University of Michigan Law School, J.D.
  • magna cum laude; Phi Kappa Phi
  • Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review, Article Editor
James Madison College, Michigan State University, B.A.
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Mr. Wellever practices at the intersection of intellectual property, media, information technology, and commercial transactions. As a member of both the Information and Technology and Intellectual Property Transactions practice groups, Mr. Wellever is primarily a transactional attorney, advising clients in various types of transactions, including business-to-business and business-to-consumer licensing, as well as mergers and acquisitions.

With a background in the entertainment industry, Mr. Wellever also counsels clients in matters involving new and emerging media, entertainment and publishing matters, including music, film, television, literature, marketing and advertising.

Mr. Wellever also advises clients regarding the collection, use, transfer and monetization of data, including in online, internet of things (IoT) and cross-border arrangements, and he holds a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) credential given by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

  • Advises clients in licensing transactions, both in B2B and B2C settings, including software and copyrights, trademarks, patents, know-how, and data licensing
  • Counsels clients in the emerging media, entertainment and advertising industries, including website and mobile application developers, over-the-top (OTT) service providers, digital advertising and e-commerce businesses
  • Represents both licensors and licensees in the exploitation of music and audiovisual assets
  • Advises clients regarding data privacy and cybersecurity, including cross-border and onward transfers of personal data, regulatory compliance, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and other related U.S. and European privacy issues
  • Represents clients in the negotiation of SaaS, PaaS, NaaS and IaaS agreements and implementation
  • Counsels clients regarding the intellectual property, information technology and privacy issues that arise in the context of mergers and acquisitions
  • Advises clients on issues related to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) and Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS), including in connection with data security breaches and misuse of cardholder data.


Prior Experience

  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Associate, 2012-2015
  • Mayer Brown LLP, Associate, 2011-2012
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Business Law Clinic Fellow, 2011
  • Epitaph Records, Publishing, Licensing and Royalty Administrator, 2004-2008


  • German


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State Bar of Michigan

Illinois State Bar Association

International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)

  • Certified Information Privacy Professional - US

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  • Advisory Board


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