Alan J. Hartman heads the firm’s Technology Law Practice Group, and is partner-in-charge of the firm’s Cincinnati, Ohio office. He provides a broad range of legal services to technology companies and other businesses. Alan’s motto is “Taking the business approach to legal issues, not the legal approach to business issues!”
In 1983, Alan became in-house counsel for Cincom Systems, Inc., a large privately held software company headquartered in Cincinnati. From 1993-1996, Alan served as Cincom's General Counsel and managed the company's legal department. In 1996, he became the first in-house counsel for LanVision Systems, Inc. (now Streamline Health Solutions, Inc.), a publicly held software company in Cincinnati, serving as the company's Vice President and General Counsel. In 1998, Alan opened his own private practice and developed a successful practice focused on the legal issues affecting computer, Internet, and information technology businesses. In January 2001, he joined Dressman Benzinger LaVelle to establish and grow its technology practice group.Alan and his wife, Jann, live in Fort Thomas, Kentucky. They have four children, and one grandchild. He is active in his church, serving his parish as a commissioned lay pastoral minister, and participating in and facilitating various parish activities. He coaches his youngest son's soccer team. Alan is also a Trustee and President of Franciscans Network, a nonprofit corporation that supports Franciscans and other men and women who work to promote and protect human rights throughout the world. He is a member of the Christian Legal Society, the International Technology Law Association, the Cincinnati Intellectual Property Law Association, and The Circuit-Cincinnati's Digital Connection. He serves on the Advisory Board for UpTech LLC (an informatics business accelerator), the Dean's Advisory Board for the College of Informatics of Northern Kentucky University, and the Board of Advisors for the Transactional Law Practice Center of Northern Kentucky University's Chase College of Law.
J.D., Salmon P. Chase College of Law (1978)Duns Scotus College (with honors, 1974)
“E-Contracts: Is It Time to Sign On?”; Business Courier, October 11, 2002.
“Know What Your Firm’s Trade Secrets Are, Then Protect Them”; Business Courier, June 24, 2005.
“Web Sites – Legal Nuts and Bolts”; Northern Kentucky Builder, November 2005.
“Legal Aspects are a Vital Part of Web Site”; Fine Print (an Ohio State Bar Association Publication), Fall 2008.
“A Legal Check-up: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”; Business Courier, May 22, 2009 (co-authored with Katie N. Koch).
“Electronic Medical Records: Protecting Your Patient’s Privacy”; Counsel to Counsel Health Care Alert (A Martindale-Hubbell Publication), February 22, 2010.
"Top Five Legal Mistakes Small Businesses Make"; Fine Print (an Ohio State Bar Association Publication), Summer 2010.
"An FTC Violation in One Hundred and Forty Characters (or Less)"; Law You Can Use (an Ohio State Bar Association Publication), 2012 (co-authored with Katie N. Koch).“Use Your Trademarks Wisely, and They’ll Serve You Well”; Fine Print (an Ohio State Bar Association Publication), 2013.
“The Advantages of Electronic Contracting”; Management Roundtable Presentation, The Circuit, 2003.
“Your Client’s Web Site: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt Them”; The World Wide Web Symposium, Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law, 2003.
“Using IT as a Strategic Imperative: Leading Business & Legal Practices”; Kentucky Hospital Association Annual Convention, 2006.
“e-Prescription and EMR Donations”; Healthcare Financial Management Association Annual Summer Educational Institute, 2009."Meaningful Use Regulations - Boon or Boondoggle?"; Kentucky Hospital Association Annual Convention, 2010.