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Keely O'Dowd

Senior Associate
Fax +61.3.9205.2055
Ms. O'Dowd is an experienced lawyer with a focus on technology and sourcing projects. She advises on a broad range of technology transactions, including procurement, outsourcing and software licensing. This work includes drafting and advising on a range of IT procurement, software implementation and supply agreements. Ms. O'Dowd advises a range of corporations on privacy and cybersecurity, including responding to and managing data breaches, Australian privacy laws compliance and data security issues.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Law Institute of Victoria member 
  • International Association for Contract & Commercial Managers member 
  • Victorian Society for Computers and the Law member 
  • Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) member and former Chair of the YIPAA Advisory Committee
  • Victorian Women Lawyers member

Speaking Engagements

  • "Privacy Road Map: Navigating the 2018 Privacy Reforms", Australian Information Security Association (AISA) Australian Cyber Conference, October 2018
  • "Panel: Living in a Post Notifiable Data Breach Scheme & GDPR World", Cyber in Business Conference, September 2018
  • "Protecting Australia's Critical Infrastructure in a Digital Age", Cyber Security in Government Conference, August 2018
IT – Enterprise Resource Projects
  • Advising a utility company on a Customer Transformation and Systems Integration Project to upgrade its billing system, this work involved drafting a master services agreement and providing advice on statements of work and procurement strategy.
  • Advising a utility company on the procurement of Enterprise Resourcing software, this work involved reviewing and negotiating vendor software terms and conditions.
  • Advising an agribusiness company on its Digital Enterprise Project to implement a new enterprise resourcing planning platform for its livestock, wool and insurance business.
IT – Software
  • Advising US based software vendors regarding various State Government technology framework agreements, this work involved reviewing and negotiating the terms and conditions of various State Government IT contracts with government agencies.
  • Advising a financial services technology company regarding the preparation and negotiation of software as a service implementation agreements with various financial institutions.
  • Advising a peak sporting governing body regarding the renewal of a sports management platform, this work involved reviewing and negotiating a master supply agreement with a sports management software vendor.
  • Assisting a start up company with the development of an application, this work involved reviewing and negotiating a software development agreement, preparing application end user terms, a privacy policy and website use terms.
  • Advising a utility company in relation to the terms and conditions of an escrow agreement.
Privacy and Data Security
  • Advising a health insurance company with the development of its data breach response planning process and procedures.
  • Conducting a privacy health assessment on a health insurance company's privacy compliance practices.
  • Advising a peak local government body on compliance with Victorian and European Union privacy law requirements.
  • Advising a European based luxury fashion brand on Australian privacy laws compliance and management of its globally integrated customer database.
  • Assisting a fleet management company to manage and respond to a complex data breach, this work involved advising on mandatory notification requirements to the regulator and affected customers and coordinating the completion of forensic investigations.
  • Advising a higher education institution on various privacy matters, including managing and responding to a data breach.
Mergers & Acquisitions Transactions
  • Conducting due diligence reviews in respect of a number of M&A transactions, this work involved reviewing an organisation's licenses, services agreements and information technology related information and advising the client on key risks in seeking to acquire the organisation.
Experience prior to joining K&L Gates
  • Advising a Victorian Government Department regarding the purchase of a suite of software, this work involved drafting and reviewing a number of software licence and support agreements.
  • Advising an e-commerce IT company regarding the preparation and negotiation of IT project, platform and licensing agreements.
  • Advising an IT company regarding the development of a software application and privacy compliance related issues, this work involved drafting website terms and conditions and providing advice on the Australian Privacy Principles.
  • Advising a financial services company regarding the outsourcing of website maintenance and support services, this work involved drafting a master services agreement and accompanying statement of work.
  • Assisting a Commonwealth Government agency to develop a new privacy policy and accompanying procedures documents to comply with the 2014 Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) reforms, this work involved conducting a review of the agency's information handling practices and delivering information sessions on the new privacy policy and procedures.
  • Conducting a review of a financial services company's standard form agreements and advising on the agreements compliance with the unfair contract terms provisions of the Australian Consumer Law.
  • Advising a caravan manufacturer regarding the application of the consumer guarantee provisions of the Australian Consumer Law.