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Brian R. Balow

Brian R. Balow

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

(248) 642-6212 p / (248) 642-7791 f

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Brian R. Balow is a Member of Dawda, Mann, Mulcahy & Sadler, PLC. He concentrates his practice in the areas of domestic and international transactional law, IP protection and licensing, information technology/cyberlaw, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions.  He has represented clients in numerous industries, including factory automation, automotive, apparel, heavy machinery, healthcare, publishing, agriculture, telecommunications, and tax-exempt nonprofits.  For more than 15 years Mr. Balow has represented a Fortune 50 manufacturing company on a wide range of technology transactions, including licenses, joint development agreements, strategic alliances, joint ventures, and outsourcing deals. Mr. Balow has skills in counseling clients regarding state and federal trademark and copyright protection including licensing, drafting and filing federal and state trademark applications and responding to the United States Patent and Trademark Office actions.

Mr. Balow has served as both inside and outside general counsel to clients, routinely advising on risk management and governance matters.  He has assisted U.S. clients in the formation of subsidiary entities and strategic alliances in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Japan, Argentina, and China, and played a lead role in the development of an IP asset management system for a Malaysian multinational energy company. Mr. Balow has also helped to develop, manage, and implement international trademark licensing programs for two clients with well-known brand identities.

Mr. Balow regularly counsels clients across the United States on health, IT and telemedicine-related matters, and has spoken and written extensively on these issues.  He is a member of the HIMSS Connected Health Committee and the mHIMSS Roadmap Task force.  In addition to other writings, he contributed the chapter entitled “Allocation and Mitigation of Liability” to the ABA Health Law Section’s “E-Health, Privacy, and Security Law” treatise.  He is also currently the Board President of Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center, a substance use disorder program.

Mr. Balow earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Georgia in 1988 where he served as the Managing Editor of the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, and his B.A. in Urban Studies from Western Michigan University in 1980. Mr. Balow also did graduate work in Economics at Wayne State University.

Mr. Balow’s Areas of Specialization Include:

Information Technology
Technology Transactions
Commercial Transactions
Corporate Governance
International Transactions
Non- Profit Organizations
Intellectual Property
Mergers and Acquisitions
Health Care
Franchise and Distribution

Bar Admissions

Michigan, 1998


Top Lawyer: Copyright Law, Information Technology Law – DBusiness, 2018

Top Lawyer: Intellectual Property and Patent Law – DBusiness, 2017

Listed in Leading Lawyer: Computer & Technology Law, Copyright & Trademark Law, Data Privacy, Intellectual Property Law – Since 2014

Presentations and Publications


Author, “Strategies for Managing Data Protection and Breaches,” Inside the Minds: Data Protection and Privacy. Aspatore, 2009

Co-Author, “Concerns Over Internet Privacy Reignited in 2010,” Michigan Bar Journal, July 2011

Co-Author, “When HHS Calls, You Should Answer,” Journal of Health Care Compliance, May – June 2011

Co-Author, “Revisions to Telemedicine Credentialing and Privileging Rules,” Journal of Health Care Compliance, July – August 2011

Author, “Allocation and Mitigation of Liability,” chapter included in E-Health, Privacy, and Security Law, BNA/ABA Health Law Section treatise (2nd Ed. December 2011)


Presenter , “Social Media, Healthcare and the Law: Developing a Social Media Policy,” 2010 HIMSS MIDWEST FALL TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE, Minneapolis, MN, Oct. 17-19, 2010

Automation Alley Seminar, Presenter, “Legal Aspects of HIT Security and Privacy,” February 2011

“Social Media, Healthcare, and the Law,” presentation to the directors of the Beacon Community (via webinar), May 13, 2011.

“Social Media, Healthcare, and the Law,” Wiring Michigan conference, May 18, 2011.

DW co-sponsored webinar on “Implications of ACO Regulations”.

“EHR Contracts and Regulations: What Rural Health Care Providers Must Know,” Rural HIT Vendor Fair (sponsored by MCEITA), August 2011.

Presenter, “Social Media, Healthcare and the Law: Developing a Social Media Policy,” 2011 HIMSS MIDWEST FALL TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE, Indianapolis, IN, Nov. 15-16, 2011

Presenter, “Social Media, Healthcare and the Law: Developing a Social Media Policy,” 2012 National HIMSS Conference, Las Vegas, NV, February 2012.

Presenter, “FDA Regulation of Mobile Health Devices,” OnlineTech Webinar, June 2012

Presenter, “mHealth Legal and Regulatory Landscape,” 2012 Health IT Innovation Summit sponsored by California-Southern Chapter of HIMSS, Yorba Linda, CA, June 2012

Presenter , EXECUTIVE OFFICER LEADERSHIP SUMMIT OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF STATE BOARDS OF NURSING, Coeur D’Alene, Idaho,  on (i) social media as an effective tool for communication including a live demonstration, (ii) general privacy and legal issues with social media as they impacting nursing, (iii) legal risks and rights for state Boards of Nursing, and (iv) social media implementation and related concerns, June 19, 2012.

Presenter , “To be BYOD or not to be BYOD: Is a “Bring your own device” Policy Right for Your Organization?”, MICHIGAN HIMSS Conference on HITECH Status in Michigan: Navigating the Future of Electronic Health Records, Sept. 25, 2012.

Presenter , “Bring Your Own Device: Policy Drafting and Best Practices Within The Legal Framework”, SECUREWORLD EXPO – DETROIT, Oct. 3, 2012.

Presenter, “BYOD: Now Please Make if Work!”, 2012 HIMSS mHealth Summit, Washington, DC, Dec. 5, 2012.

Presenter, “Mobile Devices: The Legal Landscape and Adopting Appropriate Policies,” 2013 National HIMSS Conference, New Orleans, LA, March 5, 2013

Presenter, “No More Excuses – HHS Releases Tough Final HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules,” 2013 Michigan Connects Conference, Lansing, MI, June 6, 2013

Panelist, “Clearing the Fog in the mHealth Landscape,” 2013 INNO-VENTION Conference, Troy, MI, November 7, 2013

Moderator, “Telehealth and the Virtualization of Healthcare,” 2013 HIMSS mHealth Summit, Washington, D.C., December 11, 2013

Panelist, “Mobile Health Roundtable,” 2014 Michigan HIMSS Chapter Fall Conference and Golf Outing, September 15-17 at the Inn at St. Johns in Plymouth, MI.

Co-Presenter, “The mHealth Policy Conundrum: Keeping Pace with Technology,” HIMSS15 Mobile Health Symposium, Chicago, IL, April 12, 2015 (invited/paid presenter).

Presenter, “Privacy and Regulatory Issues in Healthcare,” Connecting Michigan For Health Conference, Lansing, MI, June 5, 2015

Pending, Presenter, “International Healthcare Data Exchange: Practical Legal Impacts on Interoperability and Patient Care,” Midwest Fall Technology Conference, Detroit, MI, October 27, 2015


Chairman, Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center Board of Directors

Pro bono counsel, Michigan Children’s Law Center

Member, HIMSS mHealth Committee

Member, HIMSS Roadmap Task Force

Member, HIMSS Legal and Policy Task Force

Member, Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services Privacy Workgroup

Member, Michigan Department of Community Health Standard Consent Form Workgroup

Board of Directors, Automation Alley, 2006-2010

Board of Directors, St. Anne’s Mead Assisted Living, 2001-2003