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Van Lindberg is a software engineer and practicing attorney. What he does most, though, is translate - from "lawyer" to "engineer" and back. He likes working with both computer code and legal code to get things done.
Before becoming a lawyer, Van was a research and development engineer at NTT/Verio, building automation tools and distributed systems, mostly in Python. He has been involved with open source since 1994, when a friend introduced him to Linux.
Currently, Van works for Haynes and Boone, a law firm headquartered in Dallas. Van's work at Haynes and Boone touches both traditional intellectual property and the emerging field of open source law, where he advises businesses and open source groups on intellectual property issues.