm’s reputation as a leader in key areas such as mergers and acquisitions (M&A), capital markets (private equity), litigation (including class actions), and restructuring, that drew Kurzer to the firm. In today’s business environment, companies are frequently confronted with intellectual property and other technology-related issues in a variety of aspects of their operations. These synergies with my practice allow me to quickly integrate with my new colleagues throughout the firm.
At UCLA School of Law, Kurzer was a member of the Law Review and received his juris doctorate. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech and worked as a product engineer for Hewlett Packard before becoming an attorney. On the other hand, he is authorised to represent clients before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
This cross-section of intellectual property and corporate practices, including intellectual property and commercial transaction attorneys, Vinson & Elkins’ Technology Transactions team, combines extensive transactional experience with a deep understanding of intellectual property rights’ legal and technical aspects. Vinson & Elkins’ Intellectual Property team combines technical expertise and extensive litigation experience in handling all types of IP cases in district courts across the country and before the Federal Circuit involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair competition, and trade dress.