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John L. Hines, Jr.

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John L. Hines, Jr. works with clients seeking to realize value from intellectual property, technology, data, and other information and software technology assets through licenses, joint ventures, M&A, and cloud and other technology services agreements.

John has counseled clients on software and information technology matters for about 25 years through industry evolutions involving computing, the Internet, mobility, cloud, IOT, and, more recently, artificial intelligence and machine learning, robotics and sensor technologies. John works with clients to create go-to-market transactional models for development, licensing and commercialization of information technologies, with increasing emphasis on helping clients protect and commercialize data. John regularly counsels clients on their rights under the Copyright Act, and, in that context, he continues to help clients navigate the use of open source software in development projects, transactional due diligence and contractual risk allocation.

Earlier in his career, John was a litigator and represented clients in the state and federal courts in criminal defense matters, civil rights claims, shareholder and commercial disputes, and intellectual property litigation. John continues to provide intellectual property litigation support and assists clients in resolving copyright and contract disputes pertaining to rights allocations and infringements.


J.D., Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 1981, Articles Editor, Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology
A.B., Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 1978


Named a Leading Lawyer in Chicago by Leading Lawyers℠ (2004 – 2024)


American Bar Association (Intellectual Property Law Section (IP Transactions and Licensing Committee); Science and Technology Section)

Erikson Institute, Board of Trustees (Past Board Chair)

Chicago-Kent College of Law, Former Adjunct Faculty Member

Northwestern University School of Law, Former Adjunct Faculty Member

State Bar Licenses

  • Dialogue leader, “Copyright Policy and Law in the Age of AI,” The Sedona Conference on AI and the Law, Part 2: AI and IP Law,  June 20-21, 2024
  • Software Development and Security (Video Blog) Asset 360 Views, August 2020
  • WEBINAR: Cybersecurity For In-House Counsel: Achieving Compliance (and Beyond) in a Breach-A-Day World
  • Speaker, “Digital Transactions: The Global Legal Framework for E-signatures and Records,” American Bar Association, Webinar, October 12, 2016
  • Speaker, “Drafting Technology Policies to Protect Your Organization’s Technology Assets,” 31st Annual Employment Law Conference, Livonia/Detroit, April 29, 2015
  • Speaker, “Cloud Contracting: Legal Issues in the Cloud – Insights on How to Navigate the Shifting Skies and Effectively Manage Risk,” CloudCast ‘14, Phoenix, January 2014
  • Presented, “Copyright Licensing,” Practicing Law Institute (Understanding the Intellectual Property License) in November 2009 – 2012
  • Speaker and Panelist, “Redefining “Free”: A Look at Open Source Software Management,” Sixth Annual Symposium of the Northwestern Journal of Technology & Intellectual Property (March 2010), proceedings published at 8 Nw. J. Tech. & Intell. Prop. 425, 2010
  • Presented, “Anatomy of a Software License,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute in February 2009. (Pittsburgh and Philadelphia)
  • Presented, “Open Source Licensing,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute in July 2008. (Pittsburgh and Philadelphia)
  • Co-Authored, “Beating Vendor Lockdown: Negotiating Software Licenses for Your Organization,” 24 ACC Docket 2, 45 in 2006