John E. Cummerford - Greenberg Traurig LLP

John E. Cummerford

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2003
Phone: 602-445-8377

John E. Cummerford focuses his practice on the legal and business needs of established and emerging growth companies, with an emphasis on software, Internet, hardware and related businesses. He advises a wide range of clients in regard to technology-related transactions, including software licensing, product development, eCommerce, co-marketing, OEM and other arrangements. He has broad experience in complex licensing, manufacturing, distribution, development, due diligence and intellectual property audit transactions.

Prior to joining the firm, John was a principal in his previous firm and also managed that firm's information technology transfer practice. John also served as Vice President & General Counsel of Kaleida Labs, an Apple/IBM multimedia joint venture, and as Vice President & General Counsel of Candle Corporation, a large mainframe software company. He began his career as corporate counsel for IBM, responsible for handling licensing, development and marketing matters for the IBM personal computer and outsourcing lines of business. John's in-house legal experience has included a wide variety of practice areas, including antitrust, commercial, bankruptcy, corporate and employment law.

Arizona State UniversityBA 1980Columbia Law SchoolJ.D. 1983
Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona Arizona Academic Decathlon Association, Inc. Arizona Technology Council

Case History

Areas of Concentration
  • Intellectual property law
  • Computer law
  • Internet law
  • Technology licensing

Significant Representations
  • Advised on investment in RoseStreet Labs Energy, Inc. by Sumitomo Chemical.
  • Advised on acquisition of IC Services by FlipChip International, LLC.
  • Advised on stock sale of Dora Technologies International, Inc. by Fas-Co Coders, Inc.
  • Advised on leveraged buy-out by Texas Pacific Group of Paradyne from Lucent Technologies.°
  • Advised on intellectual property issues on numerous venture capital financings, private placements and IPOs.

Client Comments

"Greenberg Traurig/John Cummerford is one of the best when you need IP Law."

-Lyle Myers
Esio Beverage Company LLC

"John Cummerford is one of the most responsive and truly honest attorneys that I have ever worked with."

-Arlan Fuhr
Activator Methods International, Ltd.

Office Location

2375 East Camelback Road, Suite 700
Phoenix, AZ 85016
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2012 Lawyer of the Year in Trademark Law of the Phoenix Metro Area
John E. Cummerford has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Copyright Law
Patent Law
Trademark Law

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