Aaron Williamson is the founder of Williamson Legal. His practice focuses on open source, software and technology transactions, and nonprofit organizations.
For over 14 years, Aaron has advised clients on issues related to open source software and licensing. He has incorporated and advised several major open source foundations, helped businesses design and implement open source policies, and worked with software companies to develop their open source strategies. He has been involved in the drafting of major open source licenses and has written and spoken extensively on open source issues.
As a lawyer who can read source code, Aaron frequently advises clients on software copyright infringement questions. He also counsels software developers and technology companies on potential liability for computer crime under the U.S. Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and for violations of the anti-circumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Aaron advises nonprofit organizations on formation, regulatory compliance, and governance. And he advises nonprofits and tech companies alike on contracts, technology licensing, and business and community disputes.
Aaron’s clients have included Fortune 1000 companies, nonprofits, and individual software developers. He has represented clients in civil and criminal litigation in state and federal courts around the country. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at the NYU School of Law Technology Law & Policy Clinic.
Before starting Williamson Legal, Aaron was general counsel at the Fintech Open Source Foundation (FINOS), a nonprofit open source Foundation for the financial services industry. He was a partner at Tor Ekeland P.C., where he advised clients on technology-related transactional matters and represented defendants in federal criminal trials. He served as in-house counsel for IEEE, advising business units on various legal issues. And he was senior staff counsel at the Software Freedom Law Center, where he advised community free and open source software projects on legal matters.
Aaron received his juris doctor from NYU School of Law in 2007. He received his bachelor of science in computer science from Taylor University in 2002.
Liz coordinates operational & administrative tasks for the firm, and helps your client experience run as smoothly as possible. She has over 10 years of experience running small businesses, working in both the digital design and fitness spaces.
Liz received her bachelor's of industrial design from Pratt Institute in 2007. She went on to co-found Design Glut, a boutique product design firm that sold jewelry and housewares to museum stores and design ateliers all around the world. After the housing crisis crashed the housewares market, she pivoted to digital design and began working in tech at the NYC-based startup JW Player in 2011.
A year later, several opportunities to freelance as a designer came her way, so she moved into a freelance consultant role at JW Player and added consulting projects with Blue State Digital, Universal Studios, and many more to her client list. Over time, her hobbies of aerial arts and pole dancing began to mix with her business life, including website re-designs for Body & Pole and elevatED movement teacher trainings in NYC. During this time, she also became certified as a pole dancing and flexibility instructor, and began teaching group classes and private lessons.
In 2016, she moved to Memphis, TN to follow her dream of opening her own pole, aerial, and movement arts studio. She bought a live/work space in the heart of Downtown Memphis, across from the National Civil Rights Museum, and designed a full renovation. Bendy Beast Fitness opened for business in October 2016, and currently offers 14 classes each week from a team of 7 instructors. Our focus is teaching people to unlearn body shame and to learn to love their bodies, which sets off an amazing chain reaction of increased confidence and healthy life choices.
Liz began working for Williamson Legal in 2022, and is very excited to apply her organizational and management skills to a new industry.
Jacob graduated from the William S. Boyd School of Law in May of 2022 with a concentration in intellectual property and recognition as the outstanding graduate in alternative dispute resolution. Prior to attending Boyd, Jacob earned his Master’s in Business Administration and his Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno, where he was also on the university’s cheerleading team.
While pursuing his legal studies, Jacob gained a wide range of experiences in various areas of law. He has assisted with the representation of clients in personal injury and intellectual property matters, mediated divorce disputes, assisted clients with the criminal record sealing process, and assisted with the formation of several non-profits. He also co-drafted an amicus brief to California’s Fourth District Court of Appeal and produced other writings concerning data privacy matters while working as a legal fellow for the Neon Law Foundation.
After receiving his Juris Doctor, Jacob began working for Williamson Legal. He looks forward to utilizing his knowledge and experience to assist clients in all matters including but not limited to intellectual property, licensing, data privacy, organization formation, and alternative dispute resolution. He is happy to have found somewhere that participates in interesting tech related work and somewhere he feels morally at home.
Outside of work, Jacob performs as a fire breather, fire spinner, aerialist, and acrobat. He also serves his local community as a founder and steering committee member for the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.