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Ghanshyam Patel

Ghanshyam Patel is of counsel in the Chicago office of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A.  He focuses his practice on the representation of EdTech, technology and software companies. With regard to Ed Tech, Mr. Patel supports his client through the full corporate life cycle, from startups to leading public companies, including advising on strategic transactions to help companies get connected with large school districts.

The legal intersection between intellectual property, education law, privacy and data protection law have created a great need for highly specialized EdTech legal practitioners. Mr. Patel thoroughly understand the highly specialized and regulated sector of the education industry. Mr. Patel and the team at Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A.  offer the following areas of support with regard to the education technology sector:

  • Transactional: contracts review and negotiations with school districts.
  • Corporate Law: corporate formation, mergers and acquisitions, lending and finance, capital market funding, and investment opportunities.
  • Privacy and Data Security: review of website disclosures, FAQ’s, terms of use, privacy policies, and help to address cybersecurity, privacy and data concerns.
  • Educational Law Compliance with FERPA and other state level student data protection laws.
  • MBE and WBE business certification.

Mr. Patel brings extensive experience from one of the largest school districts in the country where he helped the district onboard a significant number of EdTech products.  Mr. Patel’s experience includes serving as outside counsel for the Board of Education for the City of Chicago where he handled all EdTech matters, software and technology matters, and healthcare related matters. Additionally, Mr. Patel helped the district develop and implement its Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA) policy. He has negotiated a broad range of public contracts and solicitations supporting supply contracts, financing, and procurement documents.

Mr. Patel prepares and negotiates commercial agreements, operating agreements, shareholder agreements and share certificates, purchase agreements, employment contracts, confidentiality agreements, non-compete agreements, and various other commercial business transactions.  He also handles employment law, tax matters, mergers, equipment purchasing, distribution and logistics, and general business planning.

Previously, Mr. Patel served as managing partner of The Law Office of Patel & Associates in Chicago where he focused on business law, education law, and contracts law.  Mr. Patel was also a part of the Global Privacy team at one of the largest pharmaceutical companies where he helped with GDPR and COPPA compliance.

Mr. Patel received his Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois in 2013 and a Bachelor of Arts in International Business and Economics from Benedictine University, Lisle, Illinois in May 2010.

Mr. Patel is licensed to practice law in Illinois. He is also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and American Bar Association.

Mr. Patel is proficient in spoken Hindi and proficient in spoken and written Gujarati.

Contact: Chicago Office
115 South LaSalle Street, Suite 3100
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Telephone: (312) 566-0040 / (630) 440-3893
Facsimile: (312) 566-0041
E-mail: ghanshyam.patel@qpwblaw.com

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Areas of Practice:

  • Education Law
  • EdTech
  • Technology and Software
  • Privacy, Data Protection, and Cybersecurity
  • Public/Government Contracts
  • Healthcare
  • Corporate
  • Residential and Commercial Real Estate Transactions, Development - Financial

  • The John Marshall Law School, J.D. (2013) 
  • Benedictine University, B.A. (2010) 
Bar Admissions Illinois Languages: Gujarati, Hindi

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