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Daniel L. Farris

Fax +1.312.827.8000
Daniel Farris is a partner at the firm’s Chicago office. He is a member of the technology transactions and data protection practice group.

Professional Background

Mr. Farris is no ordinary geek. As a former software engineer and network administrator, Mr. Farris brings real-world experience to bear in counseling clients on a wide array of technology and compliance issues, including data center operations, fiber optic networking, cloud computing, information governance, emerging technologies, and privacy and data security.

Mr. Farris understands how technology enables a company’s operations and creates competitive advantage, and he appreciates the central role that data plays in driving strategic decision-making. His practice is founded upon understanding how technology can strengthen and expand upon the core missions of his clients’ businesses. He is a trusted advisor to companies operating in highly regulated industries, such as technology and telecommunications, healthcare, banking and financial services, investment management, insurance, retail and consumer businesses, transportation, manufacturing, and professional services providers. He also counsels startup, embryonic, and emerging growth companies.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Farris served as the chair of the technology and privacy & data security groups at a national law firm. He also regularly advises and represents clients on “traditional” intellectual property matters, including patent prosecution and enforcement, inbound/outbound licensing, trademark prosecution, brand extension, digital rights management, and large transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions.


  • Trailblazer in Cybersecurity Law by National Law Journal (2017)
  • Illinois “Super Lawyer Rising Star” of Technology Transactions (2014-2018)
  • “Leading Lawyers Emerging Lawyer” for Computer & Technology Law, IP Law (2016-2018)
  • Corporate LiveWire Global Award for Cyber Security & Data Privacy Law (2016)
Technology Transactions
  • Cloud Services - SaaS, IaaS, PaaS, BaaS, DRaaS, etc.
  • Software/Technology Development, Licensing, and Transfer Agreements
  • Mobile App Development - Including Payment Processing and Content
  • Data Ownership and Commercialization
Privacy & Data Security
  • Privacy, Data Security, and Information Governance Compliance and Counseling
  • US Regulatory Compliance - HIPAA/HITECH, FTC, GLBA, FCRA, CCPA, and others
  • Foreign Regulatory Compliance - EU (GDPR, Privacy Shield), Russian, China, and others
  • Industry Standards Compliance - PCI DSS, ISO, NIST, and others
  • Policy Drafting and Program Development
  • Privacy Compliance, Risk Assessments, and Gap Analysis
  • Incident Preparedness - Including Response Plans, Training, and Exercising
  • Security Incident and Breach Counseling, Notice, and Response
Data Center & Infrastructure
  • Fiber Network Design/Build Agreements and Network Acquisition
  • Dark Fiber IRUs and Leases, Dim Services, and Lambda/Capacity Agreements
  • Data Center Design/Build, Whole Hall, Wholesale/Retail Colocation, Meet-Me Rooms, etc.
  • Managed Services, Network Operations Centers, and related services
  • Layered Network Services, Cloud Computing, and Hosted Services
Emerging Technologies
  • Internet of Things (IoT) - Industrial and Consumer
  • Distributed Ledger Technology - Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, ICO, and Token Sales
  • Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR)
  • Semi-autonomous and Autonomous Vehicles
  • Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Neural Networks, Supercomputing, and Big Data
  • Alternative Energy Technologies
Highly Regulated Industry
  • Health Tech and Integrated Biometrics
  • FinTech and Blockchain Technology
  • AdTech and Internet Marketing
  • EdTech and Child Online Privacy
  • Telecommunications