Marcelo Halpern

Marcelo Halpern

Marcelo Halpern is a partner in the Chicago office of the international law firm of Perkins Coie which has a focus on Licensing & Technology.

Marcelo has provided representation and advice to global “Fortune 100” companies, start-up and emerging growth companies, domestic and foreign governments, as well as traditional Chicago and Midwest based companies. His experience includes structuring and negotiating technology-based strategic alliances and joint ventures; domestic and international outsourcing transactions; internet exchanges and marketplaces; software, database and content licensing; counseling on digital strategy concerns including internet security, data acquisition, and privacy issues; ISP, ASP, hosting, and software services agreements; internet advertising and sponsorship agreements; technology development and co-development transactions; ERP implementation transactions; private labeling, co-branding, and other marketing and distribution strategies; venture capital investments; and mergers and acquisitions involving technology companies or intellectual property assets. Marcelo also provides general corporate representation to software, consulting, internet, ecommerce and technology companies.

Mr. Halpern has been recognized in Chambers’ USA Guide to Leading Business Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America, and in Illinois Leading Lawyers Network. He currently serves on the Board of Editors for The Internet Newsletter and for The E-Commerce Law Report and formerly served on the Board of Directors, and as Secretary and Treasurer for the MPEG-4 Industry Forum, a nonprofit international organization dedicated to the promotion of technological standards in digital media. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Law at The John Marshall Law School in both its JD and LLM programs. Marcelo is a member of the American Bar Association (Section of Science and Technology), the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association (Computer Law Committee), and the Computer Law Association. Marcelo also serves on the firm’s also serves on the firm’s Diversity Scholars Program Committee and Technology Committee.

Prior to joining Perkins Coie, Marcelo was a partner in the Chicago law firm of Latham & Watkins and also Gordon & Glickson LLC, where he led that firm’s internet and e-commerce practice group. Prior to attending graduate school, Marcelo served as vice president of a software development and consulting firm and worked as a software systems developer and manager.


J.D., Columbia Law School, 1992 Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Associate Editor,Columbia Business Law Review M.B.A., Columbia University Graduate School of Business, 1992 Beta Gamma Sigma B.A.,Wesleyan University, 1985