Software and Systems Licensing and Contract Negotiation Expert Witness
Brooks Hilliard has negotiated hundreds of computer systems and services contracts as an information technology consultant and, prior to founding Business Automation, as an industry executive. Although he is not an attorney, he has been hired to work with clients’ attorneys to negotiate computer system contracts even in projects where he did not consult on the system selection.
As a consulting and testifying expert, he has been engaged in numerous litigation projects where the understanding of computer industry terms of art and/or the common industry usage of such terms in the context of a computer system or software acquisition or the provision of computer-based services was a primary factor or a significant contributing factor to the understanding of the issue in dispute.
He has given testimony more than a dozen times in federal and state court and AAA arbitrations, regarding the normal and customary meaning of various industry terms of art used in contracts and contract negotiation.
Mr. Hilliard has been engaged for more than 100 expert witness/consulting assignment relating to computer software/system non-performance and implementation, intellectual property, system/software licensing and contracting, computer forensics, etc. He has been successfully Daubert tested (copies of rulings available on request) and has testified in both state and federal jurisdictions, as well as AAA arbitrations and various governmental hearings.
Engagements have dealt with issues relating to license fees, contract extension and/or termination, and customer expectations based on the normal customs and practices of the business computer system industry.
Attorney references and case captions are available on request.
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Business Automation has been engaged in more than 50 suits between computer and software vendors and their customers, including engagements by both vendors’ and customers’ law firms.
Areas of expertise
Brooks Hilliard has been qualified as an expert on software defects, computer hardware defects and flawed computer system implementation, including matters related to all types of business software. He has also worked as an expert in patent and trade secret litigation.
Law firm clients
Business Automation has been engaged by several of the country’s largest law firms, as well as local firms throughout the United States.
Brooks Hilliard has been a consulting and/or testifying expert in more than 90 computer and software-related cases in more than 30 states. He has been qualified to testify in both state and federal jurisdictions.
Fewer than 15 consultants in the world
Team of Experts
Business Automation has Associates specializing in Software Quality, Call Center management and Systems, Software Project Management, Software Development, Computer Forensics, and Telecommunications systems and networks.