B.S., University of Oklahoma; J.D., Columbia
Professor McKinney works in the Washington, D.C. office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he is a member of the firm’s technology transactions and intellectual property practice. He represents businesses of all sizes in complex commercial and technology transactions, as well as intellectual property matters. He also has experience negotiating strategic commercial contracts (including distribution, license, joint venture, development, services, and software agreements), and has expertise in assisting companies with intellectual property issues arising from mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and financing transactions. In addition, Professor McKinney works with companies in the communications, media, software, pharmaceutical, fashion, publishing, healthcare, sports and data industries, among others.
Professor McKinney is a subject-matter specialist in the area of open source software licensing, advising a variety of companies on open source software compliance and usage. He speaks around the country on emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain and smart contracts. He is also a guest lecturer for Cornell University’s Cornell Tech grad program, teaching LLM and MBA students about intellectual property, complex IP development deals, and legal and business issues affecting start-up tech companies.