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Michael L. Pillion

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Michael Pillion, a partner in the corporate business transactions practice at Morgan Lewis, brings more than 30 years of experience navigating high-stakes transactions to his technology, outsourcing, and commercial transactions practice. He has a diverse client base that spans the health insurance, life sciences, energy, financial services, and real estate industries. He counsels clients in structuring, negotiating, realigning, and terminating information technology (IT) outsourcing and business process outsourcing (BPO) transactions, technology transactions including software as a service (SaaS) and cloud deals, complex commercial transactions including joint ventures, and real estate leasing deals. For more information, view Michael’s bio at


Michael frequently speaks and writes on outsourcing and technology transaction matters, and regularly serves as a news source on these subjects in legal and business journals.


Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1985; Pennsylvania State University, B.S., 1979

United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Commercial deals and contracts

Within: Commercial deals and contracts

At Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, the technology, outsourcing and commercial transactions team has experience acting for clients across a broad range of sectors, including consumer goods, retail and automotive. Co-head Barbara Melby, who splits her time between Philadelphia and New York, led advice to Eli Lilly in various domestic and international transactions, including IT service and cross-licensing agreements. In New York, Vito Petretti has been assisting Colgate-Palmolive with a number of commercial matters, including technology transactions and distribution agreements. Michael Pillion also leads the team from the firm’s Philadelphia office. In Boston, Doneld Shelkey is a name to note.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms


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Michael Pillion - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Within: Outsourcing

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is ‘a destination firm with a reputation for innovative, first-of-kind deals’. The firm is ‘especially strong in the life sciences and pharmaceuticals sectors’ and has eight partners in its outsourcing and commercial transactions team. Barbara Melby, who is ‘a prominent market player with a track record in large transactions’, and Michael Pillion, who has a reputation for innovative deals in the financial services industry, lead the practice from Philadelphia. Other notable practitioners include Edward Hansen in New York, who recently acted for personal care company EstĂ©e Lauder in a $50m global finance and accounting transaction, and Doneld Shelkey in Boston. Rising star Ada Finkel joined the firm’s Boston office having previously worked for athenahealth and Dell. Another highlight for the firm was its work for clinical laboratory services company Quest Diagnostics in a revenue cycle management outsourcing deal.

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Technology: transactions

Within: Technology: transactions

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP assists technology clients with all manner of concerns, including transactional, IP, labor, litigation, insurance, privacy, and regulatory matters. The team regularly assists longstanding client Eli Lilly with a wide range of technology transactions, including co-location agreements for data center operations, and cross-licensing agreements for critical product components; and it continues to assist SanDisk with the drafting and negotiation of commercial and IP issues related to its SD flash memory card joint venture with Toshiba and Panasonic. Barbara Melby works from the Philadelphia and New York offices, and Silicon Valley-based Rahul Kapoor is an IT and outsourcing expert. Philadelphia’s Michael Pillion is also highly rated for technology transaction work; and Doneld Shelkey, who relocated to Boston from Pittsburgh, has particular expertise in technology, e-commerce and online presence management agreements. Other names to note are Vito Petretti, who divides his time between New York and Philadelphia, and New York-based Edward Hansen.

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