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Phil Kenny Technology Attorney
Phil Kenny

Phil's practice focuses on technology, intellectual property and commercial transactions.  He has advised clients on a broad spectrum of technologies, including data analytics, open source, semiconductor IP, life sciences, virtual reality, augmented reality, robotics, mobile apps, digital music, video games, patent licensing and medical devices.  

Following his graduation from the University of Chicago Law School, Phil spent 11 years at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP where he was staffed as the lead technology and intellectual property attorney on over 500 transactions.

Phil has spent over a decade working hand-in-hand with clients and business teams tackling cutting-edge legal issues.

Prior to joining Arcus, Phil represented clients on billions of dollars of technology deals, including the following representative matters:  

  • Representation of Intel in its acquisitions of Telmap (navigation software), SiPort (digital radio chips) and Silicon Hive (semiconductor IP), and its $4.1 billion investment into ASML (chip making equipment)

  • Representation of in its $847 million acquisition of (online retailer) and $775 million acquisition of Kiva (robotic systems)

  • Representation of Hewlett-Packard in its $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm (mobile operating system and hardware) and $1.5 billion acquisition of Arcsight (cybersecurity solutions to protect digital assets)

  • Representation of Cadence Design Systems in its acquisitions of Denali Software (electronic design automation), Tensilica (dataplane processing IP), Cosmic Circuits (Analog/Mixed Signal IP), Azuro (power optimization), Altos Design Automation (IP characterization tools), and Taray (circuit board integration)

  • Representation of Bally Technologies in its $1.3 billion acquisition of SHFL Entertainment

  • Representation of SanDisk in its acquisition of Schooner Information Technology (enterprise storage)

  • Representation of Technicolor in its acquisition of digital cinema delivery assets from Cinedigm

  • Representation of in its acquisition of (family history website)

  • Representation of Intuit in its acquisition of GoodApril (tax planning software)

While studying law at the University of Chicago, Phil served as a research assistant to the Honorable Judge Richard Posner and was acknowledged in Judge Posner's book "Catastrophe: Risk and Response."  Phil has been frequently recognized as a Rising Star in the area of Intellectual Property by Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine and Los Angeles Magazine.


University of Chicago - 2006 - Juris Doctor

Brigham Young University - 2003 - Bachelor of Arts


California Bar

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