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Joseph D. McClendon

Fax +1.312.827.8000
Joseph D. McClendon is an associate at the firm’s Chicago office. He is a member of the technology transactions practice group.

Professional Background

Mr. McClendon is a former IT project manager in the higher education and software industries and spent 10 years managing enterprise support and technology initiatives. After retraining as an attorney, Mr. McClendon maintains a practice in technology transactions, privacy and data security, and intellectual property. Mr. McClendon’s rich background in technology allows him to support his clients’ technology driven projects and to resolve issues that distract clients from understanding the benefits of a technology strengthened core business mission. In addition to his practice in technology transactions, Mr. McClendon helps companies develop robust information security and data privacy policies and procedures and disaster recovery and business continuity plans and counsels companies to achieve compliance with local and international data protection regulations, including the General Data Protection Regulation.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. McClendon served as a senior associate for an American law firm.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Microsoft Certified Professional
  • CompTIA certified professional
  • Developed and managed vendor information security and protection program for largest for-profit healthcare provider in the U.S, including review and negotiation of information security and other data protection agreements.
  • Outside technology and privacy counsel for Sarbanes Oxley auditing application platform company to provide legal support for outbound sales agreements.
  • 7 month secondment to AI-driven business automation software company to provide legal support for inbound and outbound commercial technology agreements.
  • Outside privacy counsel for an American investment firm with over $5 trillion in assets under management to provide legal support for inbound data security agreements and policy counsel.
  • Outside technology counsel for publicly traded data center services company that offers colocation, managed hosting, and cloud and network services to provide form development and policy counsel.