Welcome to the ZwillGen PLLC blog, offering the perspective of experienced Internet Lawyers on breaking legal issues in the technology sphere.
For over 13 years, ZwillGen lawyers have investigated, litigated and counseled on a wide-range of internet issues including cybercrime, information security, privacy, surveillance, subpoena compliance, online marketing, behavioral advertising, internet gambling, satellite and videogame piracy, intellectual property theft, and more. Having worked as federal prosecutors and run practice groups at the nation’s largest law firms, the founders of ZwillGen can bring to bear years of experience helping the nation’s most reputable Internet companies address their highest profile issues while offering competitive pricing that allows the firm to efficiently handle day-to-day legal concerns. This is their blog.
Information on the ZwillGen practice including attorney bios, areas of expertise, pricing options, and much more can be found on the official website www.zwillgen.com.
Zwillgen Blog Contributors
About Aaron Altschuler
Aaron advises on legal and public policy issues related to government and third party requests for user data, including issues related to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”) and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (“FISA”). He assists Internet companies and other clients with their compliance obligations and transparency reports related to the use and disclosure of user information.
About Abby Liebeskind
Abby’s practice focuses on the legal issues that companies face related to user data and the obligations that arise under ECPA, FISA, the DMCA, and similar foreign laws; she also has experience with child exploitation matters. She frequently advises clients on how to respond to requests for user data or electronic surveillance from domestic and foreign law enforcement, as well as content take-down requests and third party requests in civil litigation. Abby also assists clients as they establish law enforcement compliance programs and transparency reporting.
About Alexei Klestoff
Alexei Klestoff’s practice focuses on representing clients in a variety of privacy, consumer protection, and e-commerce matters through counseling, litigation, responding to FTC and state Attorneys General investigations, and developing compliance programs. Alexei advises clients on methods to mitigate legal risks associated with new products and services, and also represents clients in complex litigation and regulatory investigations involving false advertising, unfair competition, and privacy claims.
About Amy Mushahwar
Amy Mushahwar is a data privacy and security attorney with more than 15 years experience in the technology industry in both legal and technical capacities. She regularly advises on regulatory issues involving e-commerce and information security, such as, the use of mobile platforms in banking transactions, online payment platforms and PCI compliance for payment cards. Additionally, Amy has considerable experience assisting companies of all sizes with establishing information security programs from the ground up and helping companies with established security programs update their information security risk management posture.
About Anna Hsia
Anna Hsia maintains a diverse practice litigating complex business disputes and counseling clients on privacy issues. With broad litigation experience in unfair competition, false advertising, class actions, and other complex litigation, Anna guides clients through disputes in federal and state courts. As a Certified Information Privacy Professional, Anna has assisted clients with product development and compliance with privacy regulations such as the TCPA, HIPAA, COPPA, state-specific privacy regulations, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, and the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
About Anna Myers
Anna works with ZwillGen attorneys on a variety of privacy & technology legal matters. Prior to joining ZwillGen, Anna was a Westin Fellow with the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). During her time at the IAPP, she focused on emerging privacy and technology issues in the U.S. and Europe and developed related publications, tools, and practice guides. Anna also worked at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, the Network Advertising Initiative, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Privacy, Transparency and Records.
About Bart Huff
Bart's practice focuses on representing clients on many areas related to online content and services, including criminal and internal investigations, internet privacy and security litigation, theft of trade secrets, compliance obligations relating to the use and disclosure of customer and subscriber information, and gaming law. Before ZwillGen, Bart was an AUSA in Chicago, prosecuting federal crimes including white collar fraud, securities and other regulatory violations, and computer and internet related crimes. Bart tried 18 jury trials and briefed and argued numerous appeals before the Seventh Circuit.
About Jake Sommer
Jacob Sommer's practice focuses on legal issues related to Internet-based services and social networking, with a focus on protecting client's rights in litigation or government investigations involving the Copyright Act, Lanham Act, Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"), Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”), the Wiretap and Communication Acts, CAN-SPAM, FISA and federal and state laws governing Internet gambling. He also helps social networks, search engines, e-mail providers, ISPs and other clients fulfill their compliance obligations pertaining to the discovery and disclosure of customer and subscriber information.
About Jeff Landis
Jeff’s practice focuses on representing clients in litigation and government investigations, with a particular focus on defending companies in complex class action lawsuits. He also assists clients in responding to formal investigations and informal inquiries conducted by the FTC, DOJ and states’ Attorney General Offices. Jeff has extensive experience in all aspects of civil litigation, including serving as trial counsel for both plaintiffs and defendants in matters pending before judges, juries, and arbitration panels.
About Jon Frankel
Jon Frankel has been advising clients on privacy, data security, e-commerce, intellectual property and litigation matters for more than 15 years. Jon provides practical advice to mitigate privacy and data security risks and helps clients navigate a myriad of complex data collection, use and sharing cases. Jon advises on health and children’s privacy; email, SMS and telemarketing; mobile applications; user generated content; contests, promotions, and sweepstakes, online gaming; and requests from law enforcement. Prior to joining ZwillGen, Jon was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Bingham McCutchen, LLP, where he co-chaired the Privacy and Security Group.
About Kandi Parsons
Kandi counsels clients on privacy and data security issues, online and general advertising, and marketing practices, including COPPA compliance, student privacy, and the Internet of Things. Kandi advises companies on collecting, protecting, and using consumer data and helps them develop and implement comprehensive privacy and security programs. Drawing on her tenure at the FTC, Kandi assists clients in responding to FTC and state AG enforcement actions. Prior to joining ZwillGen, Kandi spent eight years in the FTC’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection. While at the FTC, Kandi served on detail for six months to the United States Senate, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
About Kelsey Harclerode
Prior to joining ZwillGen, Kelsey interned at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) where she worked with attorneys on emerging digital liberties issues related to privacy and speech. At EFF, she focused on the constitutionality of the USA FREEDOM Act and the role of the First Amendment in the regulation of social media content and non-consensual intimate media sharing. During the fall of 2015, she worked as a Certified Legal Intern in Florida’s Eighth Judicial Circuit and served as co-counsel on two criminal cases.
About Ken Dreifach
Ken counsels clients on complex issues involving information privacy and data law, online liability, consumer regulatory and gaming law, including regulatory response, and adherence to self-regulatory guidelines for online advertising. Ken has had more than twenty years of experience in high-profile regulatory, in-house and private practice roles, including as Chief of the New York Attorney General’s Internet Bureau. He is one of the nation’s leading authorities on the relationship between emerging advertising technologies and online privacy.
About Marc Zwillinger
Marc is the founder and managing member of ZwillGen PLLC and has been regularly providing advice and counsel on issues related to the increasingly complex laws governing Internet practices, including issues related to Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”), the Wiretap and Communication Acts, privacy, CAN-SPAM, FISA, spyware, adware, Internet gambling and adult-oriented content. He also helps Internet Service Providers and other clients comply with their compliance obligations pertaining to the discovery and disclosure of customer and subscriber information.
About Marci Rozen
Marci counsels companies on a wide variety of issues involving privacy, cybersecurity, and information law. She routinely helps companies evaluate and develop corporate privacy and information security programs, and provides advice on matters involving cross-border data transfers, insider threat prevention and detection, cloud computing, and electronic surveillance. Marci also assist clients in responding to data breaches, including issuing breach notifications required under state and federal breach notification laws, advising on remediation efforts, and handling litigation and enforcement actions arising from data security incidents.
About Mason Weisz
Mason helps clients navigate a constantly shifting web of domestic and international laws regulating data collection, marketing, data sharing, computer crime, data security, electronic surveillance, online content, children’s privacy, financial privacy, information management, and other areas of privacy and Internet law. A former web designer, he has extensive experience with issues relating to digital media, new technology and e-commerce.
About Melissa Maalouf
Melissa Maalouf’s practice focuses on advising a broad range of clients, from start-ups to established companies, on both U.S. and international data privacy and security issues. Melissa assists clients in drafting appropriate website disclosures, implementing legally-compliant e-commerce flows, responding to FTC Section 5 and state AG enforcement actions, analyzing advertising claims, and children’s online privacy and safety issues. She also regularly helps clients obtain certification under the EU-US Safe Harbor and navigate compliance with divergent international privacy laws.
About Nick Jackson
Nick’s practice focuses on representing clients in complex litigation in federal and state courts, including the defense of class action lawsuits. Nick has represented clients in matters involving federal privacy statutes, constitutional privacy rights, intellectual property, contractual disputes, and federal and state securities laws. He also assists clients in responding to investigations by federal and state regulators, as well as handling demands for user data. In addition, he has counseled clients on the privacy, intellectual property and litigation-related aspects of significant commercial transactions.
About Nury Siekkinen
Nury's practice focuses on litigating complex commercial cases in federal, state, and bankruptcy courts, including defending companies against class action lawsuits. She has represented clients in matters involving the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”), the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”), Michigan Video Rental Privacy Act (“VRPA”), the Illinois Biometrics Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”), and state privacy and unfair competition laws. Nury also advises clients on matters related to overseas litigation and foreign criminal investigations.
About Stacey Brandenburg
Stacey advises clients on a wide range of privacy and data security issues. A veteran of the Federal Trade Commission’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, Stacey assists clients in responding to FTC investigations involving potential violations of Section 5 of the FTC Act, the FTC’s advertising guidelines, and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). She also helps clients respond to investigations by State Attorneys General. Stacey helps clients implement sound security and privacy practices and provides compliance training to employees. Stacey is on the faculty at American University’s Washington College of Law, where she teaches on technology and privacy-related issues.
About Wendy Everette
Wendy received her J.D. from the George Mason University School of Law, where she graduated cum laude with a concentration in National Security Law, and her B.A. from Wellesley College, in Media Arts and Sciences.
Before joining ZwillGen, Wendy interned at the FCC in the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau’s Cybersecurity and Communications Reliability Division and the Enforcement Bureau’s Investigations and Hearings Division, as well as at NTIA’s Office of Policy Analysis and Development. She was also an intern at the FTC in Commissioner Ohlhausen’s office.