John Lynn co-leads Kirkland’s Technology & IP Transactions Practice and heads the practice on the West Coast out of the Bay Area office and in Texas out of the Austin office. John's practice focuses on the acquisition, financing and sale of intellectual property and technology-focused businesses, particularly in the software and high technology fields. John is on the forefront of understanding the complex relationships between intellectual property and technology, on the one hand, and business matters and risk, on the other hand. John's practice focuses on efficiently understanding and addressing client needs and monitoring and advising on risk, and focusing on changes in the legal and business markets that affect technology and intellectual property.

John works on a wide variety of matters in which intellectual property, information technology and data protection play a key role, including private equity matters and other mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures; financings and secured lending matters; and bankruptcies and restructurings. In addition John assists clients in connection with joint ventures and strategic alliances; intellectual property and technology transfers, licenses, and development agreements; royalty buy-outs; data transfer and license arrangements; and other commercial contracts (such as supply, distribution, and service agreements).


Thought Leadership

Speaking Engagements

“The New ‘Private’: Protecting Your Company’s Information in a Fully Remote World,” TechGC Virtual Private Dinner, January 21, 2021

“Privacy: Preparing for the CA Consumer Privacy Act (II),” TechGC National Summit, New York Stock Exchange, October 24, 2019


Recognized in The Legal 500 United States for Technology: Transactions, 2014, 2018, 2021, 2022 and 2023


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2022, Texas
  • 2006, California
  • 1999, New York


  • Emory University School of LawJ.D.with Distinction1998

    Dean's List 6 out of 6 semesters

    Order of the Coif

    Managing Editor, Emory Law Journal

    Co-Founder, Emory Intellectual Property Society

  • Georgia Institute of TechnologyM.S.1994
  • Georgia Institute of TechnologyB.S.with Highest Honors1993