Jacob T. Tewes

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Mr. Tewes is an associate in the firm’s Corporate Department. Mr. Tewes practiced law in Yankton, South Dakota and then earned an LL.M. in Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law from the University of Nebraska before joining Kutak Rock. As a member of the Intellectual Property & Information Technology Group, Mr. Tewes regularly drafts and negotiates technologically complex transactions. Mr. Tewes is also a member of the Data Security and Privacy Practice Group, where he focuses on cybersecurity, data privacy, and emerging technologies. His unique academic and professional background enables Mr. Tewes to fulfill his clients’ short-term transactional needs while laying the groundwork for long-term success in dynamic and competitive business environments. Representative work includes:

  • Drafting and negotiating software and hardware development, integration, and acquisition agreements
  • Drafting and negotiating intellectual property transfers and licenses
  • Drafting and negotiating non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements
  • Drafting and negotiating agreements for consulting and other professional services
  • Advising clients on legal developments in cybersecurity and data privacy at the state, federal, and international level, including breach notification laws, FTC guidance and enforcement, voluntary frameworks such as the NIST framework, and binding regulations such as GDPR.
  • Advising clients on legal risks and solutions relating to cybersecurity, data privacy, and emerging technologies
  • Performing due diligence for mergers & acquisitions, vendor and supplier agreements, and other corporate transactions
  • Drafting and helping clients implement robust cybersecurity and data privacy policies
  • Auditing organizational compliance with laws, regulations, orders, and internal policies relating to cybersecurity and data privacy

A certified private and remote pilot, Jacob is also keenly interested in all aspects of aviation. His extensive work on data security, privacy, and physical security risks related to drones and counter-drone technology during his LL.M. uniquely qualifies him to address difficult issues in that arena. He is a member of the ABA Forum on Air & Space Law and an original member of its Drone Subcommittee.


  • "Junhong: Aviation, Admiralty, and Space Pirates," 29 The Air & Space Lawyer 2, June 2016, p. 2.
  •  “Flytenow v. FAA: Perez and the Uber Problem,” Feb. 2016, ABA Young Lawyers Division - Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Winter 2016 Newsletter.