TYSONS CORNER, Va., Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Former Red Hat, Inc. Vice
President Bryan A. Sims has joined global law firm Squire, Sanders & Dempsey
L.L.P. to spearhead the firm's corporate and intellectual property law
practice focused on the open-source computer software business.
Sims joins Squire Sanders after five years with Red Hat, the world's
leading provider of the popular Linux operating system and pioneer in the
open-source software movement. At Red Hat, Sims most recently was Vice
President of Corporate Development and before that held the positions of
Associate General Counsel and Vice President of Business Affairs and Sales
Operations. He is based in Squire Sanders' Tysons Corner office.
"Leading Fortune 500 businesses are already deploying open-source software
and are expected to acquire approximately $100 billion in open-source licensed
software in the near future. As a global law firm, we think the continued
deployment of open-source software has created an immediate need for
experienced counsel to help clients manage both intellectual property issues
and complex business agreements," said Joseph P. Markoski, managing partner of
the firm's offices in Tysons Corner and Washington DC. "Bryan has
unparalleled expertise in the IP and business challenges inherent in this
emerging business model."
While at Red Hat, Sims pursued a variety of alliances for the company,
including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships. He also
created and ran the group responsible for the global legal and business
negotiations associated with Red Hat's global partnership and customer
relationship contracts. During his tenure at Red Hat, Sims closed significant
deals with major hardware manufacturers such as Dell and IBM. In addition, he
guided the company's legal, business and public relations strategy for the Red
Hat versus SCO case -- a seminal software case.
Before joining Red Hat in 2000, Sims was a lawyer with Arent Fox PLLC and
with Arter & Hadden LLP, both in Washington DC. He received his B.A. in 1990
from Howard University in Washington DC and his J.D. in 1994 from Ohio State
University College of Law.
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