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Education

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

Memberships

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

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin

Timothy A. Keller

Partner

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

Tim leads the firm’s Information Technology, Internet and Ecommerce practice. He provides legal counsel to clients on technology-related transactions and intellectual property matters. His clients include both emerging and established businesses. Tim speaks and writes on technology-related legal matters and blogs about the legal issues arising in the Big Data technology world at www.bigdataandthelaw.com.

Tim understands information technology issues from the inside. Before joining Lindquist & Vennum, he served as general counsel for the Cray Supercomputer Division of Silicon Graphics, Inc., as senior division counsel of Silicon Graphics, Inc., and as technology counsel at Cray Research, Inc. At Lindquist & Vennum he works with businesses that use information technology and related infrastructure in applications from marketing to medical. His practice includes:
  • Drafting and negotiating domestic and international agreements for the development, purchase, sale, license, certification, marketing and distribution of computer hardware, computer software and other technology products
  • Assisting clients with the preparation and planning necessary for major software development and implementation projects
  • Helping clients resolve disputes concerning unsuccessful software development and implementation projects
  • Advising clients on outsourcing development and other functions to international affiliates and unaffiliated business partners
  • Advising clients on open-source software issues
  • Providing counsel regarding the identification, protection and commercial exploitation of technology assets
  • Advising clients on the conduct of business over the Internet, including the preparation of hosting agreements, site-use terms and conditions, and other agreements and policies
  • Drafting and negotiating domestic and international agreements for the license of technology and intellectual property rights
  • Advising clients on U.S. and foreign laws regulating the international transfer of technology

Publications and Presentations
  • "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 
  • "Minnesota Contracts Deskbook," Second Edition, 2009 (contributing author)
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution in Technology Agreements: Negotiation Provisions and the Risk of Unintended Consequences,” Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, March 2008
  • “Common Problems in Software Negotiations—The Customer Perspective,” Minnesota CLE Webinar, December 2006 and September 2007
  • “Common Problems in Software Negotiations—The Vendor Perspective,” Minnesota CLE Webinar, December 2006 and September 2007
  • “Technology Issues in Mergers and Acquisitions,” Minnesota State Bar Association Computer and Technology Law Institute, October 2007
  • “Business Value—The Ounce of Prevention,” Minnesota Technology Inc., Business Innovation series, April 2007
  • E-Business Legal Arsenal, American Bar Association Section of Science and Technology Law, 2004 (contributing author)
  • "Subscription Licensing, Multi-Core Processors, Virtual Machines and Other Emerging Software License Issues: Coping with Change in Technology, Business Models and Applicable Law," Minnesota State Bar Association Computer and Technology Law Institute, October 2006
  • "Managing the Risks of Open-Source Software Licenses in Mergers & Acquisitions Transactions," Minnesota CLE Webinar, September 2006
  • "Open Source and Free Software: Identifying and Managing the Risks for Developers, Distributors and End Users," Minnesota Legal Institute of Legal Education & Commerce Institute, October 2001

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

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