Shawn C. Helms Esq.

McDermott Will & Emery
Helms, Shawn C.

Shawn C. Helms is co-head of the firm's Technology & Commercial Transactions and Outsourcing Groups. Shawn has broad experience in the areas of information technology, outsourcing and telecommunications. He focuses his practice on complex transactions involving technology and intellectual property, including business process outsourcing (BPO) and information technology outsourcing (ITO), licensing, cloud computing arrangements (infrastructure as a service (IaaS), software as a service (SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS)), technology maintenance and services, technology development/customization (including iPhone, Android and other mobile device applications and systems), wireless infrastructure, robotic process automation (RPA), social media issues, strategic alliances, e-commerce, distribution, internet of things (IoT), confidentiality, strategic sourcing and data security/privacy. He also advises clients on transition services and technology and intellectual property matters relating to the acquisition or divestiture of businesses. Shawn also has significant experience in advising clients through software audits and related negotiations and settlements, open source software issues and software escrow matters.  He received his B.S. (magna cum laude) from William Jewell College and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He is a member the California and Texas Bars.


Mr. Helms is a co-author of Bloomberg BNA Corporate Practice Portfolio Series No. 112, Technology and Outsourcing.