Chris Sloan is co-chair of the Firm's Emerging Companies Group and focuses his practice on start-ups and other emerging businesses and also handles complex software and other IT transactions for both small and large companies alike. He helps many early-stage, high-growth businesses with business planning and formation, venture capital funding, drafting and negotiating vendor and customer agreements, strategic contract negotiations, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property protection and other general business law and intellectual property law issues.
He often serves as outside general counsel for these types of companies. Chris egularly represents both technology and brick-and-mortar clients in connection with software, IT and other vendor contract negotiations, including software and health care IT transactions valued as high as $100 million. He regularly counsels hospitals and other health care providers on IT and intellectual property issues. Chris takes pride in providing his clients with practical, cost-effective advice tailored for each client's unique business objectives. He is actively involved in the technology and entrepreneur communities, and he is a frequent author, speaker, board member and leader in that community. He is actively involved in the Nashville Technology Council, serving as the chairman of the board of directors, on the executive committee and as general counsel.
Mr. Sloan was a member of the Nashville Chamber's Partnership 2010 Entrepreneurship Task Force and serves on the advisory board for the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. Mr. Sloan is a long-standing member of the executive committee of the Tennessee Bar Association's Intellectual Property Law Committee. Mr. Sloan is a frequent speaker and contributor to CLE seminars, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Nashville Technology Council events and other similar event