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Gerald L. Jenkins

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Jerry Jenkins is a principal in the firm's Corporate, Securities & Tax and Intellectual Property Groups and heads its Information Technology & E-Commerce Group. Combining his decades of experience counseling corporate clients with his expertise in intellectual property and information technology, he focuses on the intersection of traditional business issues and constantly changing technologies. This involves preparing policies, negotiating contracts and transactions between business enterprises, conforming to industry-wide guidelines, and complying with regulatory regimes imposed by various governmental entities. Key compliance areas include federal, state and international privacy and security rules. Key contractual areas include intellectual property licenses and assignments, confidentiality and data use agreements, business associate agreements, and software and Web site development agreements. Key industries include health care, websites, software development, financial services, recycling, and manufacturing. 

Mr. Jenkins is the sole inventor on three internet-related U.S. patents (7,340,518; 7,493,270; and 8,015,286). Mr. Jenkins has also written articles, moderated discussions, served as a panelist and presented lectures on several technology-related subjects, including:

  • Presenter, "The Curious and Not So Secret Case of the Non-disclosure Agreement," CBA Commercial Finance Committee, 2014
  • Presenter, "RFPs and Other Ways of Buying Goods and Services," Goldberg Kohn Commercial Contract Series, 2014
  • Presenter, "Acquiring, Transfering and Promising Technology," Goldberg Kohn Commercial Contract Series, 2014
  • Co-author, “The Fourth Amendment Beyond Katz, Kyllo and Jones: Reinstating Justifiable Reliance as a More Secure Constitutional Standard for Privacy,” Boston University Public Interest Law Journal, 2013
  • Moderator, Northwestern Small Business Opportunity Center Conference, Northwestern University Law School, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 on topics ranging from green marketing to social entrepreneurship
  • Presenter, TechExpo, Chicago Department of Business Affairs, Chicago, 2010, 2009
  • Presenter, "Doing Business in Illinois," Mexican-American Chamber of Commerce, Chicago, 2009
  • Presenter, "Green Marketing—The Science, the Facts and the Fiction,” Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Chicago, 2008
  • Professor, “Electronic Commerce Law: A Contractual Perspective,” Center for Information Technology and Privacy Law, John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, 2002-2005
  • Presenter, “Telecom Contracts: Assuring Service, Addressing Bankruptcy and Maintaining Flexibility,” Seminar, Small Law Department Division of the American Corporate Counsel Association, 2002
  • Professor, “Transnational Data Flows,” Center for Information Technology and Privacy Law, John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, 2000-2002
  • Presenter, “Contracting in Cyberspace,” American Corporate Counsel Association Annual Meeting, Washington DC, 2002
  • Presenter, “Practical Information Security for the Medium Sized Business Enterprise,” NIST Seminar, Chicago, Illinois, 2002
  • Panel Moderator, “Existing and Proposed Civil Claims Under Computer Crime Laws,” National Cybercrime Conference, American Bar Association and John Marshall Law School, 2002
  • Author, “Overview of the ECPA, SCA and EEA,” National Cybercrime Conference, American Bar Association and John Marshall Law School, 2002
  • Presenter, “Legal and Regulatory Implications of Security Risk Management,” Safety and Security in the Electric Power Industry, The Center for Business Intelligence, Seminar, 2002
  • Author, “A Legal Analysis of Computer Security Issues," Internet Law and E-Commerce, IILCLE, 2002
  • Participant, Advisory Group to the U.S. Delegation to the UNCITRAL Draft Convention on Electronic Contracting, 2002
  • Presenter, “The Privacy Landscape,” Privacy of Consumer Financial Institutions and Identity Theft Seminar, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 2001
  • Presenter, “Computer Security, Information Warfare and Economic Espionage,” Center for Information Technology and Privacy Law, John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, 2001
  • Presenter, “Computer Security: Protecting Yourself in an Unruly World,” Seminar, Chicago, Illinois, 2001
  • Presenter, "Essentials of Computer Security Assessment," Privacy and Security of Financial Institutions Seminar, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Indianapolis, Indiana, Des Moines, Iowa, 2001
  • Presenter, "Risk Issues Associated with Account Aggregation," Implementing Account Aggregation & Risk Management Workshop, Bankers Administration Institute, Chicago, Illinois, 2001
  • Presenter, "Fundamentals of Privacy and Security in a Banking Environment," Privacy and Security of Financial Institutions Seminar, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Detroit, Michigan, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Indianapolis, Indiana, Des Moines, Iowa, 2001
  • Presenter, “Managing Collateral Consequences of the Privacy Rules Imposed on Financial Institutions,” Privacy Regulation Compliance for Financial Institutions, Seminar, Institute for International Research, New York, New York, 2000
  • Presenter, "Raising Money for the Hi-Tech Company," Chicago Bar Association, 2000
  • Panelist, Seed Investing as Team Sport, National Association of State Venture Funds, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 2000

Mr. Jenkins received his law degree, cum laude, from Harvard University in 1975 and his B.A. in Physics, with high honors, from Eastern Illinois University in 1971. He has been ranked by his peers as AV Preeminent©, the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

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  • Harvard University, J.D., cum laude, 1975
  • Eastern Illinois University, B.A., with high honors, 1971

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  • Illinois

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