Allison Copeland


With more than 20 years of experience, Allison Copeland has extensive experience with intellectual property transactions, litigation, and counseling. Her primary areas of expertise are preparing custom agreements, adapting existing agreements to address clients’ needs, and acting as lead negotiator in a wide variety of simple and complex transactions, including software licensing agreements, hardware acquisition and lease agreements, reseller agreements, OEM agreements, ASP agreements, SaaS agreements, consulting agreements, joint marketing and referral agreements, and other similar transactions. Additionally, Allison has extensive experience with open-source licensing issues, commercial litigation, and commercial and general business transactions.

Allison has experience with the use of open-source software, including the creation, implementation, and management of guidelines and procedures for use of open-source applications in development projects. Her background also includes the management of numerous litigation matters ranging from simple contract disputes to complex class actions.

Practice Areas

Intellectual Property

Admitted to Practice

State Bar of Texas


University of Texas, 2000 J.D.
University of Texas, 1997 B.A., cum laude

Representative Matters

  • Providing support and advice to a start-up technology company specializing in data encryption regarding the use and integration of open source software in relation to its day-to-day development strategies and acquisition process
  • Providing support and advice to a national election management company regarding a response to request for proposal, including questions related to the use of open source software
  • Drafting ownership and profit-sharing agreements for a start-up mobile application provider
  • Drafting a reseller and distribution agreement for a worldwide supplier of custom art frames
  • Drafting a charitable marketing sponsorship agreement for a prominent restaurant chain
  • Leading negotiations on behalf of a financial industry client for the implementation of financial services technology and outsourcing services with an international Fortune 500 company
  • Leading negotiations on behalf of a quasi-governmental state entity/agency for the replacement of physical infrastructure and implementation of new software and related technology systems in order to implement and support new "smart" technologies across client's core business operations and its customer service offerings
  • Leading negotiations for a Fortune 500 company for the integration of multiple software applications with an enterprise cloud platform solution offered by a leading industry cloud computing vendor
  • Leading negotiations for a well-known restaurant chain to participate in a national mobile payments and commerce system
  • Drafting end-user license terms for a new mobile banking application provided by a prominent banking client
  • Drafting a date license agreement and leading negotiations for the licensing of entertainment data on behalf of an established publishing and television information company to complete a long-term relationship with a Fortune Global 500 entertainment company
  • Leading negotiations for a collection of financial institutions seeking to purchase a new cash management system that would allow the financial institutions' customer the ability to access their loan information and make transfers to and from commercial bank accounts
  • Leading negotiations for a prominent banking client to implement an investor relations hosting service
  • Leading negotiations on behalf of a global, open, non-profit standards setting organization with technology suppliers for the implementation and use of an online data repository system for the acquisition, exchange, and archive of research data
  • Leading negotiations for a website development agreement for a financial industry client