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Nathan W. Steed

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Nate Steed counsels organizations in technology and intellectual property law, health law and privacy and information security law. His specialty involves the acquisition and use of software and hardware and the internet of things. Having a diverse client portfolio has provided Nate with a unique perspective and exposure to a wide range of software vendors. With this knowledge, Nate solves problems and creates solutions for cutting edge applications. Yet, it’s the strategic client conversations which fuel his passion for the technology industry. In addition to his technology practice, Nate frequently speaks on maintaining compliance with state and federal privacy and information security laws.


  • Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington J.D. 2008 cum laude
  • Brigham Young University B.A. 2000 cum laude


  • 2008, Michigan

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
    Health Law Section; Intellectual Property Law Section
  • State Bar of Michigan
    Council Member, Intellectual Property Law Section (2014-Present)
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association

Teaching and Lecturing

  • Taught a Health Law and Ethics class in the Master of Public Administration program at Grand Valley State University (2010-17)


  • French


  • Serves as outside IT counsel for Spectrum Health System, the largest not-for-profit health care system in West Michigan, for all technology-related transactions, including the licensing of its clinical, human resources and informatics systems
  • Represents the Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN), the state designated health information exchange (HIE) for Michigan, in licensing software and services with sub-state HIEs and third-party vendors
  • Advises health care providers in issues related to health record privacy and accessibility, both under state law and HIPAA
  • Counsels clients regarding software audits initiated by the Business Software Alliance (BSA), Microsoft, Adobe and other major vendors
  • Assisted major automobile research division in sublicensing social media technology for use in cockpit electronic display
  • Assisted Internet start-ups in web site and software development agreements, terms of use and mobile application development
  • Advises clients on data incident response plans

Honors & Awards

  • Top Lawyer in Information Technology Law, Grand Rapids Magazine, 2021
  • Managing Editor, Indiana Law Journal


Professional Affiliations

  • American Health Lawyers Association

Community Affiliations

  • Leadership Grand Rapids (Class of 2016)
  • President Gerald R. Ford Field Service Council
    Scout Master - Venture Crew (2011-13)

Speaking Engagements

  • "Ransonware" and "Data Breach Risk," Back to School--Preparing for Legal Challenges in Higher Education Warner Webinar, July 28, 2021
  • "The Biden Admidnistration and Legal Impacts in the Workplace," ACC Michigan Virtual Program, May 13, 2021
  • "Considerations for Remote Employees," Warner Webinar, November 17, 2020
  • "Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Challenges for Employers Resulting from COVID-19," Warner Webinar, May 28, 2020
  • "Smart Contracts & Blockchain: Legal Aspects and Patent Issues Related to the Technology," 2019 West Michigan Spring Symposium, May 22, 2019, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "Contracting for Your Data Privacy and Security Needs," Industry 4.0 Security in a Tech and Data-Driven Age, May 10, 2019, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "Complying with the CCPA," and "Cybersecurity & Privacy: Lessons Learned from Data Breaches," Data Solutions Symposium - Spring 2019, April 17, 2019, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and April 23, 2019, Novi, Michigan
  • "Cloud Agreements: Do's, Don'ts, and Gotchas," Bankers Education Summit and Trade Show, Michigan Bankers Association, April 10-12, 2019, Traverse City, Michigan
  • "Cybersecurity Vendor Relationships and Protecting Your Institution from a Breach," Legal Trends and Challenges for Higher Educational Institutions Webinar, November 29, 2018
  • "General Data Protection Regulation Panel," Data Solutions Spring Symposium, April 18, 2018, Troy, Michigan
  • "Cybersecurity," Food Marketing Conference, March 20, 2018, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "When It Hits the Fan," Michigan Bankers Association IT Symposium, February 15, 2018, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "Common IS Contracts Mistakes," GVSU Executive MBA Course, January 19, 2018, Allendale, Michigan
  • "When It Rains, It Pours: How Data Breaches Can Get You Sued, and What to Do About It," The Automotive Supplier's Legal Guide to 2018: Buckle Up and Get Ready for Rapid Change, February 7, 2018, Troy, Michigan
  • "The Care and Feeding of Electronic Health Records," Healthcare Professional Graduate Student Alliance, Grand Valley State University, October 3, 2017, Allendale, Michigan
  • "When It Hits the Fan: Service Level Agreements, Data Breach and Disaster Recovery. Understanding your rights when things go wrong," Indiana IT Symposium, September 13, 2017, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • "Legal Issues Emerging from the Internet of Things" and "Protecting Yourself Legally and Responding to a Ransomware Attack," Data Solutions Spring Symposium, March 14, 2017, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and April 26, 2017, Novi, Michigan
  • "Cybersecurity - What it Means for Auto Suppliers and Implications for IP Protection," Navigating the Intersection of Today's Automotive IP and IT, OESA seminar, September 27, 2016, Troy, Michigan
  • "Cloud Agreement Dos, Don'ts and Cautions," Seattle Technology Leadership Summit, May 18, 2016, Seattle, Washington
  • "Legal Issues Emerging from the Internet of Things," 5th Annual ITMA Grand Rapids Symposium, May 12, 2016, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "Cybersecurity in the SaaS Era," CCO Roundtable, May 11, 2016, Detroit, Michigan
  • Cloud Agreements - Dos, Don'ts and Gotchas, May 4, 2016, Saginaw, Michigan
  • "Privacy & Security," The GLHC 2016 Summit Series, May 22, 2016, Lansing, Michigan
  • "Data Protection in the Cloud Era," Colorado IT Symposium, April 20, 2016, Denver, Colorado
  • "Who's Responsible: A Data Breach Case Study," and "Privacy and Security Update," Data Solutions Spring Symposium, March 11, 2016, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and April 22, 2016, Novi, Michigan
  • "Contracting for Information Security," ACC-CLO, January 2016, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "Contracting for Privacy and Security," Data Solutions Fall Symposium, October 23, 2015, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "Untangling the Web of Software Licensing," Automotive Suppliers Intellectual Property Symposium, September 3, 2015, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Data Solutions Symposium, Warner Seminar, June 24, 2015, Southfield, Michigan
  • "Untangling the Web of Software Licensing?," IP Insights for a New Era of Innovation, June 3, 2015, Novi, Michigan
  • "Dealing With Data Security," Warner HR Seminar, April 20, 2015, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • West Michigan American Records Management Association (ARMS) Spring Seminar, April 16, 2015, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Data Solutions Symposium, Warner Seminar, March 20, 2015, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Reviewing Software Licensing Contracts Webinar, August 13, 2013

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