Holly K. Towle is a partner with K&L Gates LLP, an international law firm. Ms. Towle's practice focuses on data, payment systems, privacy and data security, electronic business issues such as e-contracting structures for consumers customers and for business processes, software licensing and other issues relating to information assets as distinguishable from “goods” or “services”. She is the author of two treatises, The Law of Electronic Commercial Transactions (LexisNexis), an information rich treatise explaining the legal landscape of commercial law when electronics or electronic settings are used, and also of Data Privacy, Protection, and Security Law (LexisNexis).
Ms. Towle counsels national and international businesses, merchants, financial institutions, non-profits and educational institutions, including licensors and licensees, on a wide variety of issues regarding developments in and compliance with laws regarding Internet and e-commerce, including “big data,” payment system and consumer regulatory compliance. She also identifies and analyzes for litigation counsel, "information economy" issues for use in defending or maintaining litigation. Ms. Towle is a member of the American Law Institute; is listed among the top 25 Information Technology lawyers in the Best of the Best USA; was selected as the Best Information Technology Lawyer in Seattle for 2016 by Best Lawyers in America®, and as the Best Bank Finance Lawyer in Seattle for 2013; and is included in the Guide to the World's Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers, in An International Who's Who of E-Commerce & Data Protection Lawyers and, for more than 20 years in the Financial Institutions Law and the Information Technology sections of The Best Lawyers in America.
Ms. Towle speaks and is published nationally and internationally. For almost a decade, she commented on behalf of trade organizations or other clients on proposed state and federal legislation regarding computer information transactions, electronic commerce, software licensing, proposed revisions to UCC Article 2 and consumer protection rules, and continues to assess new legislative proposals for clients. Additionally, Ms. Towle served as chair of the E-Commerce Payment Committee of the Science and Technology Section of the American Bar Association, and is current chair of the Law of Commerce in Cyberspace, a committee of the Business Section of the Washington State Bar Association.