Winthrop and Weinstine
An avid hockey player then and now, Brad Walz sees arenas for competition in his work as well as on the rink. And although his on-ice exploits these days tend more toward pond hockey, the Winthrop & Weinstine partner’s primary arena consists of the ever-changing complexities of IP technology as it relates to cloud computing, data privacy and security.
Walz divides his time between litigation and advising clients on business transactions, working on trademark infringement matters and drafting and negotiating service agreements. He mostly represents technology companies on complex and strategic legal and business matters relating to cloud computing, software development and distribution, open source software, and data security and privacy.
“There’s always something happening in trademark law,” Walz said. “I never have a shortage of things to learn about because issues like copyrights and domain names are fast-moving and always changing.”
Walz didn’t always want to be a lawyer, but an early exposure to how the judicial process works fired his imagination and made him consider it as a career.
“My high school, Bloomington Kennedy, held a mock trial exercise, and I found it really interesting,” he recalled. “It was a different kind of competition and a different kind of learning.”
After earning a business economics degree, Walz stayed on at the University of St. Thomas and earned a J.D. at its law school. He’s been at Winthrop since 2006.
Walz’s clients include Target Corp., Alliant Techsystems and Thomson-Reuters. For Target he helped shepherd complex IP development agreements between a number of large companies. Also, in the past year, he negotiated software licenses valued at more than $1.5 million for MMIC Group, a large Minneapolis-based medical liability insurance company.
Walz has also returned to his roots to offer young people the eye-opening experience he had at Bloomington Kennedy, serving as a volunteer mentor to law students through the University of St. Thomas School of Law Mentor Program.