John F. Delaney

John F. Delaney

Perkins Coie LLP

Recognized since 2005

New York, New York

Practice Areas

Information Technology Law

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John Delaney is a partner in Perkins Coie's Technology Transactions & Privacy practice.

He advises clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies on licensing, intellectual property and technology-related matters. John’s experience includes negotiating complex IT and business process outsourcing contracts and service level agreements, joint ventures, software and content development agreements and licenses and similar transactions. John routinely advises clients on matters relating to social media, mobile apps, cloud computing, AI, big data analytics, smart contracts, blockchain and other emerging technologies. John also assists clients in identifying online liability issues and developing risk-reduction strategies, including in connection with data scraping, online marketing campaigns, user-generated content, voice platforms and interactive products and services. In the media space, John has extensive experience with the licensing of music, TV, film and other content for transmitting, streaming or downloading through traditional distribution channels and online platforms.

In the social media space, John is highly knowledgeable of the rapidly evolving law of social media, social influencers and interactive marketing. He drafts and helps implement social media policies and guidelines, advises on compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and Communications Decency Act (CDA) safe harbors, and assists with online tracking and issues in connection with corporate blogs, third-party social media platforms and mobile applications.

John is a frequent lecturer and author on technology and intellectual property law developments, and has been quoted in Newsweek, Advertising Age and The Wall Street Journal on emerging intellectual property law and business issues. He is Chair of the Practising Law Institute’s annual conference on social media. John has appeared on the cover of American Lawyer as one of the “lawyers for the new economy” and on the cover of New York Lawyer as one of “fifteen lawyers 40 and under shaping the law for the 21st Century.” Crain’s New York Business included him in its “Technology 100,” a list of individuals “likely to shape the direction and growth of New York’s economy for years to come.” He is ranked by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 US as one of America’s leading business lawyers (recommended for “Technology & IT Outsourcing”) and is “highly recommended” by Global Counsel 3000 in the areas of IT and eCommerce. He is a Co-Chair of PLI's annual Outsourcing Conference and the Chair of its annual Social Media Conference.

Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Mr. Delaney received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1986, graduating with honors. In 1989, he received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was an Executive Editor of the Journal of Law and the Arts. Mr. Delaney is a member of both the California Bar and the New York Bar.


  • 1155 Avenue of the Americas, 22nd Floor
    New York, NY 10036-2711


  • University of Notre Dame, BA

Bar Admissions

  • California, The State Bar of California
  • New York, New York State Bar Association

Perkins Coie LLP
Headquarters: Seattle, Washington

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Information Technology Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Information Technology Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Information Technology Law, New York City (2020)
  • Information Technology Law, New York City (2017)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Information Technology Law

Special Focus

  • E-Commerce
  • Information Security
  • Intellectual Property
  • Internet
  • Licensing
  • Outsourcing
  • Privacy
  • Software
  • Technology


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