Philip D. Porter

Philip D. Porter

Senior Counsel, Northern Virginia

Email philip.porter@​

Phone +1 703 610 6108

Fax +1 703 610 6200

Practice groupIntellectual Property

Philip Porter cut his legal teeth on software license deals in the early 1980s, when most people had only a vague idea about computers and no clue about software. A few years later, he was negotiating ownership of inventions made during clinical trials at a time when contracts did not address ownership. Before the rest of us had heard of the World Wide Web, Phil was writing website development agreements and auditing client websites for compliance with rapidly developing laws.

Phil helps clients with commercial transactions involving technology and intellectual property. He has led a team that structured a technology outsourcing transaction valued at over US$1 billion. Phil helped an offshore university acquire one of the world's largest supercomputers and the skills they needed to operate and maintain it. He also helped put together what was believed to be the first deal between a U.S. pharmaceutical company and a Chinese research firm to co-develop compounds.

Since 2013, Phil has focused on providing pro bono assistance to a nonprofit that makes clinical trial data available for access by researchers worldwide. As part of a U.S. government program, he has conducted training for lawyers and academics from third-world countries in structuring and negotiating technology transfer transactions.

Phil has conducted Continuing Legal Education programs and development classes on technology licensing, cloud computing, outsourcing, and drug research for organizations such as Practising Law Institute, International Association of Outsourcing Professionals, American Health Law Association, National Association of College and University Attorneys, Washington Metropolitan Area Association of Corporate Counsel, and the D.C. Bar and the Virginia Bar Association.

Chambers USA, has recognized Phil each year since 2005.

Awards and recognitions


Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers

2006-2010, 2014-2016

Business and Corporate
Virginia Super Lawyers


Top 100
Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers


Information Technology/Outsourcing
Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers


Intellectual Property: Outsourcing
Chambers Global USA


Intellectual Property: Northern Virginia
Chambers USA


International Who's Who of E-Commerce Lawyers


Top Attorneys in Intellectual Property, Franchise and Dealership, Information Technology, and Civil Litigation Defense
Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition


"Legal Elite" for Intellectual Property Law
Virginia Business Magazine


Who's Who in American Law


Outsourcing: Nationwide
Chambers USA


Leading Lawyer Awards
Lawyers World


Media, Technology and Telecoms: Technology: Outsourcing
Legal 500 US


Media, Technology and Telecoms: Technology: Transactions
Legal 500 US


Top Attorneys in Business/Corporate
Super Lawyers, Business Edition

Education and admissions


J.D., University of South Carolina, 1982

M.Ed., University of South Carolina, 1974

B.A., Canisius College, 1969


Member, Computer and Telecommunications Law Section, District of Columbia Bar 

Member, Computer Law Association

Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia


Representative experience

Led team that negotiated and drafted the contract for a global technology outsourcing transaction worth approximately US$1.1bn over a 10-year term.

Lead counsel for a large mid-Atlantic bank and trust company in outsourcing its information technology services.

Represented numerous pharmaceutical companies in negotiating clinical trial agreements with universities and other research institutions.

Negotiated outsourcing transactions for human resources and payroll services for a global facilities management company and U.S. senior care company.

Negotiated cloud computing transaction that provides more than 5,000 users with remote access to Microsoft productivity applications.

Prepared data provider and data user agreements for online repository of clinical trial data.

Negotiated predictive claims data analysis and data modeling agreements for property and casualty insurer.

Led team that negotiated and drafted the contract for acquisition by an offshore of one of the world's largest supercomputers and related training.

Latest thinking and events

Sponsorships and Speaking Engagements

13th Annual Virginia Information Technology Legal Institute - 2012

Sponsorships and Speaking Engagements

Cloud Computing 2012: Cut Through the Fluff & Tackle the Critical Stuff

Sponsorships and Speaking Engagements

ELA Spring 2012 Regional Meeting

Sponsorships and Speaking Engagements

Cloud Computing: The Basics and Much More

Sponsorships and Speaking Engagements

Examining the Risks of Operating in the Cloud

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