Speaker 2013-South Shore, Franklin – President, West Hill Technology Counsel, Louise Leduc Kennedy is a highly experienced business attorney and founder of West Hill Technology Counsel, a boutique business and technology law firm. Ms. Kennedy has extensive experience advising technology companies on strategic and commercial matters including: software commercialization, cloud computing, strategic alliances and all aspects of on-line business and contracting. She has advised start-ups, mid-sized private companies as well as large public enterprises in a variety of matters that also include mergers and acquisitions, employment law issues and open source software strategies. Louise particularly enjoys working with small and medium-sized entrepreneurial businesses — particularly highly creative founders who are excited about their products and services and want to protect their investment of time and money. After nearly a decade in the Fortune 100, Louise determined that these were the types of companies that were most in need of her unique skills.
Prior to forming West Hill, Ms. Kennedy worked as in-house counsel at IBM Corporation for 9 years. During this time she supported the Global Sales and Distribution Group, IBM Business Consulting Services as well as the Lotus brand within IBM Software Group. Her responsibilities included the structure and negotiation of complex e-marketplace offerings as well as supply-chain management and e-procurement software alliances. At Lotus, Louise served as brand counsel for Lotus Notes, Domino, Sametime and Lotus Live Engage, IBM’s debut Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) enterprise collaboration offering. She provided general legal guidance and support for all aspects of product development, licensing, marketing and strategic relationships including complex deals with AOL, Yahoo! and Google. Before joining IBM, Louise worked at Robinson & Cole LLP in Boston as member of their Trial & Appellate practice group. Her practice focused on complex civil litigation and, more specifically, issues related to discovery of electronic information in a variety of formats. Ms. Kennedy is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts in Massachusetts as well as the state courts of Connecticut and New York. She received her B.A. in Economics from Smith College and her J.D., with honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she was an associate editor of the Connecticut Law Review. She is a member of the Women’s Bar Association and the Boston Bar Association.
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