Edward Weiss advises clients on a wide range of commercial and corporate matters. Much of his practice concentrates on the development, protection, and commercial exploitation of computer and information technology and other intellectual property. He also represents clients in a diverse range of other matters.
Mr. Weiss’s experience includes designing and implementing corporate structures, corporate governance programs, and strategic corporate initiatives, and representing clients in virtually all aspects of strategic corporate transactions. This includes initial planning, due diligence, negotiation of the terms, closing, and integration of the acquired operations into the surviving corporation. He also routinely represents clients with regard to government contracts and general business matters.
Mr. Weiss advises clients ranging from large, publicly traded corporations to newly formed and emerging ventures. He routinely serves as “outside general counsel” to clients that do not have in-house legal staff, providing these clients with legal and other guidance on a broad range of issues.
For nearly two decades, Mr. Weiss served variously as General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Vice President for publicly traded, information technology companies. As General Counsel for Group 1 Software (Nasdaq – GSOF) for nearly 15 years, he managed all legal affairs of the company and its numerous domestic and foreign subsidiaries. His responsibilities included routinely advising senior management and the board of directors; coordinating compliance with SEC and Nasdaq requirements; management of the company’s portfolio of intellectual property rights (copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and patents); the negotiation of all commercial contracts of the company and its subsidiaries; management of the affairs of an aggressive corporate acquisition program and ultimately the acquisition of Group 1 Software by Pitney Bowes (NYSE – PBI). Upon its acquisition of Group 1 Software, Mr. Weiss served as Special Consultant to the General Counsel of Pitney Bowes, facilitating the integration of Group 1 Software into its new parent company. Upon completion of that integration, Mr. Weiss assumed the position of Vice President and General Counsel of ViPS, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of WebMD/Emdeon Corporation (Nasdaq – HLTH). In this position, his responsibilities included management of all of the legal affairs of the company and coordination with the parent company and other subsidiaries on matters that extended beyond the province of ViPS.
Mr. Weiss has also served as a member of the senior staff and strategic planning committees of various companies, and he has served as a trustee for 401(k) plans and executive deferred compensation plans for multiple corporations. He has served as a member of numerous strategic advisory committees for his clients as well.
Mr. Weiss has assumed leadership positions in various bar associations in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. He has been a frequent lecturer on topics including intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. His pro bono service includes serving as Chairman, President, Financial Secretary, Executive Committee Member, and member of Boards of Directors and Boards of Trustees of several prominent non-profit community organizations in the Washington metropolitan area.