Our law firm accompanies the IT projects of companies, organizations and institutions from the preparation and review of the specifications and requirements to the acceptance and subsequent software maintenance.
In many cases, the lawyer is involved in ongoing IT projects much too late, namely when none of the contracting parties is willing to negotiate anymore and the failure of the project with subsequent litigation threatens.
However, the expert IT lawyer is not an opponent of the client or the contractor, but a supporter and mediator of both contracting parties and contributes significantly to the success of the IT project. The IT lawyer reviews the specifications and requirements together with both contracting parties and determines the performance and cooperation obligations of the contracting parties by mutual agreement. This saves an enormous amount of time and money. If, in a larger IT project, many additional man-days have to be spent by the contractor or the client to remediate the project due to unclear definition of the contractor’s performance obligations, a lack of contractual change procedures, this is in most cases much more expensive than involving the IT lawyer in the project in time.
The IT lawyer supports and trains the project participants, e.g. with regard to the definition of the performance and cooperation obligations, review of the requirements specification and the specifications, definition of the milestones, implementation of changes in the course of the project, avoidance of acclamation changes, definition, change and adherence to project deadlines, documentation obligations, acceptance and definition of acceptance criteria, warranty and subsequent software maintenance by the contractor.
It is also advantageous that attorney Thomas P. Costard, as an IT lawyer himself, has relevant experience in information technology and has planned, implemented and documented his own IT projects and knows the typical IT project sins. As an expert IT lawyer, he knows the mentality of both the IT specialist and the lawyer and can respond to both groups of people in an expert manner, so that they understand each other and accept the expertise of the other as an enrichment and for the success of the IT project.
Due to the fact that Attorney Costard is both a computer scientist and a lawyer specialized in IT law, he contributes significantly to the success of IT projects and is appreciated by both the lawyers and the computer scientists, and his advice and guidelines are well accepted by the participants of a project.
The services provided by the law firm in the field of IT project management include in particular
Attorney Costard holds seminars and trainings in the field of IT project management, in particular on the requirements specification and typical project sins.
The services of the law firm in the area of software license consulting include in particular
Through his training as a Microsoft Licensing Professional (MLP), Attorney Costard knows the software licensing models of Microsoft Inc. particularly well.