Scott Technology Attorneys

Robert J. Scott

Professional Biography

Robert represents mid-market and large enterprise companies in software license transactions and disputes with major software publishers such as Adobe, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP.  He has defended over 225 software audit matters initiated by software piracy trade groups such as the BSA and SIIA.  He is counsel to some of the world's largest corporations, such as Schlumberger, PepsiCo, Iron Mountain and American Express, on information technology matters including intellectual property licensing, risk management, data privacy, and outsourcing.  Robert ensures that Scott & Scott, LLP continues its focus on cost-effective strategies that deliver positive results.

He is regularly called upon by his peers and the media to share his expertise.  The following is a partial list of his many presentations, published articles, and media appearances.

Biography Summary



State License status Year acquired
Texas Eligible To Practice In Texas 1999


School Major Degree Graduated
Hofstra University School of Law Law Juris Doctorate 1996
Austin College Economics and Philosophy BA - Bachelor of Arts 1992


Position Association Name  
Member Dallas Bar Association, Computer Law Section  
Board Member Managed Service Providers Alliance  
Committee Member State Bar of Texas Data Security and Privacy  
Practitioner Certified ISO 19770  
Certification Microsoft Software Asset Management  


All Texas State Courts
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
United States District Court for the Northern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas
United States District Court for the District of Colorado


Date Presentation
April 2016 North Texas ISSA Lunch and Learn: Data Security and Privacy Issues in Cloud Contracts
April 2016      38th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute: Software as a Service and Cloud Contracts: Avoiding the Risks 
April 2016 MSPAlliance MSPWorld Conference: Emerging Legal Risks in the Cloud
March, May, June 2016 SecureWorldExpo: Privacy & Security Issues in Cloud Contracts
February 2016 Texas Lawyer In-House Counsel Summit: Hot Topics in Technology Transactions
February 2016 State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Law Workshop: Managing Software Compliance
February 2016 Copyright Society USA CLE: The Current State of Software Protection, Enforcement and Licensing 
January 2016 Scott & Scott Webinar: Cloud Contracts to Minimize Risk  
October 2015      SecureWorld Expo Dallas: Privacy & Security Issues in Cloud Contracts
October 2015  CAUCUS IT Procurement Summit: Negotiating Enterprise Licensing and Cloud Services Agreements with Microsoft
October 2015 MSPAlliance MSPWorld Conference: Seven Software Licensing Risks for MSPs
September 2015 Dallas Bar Computer Law Section CLE: Software Agreements and Audits
September 2015 Texas State Bar Corporate Counsel Section Networking CLE: Negotiating and Drafting Software License Agreements 
June 2015 Scott & Scott Webinar: Negotiating Enterprise Licensing and Cloud Service Agreements with Microsoft
May 2015      DRI Intellectual Property Litigation Seminar: A Non-Authorized Software Claim? What To Do When the Letter Arrives 
April 2015 Scott & Scott CLE Webinar: Six Secrets to Offering Commercial Hosting Services Using Microsoft SPLA
March 2015 MSPAlliance MSPWorld Conference: Adding Cloud Solutions to Customer Contracts
February 2015 Texas Lawyer In-House Counsel Summit CLE Series: Software Agreements & Audits 
October 2014 CAUCUS IT Procurement Summit: Due Diligence & Contingency Planning Before Trusting the Cloud 
October 2014 CAUCUS IT Procurement Summit: When Publishers Sue
October 2014 MSPAlliance MSPWorld Conference: Legal Risks in Reseller Relationships 
October 2014 Strafford CLE Webinar: Drafting IT Master Services Agreements
October 2014 IPO IP Chat Channel Webinar: Surviving A Software Audit
July 2014 Iron Mountain/Scott & Scott Webinar: Cloud Contracts - Risks and Mitigation Strategies
June 2014 Scott & Scott CLE Webinar: When Software Publishers Sue 
April 2014 36th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute: Software Agreements & Audits 
March 2014 MSPAlliance MSPWorld Conference Keynote Speech: The Future of Managed Services and Cloud: Prepare Your MSP Business for Success
February 2014 Collin County Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section CLE: Successfully Defending Software Audits
January 2014     Scott & Scott and License Dashboard CLE: New Tools and Strategies to Reduce Software Risk and Successfully Defend Software Audits
October 2013 CAUCUS IT Procurement Summit: Cloud Computing Contracting  
October 2013 CAUCUS IT Procurement Summit: Legal Aspects of Software Agreements with Large Vendors  
October 2013 MSPAlliance MSPWorld Conference & Expo: How to Manage Risks as You Grow Your Managed Services and Cloud Practice
July 2013 Scott & Scott CLE Webinar: Hot Topics in Adobe Licensing 
June 2013 Strafford CLE: M&A Transactions and Software License Due Diligence 
March 2013 Scott & Scott CLE Webinar: To SPLA or Not to SPLA: Microsoft Licensing for the Hosting Services Provider

March 2013

MSPAlliance MSPWorld Conference & Expo: IT Risk Mitigation Strategies for MSPs and Cloud Providers

March 2013

MSPAlliance MSPWorld Conference & Expo: Cloud Law - Everything you Need to Know about Cloud Computing and the Law  
January 2013 Scott & Scott CLE Webinar: Software Compliance Risks in M&A Transactions 
October 2012 Law Seminars International IP and Technology Licensing: Privacy and Security Risks in Cloud Computing
October 2012 CAUCUS IT Procurement Summit:  Cloud Contracting
October 2012 MSPAlliance MSPWorld Conference & Expo: Managed Services Pricing
September 2012 SecureWorld Dallas: Managing Data Breaches for Financial Services
April 2012     Scott & Scott Webinar: Keys to Successful Microsoft Negotiations
February 2012 DBA Computer Law Section CLE:  Recent Trends in Software Licensing Transactions and Disputes
February 2012            MSPWorld Conference & Expo:  Preparing Your Managed Services Business for Sale  
November 2011            SecureWorld Dallas:  Privacy & Security Risks in Cloud Computing  
September 2011              MSP Alliance Webinar:  Cloud Contracting: Strategies for Minimizing Risks as a Cloud Provider  
March 2011            Council on Litigation Management:  How to Wade the Murky Water of Alternative Fee Arrangements  
October 2010            Storage Networking World: The Cloud and the Law  
August 2010            Dallas, TX CLE:  Selecting the Best Alternative Fee Arrangement with Outside Counsel  
July 2010            Dallas, TX CLE:  Hot Topics in Privacy & Security Law  
November 2009            Secure World Dallas:  Legal Developments in Network Security and Data Privacy  
June 2009 Brighttalk Webinar: Successfully Defending Software Audits  
May 2009 Real Estate Executive IT Forum:  Hot Legal Topics Affecting IT Executives
May 2009 Miro Consulting Webinar: Negotiating License Agreements with Oracle and Microsoft
April 2009 Portland, Oregon CLE: Successfully Defending Software Audits
April 2009 SaaS & SLAM 2009:  Negotiating Software License Disputes
March 2009 SecureWorld Boston:  Legal Developments in Network Security and Data Privacy
January 2009 ISSA Meeting:  Investigating & Preserving Evidence in Data Security Incidents


Publication Article
TechCrunch Software piracy claims can ruin your business and reward those responsible
DBA Headnotes Hot Topics in Cloud Contracts
The Licensing Journal Many Cloud Contracts Are Missing A Critical Term
Corporate Compliance Insights     Greatest Compliance Risks Surrounding Third-Party Outsourcing 
GroundReport Software Audit Alert: Be Prepared - 11 Software Audit Best Practices 
The Licensing Journal Managing Software License Disputes: Cooperation or Litigation
Aspatore Special Report     Overcoming Security Challenges in Cloud Computing
Westlaw Journal Intellectual Property How to Defend Against Software Audits Successfully  
Headnotes Drafting Contracts for the Cloud  
Enterprise Features 7 Software Audit Secrets  
World Trademark Review Time for trademark practitioners to get their heads in the clouds
Corp! Magazine Taking the Risk Out of Cloud Computing
Texas Lawyer Litigating Copyright Infringement Claims Related to Competing Software Applications
Headnotes Software Police Target Dallas
The Advocate Beware of the Software License Police
ITAK Hot Topics in Open Source Software Licensing
Texas Lawyer Managing Software License Disputes: Cooperation or Litigation
Northwestern Journal
of Technology and
Intellectual Property
Ethical Considerations for Attorneys Responding to a Data Breach
Texas Lawyer Complying with the GLBA Privacy and Safeguards Rules
Texas Lawyer The Business Impact of Data Breach
IT Compliance
Institute Journal
Laptop Data Breach: Mitigating Risks through Encryption & Liability Insurance
Journal of Legal Technology
Risk Management
Privacy, Network Security and the Law A Legal Guide to Managed Services
IT Compliance News Software Licensing:  A Legal, Not Technology, Issue
Law Technology News Are Mobile Devices a Portable Security Threat Beware of the Software License Police
The SciTech Lawyer Successfully Defending Software Audits
Yahoo! Finance Software Police Increase Enforcement Efforts

Media Coverage

Publication Topic
ipswitch Shadow IT: When Employees Become Bounty Hunters
Business Insider Microsoft is still playing hardball when it comes to software payments, some partners complain
InfoWorld Beware hidden costs of Microsoft's new Windows Server licensing
ComputerWorld Law firm warns of Oracle's licensing 'traps'
CIO What does an Oracle audit look like? This one certainly wasn't pretty
InformationWeek How To Survive A Software Licensing Audit
InformationWeek Software Licensing Audits: Is Your Company Prepared?
CDWG 4 Tips for Surviving Software Audits
InformationWeek 7 Ways to Avoid Information Governance Pitfalls
Digital Guardian      How to Hire and Evaluate Managed Security Service Providers
Law360 Cybersecurity Concerns Creep Into M&A Transactions
MSPmentor Your Business: Red Flags to Watch for in Managed Services Contracts
IDG Connect      Pointing the finger of blame over a data breach
ThreatTrack Security CSO Blog Attorney: Paying Ransonware Is No Crime
Docurated Cloud Storage for Business: 37 Cloud Experts Reveal the Top Cloud Storage Mistakes They See Companies Make Moving to Cloud Storage   
Law360 M&A Needs Privacy Attys, Facebook's WhatsApp Buy Shows     Cloud Provider Research, Due Diligence Needed to Maintain Compliance
CDW White Paper Software License Management for the Modern Enterprise
Hacksurfer Click Here to Win a FREE iPad, Just Give Me All of Your Personal Information First
InfoWorld     Eight is Enough! IT's Biggest Frenemies
Hacksurfer The Number One Threat to Corporate Cybersecurity - Your Employees
Hacksurfer Experts Weigh In: What Are Your Top Cybersecurity Concerns?
Hacksurfer Hacking Point of Sale Systems: Old Story, New Victims, Same Poor Business Practices
CDW White Paper     Software Asset Management: Getting Started
InfoWorld     The 7 Scariest Monsters in Tech
CIO Update How to Avoid SLA 'Gotchas' in the Cloud
E-Commerce Times ISPs Agree to Mete Out Punishment for Illegal File-Sharing Sony grapples with data loss
eChannelLine Should BSA anti-piracy study walk the plank?
TechWorld Lawsuit: Trial version of CAD software includes spyware
Business Insurance Data breach at Epsilon underscores key cyber risk
Bloomberg Businessweek Marriott, Hilton Hit by Breach to Client E-mail Information
Treasury & Risk Cloud Containment
WTR Time for trademark practitioners to get their heads in the clouds
MacNewsWorld Microsoft Scraps With Apple Over Silly Trademark Tricks
Bloomberg EchoStar's `Egregious' Acts in Destroying E-Mail Threaten Court Defense
The New York Times Chasing Pirates: Inside Microsoft’s War Room
Computerworld IT shifts to the cloud, anecdote by anecdote Cloud Security & Control
The Atlanta Post Trademarks and The Business of Securing an Artist's Brand Name
Hospital Compliance Watch To Notify or Not to Notify? HITECH Rule Leaves Room for Confusion
Entrepreneur The Hard Truth About Software Licensing How to Write an IT Service-Level Agreement
Baseline What to Do When You Receive a BSA Audit Letter
Associated Press Small Business in Cross Hairs of Software Industry Group’s Aggressive Piracy Crackdown
Computer World Software Audits: Not a Case of If, But When
LexisNexis BSA Targets Law Firm Software Pirates
CIO Oracle-SAP Suit Exposes Contract Weaknesses
Financial Times Digital Business: External Audits: Fair Play on Both Sides?
eWeek Channel Insider Growing Data Breaches Mean Opportunity for VARs
IT Business Edge Encryption Can Save Data – And a Company’s Rep
Financial Week Data Breach Getting Costly
eWeek Using Managed Services for License Compliance
CRM Buyer How to Respond to a Data Breach: Part 1
CRM Buyer How to Respond to a Data Breach: Part 2
NetworkWorld SAM Stinks