Professional Biography
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John F. Delaney Partner

Firmwide Vice Chair, Technology Transactions & Privacy Practice

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Partner John Delaney advises clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies on licensing, intellectual property and technology-related matters. John’s experience includes negotiating complex IT and business process outsourcing contracts and service level agreements, joint ventures, software and content development agreements and licenses, and similar transactions. John routinely advises clients on matters relating to social media, mobile apps, cloud computing, AI, big data analytics, smart contracts, blockchain, and other emerging technologies. 

John also assists clients in identifying online liability issues and developing risk-reduction strategies, including in connection with data scraping, online marketing campaigns, user-generated content, voice platforms, and interactive products and services.   

In the media space, John has extensive experience with the licensing of music, TV, film, and other content for transmitting, streaming, or downloading through traditional distribution channels and online platforms. 

In the social media space, John is highly knowledgeable of the rapidly evolving law of social media, social influencers and interactive marketing. He drafts and helps implement social media policies and guidelines, advises on compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and Communications Decency Act (CDA) safe harbors, and assists with online tracking and issues in connection with corporate blogs, third-party social media platforms, and mobile applications.

John is a frequent author, blogger and lecturer on technology and intellectual property law developments.

Age of Disruption blog

Age of Disruption

The Age of Disruption blog explores the emerging technologies reshaping society and the business and legal considerations that they raise.


Ranked by Chambers & Best Lawyers

Named "Information Technology Law Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers in America, 2020
Ranked by Chambers USA 2022

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in Who’s Who Legal: Data 2022 “Information Technology” 
  • Ranked by Chambers in Technology & IT Outsourcing
  • Listed in Chambers Global
  • Named a “lawyer for the new economy” by American Lawyer
  • Named by the New York Lawyer as one of “fifteen lawyers 40 and under shaping the law for the 21st Century"
  • Listed by Crain’s New York Business in its Technology 100
  • Ranked by Legal 500 U.S.
  • “Highly recommended” by Global Counsel 3000, in IT and eCommerce
  • Named “Lawyer of the Year” in New York for Information Technology Law by The Best Lawyers in America, 2017, 2020
  • Best Lawyers in America 2005 - 2022: Information Technology Law




Bar and Court Admissions

  • New York
  • California


  • Columbia Law School, J.D., Executive Editor, Journal of Law and the Arts
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., with honors


Bios In Other Languages

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