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  • University of Wisconsin Law School
    J.D., 1984)
  • State University of New York at Albany
    B.S., 1979)


  • American Bar Association, Science and Technology Law section
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association


  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin

Timothy A. Keller


4200 IDS Center
80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
T (612) 371-3279
F (612) 371-3207

Tim Keller provides counsel on technology, data and digital asset matters. He advises clients, both emerging and established businesses, with respect to the conduct of online businesses.

His practice includes drafting and negotiating software development, OEM, VAR and distribution agreements, and SaaS and other software license agreements; providing counsel on open source software issues; drafting and negotiating agreements regarding the collection, use and licensing of data, and the development and licensing of digital assets; providing counsel on the protection and commercial exploitation of technology and data assets; providing counsel on governmental regulation of the collection, use and disclosure of personal information and other data; and advising clients on the conduct of online businesses.

Tim previously worked at Cray Research and Silicon Graphics.

Representative Experience
  • Represented a large health care provider with respect the acquisition of a SaaS license to a patient care administration and management system, and participation in the development and testing of that system.
  • Represented an international reinsurance company in the negotiation, with the leading risk management system vendor, of a Development Partnership Agreement governing the development and license of a risk management and catastrophe modeling system.
  • For the developer of software systems used to manage large public employee retirement programs, draft and negotiate development and license agreements with public entities that manage those programs.
  • Drafted and negotiated an agreement with respect to the collection, analysis and license of point of sale data and the provision of data analysis tools through a web-based service.
  • Draft and negotiate customer agreements for a national service provider, with respect to email provisioning, security assessment services, mobile device management and related services.
  • Represented multiple clients with respect to agreements for the implementation, license, support and maintenance of large CRM, ERP and other business process management systems.
  • For a web design, content creation and digital media agency, draft and negotiate agreements for content creation, content management and the development of leading edge digital presentation technologies for Fortune 500 companies and other clients.
  • Negotiated a license agreement for the use of holographic imaging technologies.
  • As a subject matter expert, assisted a law firm in litigation involving open source license issues, including the development of case strategy, drafting court filings, and making a presentation on open source issues to the court.
  • Provided counsel with respect to open source license issues, as a subject matter expert engaged by a law firm for assistance with the international acquisition of a software development business.
  • Provide counsel and client training with respect to the integration of open source software into proprietary software products.
  • Drafted and negotiated agreements for manufacture of integrated circuit products and for related engineering services.
  • Draft and negotiate agreements for the discovery of organic compounds useful in pharmaceutical, nutritional and food additive applications.
  • Represented clients in the negotiation and settlement of Business Software Alliance license non-compliance claims.
  • Represented a pro bono client with respect to a claim that the client illegally downloaded movies.

Recent Publications and Presentations
  • "Obama Data Security Laws Fail to Address Business Uncertainty," Interviewee, Search Business Analytics, Tech Target, January 27, 2015
  • "Privacy and the Problem of Trust," Argyle Journal, September 11, 2013
  • "New Challenges—New Rewards," Argyle Executive Forum, Leadership in Legal Technology, July 2013
  • "The Legal Technology Landscape Evolution—Why its Most Significant Impact Will be Now," Panel discussion, Argyle Executive Forum, Leadership in Legal Technology, July 2013
  • “Computer Software—License, Development and Service Agreements,” Minnesota State Bar Association, January 2012 and June 2013 

Honors and Awards
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2002-2003, 2005-2006

Community Involvement
  • Chair, Greater Metropolitan Area Foreign Trade Zone Commission
  • Commissioner, Port Authority of the City of Bloomington