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The Evolution of the LGPL License Agreement, Independent General Counsel

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Paul Criswell is an Independent General Counsel, providing on-call counsel services to technology companies and other businesses.  A graduate of the University of Michigan School of Law and the Harvard Mediation Training Program, he has, during his career, been the General Counsel or Associate General Counsel for three different publicly traded companies. He has thirty-five years of experience in representing technology companies through all stages of growth, from formation to public trading. He provides advice and counsel regarding sales and marketing contracts; corporate acquisitions and divestitures; international expansion; intellectual property acquisition, protection, licensing and litigation; dispute resolution; corporate law compliance; HIPAA and privacy compliance; and employee relations and benefits issues.

Mr. Criswell also provides mediation, conciliation and arbitration services. Mr. Criswell mediates with the Harvard Mediation Program (HMP), where he is the Court Coordinator for the Chelsea District Court Summary Process Session.  Mr. Criswell has mediated numerous matters involving Intellectual Property infringement, landlord-tenant disputes, employment disputes, consumer complaints and civilian complaints against police officers. He has also taught mediation as part of the HMP Training Corp.   Mr. Criswell is a founding principal of ART – Alternative Resolutions for Technology — an ADR organization providing services to the technology industry. ART has been selected by the Massachusetts Trial Courts, Superior Court Division as a Program to which it will refer matters for mediation.

Mr. Criswell is also Editor-in-Chief of the Communications Committee for the International Technology Law Association.  He has been an Adjunct Professor at the Massachusetts School of Law and an instructor for the Northeastern University Metropolitan Campus.  Long active in civic affairs, Mr. Criswell is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Wellesley Municipal Light Plant and a Commissioner of the Wellesley Department of Public Works.