Jennifer Criss

Of Counsel

Washington, D.C. Office

Jennifer Criss is Of Counsel in the Technology Transactions Group at Orrick and a trusted advisor in the intersection of technology and intellectual property rights.

Jennifer's practice focuses on negotiating the intellectual property and information technology aspects of complex commercial transactions, from mergers and acquisitions to financing transactions to corporate divestitures and spin-offs.   

Jennifer routinely drafts, negotiates, and advises clients on a wide variety of software and IP licenses, software as a service (SaaS) and cloud services agreements, IT outsourcing arrangements, software development agreements, joint development agreements, software and hardware contracts, and related consulting agreements.  

Additionally, Jennifer has extensive knowledge of copyright law and counsels clients on all aspects of copyright protection.

Jennifer is an active member of the American Bar Association's Section of Intellectual Property Law and has been a member of its Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board since 2016. She currently is also a member of the Section's Nominating Committee. Jennifer previously served as vice chair of the ABA's Copyright Division (2019-2021) and was chair of the Committee on Copyright & Social Media.

Jennifer is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Her speaking engagements and publications have addressed topics such as copyright permissions, fair use, online harassment, and data privacy and cybersecurity.

Before her legal career, Jennifer earned her Ph.D. in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania. She taught art history at The George Washington University and American University. She received fellowships from the French Ministry of Education (Chateaubriand Fellowship), the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Phillips Collection, and the University of Pennsylvania.