Kevin M. Levy - Attorney at Law

333 S.E. 2nd Avenue
Suite 3200
Miami, Florida 33131

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Biography

Kevin is a shareholder in the firm’s Miami office and is chair of the firm's Technology Transactions practice group. For over two decades, Kevin has advised innovative companies on business, corporate and technology matters at all stages of growth, including U.S. and foreign-based global corporations, technology enterprises and entrepreneurial ventures.

Kevin is known for his personalized, hands-on approach to strategic counseling and providing savvy advice on mergers and acquisitions, software licensing and Cloud-based services. He also advises clients on practical, real-world approaches to corporate structuring and restructuring, technology transfers, e-commerce transactions, data privacy and security, product marketing and distribution, outsourcing transactions and service agreements.

Kevin is frequently interviewed by the media on current business and technology law issues and trends. He was named 2016 "Lawyer of the Year" for Technology Law by Best Lawyers in America® and in 2017 was presented with the "Salute to Miami's Leaders" Award by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. Kevin has also received recognition from numerous industry publications, including Best Lawyers in America®, Super Lawyers, Florida Trend, South Florida Business Journal and Business Leader Media.

In addition to practicing law, Kevin has contributed to the development of Florida’s technology industry by having served as the chair of the Computer and Technology Law Committee of The Florida Bar, chair of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Technology and Bioscience Committee and as co-chair of the Beacon Council’s Information and Technology Committee. Kevin has also devoted substantial time, energy and mentorship in developing the South Florida technology community.

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Education
  • University of North Carolina, B.A. (1992)
  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D. (cum laude, 1995)
    • Entertainment & Sports Law Review, Managing Editor
Admissions
  • Florida
Representative Matters

Established Industries

  • Negotiated intellectual property and technology licensing transactions in Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Panama, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States and Venezuela for clients in various software, hardware and Internet industries

  • Lead outside licensing counsel for large-scale customer experience innovation project by multi-national cruise line corporation

  • Represented vendors and customers on software implementations, integrations and related service agreements

  • Provided best practices review of software license agreements for industry leaders in software development

  • Negotiated sale of health care IT company with an innovative billing software platform

  • Negotiated sale of mobile division of leading audio equipment manufacturer, including unique assignment of trademark rights

  • Structured and negotiated multiphase sale of equity interests of high end contemporary and architectural lighting distributor

  • Represented worldwide leader in the manufacture of CCTV video surveillance systems on procurement, licensing and distribution of software, hardware and IP camera technology

  • Structured and negotiated the acquisition of technical assets for 196,000+ marketing and real estate websites

  • Negotiated international manufacturing agreement for satellite-based radar system on behalf of U.S. Navy supplier

  • Advised domestic and multi-national banking clients on technology outsourcing relationships and related regulatory compliance, as well as privacy compliance programs and data breach responses

  • Negotiated and structured settlement of “bet the company” litigation for software, hardware and e-commerce clients

Emerging Industries

  • Structured and negotiated sale of both domestic and international digital media companies

  • Represented  developer of SaaS-based CRM system on agreements with multi-national pharmaceutical companies

  • Represented provider of SaaS-based shared bicycle system on both domestic and international transactions

  • Structured, drafted and negotiated Cloud-based service agreements for managed IT services and related applications for both service providers and customers

  • Prepared and negotiated software licenses and VAR agreements for health care IT clients

  • Served as corporate counsel and negotiated technology transactions for client with automated Artificial Intelligence monitoring platform for the care giving industry

  • Served as U.S. counsel for worldwide leader in the development and distribution of value added services for mobile devices

  • Counseled clients on development of e-commerce platforms, including cutting edge online contracting and e-commerce transactions

Professional Associations & Memberships
  • American Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
    • Science and Technology Law Section
  • The Florida Bar
    • Business Law Section
    • Computer and Technology Law Committee, Chair, 2012-2014
  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
    • Board of Governors, 2017
    • Board of Directors, 2010-2016
    • Executive Committee, 2012-2014
    • Industry Growth Division, Chair, 2012-2014
    • Technology and Bioscience Committee, Chair, 2010-2012
  • Beacon Council
    • Information Technology Committee, Co-Chair, 2014-2016
  • eMerge Americas
    • Content Advisory Board, 2014-2017
    • Steering Committee, 2012-2016
    • eMerge Legal, Chair, 2013-2014
  • CIO Council of South Florida
    • Outside General Counsel, 2015-2017
  • Founder Institute, Miami
    • Mentor, 2015-2016
  • The Launch Pad at the University of Miami
    • Venture Coach, 2009-2016
  • Incubate Miami
    • Instructor, 2010-2012
  • Miami Downtown Development Authority
    • Technology Advisory Group, 2011-2013
  • Florida Israel Business Forum
    • Board of Directors, Chair, 2012-2013
    • Board of Directors, 2009-2013
Civic
  • Miami Wine Auction
    • Board of Directors, 2015-2017
  • South Florida Angels
    • Member, 2016-2017
  • University of North Carolina, General Alumni Association
    • Board of Directors, 2010-2013
    • Miami Carolina Club, President, 2003-2009
  • Voices for Children Foundation
    • Board of Directors, 2006-2012
  • Greater Miami Tennis and Education Foundation
    • Board of Directors, 2001-2009
  • Dade County Bar Association
    • eMentoring Program, 2002-2007
  • Leadership Miami, Class of 2003
Awards & Recognitions
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America, Technology Law, 2007-2018
    • Lawyer of the Year, Technology Law, 2016
  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Salute to Miami's Leaders, 2017
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Technology Transactions, 2010-2017
    • Business Edition/Corporate Counsel, 2010-2015
  • Florida Trend, Legal Elite, Business Law, 2007-2009, 2011-2012, 2014-2015
  • Techweek 100 Miami, 2014
    • Named to inaugural list of key influencers in South Florida’s tech ecosystem
  • Inducted into The Bell Tower Society, University of North Carolina, 2013
  • Miami Today, “Best of Miami, Unsung Hero,” 2012
  • Business Leader Media, Movers and Shakers, 2009
  • South Florida Business Journal, 40 Under 40, 2009
    • Up & Comer Finalist, 2005, 2007
  • Put Something Back Project, Pro Bono Service Award, 2002-2003
Presentations & Seminars
  • Moderated panels and served as a speaker for numerous presentations on business, technology and innovation for local, regional, national and international organizations, as well as technology peer groups
  • Presented on topics including M&A, venture structuring and finance, entrepreneurship, Cloud-based services, software licensing, e-commerce enterprises, data privacy and breaches, mobile banking and social media
  • "Fintech Innovation Exchange," Beacon Council and FIBA - CELAES 2016, October 4, 2016
  • "Ideas & Insight: Fighting Payment Fraud and Cyber Crime," Cybersecurity Panel, September 29, 2016
  • Panelist, Chief Credit/Enterprise Risk Conference, South Florida Banking Institute, February 17, 2016
  • "Startup Legal and IP," Founder Institute, January 26, 2016
  • Moderator, "Technology Game Changers: Revolutionizing Business," Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, January 21, 2016
  • Moderator, "Corporate IT for Commercial Real Estate Brokers," Beacon Council IT Real Estate Panel, October 14, 2015
  • "Growing Our Technology Talent Pool," CIO/CISO Track, eMerge Americas Technology and Innovation Conference, May 4, 2015
  • "Recent Developments in Cyber Security and Vendor Management," South Florida Banking Institute, Miami, Florida, April 15, 2015
  • “A Fireside Chat With Kevin Levy,” Startup Grind, 2015
  • “IT Contracting: A Dream or Nightmare – Thoughts of a Technology Attorney,” CIO Council, 2014
  • “From Angels’ Wings to Investor Gods – South Florida’s Fundraising Wizards Illuminate Money Raising Strategies,” ITPalooza, 2014
  • “Best Practices to Prevent a High Profile Breach,” FIBA and FELABAN Conference on Bank Security – CELAES, 2014
  • “Tech Funding: Targeting Capital for Growth,” ACG Orlando, 2014
  • “Entrepreneur to Investor – Preparing For, Going Through and Emerging from the M&A Experience,” 2014
  • “SaaS Contracting,” South Florida Software Forum, 2014
  • “Legal Issues and Strategies for Mobile Device Management,” South Florida Hospital & Healthcare Association, 2014
  • “Capital Formation 101 for Start-Ups,” Gold Coast Venture Capital Association, 2014
  • “Deconstructing the Term Sheet,” MIT Enterprise Forum, 2013
  • “Understanding the Benefits and Risks of Using the Cloud,” ITPalooza, 2013
  • “The Cloud – Benefits and Risks from the Business, Legal and Technology Perspective,” FIBA and FELABAN XIII CL@B Conference, 2013
  • “Technology Law – Addressing Data Privacy Issues Affecting Your Business,” Tech Law Panel at ITPalooza, 2012
  • “Technology Law – Everything Your Business Needs to Know,” TekFight, 2012
  • “BYOD and What it Means to Your Business,” Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Technology Law Committee, 2012
  • “From Idea to Operating Business (and everything in-between),” Incubate Miami, 2012
  • “Cloud – Risk from the Legal Perspective,” Business Law Section Retreat for the Florida Bar, 2012
  • “Best Practices for Use of Electronic Devices (BYOD),” FIBA and FELABAN Conference on Bank Security – CELAES, 2012
  • “Social Media: Privacy Behind the Scenes – What You are Giving Up and What you are Getting,” Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, 2012
  • “Mobile Security and BYOD – Have You Started Your Mobile Strategy?,” CIO Council, 2012
  • “The History and State of Technology in South Florida,” Leadership Miami, 2012
  • “The Cloud – Risk from the Business and Legal Perspective,” Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) of South Florida, 2012
  • “Transitioning to the New SSAE 16 Service Organization Reporting Standard – A Legal Perspective for the Impact Upon Users and Providers of Outsourced Services,” Florida International Bankers Association, 2012
  • “Legal Aspects for Entrepreneurs and Their Companies,” EFactor, 2012
  • “Building Trade Between Florida and Israel,” Florida Israel Business Forum presentation at Israel Export & International Cooperation Institute, Tel Aviv, 2011
  • “Medical Devices and Technology Start-ups – Entity Selection and Funding Considerations,” BioFlorida and the Saturday Exchange, 2011
  • “Mobile Banking – A Legal Perspective,” CELAES Conference on Bank Security, 2011
  • “Startup 101 – Business Contracts and Software Development Agreements,” Incubate Miami, 2011
  • “Startup 101 – I’ve Got a Company, How Do I Fund It?,” Incubate Miami, 2011
  • “Privacy and Consumer Data Protection for Location-Based Services,” LBS LATAM, 2011
  • “Privacy and Confidentiality in Technology Outsourcing – A Legal Perspective,” Florida International Bankers Association Annual Conference, 2011
  • “Mobile Payments – A Legal Perspective,” Mobile Technology Consortium, 2011
  • “The Technology Community and Entrepreneurship in South Florida,” InternetCoast presentation at FUNGLODE Dominican Republic, 2011
  • “Mobile Banking – A Legal Perspective,” Florida International Bankers Association, 2010
  • “Startup 101 – I’m Up and Running, Now What?” Incubate Miami, 2010
  • “Startup 101 – I’ve Got An Idea, Now What?” Incubate Miami, 2010
  • “Business Continuity, Backup and Disaster Recovery,” University of Miami School of Business, Information Technology and Computer Security Seminar, 2010
  • “Private International Law and the Internet – A Corporate Attorney’s Perspective,” Florida Bar 7th Annual International Litigation and Arbitration Conference, 2009
  • “Secrets of Win-Win Contracts: Negotiating and Contracting Tips from the Tech Transfer Experts,” Technology Transfer Tactics, 2008
  • “Overview of Intellectual Property Rights in the U.S. and Latin America,” AMCHAM-Italy Trade Mission, 2006
Articles & Publications
  • Interviews on business and technology law: Bankrate.com; Corporate Counsel; E-Commerce Times; In The Silicon Tropic; Jewish Journal; Latin Trade; Law.com; Miami Herald; Miami Today; Small Business Online; South Florida CEO; South Florida Legal Guide; Technology Transfer Tactics; The Daily Business Review; “The Biz Live” on 880AM; The Hedge Fund Law Report and “The Sunshine Economy” on NPR
  • "Industry Faces," South Florida Executive Magazine, August 2015 issue
  • “The BYOD Movement Has Real Consequences for Your Business,” BusinessNewsDaily.com, 2014
  • “Mobile Device Security – The Time Is Now!” Compuquip Blog, 2012
  • “Positive Outlook for Venture Capital in Florida,” Boardroom Brief, 2011
  • “Mobile Banking in South Florida – A Smart ‘Bet’ If You Know the Risk,” Boardroom Brief, 2011
  • “What Are Location Based Services and How Can They Help My Business?” Boardroom Brief, 2011
  • “Build It and They Will Come – Bioscience In Florida Is Prospering,” Boardroom Brief, 2010
  • “Take These Steps to Minimize Risks of Residual Information,” Technology Transfer Tactics, 2009
  • “Caution: Boilerplate NDAs May Not be Good Enough,” The Tech Transfer Blog, 2008
  • “Craft a Contract that Yields Maximum Value for Your Technology,” Technology Transfer Tactics, 2008
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