Pam Fulmer is a partner in the firm’s San Francisco office. She has substantial experience litigating patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright infringement cases, as well as false advertising, unfair competition and trade libel, licensing, and other complex disputes. In addition to her intellectual property practice, Pam has deep experience representing technology and other clients in high-stakes commercial litigation.
Pam is a trial lawyer who has represented clients in courts and arbitral forums around the nation. Her cases have included technologies involving e-commerce and the Internet, cellular communications, streaming media, ad serving, email messaging and security, computer hardware and software, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, water filtration technology, biotechnology, and consumer products. She is adept at developing cost-effective strategies to successfully resolve litigation on behalf of her clients.
In her arbitration practice, Pam has represented companies in breach of contract disputes involving licenses and other complex agreements, in both domestic and international arbitral forums. Her arbitration victories include a $33 million (plus attorneys’ fees) award on behalf of a biomedical research foundation and a $1 million award on behalf of a marketing company. She has also successfully defended arbitrations on behalf of her clients.
A trusted advisor to technology, media, and other companies, Pam works hard to understand her clients’ business in order to deliver the very best legal advice.
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Sherri Haymond is Group Head/Senior Vice President, Digital Channel Engagement at MasterCard, where she is responsible for building and managing the teams focused on framing MasterCard’s operating system for digital commerce. Sherri joined MasterCard in 2010 as Global Core Products Counsel supporting the Global Debit, Prepaid and ATM Networks teams. In 2011, she began leading the legal team that supports Emerging Payments & MasterCard Labs, where she played a key role in the development of MasterPass, the MasterCard Digital Enablement Service, industry Tokenization Standards, and Simplify Commerce.
Before MasterCard, Sherri took some time off from practicing law and worked as an investment banker at Banc of America Securities focusing on mortgages, and at Breeden Capital Management as an equity investment analyst focusing on payments companies. She started her career as a Corporate Finance lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis-Cohen, where she gained experience working on venture capital transactions, as well as public and private debt and equity offerings.
Sherri earned her B.A. from Duke University and her J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School. She lives in Darien, Connecticut with her husband Jason, and her two children, Mack and Sienna.
David Graff has 20 years experience in business finance, restructuring, and mergers and acquisitions, with a particular focus on complex corporate reorganizations and investment vehicle/fund formation for emerging growth companies in the education, online media and digital technology industries. He has served as the General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary of a publicly traded company, and the Chief Legal Officer and Privacy Officer of two separate portfolios of digital media and technology companies. A versatile executive, Mr. Graff, during his tenure as CLO for Epic Media Group, Inc., both led the creation and spin-off of a new business, Online Intelligence, LLC (which offered trademark protection and anti-fraud services to media and branded content companies) and served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer.
Among other accomplishments, David managed the IPO for Edison Schools, Inc. (NASDAQ:EDSN), which raised over $750 million in the capital markets. He led a team of in-house and outside counsel in the acquisition of Connexus Corporation, a leading digital display advertising network, and has orchestrated several other complex acquisitions in the digital media and technology industry. Mr. Graff has advised on credit facilities and loans, investment opportunities, joint ventures and workouts for a variety of education industry, and digital start-ups.
A frequent speaker on legal, compliance and regulatory issues affecting the digital marketplace, David is also a principal of Trilogy Films, an independent film, television and digital media company he co-founded with his wife, award-winning director Dawn Porter. Trilogy has developed, produced and directed films, television features, and digital content for HBO Films, the Food Network, Chase Bank, and tablet application developers.
David lives in Montclair, N.J., with his wife and two (active) boys, ages 12 and 10.
Law School/Graduate School: Cardozo School of Law
Work History: Jeff Weitzman is a co-founder and CEO of Go Factory, a back-end as a service for Internet of Everything application development. He is twenty-five year veteran of internet technology and online advertising companies, before Go Factory serving as Chief Marketing Officer of Buysight, Inc., an online behavioral advertising technology company acquired by AOL. Earlier positions include CMO of non-profit Common Sense Media and President & COO of Coupons.com, where he helped take the company from startup to industry leader. He led Client Services at Yahoo! and was COO of Counsel Connect, an early online service for lawyers. Weitzman began his career as an attorney at Shearman & Sterling and attended Cardozo Law School and Dartmouth College.
Professional Memberships: Member of Bars of New York and New Jersey
Peter J. Pizzi is the Managing Partner of the firm's New York office and is a business litigator with substantial experience in a broad range of subject areas. His practice focuses on business litigation, class action defense, internet and IP litigation, internal investigations, labor and employment law, and securities litigation.
Mr. Pizzi has handled matters on behalf of corporate clients in a broad array of industries, including aviation, pharmaceuticals, finance services, computer technology, cosmetics, industrial equipment, and food service and food processors. Within those industries, he is experienced with contract claims, tort actions, whistleblower and discrimination claims, securities and consumer class actions, shareholder derivative suits, minority shareholder disputes, and copyright and trademark actions.
The Board of Trial Attorney Certification of the Supreme Court of New Jersey designated Mr. Pizzi a Certified Civil Trial Attorney in 1998. He was recertified in 2006 and 2011.
He is a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section and Co-Chair of the Section’s Internet and Litigation Committee.
Mr. Pizzi regularly lectures at CLE programs, frequently writes on issues relating to technology law, and is often consulted by news media for insight regarding technology-related topics.
Honors and Awards:
Class Action Defense
Labor & Employment Law
Admitted to Practice:
State of New Jersey
State of New York
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
State of Colorado
United States District Courts for the District of New Jersey
Eastern District of New York
Southern District of New York
District of Colorado
United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits
Fordham University School of Law (J.D., 1978)
Bowdoin College (A.B., Government, magna cum laude, 1975)
American Bar Association
New York City Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
New Jersey State Bar Association
Essex County Bar Association
Brian Kelly is a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. His practice involves work on a wide range of legal matters involving the creation, protection and exploitation of intellectual property assets. He provides counseling in product marketing and licensing strategies and in negotiating outsourcing and other complex business relationships. Brian has significant experience in counseling clients in the use of open source technologies. He has structured and negotiated numerous technology relationships in a variety of industries, including software, semiconductor, telecommunications, entertainment and media, electronic financial transactions, Internet content and services, data security, health care information products and medical instruments, among others.
Brian also advises clients on intellectual property aspects of mergers, acquisitions, development and distribution relationships, and strategic alliances, with a particular focus in the technology industry.
Brian frequently speaks and writes about intellectual property and licensing issues. He represents both technology vendors of all sizes in the protection of their intellectual property and strategies for commercializing their technology, and technology consumers in the structuring and negotiating of complex business and technology transactions. Prior to joining Manatt, Brian practiced technology law with national law firms in the technology centers of Silicon Valley and North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, and in Washington, D.C.
Daniel Ralls is Executive Legal Counsel of ZipRealty, a Realogy company. ZipRealty provides a mobile-optimized customer relationship management technology platform for the real estate market.
Daniel has spent his in-house career as counsel to technology, content, and hosted solution companies, including as General Counsel of Mblox, General Counsel of Intermedia.Net, Assistant General Counsel of FXall, and Corporate Counsel at Elsevier. He started his career at Winston & Strawn LLP in New York, where he concentrated his practice on technology transactions, mergers & acquisitions, securities, and finance-related matters. He is also pro bono counsel to Samasource, a nonprofit company in San Francisco that is the premier enterprise service provider for data projects that require a human touch.
Daniel studied law at Boston College Law School and philosophy at UC Santa Barbara. He lives in San Francisco with his family.
James Walker concentrates in government investigations, complex commercial litigation, professional liability and legal ethics. Mr. Walker represents companies and senior executives in federal and state criminal investigations of potential violations of the securities laws and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He represents law firms and lawyers in government and internal investigations of potential criminal, regulatory and /or professional misconduct, and in related criminal and civil litigation and regulatory proceedings.
Mr. Walker is the Chair of the New York County Lawyer’s Association Professional Ethics Committee. He has served on the New York City Bar’s Professional Discipline, Professional and Judicial Ethics, Professional Responsibility, and Securities Regulation Committees, and on the New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics, where he has been a member since 1996. He has drafted numerous ethics opinions and reports on ethics issues. Mr. Walker is a frequent lecturer on legal ethics, internal investigations and corporate governance, and has written articles on attorney-client privilege, professional ethics, internal investigations, and issues arising under the securities laws. Mr. Walker also serves as General Counsel to Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP.
John G. Heller is a shareholder at Rogers Joseph O'Donnell specializing in complex business litigation and professional liability.
Areas of Practice
Mr. Heller focuses on trials and appeals of commercial litigation, insurance coverage, professional liability, employment, and real estate matters. He is co-chair of the firm’s Attorney Liability and Conduct Practice Group, and a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Heller is a California Certified Specialist in Legal Malpractice Law.
Professional Qualifications and Activities
Mr. Heller is an experienced trial attorney. In over 25 years of practice, he has successfully represented businesses and individuals in jury trials and litigation involving claims of breach of contract and warranty, fraud, professional negligence, insurance bad faith, and civil rights violations. Mr. Heller has obtained favorable judicial rulings and settlements for professionals sued for malicious prosecution and breach of fiduciary duty, or threatened with judicial sanctions, and has prevailed on numerous anti-SLAPP motions. He has also served as lead counsel representing parties in international arbitration proceedings arising from commercial contract disputes, and claims of accounting fraud.
Mr. Heller lectures to attorneys and trade organizations on developments in civil procedure, trial practice, anti-SLAPP jurisprudence, and insurance coverage. Through the ABA Section of Litigation Legal Services Advocacy Training at Stanford Law School, he has instructed public interest attorneys on trial skills. He serves on the Executive Committee of the San Francisco Bar Association Litigation Section, and has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer each year since 2005.
J.D., University of California,
Hastings College of the Law, 1987
B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1982
Magna cum laude in Political Science
Joseph Lewczak is a partner in the Advertising, Marketing & Promotions; Entertainment, Media & Sports and Intellectual Property Practice Groups of Davis & Gilbert, and one of the country’s leading experts in advertising, marketing and promotions laws. He has extensive experience in representing a wide range of advertising and promotions agencies, advertisers and media companies on a broad array of issues relating to advertising, promotions, social media, native advertising and intellectual property. He is the founder and lead guitarist for the firm’s rock band, Generator Honey, two-time winner of the Advertising Week Battle of the Ad Bands.
Mr. Lewczak has been recognized as a leading lawyer for advertising law by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for nine consecutive years (2008-2016).The Legal 500 United States directory has also recognized him for eight consecutive years (2009-2016) in the area of advertising and marketing. In addition, Mr. Lewczak has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in advertising law (2011-2017) and in media law (2017) and was named the 2017 Media Law “Lawyer of the Year” in New York City. He was also selected as a Super Lawyer by New York Metro Super Lawyers (2013-2015).
Mr. Lewczak takes a practical approach to advising his clients, always ensuring that deals are completed as quickly and efficiently as possible while limiting accompanying risk exposure. His extremely broad knowledge base and his expertise are invaluable in helping clients navigate the converging landscape of traditional, digital, social and mobile media. His considerable experience includes advising on all aspects of legal compliance on advertising and promotions issues, and he frequently helps his clients create successful and legally compliant complex games of chance and skill. He is an expert in drafting and negotiating a wide array of agreements including talent agreements, all manner of licensing agreements, and media buying and traditional agency services agreements.
Mr. Lewczak is a frequent public speaker on advertising, marketing, promotions and social media issues, and he has written extensively on these topics.
Mr. Lewczak served as an adjunct professor at New York Law School, where he taught advertising, marketing and promotions law. Prior to joining Davis & Gilbert, he was the director of legal affairs at EMI-Capitol Music Group North America and a corporate attorney at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.
Marc Roth is a partner in the Media, Technology and Advertising division of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP and Co-Chair of the TCPA Compliance and Class Action Defense Group, resident in the firm’s New York office. Marc has over 25 years of experience in consumer advertising and marketing law, having served at the Federal Trade Commission upon graduating law school and most recently as chief compliance counsel for a Time Warner company, before joining Manatt. He is ranked by Chambers as a leading U.S. lawyer for his Advertising Transactional work.
Clients ranging from Fortune 100 and 500 companies to start-up firms turn to Marc for his expertise in privacy, social media, telemarketing, claim substantiation, continuity and negative option marketing, and loyalty programs. He also counsels clients on various transactional matters, and guides them through federal and state government investigations. He frequently speaks and writes about privacy, social media and telemarketing issues.
Marc has decades of experience counseling clients on privacy matters, including drafting and amending online and offline privacy policies and advising on how data may be collected, shared and used in partner marketing arrangements. He advises on laws governing data use and security, including the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, Video Privacy Protection Act, HIPAA, CAN-SPAM Act and the E.U. Data Protection Directive. He has served as faculty and chairperson at legal and business privacy conferences and is often called upon to assist leading industry trade associations in preparing comments on FTC privacy-related rulemakings.
In the marketing arena, Marc counsels clients on developing and managing telemarketing and e-mail campaigns in compliance with the Telemarketing Sales Rule, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, CAN –SPAM, and applicable state laws. He advises companies on how to develop and manage free trial, negative option and continuity marketing programs in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and credit card processing rules. Marc also counsels clients on conducting marketing campaigns conducted through online social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others.
Last, Marc represents clients before federal and state regulatory authorities by responding to complaints, inquiries, investigations, subpoenas and civil investigative demands, and negotiating settlements with such bodies.
Sr. Director Legal-IP
Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; LNKD; Internet industry
April 2012 – Present (5 months) Mountain View CA
Adjunct Professor- Intellectual Property Licensing
Educational Institution; 201-500 employees; Higher Education industry
2011 – Present (1 year) San Francisco Bay Area
Partner-Technology Transactions Group
Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Law Practice industry
1992 – April 2012 (20 years)
Sara Harrington was a partner in the technology transactions practice at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. She counseled various companies involved in the development, distribution, licensing, disposition, and acquisition of technology and intellectual property rights for various start-ups and established enterprises.
Sara represented clients in a wide range of industries, including those involved in search technology, business application software (both open source and private source), e-commerce (business-to-business and business-to-consumer), Web 2.0, entertainment/media industries, database services, consulting, networking devices, semiconductor, telecom, medical device, consumer goods, and audio services. Sara has constructed and negotiated a variety of international and domestic agreements, covering such areas as strategic alliances, marketing, development, licensing, advertising, distribution, services, outsourcing, open source, and manufacturing. She also advised companies on intellectual property matters in connection with investments, financings, asset purchases and sales, corporate structuring (spin-outs), and mergers and acquisitions.
Before joining the technology transactions practice, Sara practiced in the litigation department of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she litigated a variety of intellectual property, antitrust, and securities claims. Prior to joining the firm, Sara was an attorney at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson in New York City, where she litigated corporate change-of-control and commercial litigation matters for various multinational corporate clients.
Primary Areas of Practice: Labor & Employment/Litigation
Law School/Graduate School: Fordham University School of Law
Robert Cohen has over 17 years of legal experience representing employers in all facets of labor and employment law. He joined Omnicom Group Inc. in August 2005 as Assistant General Counsel, Labor and Employment. In 2010, Robert also assumed responsibility for general litigation. Prior to joining Omnicom he was a Partner at Davis & Gilbert and an associate both at Davis & Gilbert and Proskauer Rose.
Currently, Robert’s primary responsibilities include ensuring compliance with the various federal, state and local labor and employment laws for all Omnicom companies. He also oversees all litigation involving Omnicom companies, including discrimination and wage and hour cases. While concentrating on the United States, Robert also has responsibility for worldwide labor and employment compliance. He has a JD from Fordham University School of Law and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Labor Relations from Cornell University.
Commercial transactions attorney with broad range of experience as adviser, both in-house and as outside counsel, to clients in the software, Internet and high tech industries.
Legal Counsel at Dropbox
October 2013 - Present (7 months)
Advise in-house clients on various matters related to all aspects of sales and business development. Manage outside counsel for real estate matters. Assist in creating form agreements for enterprise sales and process improvement initiatives.
Lead Commercial Counsel at Facebook
December 2011 - October 2013 (1 year 11 months)
Provided legal advice and counsel to clients in various areas the company, including payment partnerships, social game partnerships, and e-commerce initiatives. Negotiated agreements with varying degrees of complexity related to commercial and business development efforts in such areas.
Legal Counsel at Adobe Systems Incorporated
June 2006 - December 2011 (5 years 7 months)
Managed legal team responsible for providing legal support to outbound ISV/OEM and bundle channel partners for various Adobe technologies, including workflow enterprise software, audio/video streaming and encryption software, and print technology. A large component of my role also involved negotiating complex, multi-national, outbound commercial contracts for my team, and counseling clients on risks associated with different matters arising from such negotiations.
Associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
October 2004 - May 2006 (1 year 8 months)
Engineer at Honeywell International
February 1999 - July 2001 (2 years 6 months)
Helped in the computational fluid dynamic analysis of aircraft engine design for several family of aircraft engines, and as my role as a test engineer, I was responsible for the test life span of four AS900 turbofan aircraft engines (now called the HTF7000), including engine build, instrumentation, management of test schedule, and teardown for each in an effort to obtain Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification for the engine family.
Skills & Expertise
Mergers & Acquisitions
University of Pennsylvania Law School
J.D., 2001 - 2004
Activities and Societies: Associate and Senior Editor, Journal of Labor and Employment Law (2003-04)
The University of Texas at Austin
BS, Aerospace Engineering, 1994 - 1998
Activities and Societies: Member of Sigma Gamma Tau Aerospace Honor Society, and Recipient of the Texas Achievement Honors Award Scholarship (1994-98)
Thomas Brown is a partner in the Antitrust and Competition and the Global Banking and Payment Systems practices. He is based in the firm’s San Francisco office.
Mr. Brown’s practice focuses on competition law and legal issues affecting the financial services industry. In addition to strategically advising payment systems and financial services clients across a broad spectrum of regulatory issues, he has litigated notable antitrust cases, including class actions, in the financial services industry for more than fifteen years.
Immediately prior to private practice, Mr. Brown was Vice President, Senior Counsel at Visa U.S.A. Inc. There he was responsible for managing the aftermath of the settlement in In re Visa Check/MasterMoney Antitrust Litigation, including the dozens of consumer class actions that were filed following the settlement. He was also deeply involved in the company’s transformation from a co-op to a shareholder owned company.
Speaking Engagements and Publications
Professional and Community Involvement
Tsan Abrahamson's practice focuses on strategic counseling in the areas of social media, sweepstakes, intellectual property, advertising, trademark clearance, trademark and copyright prosecution, licensing, and other business transactions. She also manages the adverse proceedings practice at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Tsan has an extensive practice in the area of marketing promotions, including social media promotions, such as on Facebook and Twitter, gift card and gift certificate marketing, print and online sweepstakes, contests, give-aways, warranties, rebates, and coupon promotions. She also advises on corresponding privacy issues related thereto.
Tsan's advertising practice includes working with regulatory agencies to comply with federal guidelines, including new FTC guidelines regarding affiliate marketing, CAN-SPAM. and the Deceptive Mail Prevention and Enforcement Act. She also advises on ad campaigns, including script review, storyboard clearance, and network media placement.
Tsan also has special expertise in children's marketing issues, including promotions and claim substantiation, COPPA compliance, and advertising to children in print and television media. She has been a SuperLawyer since 2009, and is in Who’s Who Legal for her expertise in Internet and E-commerce matters. She was inducted into the American Law Institute in 2007.
Tsan’s professional affiliations include the International Trademark Association, the Brand Activation Association, and the American Bar Association. She is an adjunct professor of law at USF School of Law.
Prior to Cobalt LLP, Tsan was worldwide intellectual property and licensing counsel for LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc., She also practiced for 7 years with the San Francisco firm of Cooley Godward Kronish (formerly Cooley Godward), where she represented video game makers, online auction houses, pharmaceutical companies, and numerous other large companies. Tsan also spent 8 years as a chef.
Tsan completed her undergraduate work at Dartmouth College, and received both her JD and MBA from the UCLA School of Law and The Anderson Graduate School of Management, respectively. She is recognized by Strathmore's Who's Who for leadership and achievement in the law, and has been selected as a California Super Lawyer.
Widely considered one of the country’s top privacy and data security counselors and litigators, Tanya Forsheit has advised on high-profile matters involving confidential data and other sensitive information for nearly 20 years.
Ms. Forsheit is Co-Chair of the Privacy & Data Security Group, and a partner in the Technology & Digital Media, Litigation, and Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations groups. She represents multi-national and emerging companies in the media, entertainment, consumer products, healthcare, technology and professional services industries. She counsels clients facing data security breaches and defends against allegations that they mishandled sensitive customer or employee information. She advises on the protection, storage and monetization of confidential data, including privacy policies, mobile apps, cloud computing, SaaS, smart devices and data analytics. Ms. Forsheit has advised on more than 100 data security breaches and regularly appears in federal and state court litigation, and has advised clients in matters before the Federal Trade Commission and California and other state Attorneys General.
Her representative litigation matters include:
Successfully defeated class certification on behalf of a healthcare technology company in a privacy class action in which plaintiffs sought recovery of more than $40 million for alleged unlawful transmission of faxes relating to HIPAA compliance;
Defended a greeting card company in a putative class action alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA);
Represented online coupon company in John Doe litigation asserting claims under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act for illegal scraping of company’s website content;
Won preliminary and permanent injunction and prevailed on summary judgment on behalf of online gaming company as plaintiff in Lanham Act and Anti-Cybersquatting Act lawsuit;
Successfully defended third party administrator in several suits alleging invasion of privacy and breach of medical confidentiality in violation of California’s Confidentiality of Medical Information Act — including a dismissal under California’s anti-Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (“SLAPP”) statute;
Defended text-messaging software platform in purported class actions asserting platform users violated the TCPA by allegedly failing to obtain consent to send marketing text messages.
In addition to her privacy and data security practice, Ms. Forsheit advises on intellectual property matters, and she has represented motion picture studios and television networks in copyright litigation. She also has experience in antitrust matters, representing a cable company in a purported class action alleging a tying arrangement.
Chambers USA, IT Law Experts, Who’s Who Legal, and Super Lawyers have all praised Ms. Forsheit for her privacy, data security and technology work, and the Los Angeles Daily Journal has twice included her in its list of "Top Women Litigators." Ms. Forsheit lectures widely on technology law topics and has been quoted on privacy and data security in publications such as the Los Angeles Times, Forbes, ComputerWorld, Venture Beat, and Law360.
She is certified as an information privacy professional by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Ms. Forsheit is a past President of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles; and is a member of the American Bar Association: Science and Technology Law Section; the Los Angeles County Bar Association: Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Section (ELIPS), Executive Committee; and the California Bar: Business Law Section, Cyberspace Committee.
Prior to joining Frankfurt Kurnit, she was a partner with BakerHostetler, and a founding partner of InfoLawGroup LLP, one of the nation’s leading privacy and data security boutiques.
Joseph V. DeMarco is a partner at DeVore & DeMarco LLP where he specializes in counseling clients on complex litigation and investigation issues involving a range of subjects including fraud and securities laws violations, information privacy and security, theft of intellectual property, and computer intrusions. His years of experience in private practice and in government handling the most difficult cybercrime investigations handled by the United States Attorney's Office have made him one of the nation's leading experts on white collar crime and the law relating to emerging technologies.
From 1997 to 2007, Mr. DeMarco served an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he prosecuted a wide range of white collar crimes and founded and headed the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIPs) Program, a group of five prosecutors dedicated to investigating and prosecuting violations of federal cybercrime laws and intellectual property offenses, encompassing all forms of criminal activity affecting e- commerce.
Since 2002, Mr. DeMarco has served as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Law School, where he teaches the upper-class Internet and Computer Crimes seminar. He has spoken throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Asia and the Middle East on white collar crime and cybercrime and has lectured on the subject of cybercrime at Harvard Law School.
Mr. DeMarco is a Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated lawyer for Computers and Software, Litigation and Internet Law, and is also listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business guide as a leading lawyer nationwide in Privacy and Data Security. He has also been named as a “SuperLawyer” for his expertise and work in the area of Intellectual Property Litigation.
Marcus Morissette is currently the Director of Privacy for eBay’s Global Marketplaces business. He is responsible for the development and implementation of privacy policies and controls for a global ecommerce business that includes such brands at eBay, StubHub, eBay Classifieds Group, eBay Commerce Network (Shopping.com, epinions.com), and several other marketplaces brands.
He was formerly the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Concise Consulting, a boutique information privacy and security consulting firm based in Seattle, WA. He has worked in the data protection field for over 14 years, serving previously in a diverse set of roles at IOActive, KPMG, and several start-up technology and services firms.
He also serves as an attorney in the U.S. Navy (reserve component), and is currently the Staff Judge Advocate at Navy Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare command in San Diego, California. He provides advice to the commander and his staff on issues of operational law, rules of engagement and Law of War compliance relating to mine and anti-submarine warfare.
He received his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Maryland, and his law degree from the University of Idaho, College of Law. He holds certifications as a CIPP, CISSP, CISA, and is licensed to practice law in the State of Washington.
Nubiaa Shabaka is Vice President in the Global Technology, Privacy, Intellectual Property and E-commerce Law Group at Morgan Stanley in New York City, where she serves as chief Privacy and Data Protection Counsel, Cybersecurity Counsel, Telecommunications Counsel and Social Media Counsel for the Americas. Nubiaa also handles a variety of information technology and Internet-related matters. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in January 2008, Nubiaa was an associate in the Technology, Media, Communications and IP Law Group in Proskauer Rose’s New York office. She earned a B.A., magna cum laude, from New York University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Primary Areas of Practice: IP, Privacy
Law School/ Graduate School: Columbia / Stanford
Weil Gotshal & Manges, 2004-2006
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, 2006-2011
Synopsys Inc., 2011-2012
LinkedIn Corporation, 2012-present
New York Bar
International Association of Privacy Professionals - Certified
Information Privacy Professional (CIPP)
Suzanne Bell is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in the technology transactions practice. She joined the firm in 1988 and was promoted to partner in 1995. Suzanne handles technology and intellectual property transactions—with an emphasis on complex strategic alliances and outsourcing transactions—for a wide range of software, electronics, telecommunications, cloud computing, digital media, Internet, and clean technology companies. Her practice also includes strategic intellectual property asset purchases and sales; technology mergers, acquisitions, and spin-offs; and intellectual property litigation settlement agreements. Suzanne's practice includes both growth and mature companies, and she has advised many of Silicon Valley's most prominent companies from start-up to maturity.
Suzanne is the leader of the technology transactions-IT practice, which has grown from five attorneys to over 40 during her tenure. She also participates in the management of the firm in various capacities. Suzanne previously has served on the firm's board of directors, Policy Committee, Operations Committee, Compensation Committee, Nominating Committee, Management Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee.