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"I am truly grateful! Liam’s knowledge of pro bono legal services and startups have helped me to have continued success with my new company."

Jonaie Johnson, Founder & CEO, Interplay

Overview

With an engineering and entrepreneurial background, Liam helps clients navigate the intersection of law and emerging technologies through innovative and understandable counseling.

As an engineer and registered patent attorney, Liam’s analytical mindset is essential to counseling clients through sophisticated and technical matters in sectors that include healthcare, education, academic medicine, manufacturing and cannabis. Liam handles intellectual property and technology matters for clients, including work related to:

  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Technology licensing
  • Open-source software
  • Due diligence
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Data privacy and security

Liam is active in the Kansas City startup ecosystem and eagerly presents on and moderates panels regarding entrepreneurship and the law. Having himself been a small business owner, he dedicates time outside the office to assist innovative organizations that support local entrepreneurs.

"I am truly grateful! Liam’s knowledge of pro bono legal services and startups have helped me to have continued success with my new company."

Jonaie Johnson, Founder & CEO, Interplay


Industries

Services

Recognition

  • Missouri Bar Pro Bono Wall of Fame, 2019

Education

  • J.D., Notre Dame Law School
    • magna cum laude
    • J.L. Weigand Jr. Notre Dame Legal Education Trust Scholar
    • Notre Dame Journal of International & Comparative Law, Executive Articles Editor
    • Dean’s Award: Antitrust Law, Contracts, Civil Procedure
  • B.S., Kansas State University
    • magna cum laude

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Certified Legal Specialist in Open Source Software Audit, Black Duck
Experience
  • Implemented and managed technology-based review strategy to expedite large-scale team contract analysis – consisting of several hundred documents – for U.S. financial services and communications company. Client required due diligence on software licensing agreements so as to make informed decision regarding business expansion.
  • Supported successful representation of insurance startup client in opposition proceedings before U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, providing discovery review and other substantive assistance.
Case Studies
Interplay

Ever since high school, Jonaie Johnson had a vision for an interactive and automated pet crate that would represent a significant advancement over other options available in the marketplace, and as she advanced to college and began to further develop the idea, it became clear to her that translating her vision into reality required a trusted resource that could provide a practical legal and business framework.

Jonaie teamed up with Husch Blackwell as part of the E-Scholars program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City at a biannual Speed Lawyering event where Husch Blackwell attorneys regularly volunteer their time to help early-stage entrepreneurs and companies address and overcome growth-stage legal issues.

Black Leaders Advancing Quality Urban Education (BLAQUE)

Dr. Cokethea Hill had a vision for creating a nonprofit organization that advances educational equity and improves educational outcomes for African-American children in public schools. While Dr. Hill had a robust framework for how to achieve the underlying goals, the scope and boldness of her ideas required a sophisticated approach to the organization’s formative stages.  

Dr. Hill met Demetrius Peterson through a relationship he made in the Centurions Leadership Program, the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s two-year leadership development program. After an initial consultation, Dr. Hill retained Husch Blackwell to transform her vision into a reality.

Blog | July 30, 2019
TTAB Harshes Vibe
Articles | November 13, 2018
Law360 Expert Analysis: Consider Potential Risks Of Scraping Publicly Available Data

Kris Kappel and Liam Reilly discuss data scraping, a technical means for gathering and copying targeted data from a website or other database, in an article for Law360.

Outside the Office

When Liam is not at work, he is likely cheering on the K-State Wildcats, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Kansas City Royals and Sporting Kansas City. He also enjoys playing on the firm’s softball team and spending time with his wife, Morgan, and golden retriever, Elly.

Community Leadership

University of Missouri - Kansas City Entrepreneurship Scholars (E-Scholars) Program, attorney volunteer

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