Aaron Williamson is an attorney advising clients on software and technology matters. His clients have included Fortune 1000 companies, nonprofits, and individual software developers. He has represented clients in civil and criminal litigation in state and federal court around the country. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at the NYU School of Law Technology Law & Policy Clinic.
For over 10 years, Aaron has advised clients on issues related to free & open source software, open data, and free culture. He has counseled several major open source foundations on licensing and governance matters, helped businesses design and implement open source policies, and worked with software companies to develop business strategies around open source software. He has been involved in the drafting of major open source licenses and has written and spoken extensively on open source issues.
Aaron also counsels software companies and startups on all aspects of running a technology company, including commercial software licensing, contracts, intellectual property matters, and commercial disputes. And he advises and defends individuals facing computer crime and misuse charges, representing clients in corporate investigations and criminal prosecutions.
Before opening his own practice, Aaron held positions at several technology-focused firms and organizations. He was general counsel at the Fintech Open Source Foundation (FINOS), a nonprofit open source Foundation for the financial services industry. He was a partner at Tor Ekeland P.C., where he advised clients on technology-related transactional matters and represented defendants in federal criminal trials. He served as a contract counsel for IEEE, advising business units on various legal issues. And he was senior staff counsel at the Software Freedom Law Center, where he advised community free and open source software projects on legal matters.
Aaron received his juris doctor from NYU School of Law in 2007. He received his bachelor of science in computer science from Taylor University in 2002.