Vivian L. Hanson is a partner in the Technology Transactions Group in the New York office of Morrison & Foerster LLP. Ms. Hanson has extensive experience in outsourcing, technology transfers, licensing and other intellectual property transactions, as well as joint ventures, strategic alliances, mergers, acquisitions and general corporate matters. Her practice is focused primarily on complex, large-scale outsourcing transactions, as well as domestic and cross-border transactions involving the transfer of intellectual property rights in a variety of industries, including information services, information technologies, financial services, life sciences, new media and entertainment. She also advises Japanese clients and is fluent in Japanese.
Ms. Hanson has lectured for a variety of organizations on outsourcing matters, including for the Practising Law Institute, the Sourcing Interests Group, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and Institutional Investors News. She has also published numerous articles on the subject which have appeared in such publications as The International Trade Law Newsletter, published by ALM, for which she has served on the Board of Editors, as well as The Technology Transactions Newsletter, for which she previously served as a member of the Board of Editors. She has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2006) and New York Super Lawyers (2006). She is also ranked by Chambers & Partners as one of America's leading business lawyers (recommended for "Business Process Outsourcing" and "Technology & IT Outsourcing").
Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Ms. Hanson was Senior Counsel at Home Box Office, a Time Warner company, where she handled an array of legal matters related to the company's foreign and domestic activities. From 1986 through 1993, Ms. Hanson was a member of the International/Commercial Practice Group of the New York office of Baker & McKenzie, where she practiced corporate law.
Ms. Hanson received her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1986, where she served as the Submissions Editor of The Columbia Human Rights Law Review, and received her B.A. from University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1982.