About Heather

Deeply knowledgeable, get-it-done IT, IP and privacy counsel

Heather Buchta advises on information technology and data privacy with an additional focus on trademark and copyright matters. With clients in the hospitality, health care, manufacturing, consumer services and other industries, she focuses on:

  • Software agreements (SaaS, downloadable and custom development)
  • IT outsourcing
  • Privacy programs and compliance
  • Trademark prosecution and licensing
  • Copyright prosecution and licensing
  • Electronic contracting
  • Technology development deals

With more than 20 years working in the IT space, Heather has deep knowledge of the industry, its standards and practices, and a clear sense of risks that are emerging as well as those no longer relevant. Clients know that with this deep knowledge and a practical, get-it-done approach, Heather reliably and creatively gets deals done.

Heather is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) through the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She is Phoenix office chair of the Intellectual Property Practice Group.

Experience in Action

  • Drafting and negotiating complex IT-related agreements, including click-wrap, cloud computing, licensing, development, hosting and IT outsourcing agreements.
  • Analyzing ownership issues in copyright matters.
  • Assisting in privacy program development for companies doing business in the Unites States.
  • Drafting privacy notices and policies for business-to-business and business-to-consumer companies.
  • Advising on copyright issues related to websites, software and automated databases.
  • Conducting trademark search, clearance and portfolio management.

Professional Recognitions

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2019-present: Trademark Law)
  • Selected for inclusion in Southwest Super Lawyers® – Rising Stars (2012–2016: Intellectual Property)
  • BTI Consulting Group “Client Service All-Star," 2022

Professional & Civic Activities

  • Raising Special Kids (Advisory Board Member)
  • Raising Special Kids (Board of Directors, 2003–2009)
  • Raising Special Kids (Treasurer, Executive Committee, 2008)
  • Arizona Women Lawyers Association (Member)
  • Maricopa County Bar Association (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • International Trademark Association (Member)
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (Member)
  • 2008 Athena Young Professional Award Nominee
  • 2007 AZ Finest Couple, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • International Trademark Association (INTA), Committee Member, Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition, 2007–2009
  • Clinical Externship as Clerk for Judge Rodney Sippel, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri – St. Louis, Missouri

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