Technology Transactions


Scott McKinney is an associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he is a member of the firm's technology transactions practice. He represents business entities of all sizes in complex commercial and technology transactions, as well as intellectual property matters. He also has experience negotiating strategic commercial contracts (including distribution, license, joint venture, development, services, and software agreements), and has expertise in assisting companies with intellectual property issues arising from mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and financing transactions.

Scott focuses on new and emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, and smart contracts, and is a frequent speaker on those topics. He is a subject-matter specialist in the area of open source software licensing, advising a variety of companies on open source software compliance and usage.

Scott is an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law and teaches a class that he developed on intellectual property and technology transactions. He is also an active member of the Accord Project, which is a global consortium for the development of techno-legal standards for smart contracts, blockchain, and the internet-of-things (IoT).

Prior to joining the firm, Scott was an associate in the intellectual property transactions group and corporate department at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York, where he worked with companies in the communications, media, software, pharmaceutical, fashion, publishing, healthcare, sports, data, education, and technology industries, among others.

  • Represent in its acquisition of Krux Digital
  • Represent FanDuel in its merger with Paddy Power Betfair and the creation of the FanDuel Group
  • Represent Royal Caribbean in its roll out of new technologies across its global fleet, including strategic advice regarding and the negotiation of numerous commercial software and technology transactions
  • Advise and represent Plume Design in its ongoing negotiation of strategic partnerships with international telecom and ISP companies for the use and commercialization of Plume's mesh network technology
  • Advise Blockstack, a blockchain based company developing a new internet for decentralized applications, on commercial, IP, and other strategic matters
  • Advise Gigamon, the network visibility and traffic monitoring technology company, on open source compliance and related issues
  • Advise virtual reality streaming company Vreal on game publishing company agreements, IP matters, and consumer terms
  • Advise Chinese internet services company Tencent Holdings Limited on cloud hosting deals, videogame licensing and distribution deals, and other commercial transactions
  • Advise Mastercard Labs, the global research and development arm of Mastercard International, on the implementation and development of blockchain technology, commercial contract negotiations, API licensing, and intellectual property strategy
  • Represent and advise Mastercard International in its development and negotiation of its new Mastercard Track™ global B2B platform and integrated payments solution
  • Represent Emerson Collective in its acquisition of a majority stake in The Atlantic
  • Represent Tenable, a Maryland-based cybersecurity company, in connection with its IPO
  • Represent Xevo, an interactive car-software company, in its negotiation of strategic deals with the automotive industry
  • J.D., Columbia Law School, 2011
    Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Recipient, Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law Certificate; Editor, Columbia Science and Technology Law Review
  • B.S., Computer Science, University of Oklahoma, 2007
    With Honors
  • Member of the Accord Project, a global consortium for the development of techno-legal standards for smart contracts and the standardization of open source and related technologies in the intersection between blockchain, IoT, and smart contracts
  • "Smart Contracts, Blockchain, and the Next Frontier of Transactional Law," 13 Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts, Vol. 13, Issue 2, 2018
  • "How Machines Learn: Where do Companies get Data for Machine Learning and What Licenses do They Need?" Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts, Vol. 13, Issue 3, 2018
  • Co-author with M. Sachet, T.J. Graham, J. McGaraghan, B. Chari, A. Pate, and A. Shevell, "Court Ruling Supports Contractual and Statutory Enforcement of Open Source Software Licenses," WSGR Alert, May 19, 2017
  • Featured Speaker, "Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, and Smart Contracts," and "Artificial Intelligence in Business," 2018 Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Conference, Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts, 2018
  • Guest Lecturer, "Entrepreneurial Law for Non-Lawyers," Cornell Tech, Cornell University, 2018-present
  • Guest Lecturer, "Technology Transactions," Cornell Tech, Cornell University, 2017-present
  • Bar of the District of Columbia
  • State Bar of New York