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Brian Heller

Brian Heller business lawyer Washington D.C.

Attorney, Member of the Firm
Phone: 202-365-3940 
Email: bheller@outsidegc.com
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Brian Heller has over 20 years of experience as a lawyer and business development executive in the digital media and technology space, including work for Shearman & Sterling, Akin Gump, AOL, and private equity owned startups.

Brian’s clients at Outside GC include, among others:

  • Gannett (digital media, including USATODAY.com &  100+ local news sites)
  • Idio (cloud based content management tools)
  • Messari (crypto currency news, indexes and tools)
  • Revulytics (b2b data analytics and piracy detection software)
  • Pivotal Software (cloud based big data tools)
  • ZyLAB (eDiscovery SaaS and On Prem software) 
  • Ascena (retail giant, including Ann Taylor, Dress Barn, Justice, etc.) 
  • MEDNAX (a national leader in medical services)
  • Urgent.ly (the Uber of roadside services and towing) 
  • Centerline BioMedical (commercializing 3D GPS-like surgical navigation technology) 
  • CDN Publishing (price guides for rare coins and collectibles, including the “greysheet”)
  • ParkJockey (parking revenue management software and

Brian’s work includes drafting and negotiating a wide variety of agreements related to:

  • SaaS
  • software licensing
  • digital media
  • social media
  • cloud services
  • mobile apps
  • virtual reality (VR)
  • crypto currencies
  • renewable energy
  • online advertising
  • terms of use / terms of service
  • privacy policies
  • GDPR (DPAs)
  • content licensing
  • data licensing
  • consulting
  • marketing
  • resellers
  • affiliate marketing
  • distribution
  • hosting and development
  • other technology agreements.

Before joining Outside GC, Brian was in charge of all legal and corporate/business development matters for GlobalSpec, a private equity owned b2b web business, where he served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Business Development. Brian left the company after successfully helping GlobalSpec find a buyer and sell for $135mm.

Prior to GlobalSpec, Brian worked for AOL for 12 years in senior legal and business development roles. As Assistant General Counsel at AOL, he managed a team of 6 attorneys and 4 paralegals responsible for negotiating and drafting all advertising, e-commerce and search related transactions, worth approximately $1 billion in annual revenue. As VP Business Development at AOL, he managed a team of 13 people that supported all transactions for all of AOL’s web content properties, negotiating and closing over 400 deals per year for over 75 different websites & brands.

Before AOL, Brian worked as a corporate lawyer for Akin Gump in Washington, DC, doing general corporate transactional legal work, including IPOs, debt offerings, joint ventures, and a wide variety of commercial transactions.

Brian started his career as a corporate lawyer at Shearman & Sterling in NYC, where he specialized in drafting and negotiating project finance transactions and multi-bank syndicated loans up to $1 billion, including a loan to Michael Jackson to finance production of certain MTV videos.

Brian has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a JD from Boston University, where he graduated cum laude in the top 10% of his class.

Brian is originally from Shaker Heights, Ohio (near Cleveland), and has lived in Michigan, Boston, New York City and Washington, DC. He now lives in Vienna, Virginia with his wife, Stacey (who is also a lawyer for Outside GC) and their two kids. He spends his free time serving as an advisor to several startups, ventures and non-profits. One of these non-profits, Chess 4 Charity, Inc. (www.Chess4Charity.org), was created by his children, so he holds the unenviable position of working for his kids!