Professional Biography

Dean W. Harvey Partner

Dallas Office Managing Partner

  • Dallas

    D +1.214.965.7731

    F +1.214.965.7799


    500 North Akard Street, Suite 3300

    Dallas, TX 75201-3347




Dean W. Harvey, co-chair of Perkins Coie's Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning & Robotics practice, focuses his practice on technology related commercial transactions, product counseling, and data privacy and security. He assists clients in acquiring and developing intellectual property, technology, software and other technology-related services. Dean has counseled Fortune 100 clients, mid-tier clients and start-ups on AI and machine learning, product compliance, privacy and security, large software development projects, AI companies in negotiations with their clients, SaaS providers in establishing and operating their platforms, and technology companies in various data and technology licensing transactions.

His more than a decade of software industry experience includes beginning his career in artificial intelligence and developing expert systems for EDS Research and Development. He later developed communications device drivers and operating systems for IBM and CalComp. Dean is recognized by Chambers USA, The US Legal 500 and The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of technology law and technology outsourcing.

AI/Machine Learning
Dean advises both providers and purchasers of machine learning solutions. He has represented both providers and buyers in establishing templates for negotiating machine learning and AI transactions. He has advised AI vendors in projects involving issues such as heart failure re-admission risk prediction, sepsis risk prediction, diabetes risk prediction, and image recognition and identification. He has assisted buyers in obtaining AI solutions in areas such as pricing optimization, claims editing, RPA and e-commerce site optimization.

Data Privacy and Data Security
In his counsel to healthcare providers, healthcare vendors, retail entities, consumer data analytics providers and others, Dean advises on security and privacy issues. These include HIPAA privacy policies and procedures, and business associate arrangements, FTC Act compliance, GLBA compliance, COPPA compliance, PIPEDA compliance, EU Privacy Directive safe harbors, and the creation of compliance and authentication procedures. View selected examples.

Dean leverages his technical background and experience to advise clients on the safeguards that they need to protect personally identifiable information and infrastructure, including compliance with PCI DSS requirements, HIPAA data security requirements, FTC compliance, and state law data security breach notification requirements. View selected examples.

Technology Transactions
Dean advises on a wide variety of domestic and international business transactions with a significant technology or intellectual property component. He has counseled Fortune 100 clients on multimillion-dollar software development and implementation projects; e-commerce retailers in establishing and operating websites; and technology companies in various intellectual property, technology, and data licensing transactions. View selected examples.

Healthcare Technology/Services
Dean has well over a decade of experience assisting both healthcare providers and vendors in successfully addressing complex technology, intellectual property and services arrangements within the heavily regulated healthcare environment. In addition to the sometimes-complex technology and intellectual property issues, these transactions must be accomplished within the heavily regulated healthcare environment and with an understanding of the requirements of a patient care environment. View selected examples.

Retail Technology/Services
Dean represents national and regional retailers with respect to retail information systems and services to support both brick and mortar operations and e-commerce operations, including planning, merchandising, supply chain, point of sale and other systems. View selected examples.

During his technical career, Dean wrote communications device drivers, including TCP/IP device drivers. Dean has relied on this experience when advising clients on transactions involving wired and wireless communications. Dean has negotiated with every Tier 1 provider. View selected examples.

Dean’s varied client and industry outsourcing experience includes representing providers and buyers in information technology and business process outsourcing transactions. He has represented international retail companies, public hospital systems and private companies and governmental entities in securing outsourced services for information technology, call center, accounting, bill collections, pharmacy operations and HR-related matters. Dean had represented clients in multiple outsourcing transactions involving over a billion dollars in outsourcing vendor fees. View selected examples.

2019 Chamber Badge

Ranked by Chambers USA 17 Years in a Row

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in Texas Monthly as a "Texas Super Lawyer," 2015 - 2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Cyber Law, 2005; Information Technology Law and Technology Law, 2006 - 2011, 2013 - present
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in Dallas for Digital Information Law, D Magazine, 2014
  • Named a "2012 BTI Client Service All-Star" by BTI Consulting Group
  • Recognized by Chambers & Partners USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers as one of the leading technology & IT outsourcing lawyers in Texas, 2003 - 2019
  • Recognized by US Legal 500 as one of the leading technology outsourcing lawyers in the United States, 2013 "Top Lawyer," IP Law & Business, 2006
  • Lawdragon 500, 2006; Lawdragon 3000, "Leading Lawyer in America," 2006
  • "Texas Rising Star," Texas Monthly, 2004 - 2006

Professional Leadership

  • University of Texas Technology Law Conference, Planning Committee
  • The Institute for Law and Technology, Advisory Board

  • West Virginia University, Advisory Committee for the Statler College of Engineering





Bar and Court Admissions

  • Texas


  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif, 1997, Associate Editor, Texas Law Review
  • West Virginia University, B.S., Computer Science, summa cum laude, 1986