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.



J.D., Washington & Lee University School of LawLexington, Virginia, May 2004

  • Completed courses in intellectual property, technology, and the Internet, which included detailed study of Internet regulation and cybercrime; the FDA approval process for new drugs and devices; and enforcement, defense, and prosecution of patents and trademarks
  • Negotiations competition finalist
  • U.S. News & World Reports Top 20 Law School in the U.S., 2001 – 2004

M.S. in Information Science, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, Arkansas, anticipated completion 2019

  • Coursework in machine learning, information theory, systems analysis and design, data visualization, and entity resolution
  • Master’s thesis uses machine learning to perform clustering, topic modeling, and sentiment analyses on legislation passed by the 91st Arkansas Legislature (in progress)

B.S. in Computer Systems Engineering, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, 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



  • Panelist, Current Legal Issues in Higher Education: Medical Marijuana Update, University of Arkansas System (November 2, 2017)
  • Wearables and Cloud-Based Data Collection in Clinical Trials, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (October 27, 2017) (continuing medical education)
    Presenter, Introduction to Intellectual Property, Henderson State University School of Business (October 22, 2013)
  • Presenter, Insurance Bad Faith Law in Arkansas, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association Personal Injury Seminar (June 7, 2013)
  • Presenter, Introduction to Intellectual Property, Arkadelphia High School (February 12, 2013)
  • Presenter, Countering Low Speed Defenses with Objective Evidence of Injury, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, Eureka Springs, Arkansas (May 3, 2012)
  • Presenter (via videoconference), Digitizing X-Rays: How to Ensure that Objective Evidence of Permanent Injury can be Presented to the Jury, Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (June 16, 2011)
  • Presenter, In-House Insurance Defense Counsel: Unauthorized Practice of Law and Fatal Conflict of Interest, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association Insurance CLE, Little Rock, Arkansas (March 17, 2011)
  • Presenter, In-House Insurance Defense Counsel: Permissible Cost Saving Measure or Impermissible Conflict of Interest? Arkansas Trial Lawyer’s Association Personal Injury CLE, Little Rock, Arkansas (June 18, 2010)
  • Presenter, In-House Insurance Defense Counsel: Permissible Cost Saving Measure or Impermissible Conflict of Interest? Arkansas Bar Annual Meeting, Hot Springs, Arkansas (June 10, 2010)
  • Presenter, Digitizing the Modern Law Office, Arkansas Bar’s Best of CLE, Springdale, Arkansas (June 30, 2009)
  • Presenter, Digitizing the Modern Law Office, Arkansas Bar Annual Meeting, Hot Springs, Arkansas (June 11, 2009)


Associate General Counsel, Research Contracts

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

  • Primary liaison between academic medical center researchers and biomedical industry partners involved in fundamental and human subject research
  • Draft, negotiate, and develop templates for contracts involving clinical trials, informed consent, data use, material transfer, grants, software licensing, confidentiality, and procurement of goods and services, and provide transactional risk assessments and risk mitigation recommendations when appropriate
  • Maintain institutional compliance with state and federal law and government regulations pertaining to research, including Medicare/Medicaid, HIPAA, HITECH, export control, debarment, and Stark Law and other anti-kickback statutes
  • Work closely and collaboratively with numerous senior officers on campus, including those in HIPAA, export control, technology transfer, bioinformatics, sponsored programs, IT security, and institutional review board offices
  • Provide training to researchers and support staff and recommend new policies and procedures to the University of Arkansas System on emerging issues in health law, including medical marijuana, wearable devices in clinical trials, and privacy issues relating to cloud technologies
  • Design process workflows for contract and clinical trial intake and routing, including workflows relating to data management, IT security, export control, and the use of fitness trackers, phones, and other mobile technology in human subject research
  • Negotiate intellectual property rights between pharmaceutical and medical device companies and the State of Arkansas
  • Respond to threats of intellectual property infringement from third parties against research and academic staff
  • Developed a proof-of-concept machine learning dashboard for staff to properly classify incoming contracts and for attorneys to identify potentially missing topics in agreements
  • Implemented a contractual network to administer a $42 million NIH grant for pediatric clinical trials across 17+ sites throughout the United States

Registered Patent Attorney & Systems Administrator

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

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

  • Represented clients during all phases of federal and state intellectual property and other civil litigation, including appellate argument, first-chair 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 other confidential contract negotiations
  • Prosecuted 50+ patent applications and 150+ trademark applications, and wrote custom software automating notification of changes in IP prosecution and renewal status
  • Served in the capacity of general counsel for a company with franchisees in 36 states; managed litigation and discovery by outside counsel and conducted statutory and regulatory surveys in other venues
  • Represented successful local option ballot initiative campaigns in at least six Arkansas counties, which involved counseling large volunteer groups on organizational structure, signature gathering, fundraising, accounting, ethics compliance, petition preparation, and document coordination
  • 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 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
  • Resolved healthcare and other liens with CMS, ERISA plans, and other insurers
  • Shared responsibility for accounting, billing, interviewing and hiring, task delegation, IT support, and other managerial aspects of the firms
  • Designed, implemented, and maintained computer networks for two different law firms having 10+ employees

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