DLA Piper announces launch of Artificial Intelligence practice

DLA Piper announced today the launch of its Artificial Intelligence practice, which will focus on assisting companies as they navigate the legal landscape of emerging and disruptive technologies, while helping them understand the legal and compliance risks arising from the creation and deployment of AI systems. The practice will be led by partners Larissa Bifano (Boston) and Danny Tobey, M.D. (Dallas) in the US, and partners Gareth Stokes (Birmingham), Mark O'Conor (London) and Robert Seidel (Edmonton) internationally.

DLA Piper advises on all legal aspects of the AI ecosystem, including data management and security; privacy law; intellectual property protection; digital transformation strategies and related technology services like blockchain; machine learning and robotics; smart contracts; digital health; big data analytics; and the Internet of Things.

The lawyers in the Artificial Intelligence practice work collaboratively with developers of new AI technologies and with established businesses looking to implement AI software. The team features recognized thought leaders in AI law who collaborate with government agencies and industry associations to shape emerging rules. This includes team members who were recognized for leading work on legal issues in AI by the Library of Congress in 2019, and Lord Tim Clement-Jones, who chaired the House of Lords Select Committee on AI in the UK. Their clients range from FDA breakthrough-designated AI device-makers to some of the largest financial and consumer companies implementing AI into legacy systems.

"Artificial intelligence and automation are changing the way we do business, and organizations across a wide range of industries are deploying machine learning technologies to automate and optimize processes in almost every facet of their operations," said Larissa Bifano. "Our global platform provides us with a broad base of sector-focused practitioners to respond to the wide range of legal challenges across jurisdictions, especially in areas such as regulatory compliance, privacy and ethics."

"Our broad range of legal services helps companies grow and adjust to these new challenges throughout their business life cycle," said Gareth Stokes. "Our team is well-positioned to counsel entrepreneurs, investors and other participants in the artificial intelligence ecosystem on all of their business and legal needs."

AI will be a major theme at the firm's upcoming Technology Summit events, and additional commentary on the challenges, issues and opportunities presented by AI can be found on DLA Piper's Technology Summit blog.

DLA Piper is at the forefront of providing legal counsel and business support to companies incorporating cutting-edge technology into their products, services and operations. The firm works with many of the world's leading technology companies, offering advice across a broad range of areas, including corporate transactions, IP protection, patent law and litigation, as well as regulatory, compliance, employment and contracting issues. The launch of DLA Piper's AI practice is the latest effort by the firm to meet the evolving and increasing needs of clients working with and in technology. In recent months, the firm also established practices dedicated to Blockchain and Digital Assets, Proptech and Fintech.

The firm's global Technology sector lawyers work across practice areas and offices to support technology clients – from startups to fast-growing and mid-market businesses to mature global enterprises – doing business around the world.