Bryan Sims is an attorney at Squire Patton Boggs that works out of its Tampa, Florida and Washington, D.C. offices. Bryan is a member of the firm’s Global Corporate and Intellectual Property Practice Groups. He focuses his practice on advising software and other technology companies. That advice includes corporate mergers and acquisitions, corporate and intellectual property transactional legal matters as well as other commercial transactions. He also provides advice to companies regarding prosecuting, protecting, and managing large corporate intellectual property portfolios.
Prior to returning to Squire Patton Boggs, Bryan was Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of multi-national publicly-traded IT management software company, SolarWinds, Inc. (SWI). At SolarWinds, Bryan helped transform SolarWinds from a small U.S. company into multi-national software company doing business in all major international markets with offices all around the world. Bryan created and built the SolarWinds legal department, its licensing model and other major policies. Bryan led a team that filed and completed a successful IPO and follow-on offering. He was also responsible for assisting the company with the acquisition of 20+ companies in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and APAC.
Earlier in his career, Bryan was Associate General Counsel and Vice President of Corporate Development and Business Affairs at Open Source software provider Red Hat, Inc. At Red Hat, Bryan created and ran the group responsible for legal and business negotiations associated with the company’s customer and business alliances. He was also responsible for the company’s mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and global partnership activities. Bryan was part of a team that developed of Red Hat's intellectual property strategy which included creating a viable business model for monetizing open source software.