We use cookies to deliver our online services. Details of the cookies we use and instructions on how to disable them are set out in our Cookies Policy. By using this website you agree to our use of cookies. To close this message click close.

Michael E. Larner

Northern Virginia

Michael E. Larner

With over 17 years of experience, Michael Larner effectively counsels clients on their most important commercial and intellectual property transactions. Michael’s experience spans a wide range of industries, including information technology, education, and life sciences. He regularly works on technology licensing and development agreements, cloud computing transactions, outsourcing relationships, collaborations, and content licensing.

Michael understands the technology sector and provides practical advice to meet his client’s business objectives. He is a respected leader on open source software issues, evaluating open source licensing strategies, assessing the risks of using and developing open source software, drafting policies to manage this risk, and advising on open source issues in mergers and acquisitions. He also frequently counsels clients on issues associated with their online and mobile presence, as well as advising on transactional, data security, social media, and intellectual property issues.

In the education sector, Michael assists universities, testing providers, and other education clients with distance learning initiatives, business process outsourcing and structuring, and negotiating complex software licensing and services deals.

In the life sciences industry, he helps companies successfully commercialize their products, with a focus on new product launches. For pharmaceutical and biotechnology manufacturers, he drafts then negotiates outsourced services agreements, relationships with GPOs, pharmacy benefit managers and third party logistics providers, and distribution agreements with wholesalers, retailers, and specialty pharmacies. His experience with both startup and established manufacturers provides a foundation for efficient and insightful advice.

Representative experience

Lead counsel for education testing company, negotiating deal to outsource over US$1bn in test development, test delivery, and related services.

Representing a Washington, D.C., museum on all aspects of IP and content licensing, artifact acquisitions, and sponsorship opportunities.

Representing a major beverage distributor in migration of all supply and operations planning systems to new cloud computing platforms.

Represent higher education institutions with transactions to outsource bundled services and technologies for the launch of online academic programs.

Advising pharmaceutical manufacturers on establishing commercial relationships necessary for successful product launch.

Representing a major U.S. university on copyright ownership and Creative Commons license issues.

Advising university on software development, licensing and cloud computing deals to create a next generation online learning management system.

Counseled major U.S. healthcare client on open source issues related to the acquisition of a business intelligence and analytics software company.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., cum laude, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1999
  • A.B., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Lafayette College, 1996


  • Member, International Technology Law Association
  • Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Member, Science and Technology Law Section, American Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Virginia
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey


Media, Technology, and Telecoms - Technology: Outsourcing

Legal 500 US


Legal Elite, Intellectual Property

Virginia Business magazine


Media, Technology, and Telecoms: Technology: Transactions

Legal 500 US


Legal Elite, Young Lawyers

Virginia Business magazine

Latest thinking and events

Hogan Lovells Publications

Buyer and Seller Beware: Impact of open source software in corporate acquisitions

IP Alert
View More
Loading data