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Janet P. Knaus

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Janet Knaus is a commercial attorney whose practice focuses exclusively on advising and representing clients in information technology-related transactions. She has represented clients in a wide range of industries, including financial services, health care, insurance, consumer products, manufacturing, education and food distribution, wholesale and retail.


  • Wayne State University Law School J.D. 1983 cum laude
  • Michigan State University B.A. 1979 with high honors


  • 1983, Michigan

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
    Business Law Section, Intellectual Property Law Section, Science & Technology Law Section
  • State Bar of Michigan
    Intellectual Property Law Section, Council Member (1992-98), Representative Assembly Member (1994-97); Computer Law Section, Council Member (1999-03)
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
    Community Relations Committee (1994-97); Newsletter Committee (1992-93)


  • Represented the Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN), the state designated health information exchange (HIE) for Michigan, in licensing the Axolotl HIE platform from OptumInsight
  • Represented a major Michigan electric and natural gas utility company in the procurement of a large-scale advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system
  • Represented a global financial services company in outsourcing of its IT infrastructure
  • Represented numerous clients in connection with their acquisition of major ERP systems (including Lawson, Oracle and SAP) and ongoing licensing and support issues
  • Counsels clients on developing and implementing contract management processes and developing software licensing and support, subscription/software as a service (SaaS), professional services and other IT procurement agreements
  • Counsels clients regarding software audits initiated by the Business Software Alliance (BSA), Microsoft, Adobe and other major vendors

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, Information Technology Law, 2005-Present
  • Named a Top Lawyer in Intellectual Property and Patent Law, Grand Rapids Magazine, 2019
  • Named to Michigan Super Lawyers, 2008-2012
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Leading Lawyers Michigan, 2014
  • Note and Comment Editor, Wayne Law Review
  • Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation


  • "How to Protect Yourself From Identity Theft," MiBizWest, 6/27/2005
  • "Anti-Spam Legislation," Business Update, October 2002
  • "Limitations on E-mail Advertising," Business Update, October 2002
  • "Ten Tips for Negotiating Software License Agreements," MiBizWest, 6/17/2002
  • "Ten Tips for Negotiating Nondisclosure Agreements," MiBizWest, 3/25/2002
  • "Electronic Records and Signatures," Michigan Bar Journal, July 2001


Professional Affiliations

  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Automation Alley
  • aimWest
  • Inforum - A Professional Women's Alliance
  • Michigan Council of Women in Technology

Community Affiliations

  • Grand Rapids Police Foundation
    Board Member (2018-Present)
  • YWCA of West Central Michigan
    TRIBUTE! Awards Solicitation Committee (1993-96); Board Member (2009-11)
  • Children's Miracle Network
    Cabinet (2003-06)
  • St. Andrew's School
    School Board Member (1997-00); Auction Committee (1996-02)
  • Pediatric Oncology Resource Team
    Board of Directors (1996-99)
  • Michigan Women's Foundation
    Solicitation Committee (1996-97)
  • United Way of West Michigan
    Account Executive (1995-96); Team Leader Capital Campaign (1996-97)
  • Stepping Stones Montesorri School
    Fundraising Committee (1993-96); Auction Committee (1994-96)
  • University Club
    Board of Directors (1995-98)
  • Sisters of the Order of St. Dominic of Grand Rapids
    Financing Advisory Committee (1990-00)

Speaking Engagements

  • Cloud Agreements - Dos, Don'ts and Gotchas (May 4, 2016)
  • Reviewing Software Licensing Contracts Webinar (August 13, 2013)
  • Software Audits and Licensing, cosponsored seminar with CDH (November and April 2004)
  • Technology and the Law, cosponsored seminar with ISG and BDO Seidman (September 2004)
  • Technology 101, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce (September 2004)
  • Protecting Your Idea, Start-Up Central (May 3, 2004)
  • RFIs, RFQs, and RFPs, National Association of Purchasing Management - Greater Grand Rapids, Inc. (October 14, 2003)
  • Art and the Law, Calvin College (April 2000-2005)

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