Priscilla A. (Pam) Walter

Senior Counsel

Overview

Priscilla (Pam) Walter helps clients that are developing, buying or selling, licensing or otherwise commercializing information technology or data-based assets, helping to protect their interests, preserve their rights and maximize their success. She guides clients through negotiations related to information technology and e-business initiatives, and addresses privacy, security and other needs under the umbrella of e-commerce. Pam also represents innovative and early-stage clients — including those that develop or distribute information and technology products and services — with respect to organizing and capitalizing their companies. She also represents established companies in their quests to develop or acquire information technology capacity.

Joint Ventures and Strategic Partnerships

Pam’s practice often involves negotiating joint ventures and establishing strategic partnerships. One example is her representation of an early-stage developer of information solutions in a complex transaction involving the sale and field-specific license-back of certain IT assets to a major provider of IT solutions to the health care industry.

Outsourcing, Digital Agreements and Technology Licensing

Pam negotiates agreements for product distribution channels and crafts online agreements with business customers and consumers. Pam represented a major bank in all of its technology licensing negotiations and development work, including the creation of customer-facing services. She also helped a major municipality negotiate an agreement to outsource an innovative energy and security management system for all city-owned and operated buildings.

Intellectual Property

Pam seeks to ensure that clients’ technology assets are fully protected through copyright, trademark, patent and trade secret techniques, while she provides practical assistance in achieving clients’ business goals.

Personal Interests

Outside of practicing law, Pam’s interests include travel to all parts of the world, cooking and entertaining, biking (on her work commute) and making olive oil on the farm she and her husband own in Italy.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Illinois

Education

Northwestern University
J.D. magna cum laude (1978)

London School of Economics and Political Science
M.S. (1967)

Wellesley College
B.A. (1965)

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

Pam co-founded a nonprofit in Italy focused on sustaining the local cultural life, including helping to fund the restoration of an important 14th century altarpiece.

Professional Associations

  • Chicago-Kent School of Law — Board of Overseers
  • Chicago Bar Foundation

Civic Activities

  • The Chicago Network
  • Metropolitan Planning Council, Honorary Board — Past President
  • Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Executive Committee — Past Chairman
  • Field Museum Founders Council, Steering Committee — Past Board Member
  • The Latin School of Chicago — Past Board President
  • Art Angels Arezzo —Co-founder and Vice-Chairman

Honors

  • Chambers USA — “Leaders in their Field,” Technology, 2005-09
  • Illinois Leading Lawyers in Computer and Technology Law
  • Best Lawyers® — Corporate Law, 2006-20

Awards Methodology

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