Cheryl Burtzel is a Partner in the Austin, Texas law firm of Duggins Wren Mann & Romero, LLP. Cheryl has extensive experience in leading cross-functional, global teams in complex technology transactions, policy development and implementation, crisis management and regulatory compliance. Her background includes negotiating transactions valued at up to $6.5 Billion in the energy, utilities, communications, digital media and healthcare industry sectors. Cheryl’s clients include technology companies as well as private and public sector entities procuring technology. In addition, she has led development and implementation of efforts to address data breach incidents and compliance with privacy regulations. Cheryl has worked on key public-private partnerships in the healthcare and technology sectors and on transactions and compliance matters in Australia, Canada, Europe, Mexico and Asia. Prior to returning to private practice, Cheryl was a member of the Global Legal Team at Dell, Inc. for eight years. She was a Legal Director for a $9.5 billion business unit of Dell, Inc. serving the Public Sector, Education, and Healthcare. The role included serving as a member of the business unit’s executive management team. Other assignments at the company included service as part of the company’s Government Relations team. Among other company awards, Cheryl received the Dell CFO Award for her contributions to a key GSA Schedule transaction.
Cheryl’s public service includes serving as Section Chief for Government Contracts for the Texas Attorney General’s Office and as a technology transfer professional for the Engineering Program for the Texas A&M University System. She incorporated and was a co-founder of the Texas Technology Transfer Association, a professional association for university technology transfer professionals. Cheryl also served on the staff of then State Senator Chet Edwards, where she worked on a package of legislation on technology and economic development including requirements for intellectual property policies and technology transfer at Texas universities.
A frequent speaker and author, Cheryl is active in the leadership of the American Bar Association. She is a Vice Chair of the State and Local Division of the Public Contracts Section and a Co-Chair of the Enterprise Technology Subcommittee for the Cyberspace Law Committee of the Business Law Section. Cheryl is passionate about healthcare and privacy issues, as well as healthcare information technology. She is a member of the Texas eHealth Alliance, as well as other community and professional organizations. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1985. Cheryl also earned both a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin in four years.