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Michael Orlando

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Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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Corporate and intellectual property transactions


Michael D. Orlando is a corporate and intellectual property transactions attorney in the firm's San Diego (Del Mar) office. He is Co-Team Leader of the firm's Technology Transactions Team.


Mr. Orlando advises clients on intellectual property development and licensing, outsourcing, joint ventures, mergers & acquisitions, venture capital financing, and commercial transactions, including international transactions. Mr. Orlando has particular experience in cross-border transactions in Europe and spent several months on secondment in Germany. Mr. Orlando’s cross-disciplines in both intellectual property and corporate law allow him to leverage both practice areas when structuring transactions for his clients, including the use of joint ventures and strategic alliances in the financing, development and licensing of technology. Mr. Orlando’s legal practice spans multiple industries, including software, hardware, medical devices, biotechnology/pharmaceuticals, healthcare IT, financial services, consumer products, sports equipment, apparel, telecommunications, aerospace, education, energy and real estate. Prior to his legal practice, Mr. Orlando founded and managed a technology development company focused on software as a service (SaaS) Internet applications.




San Diego County Bar Association; State Bar of California; Hawaii State Bar Association; American Bar Association (Business Section, Cyberspace Law and IP Committees); National Eagle Scout Association; Software San Diego; International Technology Law Association


M.B.A., University of San Diego, 2003; J.D., University of San Diego, 2002; B.A., University of California, San Diego, 1998

United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Technology transactions

Within: Technology transactions

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP was recently strengthened by the arrival of Daniel E. Schnapp in New York, who joined the practice from Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP and jointly heads the team alongside San Francisco-based Brian D. Anderson and San Diego-based Michael D. Orlando. In addition, Los Angeles-based Sidney S. Fohrman joined the practice group from Barnes & Thornburg LLP in March 2018. Of late, the team negotiated various agreements for Viacom in connection to the implementation of a consumer data platform, which was designed to collect, process and analyze consumer data across the Viacom media network. The firm also advised the nonprofit music company ASCAP on the drafting and negotiation of a licensing agreement with Facebook for the right to publicly perform the client’s repertory of musical work embodied in audio-visual content distributed through Facebook.

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