Mike Hazzard represents global software and communications companies in global expansion efforts.  His experience ranges from supporting global product deployment to supporting cross-border transactions, to global corporate re-organizations.  Mike has substantial experience developing and negotiating multi-jurisdictional commercial agreements with equipment manufacturers, infrastructure providers, enterprises, and consumers.  As a subject matter expert, he also leads regulatory and commercial due diligence efforts supporting domestic and multi-national transactions.

Mike’s particular experience representing CPaaS, SaaS, and other software-based platforms has enabled him to help clients develop and execute successful global market expansions strategies.  Teaming with DLA Piper lawyers world-wide, Mike assists US-based software platforms expand throughout the Americas, Asia, and Europe.  He similarly has assisted Asian and European companies enter the US market, where he has deep experience with many regulatory and consumer protection regimes, including the California Consumer Protection Act, the Electronic Consumer Privacy Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Red Flag Rule, and the Telemarketing Sales Rule, among others.

Mike also maintains an active litigation docket.  He defends businesses in government actions and consumer class actions, primarily regarding technology, data privacy, and consumer marketing matters.  He represents companies in government-plaintiff actions, state attorney general actions, and federal and state agency investigations, including investigations initiated by the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, and state public service and consumer protection agencies

As lead litigation counsel, Mike has successfully defended numerous consumer class actions.  He has particular expertise in Telephone Consumer Protection Act matters, as well as cases brought under the Federal Trade Commission Act, the Communications Act, and numerous other federal and state consumer protection and privacy laws.  He has defended actions in over 20 district courts, argued appeals before the Third, Fourth, Ninth, and District of Columbia Circuits, and defended clients before dozens of federal and state agencies.