John Yates is chair of the Technology Group of the Atlanta-based law firm, Morris, Manning & Martin LLP. He has been practicing exclusively in this area for over 30 years and is internationally recognized in the technology, ecommerce, new media and internet law fields. His firm represents tech companies in all stages of growth and is a leader in representing clients in venture capital, private equity, IPOs and M&A transactions. Mr. Yates has held numerous leadership positions in technology associations and has served on the Board of Advisors of many technology companies in the U.S. and abroad. He co-founded several non-profit associations, including the Southeastern Software Association (SSA), the CEO Council, and the Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA). Mr. Yates is co-chair of the Technology Council of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and also serves on the Chamber’s Board. In addition to being a frequent speaker at major technology organizations, Mr. Yates has authored hundreds of articles and was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in Kodak vs. Image Technical Services. Mr. Yates is frequently quoted in business publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and the Atlanta Business Chronicle. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, and his J.D. from Duke University and serves on the Board of Visitors at the Duke University School of Law and Board of Trustees of Furman University. Mr. Yates is also the chair of the 2013 NCAA Final Four Basketball Tournament to be held in Atlanta in April 2013.