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As former in-house counsel for a leading data and analytics company, Chris Achatz understands the importance of providing fast, practical, value-added counsel that aligns with his clients’ business objectives.

As a member of Bryan Cave’s Technology, Entrepreneurial and Commercial group, Mr. Achatz advises clients on the licensing and transfer of intellectual property and high technology. He also provides legal solutions to businesses, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, regarding distribution and resale arrangements, professional service agreements, open source compliance, and data acquisition and commercialization.

Mr. Achatz’s data privacy and security practice involves advising his clients on industry-specific regulations and standards that govern the responsible use, collection, and management of their customers’ personal information. His experience also includes developing company policies and drafting and implementing privacy- and security-related compliance, strategies, and programs. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US).

Mr. Achatz served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Judge Jack Berryhill. Prior to law school, Mr. Achatz worked as a software engineer for a large technology consulting company.

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • University of Colorado Law School, Alumni Ambassador, 2013- Present
    • Legal Mentor, Go Code Colorado
    • Co-Founder, DU/CU Transactional Moot Competition
    • Legal Mentor, Go Code Colorado
    • Co-Founder, DU/CU Transactional Moot Competition
    • Co-Founder, DU/CU Transactional Moot Competition
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Professional Affiliations

    • Certified Information Privacy Professionals (CIPP/US), 2014-Present
    • International Association of Privacy Professionals, Member, 2014- Present
    • Association of Corporate Counsel, Colorado Chapter, Emerging Leaders Section, Board Member, 2014- Present
    • Colorado Bar Association Business Law Section, Executive Counsel, 2014- Present
    • Doyle Inn of Court, Member, 2010- Present
    • Colorado Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Board Member, 2012- 2014
    • Denver Bar Association
    • Colorado Bar Association
    • Colorado Bar Association Business Law Section, Executive Counsel, 2014- Present
    • Doyle Inn of Court, Member, 2010- Present
    • Colorado Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Board Member, 2012- 2014
    • Denver Bar Association
    • Colorado Bar Association
    • Denver Bar Association
    • Colorado Bar Association
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • “Privacy Policy Fundamentals,” IAPP Denver KnowledgeNet, November 2015
  • “Dealing with the Issues of Commercializing Data,” ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting, September 2015
  • “Responding to the Data Breach Tidal Wave,” CALSS Annual Meeting, September 2015
  • "Data as a Product," Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property and Technology Institute, May 2015
  • “Nuts & Bolts of Privacy: Privacy Basics and Updates for Today's In-House Practice,” ACC Colorado Chapter CLE, March 2015