Red Hat VP to Oversee Open-Source Software Practice for Squire, Sanders & Dempsey

Aug 05, 2005, 01:00 ET from Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P.

    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.
     Founded in 1890, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P. is one of the largest
 international law firms with approximately 700 lawyers serving clients
 throughout the world. The firm's offices in the Americas are in Cincinnati,
 Cleveland, Columbus, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Palo Alto,
 Phoenix, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Tampa, Tysons Corner and Washington
 DC. In Europe, offices are in Bratislava, Brussels, Budapest, London, Madrid,
 Milan, Moscow, Prague and Warsaw. In Asia, offices are in Beijing, Hong Kong,
 Shanghai and Tokyo.
      Drez Jennings
      Marketing Communications Manager
      Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P.

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