Karl Hochkammer leads the firm's Technology Transactions practice. Karl’s practice is focused on helping clients navigate the complex area where law, technology and data overlap. He directs clients through legal, technical, and transactional challenges arising in investment and M&A transactions, technology development and licensing arrangements, and commercial technology procurement and licensing deals in various industries, including automotive, healthcare, manufacturing, and financial services. His experience includes working with clients with respect to their activities relating to the internet of things, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, mobility, and smart infrastructure.

Karl holds a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) credential given by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

  • Advises public and private companies regarding complex information technology and business process outsourcing transactions, both domestically and internationally
  • Counsels clients in negotiating and restructuring a variety of commercial transactions involving technology and data, including outsourcing, in-sourcing, managing acquisitions and divestitures in outsourcing, and terminating outsourcing arrangements
  • Represents clients involved in buying and selling technology goods and services, including software licensing, software development (on- and off-shore), ERP and other system implementations, systems integrations, back-office processing services, ASP and SaaS agreements, technology licensing agreements, hosting and data center agreements, telecommunications and network management agreements, and hardware acquisition and maintenance agreements 
  • Advises clients in acquisition, development, implementation, integration, licensing, financing, marketing, and sale of technology and intellectual property
  • Counsels clients on U.S. and international privacy law and cybersecurity matters, including vendor due diligence and management and compliance programs
  • Counsels clients on the collection, licensing, and use of data and information in corporate and commercial transactions
  • Counsels clients regarding the use of generative artificial intelligence in software development projects
  • Advises clients on the acquisition (licensing/subscription) of artificial intelligence and GAI-enabled software and related use cases



Prior Experience

  • Foley & Lardner LLP, Partner, 2005-2009; Associate, 2001-2005 
  • Raymond & Prokop, P.C., Associate 1996-2001

Academic Appointments

  • Walsh College, Partnership Taxation, Master of Science in Taxation Program, Adjunct Professor, Troy, MI, 1996-1998

Additional Languages

  • German




Court Admissions



  • The Best Lawyers in America
    • Recognized in practice areas of:
      • Corporate Law, 2016-2024
      • Information Technology Law, 2017-2024
  • Law Bulletin Media
    • Leading Lawyers, Computer & Technology Law, 2023
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2011-2013, 2017, and 2018, 2022
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2010-2022

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Information Technology Law Section, Chair, 2012-2013, 2021-2022
  • Information Technology Law Association
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
    • CIPP/US
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Contributor
  • German-American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Michigan Chapter

News & Insights


  • Event |
  • Cybersecurity: Mitigating Your Company’s Digital Risks
    Event | | | Presenter
  • Anatomy of a Data Breach
    Event | Detroit, MI | | | Presenter
  • Avoiding Information Technology Disappointments and Disasters, American Health Law Association, Presenter
    Event |
  • Beyond the Horizon: A Look at the Current and Future State of Business
    Event | MSU Journal of Business & Securities Law 2014 Spring Symposium, East Lansing, MI |
  • Event | Plymouth, MI | |
  • Outsourcing Agreements: Vendors and Purchasers Square Off
    Event | | | Presenter
  • AMR/AMI Strategic Issues
    Event | Atlanta, GA |
  • Contracting Best Practices
    Event | San Diego, CA | | Presenter
  • Addressing AMR/AMI Risks with Effective Vendor Negotiations and Contracts
    Event | Reno, NV |
  • Selected Technology Contracting Issues
    Event | Novi, MI | | | Presenter


  • Automotive Law 101
    Publication | Lawyers & Judges Publishing, Inc. ISBN-10, 1936360675 |
  • Publication | SSRN |
  • Publication | Business Law Today, Volume 18 No. 5 |
  • Plan for the Worst – Considerations for Customers of Satyam Computer Services
    Publication | Wisconsin Technology Network |
  • Don’t Even Think of a Merger Without IT
    Publication | Computerworld |
  • Selling Products and Services and Licensing Software Online: An Interactive Guide with Legal Forms and Commentary to Privacy, Security and Consumer Law Issues
    Publication |

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