Nathan P. Chaney

As a computer engineer, patent lawyer, and data scientist, I enjoy using data to inform project management decisions. Over the past 10 years, I’ve worked continually on data aggregation and visualization solutions for a wide range of projects including case management, intellectual property and insurance litigation, elections, and clinical trial processes. My decade as a trial attorney taught me it is easier to convey complex concepts to experts and laypeople alike by using visual explanations. I’m currently enrolled in a postgraduate degree program for information science in order to stay up to date on the latest techniques in AI-assisted data exploration and visualization.




University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, Arkansas

Washington & Lee University School of LawLexington, Virginia

  • Juris Doctor, May 2004
  • Completed courses in intellectual property, technology, and the Internet, which included detailed study of the FDA approval process, clinical trials for drugs and devices, patents, and trademarks
  • Negotiations competition finalist
  • U.S. News & World Reports Top 20 Law School in the U.S., 2001 – 2004

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Systems Engineering, May 2001
  • Full academic scholarship plus stipend
  • Led two senior design projects involving the design of a pipeline architecture processor and a web interface for course registration
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity
  • New Greek Council




Associate General Counsel, Research Contracts

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas, January 2016 – present

  • Point of contact in a medical university setting for researchers, sponsors, and contract research organizations involved in basic research and clinical trials
  • Draft, review, and negotiate research-related contracts, including clinical trial agreements, material transfer agreements, and confidentiality agreements, among others
  • Negotiate intellectual property rights between drug and medical device companies and the State of Arkansas
  • Assist researchers in maintaining compliance with state and federal law and government regulations pertaining to research

Registered Patent Attorney & Systems Administrator

Chaney Law Firm, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, July 2009 – January 2016

Henry Law Firm, Fayetteville, Arkansas, September 2004 – June 2009

  • Argued and briefed patent cases before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Represented clients during all phases of federal and state intellectual property and commercial litigation, including active trial participation, court appearances, motion practice, discovery, settlement conferences, client intake and status meetings, and initial case investigation
  • Counseled clients in complex business transactions, including intellectual property licenses and transfers, corporate formations, asset sales, license agreements, domain name transfers, new software development utilizing open source components, and confidential contract negotiations
  • Shouldered primary responsibility for preparation, prosecution, and oversight of firms’ portfolio of 40+ patents and 160+ trademarks, including custom software that automates notification of changes in IP prosecution and renewal status
  • Wrote custom software to map town locations for 30,000+ phone calls to identify the geographic scope of a bait-and-switch marketing scheme, which assisted in obtaining preliminary injunctive relief and a six-figure judgment against the infringer
  • Wrote proof-of-technology software in connection with a successful Arkansas Court of Appeals election that identified voters for canvassing
  • Designed, implemented, and maintained the computer network for a law firm having 10+ employees
  • Shared responsibility for accounting, billing, interviewing, task delegation, and other managerial aspects of the firm’s practice

Patent Agent, Law Clerk, & Systems Administrator, Chaney Law Firm, P.A., Arkadelphia, Arkansas, May 2002 – August 2004

  • Wrote successful administrative appeals
  • Drafted patents, contracts, assignments, pleadings, and other documents
  • Served as an onsite systems administrator

IT Field Technician, Graylint Enterprises, Inc., Fayetteville, Arkansas, Spring 1999 – Winter 2001

  • Catered primarily to law firms as a systems administrator


  • 2011 Reader’s Choice for Best Attorney, Daily Siftings Herald, Arkadelphia, Arkansas
  • Leadership Clark County III, Clark County, Arkansas (helped establish the Clark County Farmers’ Market)
  • A Vote for Growth, Clark County Arkansas
    • Represented a Ballot Question Committee on a pro bono basis in placing on the ballot and passing, by a 56% – 44% margin, a local option ballot initiative in the November 2, 2010 general election in Clark County
    • Coordinated campaign strategies and used custom computer databases to identify voters for targeted campaign contacts
    • Conducted the committee’s new media campaign
  • Eagle Scout, Troop 24, Arkadelphia, Arkansas
    • Planned and led an Eagle Scout project to publish a booklet containing a list of all activities for children and youth in Clark County for distribution to tourists and new and existing residents by the local Chamber of Commerce and businesses, 1994


  • Developer of custom Intelection political geolocation solution software (in field testing)
  • Developer of custom Docket Dog case tracking software for Arkansas attorneys (in beta)
  • Well-versed in using subpoenas and freedom of information requests to obtain large datasets for analysis
  • Significant systems administration experience with Mac OS X and Windows
  • Customization of Time Matters case management software
  • Proficient in Javascript, MySQL, Perl, R, and PHP; experience with Python, C, C++, and other languages and systems