Shawn C. Helms is co-head of the Firm’s Technology & Commercial Transactions and Outsourcing Groups. Shawn has broad experience in the areas of information technology, outsourcing and telecommunications. He focuses his practice on complex transactions involving technology and intellectual property, including blockchain, business process outsourcing (BPO) and information technology outsourcing (ITO), licensing, cloud computing arrangements (infrastructure as a service (IaaS), software as a service (SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS)), technology maintenance and services, technology development/customization (including iPhone, Android and other mobile device applications and systems), wireless infrastructure, robotic process automation (RPA), artificial intelligence, social media issues, strategic alliances, e-commerce, distribution, internet of things (IoT), confidentiality, strategic sourcing and data security/privacy. He also advises clients on transition services and technology and intellectual property matters relating to the acquisition or divestiture of businesses. Shawn also has significant experience in advising clients through contract lifecycle management processes, software audits and related negotiations and settlements, open source software issues and software escrow matters.
Shawn has written widely on the topics of technology and outsourcing. Shawn is the co-author of a legal treatise on outsourcing law, Outsourcing Law and Business published by Law Journal Press (the treatise publishing arm of American Lawyer Media). It is the only comprehensive treatise on outsourcing law. This treatise gives detailed treatment to all material legal and business issues associated with outsourcing transactions. The treatise also covers changes in the outsourcing industry (e.g., RPA, cloud computing and smaller transactions) and suggests new tools and a modern approach for dealing with these changes. Learn more at www.outsourcingtreatise.com.
Shawn is also the co-author of a Bloomberg BNA portfolio titled “Technology and Outsourcing” published in 2018.
Previously, Shawn was a partner at an international law firm, in-house counsel at Sprint Nextel Corporation and the director of information technology at Williams & Connolly. Shawn earned bachelor's degrees in computer systems, business administration and economics.
Information Technology Outsourcing
Business Process Outsourcing