William A. McComasPartner email@example.com
36 South Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
William A. McComas, a partner at Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler, counsels clients ranging from entrepreneurs to large corporations on commercial transactions across all industry sectors. An experienced corporate attorney, he advises clients on financing, mergers and acquisitions, sales of assets, venture capital investments, and other general corporate matters.
With a wealth of experience in the technology sector, Mr. McComas serves as regular corporate counsel to emerging growth companies with extensive intellectual property needs. He often assists companies with the general management and disposition of intangible assets, and on distributing, servicing, and marketing products and services. He represents clients on joint ventures, strategic alliances, research and development, electronic commerce, complex procurement, and outsourcing.
Executive technology management and software development experiences enhance his value to his clients. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. McComas worked for one of North America’s largest book manufacturers and one of the world’s largest ocean carriers. In these positions, he developed software, negotiated and managed major vendor contracts, and enacted cost-reduction and internal-control programs. His deep understanding of the law, business, and technology is invaluable to clients navigating the convergence of these sectors.
In 2012, the legal industry guide Best Lawyers in America named Mr. McComas the Baltimore “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Information Technology Law. In 2008, he was the only attorney to receive a Baltimore SmartCEO Magazine “Reader’s Choice Award,” a distinction bestowed on professionals recognized as outstanding by chief executive officers.
Mr. McComas serves clients in a wide variety of industry sectors from high tech to financial services, to healthcare. In recent years, he has handled the following transactions:
Served as lead outside counsel to the nation’s leading provider of real-time traffic data in the execution of a complex strategy to commercialize content in the digital medium. The Firm represented the company in several multi-million dollar transactions, in which Mr. McComas negotiated adverse to Microsoft, Garmin, Verizon, and The Weather Channel, among other entities. The firm also represented this client in its acquisition of a competing service provider;
Represented a client in the multi-million-dollar sale of digital mapping assets to AOL. The sale involved complex business, technical, IP, and corporate law issues, and is indicative of the Firm’s ability to handle difficult transactions that demand understanding of various technologies and technology-based business models;
Represented an international retailer regarding telecommunication contracts, technology licensing, e-commerce and equipment purchases;
Counseled a leading software compression provider in a wide range of transactions including the sale of its patent portfolio and a joint venture with hardware providers;
Advised three large financial institutions in their technology and e-commerce initiatives; and
Handled a joint venture involving an affiliate of one of the world’s largest rail companies.
News & Publications
November 26, 2013: "The hazards of edu-tech." By William A. McComas for the Maryland Daily Record.
September 12, 2013: "Hacking's New Frontier." By William A. McComas for the Maryland Daily Record.
June 27, 2013: "Confronting the surveillance state." By William A. McComas for the Maryland Daily Record.
May 18,2012: "Crowdfunding Can Carry Long-term Risks for Start-ups." By William A. McComas for the Washington Business Journal.
January 3, 2012: "Google's legal troubles." By William A. McComas for the National Law Journal.
August 2, 2011: The American Bar Association releases Managing E-Discovery and ESI: From Pre-Litigation Through Trial, a new book including a chapter on computer usage policies and records management by Mr. McComas.
December 5, 2010: The Maryland Daily Record quotes William A. McComas in an article entitled, "Cloud computing making inroads at many Maryland law firms."
Baltimore SmartCEO magazine names William A. McComas and three additional Shapiro Sher attorneys among the "Legal Elite" of "go-to attorneys in business law" in its November 2010 issue.
October 4, 2010: The Baltimore Sun quotes William A. McComas in an article about Maryland's new benefit corporation distinction.
September 30, 2010: William McComas speaks about "Social Media: Privacy & Security," as part of ALM's Virtual Corporate Counsel Forum.
June 13, 2010: William McComas quoted in Maryland Daily Record in an article about lawyers and iPads.
May 3, 2010: "Governor Should Veto the State Records Shield Bill." By William A. McComas, for The Daily Record.
October 22, 2009: The San Jose Mercury News quotes William A. McComas in an article on the Net Neutrality debate.
September 18, 2009: William A. McComas writes for the Baltimore Business Journal on the federal government's effort to digitize medical records. (Subscription required.)
January 15, 2009: The Guardian - Saving Barack's BlackBerry - Obama's advisers say his beloved BlackBerry exposes him to unnecessary legal and security risks. Can they be surmounted?" By William A. McComas, for The Guardian.
January 2009: For the third year in a row, Mr. McComas is selected for the annual list of Maryland Super Lawyers published in Baltimore Magazine by Key Professional Media, Inc.
January 5, 2009: William A. McComas writes for the National Law Journal.
"Electronically stored information can stretch the boundaries of the contract's 'four corners.'" By Matthew A.S. Esworthy and William A. McComas, for The Daily Record, November 17, 2008.
October 1, 2008: Mr. McComas selected as the winner of the Baltimore SmartCEO "Choice Award" in the attorney category. The award honored one of the professionals named in the magazine's 2007 "SmartLawyers" list. He is also included in the 2008 list published November 1.
- Brown University (B.A. in Computer Science, 1988)
- University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1996), Law Review Editor; American Jurisprudence Award in Civil Procedure
Affiliations, Achievements and Honors
- Named Baltimore's "Lawyer of the Year" for Information Technology Law by Best Lawyers in America
- Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 editions
- Named in Maryland Super Lawyers 2012 and 2013 editions, in the practice area of Information Technology
- Member, Maryland State Bar Association (served on MSBA Technology Task Force)
- Board Member, Washington/Baltimore chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum
- Board Member, Chesapeake Sustainable Business Alliance
- Advisory Board Member, National Federation of the Blind
- Board Member, Alliance, Inc.
- Past Board Member, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Services
- Regional Chair for Brown University’s chapter of the National Alumni Schools Program
- Mentor, Brown Entrepreneurship Program
- Speaker, 2013 Veterans Entrepreneur Program, sponsored by the non-profit group Startup Partners, Inc., focusing on entity formation and intellectual-property protection for veterans interested in starting and growing their own businesses. September 19, 2013.
- Presenter, "Navigating Computer Usage and Records Management Policies." The Computer Forensics Show in New York City. April 20, 2010.
- Moderator,"All Discovery is Now E-Discovery: Policies, Procedures & Tools to Preserve the Integrity of Your Electronic Documents." A webinar presented by Surety, LLC. April 16, 2007.
- Faculty Member, Lorman Education Services webinar, "E-commerce Business Financing." March 14, 2007.
- Speaker, the Cyber Conflict Studies Association's Fall Symposium at the George Mason University School of Law, November 3, 2006.
- Faculty Member, Lorman Education Services seminar, "Document Retention and Destruction in the Age of Electronic Documents," Baltimore, September 14, 2006.
- Faculty Member, Lorman Education Services seminar, "Records Management in the Digital Age," Bowie, MD, July 27, 2006. Click for materials.
- Presenter, "E-mail Retention Policies," a seminar organized by Veridyne, Inc., Baltimore, June 2006
- Presenter, "Legal Ramifications of Faulty Software," a seminar organized by Codign Software, LLC, Baltimore, June 2006
- Panelist, Maryland State Bar Association Annual Meeting, "Practical Electronic Discovery Tools for All Attorneys," June 2006
- Panelist, Data Integrity Webinar, Surety, LLC, June 2006.
- Faculty Member , Lorman Education Services seminar, "Document Retention and Destruction in Maryland." Annapolis, February 17, 2006, and Baltimore, February 23, 2006.
- Panelist, the Cyber Security Industry Alliance Data Integrity Summit, Washington, D.C., January 18, 2006.
- Faculty Member, Law Seminars International, "Voice Over Internet Protocol Conference", Tyson’s Corner, Virginia, May 2004.
- Faculty Member, Johns Hopkins University, "Introduction to Intellectual Property", Spring 2003
- Instructor at seminar to train the judges in Maryland's Technology Courts on technology related issues, 2003
- Faculty Member, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, "Essentials of Contract Law", Fall 2002
- Faculty Member, National Business Institute, Internet Law Seminar, "Business Issues on the Internet", July 2000 and July 2001
- Faculty Member, National Law Seminars, "Outsourcing Agreements", Fort Lauderdale, January 2002
- "Protecting Intellectual Property and Commercializing Technology", Maryland Association of Programmers, 2001
- "Anatomy of High Tech Litigation", Maryland State Bar Association Technology Seminar, 1998, 2001
- Mr. McComas has written on business and technology for Legal Times, The National Law Journal, The Guardian, the Baltimore Business Journal, the Washington Business Journal, The Daily Record, the Maryland State Bar Bulletin, and other publications.