Intellectual Property and Technology
  • Protection – Litigate and protect copyright, trademark, trade name and trade secret intellectual property rights. Domain name registration and arbitration. Assist clients in understanding copyright and trademark laws in the context of the Internet in order to avoid trademark and copyright infringement disputes.
  • Technology Contracts – Contract for the purchase, sale, licensing and sublicensing of software and computer hardware. Negotiation of OEM and software house agreements with computer equipment suppliers. Draft intellectual property licenses and joint development agreements. Draft export licenses and distribution agreements.
  • Technology Company Merger and Acquisitions – Manage the acquisition and sale of businesses in the technology industry.
  • Capital Formation – Structure financing of technology companies, including negotiating lines of credit, and acquiring venture capital and initial public offerings.
  • Technology Employee Relations – Counsel employers as to employer/employee relations in the computer field.
  • Electronic Transactions – Advise businesses as to methods to ensure particular transactions are legally enforceable when participating in commerce electronically.
  • Web Site Management – Counsel web site providers in the areas of privacy, security and content regulation.
  • Internet Fraud – Assist clients in developing means to protect them from becoming victims of Internet fraud.
  • Electronic Regulatory Compliance – Advise clients as to regulatory compliance issues in areas relating to Internet auctions, Internet sweepstakes and online advertising.


Bonnie M. Boryca

Bonnie Boryca practices in Erickson | Sederstrom’s litigation group. Her areas of practice include commercial and business litigation, employment matters, IP and technology litigation, personal injury, and corporate and shareholder disputes. She is licensed in Nebraska and Kansas and has appeared before state and federal courts throughout those states.


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Andrew Collins

Andrew represents corporate and individual clients regarding all aspects of their intellectual property needs, including consulting, implementation, registration, exploitation and protection of trademarks, copyrights, trade names, trade secrets, business plans and others.  Andrew has represented clients in civil litigation regarding claims of trade name infringement, and in United State Patent and Trademark Office proceedings regarding registration, protection and infringement of trademarks.


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Thomas J. Culhane

Tom Culhane graduated summa cum laude from Creighton University School of Law and is a senior partner with Erickson | Sederstrom’s litigation practice group.  He is admitted to practice in the state courts of both Nebraska and Iowa as well as the federal court in Nebraska and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.  Following graduation from Creighton and prior to joining the Erickson | Sederstrom team in 1975, he clerked for the Honorable Donald P. Lay of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.  Mr. Culhane has a litigation practice with emphasis in recent years in commercial and technology litigation.  He has represented clients in a variety of intellectual property matters, including software licensing, trademark and trade name disputes.  Mr. Culhane also has experience in software contract and licensing litigation.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.


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Virgil K. Johnson

Virgil K. Johnson has practiced with Erickson | Sederstrom for over 40 years.  Mr. Johnson has extensive experience in corporate law.  His corporate law experience includes formation and representation of start-up and public technology companies with significant experience in financing the purchase and sale of technology businesses.  He has significant experience in the licensing, sale and distribution of computer software and hardware. 


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Adam R. White

Adam assists Erickson | Sederstrom’s corporate and health care clients in reviewing and negotiating technology related contracts such as license agreements, consulting agreements and various technology related service and non-disclosure agreements.  Adam is also experienced in assisting clients with the sale and transfer of technology related rights and assets.


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