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Information Technology Law Institute 2014: Cybersecurity, Mobile Payments, Cloud Computing, Big Data and the Internet of Things

Speaker(s): Brian S. Kelly, Catalin Cosovanu, Daniel Ralls, David Graff, James Q. Walker, Jeff Weitzman, John G. Heller, Joseph J. Lewczak, Joseph V. DeMarco, Marc S. Roth, Marcus A. Morissette, Nubiaa Shabaka, Pamela Fulmer, Peter J. Pizzi, Robert H. Cohen, Romeo Gonzalez, Sara Duval Harrington, Sherri Haymond, Suzanne Y. Bell, Tanya L. Forsheit, Thomas P. Brown, Tsan Abrahamson
Recorded on: May. 15, 2014
PLI Program #: 51400

Pamela Fulmer

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.

Select representative matters include:

  • Lead counsel defending major national celebrity and entertainment magazine in a patent infringement case venued in the Southern District of New York involving video streaming technology.

  • Lead counsel representing Plaintiff Fortune 500 consumer products company in a trademark infringement and unfair competition case in the Northern District of California. Case is ongoing.

  • Represented plaintiff in a patent infringement case against Apple in the Northern District of California. The case involved technology that allows consumers to play back digital media content, including audio and video, at variable speeds.

  • Lead counsel defending a patent infringement case in the Eastern District of North Carolina involving sewer hose support technology. Obtained successful settlement.

  • Lead counsel on behalf of the Women’s Professional Soccer League in a breach of contract dispute with a former team owner in Florida’s state court.

  • Defended well-known video gaming company and other retailer companies in a patent infringement case involving gaming technology in the Eastern District of Texas.

  • Represented non-profit research institute in a theft of trade secrets and breach of contract case against a former research director in Nevada’s state court. Successfully obtained a preliminary injunction.

  • Represented plaintiff technology and digital entertainment company in lawsuit venued in the Central District of California alleging claims for breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and fraud against a competitor. Case settled favorably for client.

  • Lead counsel defending large international consumer products company in a false patent marking case in the Northern District of California. Case settled favorably.

  • Represented plaintiff medical device company in a patent infringement medical device case involving brain imaging technology.

  • Obtained a successful settlement on behalf of a consumer products company in a patent infringement and trademark case involving key chain locators venued in the Northern District of California.

  • Obtained a successful settlement for medium-sized technology company in a patent infringement and breach of contract case involving email firewall technology in the Northern District of California.

  • Obtained a successful settlement for several large energy clients in a patent infringement lawsuit in the Northern District of California involving intelligent software relating to the efficiency of coal-fired power plants.

  • Represented consumer products company in a design patent infringement, trademark infringement, and unfair competition lawsuit involving ready-to-assemble furniture for use with televisions and stereos. Case, which was venued in the Northern District of California, settled favorably.

  • Obtained a successful dismissal on behalf of a well-known Fortune 500 software company in a patent infringement case involving CD-ROM technology venued in the Southern District of New York.

  • Represented well-known computer manufacturer in a patent infringement case in the Northern District of California involving Wi-Fi technology.

  • Represented plaintiff a major US media and technology company in a AAA arbitration involving the breach of a patent licensing agreement. Case settled favorably prior to hearing.

  • Lead counsel for a well-known Silicon Valley-based software company in a case alleging violation of California’s anti-spam law in the Central District of California. Obtained a successful dismissal on behalf of the client.

  • Represented plaintiff in a trade secrets case involving airport screening technology in San Francisco Superior Court.

  • Represented plaintiff, a software company, in a Lanham Act unfair competition and patent infringement case involving online college admissions applications software.

  • Successfully defended a consumer products company in a patent litigation filed in the Northern District of California involving DVD technology.

  • Defended well-known Silicon Valley software company in a case alleging breach of contract and defective software filed in the Middle District of Tennessee. Obtained a favorable settlement on the client’s behalf.

  • Defended technology company in an action filed in the Central District of California alleging antitrust violations, unfair competition, trade libel, and trademark infringement and dilution. Successful settlement for client.

  • Represented defendant, a well-known audio company, in a patent infringement action involving DVD technology venued in the Northern District of California. Obtained a successful settlement on behalf of client.

  • Represented technology company in a AAA breach of licensing agreement dispute involving GPS technology. Obtained a successful settlement on behalf of client after multi-day arbitration hearing.

  • Defended medical device company in a trade secrets case involving stent technology filed in Arizona’s state court.

  • Lead counsel on behalf of claimant marketing company in a breach of contract dispute against a leading golf club manufacturer involving a marketing campaign for golf clubs. Obtained a AAA arbitration award of over $1 million after multi-day hearing.

  • Represented claimant non-profit research foundation in a three-week AAA international arbitration hearing, obtaining an award of $33 million plus attorneys’ fees on behalf of the client.

  • Pro bono counsel representing the City and County of San Francisco in Re: Marriage Cases, which litigated the rights of same-sex couples to marry in the State of California.

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, 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:

  • "New Jersey's Top Rated Lawyers" as seen in Inside Jersey magazine
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers
  • Delbarton School Hall of Honor
  • Bowdoin College Presidential Award for Leadership in Bowdoin Alumni Schools and Interviewing Committee

Representative Experience:

  • Obtained summary judgment, before depositions, in a consumer class action against a chain of convenience stores alleging its beverage cups failed to deliver the quantity specified.
  • Obtained dismissal of consumer class action against fractional aviation company
  • Succeeded in obtaining withdrawal of third-party claims against multiple vendors joined by Goldman Sachs & Co. in a Fair Labor Standards Act class action
  • Counseled manufacturing client which successfully decertified union representing production employees
  • Obtained a preliminary injunction transferring sixteen domain names and four Twitter accounts on behalf of major New York area airport
  • Won the <> domain for client Quick Chek Corp.
  • In suit to collect payment for Chinese food products, won not only the full purchase price but also punitive damages for fraud and counsel fees as a discovery sanction
  • Won a federal jury trial representing a Sardinian pecorino cheese producer seeking to recover amounts due for shipments claimed by the defendant to be non-conforming
  • Represented defendants in Auction Rate Securities class action in the Southern District of New York
  • Obtained the withdrawal of claims against client in RICO litigation involving pricing practices in the food services industry which was recently certified as a class action
  • Advises the Audit Committee and Special Committee of a public company on compliance issues
  • Led a team performing an internal investigation of whistleblower claims by a former employee of a large insurance and financial services company
  • Defended a consumer class action which presented issues under the Class Action Fairness Act and a class-action waiver clause
  • Obtained dismissal of a Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower complaint
  • Obtained a favorable jury verdict defending a college professor’s claims of sex discrimination
  • Tried a favorable federal court jury verdict in an unfair competition case
  • Succeeded at trial in a minority shareholder’s squeeze-out lawsuit
  • Successfully represented corporate officers in securities class actions and related SEC investigations


  • Speaker, "Information Technology Law Institute 2013: Privacy and Cybersecurity, Mobile Advertising, Digital Distribution, Social Media and the Third Industrial Revolution," Practicing Law Institute's Information Technology Law Institute, New York, NY (April 2013) and San Francisco, CA (May 2013)
  • Speaker, "Cutting Edge Technology Litigation Issues," Practicing Law Institute's 2012 Information Technology Law Institute; New York, NY (April 2012). The presentation is available here.
  • Speaker, "Nuts and Bolts of E-Discovery," New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (November 2010)
  • Speaker, "Limiting Your Risk from Lawsuits and Government Investigations," New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) Seminar: “HR101: An Employment Law and HR Primer” (March 2010)
  • Speaker, "Preventing Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace," New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) Seminar: “Hot Topics in Employment Law” (October 2009)
  • Moderator, “Strategies for Protecting Sports, Music and Publication Content on the Internet, Litigating against Domestic and Foreign Content Pirates” Panel, New York State Bar Association’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Spring Meeting (May 2009)
  • Speaker, “Web 2.0 Liability Risks,” New York State Bar Association's Commercial & Federal Litigation Section Spring Meeting (May 2008)
  • Speaker, "Litigation Issues in the Web 2.0 World," Practicing Law Institute's 2008 Information Technology Law Institute (March 2008)
  • Interviewed, Money Matters syndicated radio show on the RIM Patent Battle (2006)
  • Interviewed, Money Matters syndicated radio show on Grokster and the File-Sharing Conundrum (2005)
  • Panelist, "Ethical Issues Presented by Ex Parte Subpoenas To Unmask Anonymous Defendants," New York State Bar Association Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Spring Meeting (2004)
  • Panelist, "Privacy Issues in the E-Workplace: Individual Freedom of Speech vs. The Company's Right to Protect Itself," New Jersey ICLE Seminar (2001)
  • Panelist, "Cyber Smear" Litigation, Privacy, The Internet and the Workplace," New Jersey ICLE Labor Law Forum & Bench Bar Conference (2001)


  • Author, “Litigation Proliferates Over The Streaming of Broadcast Television, NY Litigator, January 2014
  • Presentation, "Cutting Edge Technology Litigation Issues," Practicing Law Institute's 2012 Information Technology Law Institute; New York, NY (April 2012).
  • Author, "Where Cyber and Employment Law Intersect Risks for Management Abound," published in "Understanding Developments in Cyberspace Law: Leading Lawyers on Examining Privacy Issues" by Aspatore's "Inside the Minds" Series (June 2011)
  • Author, "Best Practices for Employers Choosing To Google Job Applicants," published in USLAW magazine (Fall/Winter 2010)
  • Author, "Reducing the Burden of Privilege Logs in ESI Productions," published in New Jersey Law Journal (May 2010)
  • Co-author, "ADAAA Fall Out: What Should Employers Do Now? 7 Steps to Prevent Lawsuit Risk and Exposure," published in USLAW magazine (Spring/Summer 2009)
  • Author, "Real World Litigation About Virtual Conduct," published in New Jersey Lawyer (December 2008)
  • Co-author, "A Primer on Net Neutrality" (November 2007)
  • Author, "Disloyal Employees," published in New York Law Journal (September 2006)
  • Author, "Google Image Search: Court Deals a Blow to Fair Use in Adult Site Litigation," published in New York Law Journal (May 2006)
  • Author, "Patent Injunctions: The Effect of the Public Interest in NTP v. RIM," published in New York Law Journal (March 2006)
  • Author, "The Google Book Project Takes Aim at Industry's Content Cache," published in New York Law Journal (January 2006)
  • "Grokster Means More Litigation For Tech Firms," published in New Jersey Law Journal (August 2005)
  • Author, "Employer Communication: E-Mail Can Compel Employees to Arbitrate Workplace Claims," published in New York Law Journal (July 2005)
  • Author, "Lessons from ‘Uncle Henry's’," published in New York Law Journal (May 2005)
  • Co-author, "Idea versus Expression: Copyright Claim for Industrial Parts Vexes the Third Circuit," published in New York Law Journal (February 2005)
  • Author, "Perfect 10 v. Google: Adult Web Site Challenges Search Engine on Image Hits," published in New York Law Journal (January 2005)
  • Author, "Sony v. Does: P2P Filesharing May Involve Protected Speech," published in New York Law Journal (October 2004)
  • Author, "Doe' Defendants: The RIAA's New Front in the Battle Against 'P2P' Filesharers," published in New York Law Journal (June 2004)
  • Co-author, "Strategies for Unmasking the 'Anonymous' Internet User," published in the New York State Bar Association's Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Newsletter (Spring 2004)
  • Author, "New Jersey's Conscientious Employee Protection Act Is Amended," published in The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (2004)
  • Author, "Record Company Lawsuits Explained--RIAA 'Doe' Lawsuits Seek to Unmask File-Sharers," published in New York Law Journal (2004)
  • Co-author, "OPTING IN: Congress Passes the Can-Spam Act of 2003" (2004)
  • Author, "Courts Balance First Amendment Interests in Lawsuits Aimed at Stopping 'Cybersmear’," published in The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (2002)
  • Author, "Grappling with 'Cybersmear'," published in New Jersey Law Journal (July 2001)
  • Author, "How to Respond to 'CyberSmear'," (2001)
  • Author, "Sons of Thunder v. Borden: State High Court Has No Faith in Contracts," published in The Legal Opinion Newsletter (October 1997)


  • Dr. Zhu Investment Trade Corp. v. Natural Food Import USA, Inc., 2012 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 1672 (N.J. App. Div. July 12, 2012)
  • DeFeo v. Quick Chek, 2012 WL 1617419 (Super.Ct May 4, 2012)
  • Haberkorn v. Marquis Jet Partners, Inc., 2011 WL 5822281 (S.D.N.Y. November 17, 2011)
  • Bartone v. NetJets Inc., 2011 BL 166821 (D.N.J. June 24, 2011)
  • Banville & Jones Wine Merchants, Inc. v. La Casa Del Ray S.A., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 41184 (April 26, 2010) (remand motion denied) and 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64310 (June 24, 2010) (motion to dismiss tort claims granted)
  • Black Sheep Television, Ltd. v. The Town of Islip, 2010 WL 4970766 (E.D.N.Y. 2010)
  • Town of Islip, New York v. Black sheep Television Ltd., National Arbitration Forum, Claim Number: FA1008001339861 (October 11, 2010) Petter Rindforth, Arbitration Panelist
  • Hettinger v. Kleinman, 733 F.Supp.2d 421 (S.D.N.Y. 2010)
  • Quick Chek Corp. v. LLC, National Arbitration Forum, Claim Number: FA1006001329173 (July 14, 2010) Nelson A. Diaz, Arbitration Panelist
  • Torn Ranch, Inc. v. Sunrise Commodities, Inc., 2009 WL 2834787 (N.D.Cal.,September 03, 2009)
  • Duravest, Inc. v. Viscardi, A.G., 581 F.Supp.2d 628 (S.D.N.Y. October 7, 2008)
  • In Re Optionable Securities Litigation, 577 F.Supp.2d 681 (S.D.N.Y. 2008)
  • Luna v. Kemira Specialty Inc., 575 F.Supp.2d 1166 (CD Cal. 2008)
  • National Utility Service Inc. v. Huntsman Chemical Corporation, 70 F. Supp.2d 496 (D.N.J. 1999)
  • National Utility Service, Inc. v. Chesapeake Corporation, 45 F.Supp.2d 438 (D.N.J. 1999)
  • APC Commodity Corp. v. Ram Dis Ticaret, A.S., 965 F. Supp. 461 (S.D.N.Y. 1997)
  • NYT Cable TV v. Homestead at Mansfield, Inc., 543 A.2d 10 (N.J. 1988)
  • Direct Satellite Communications, Inc. v. Bd. of Publ. Util., 615 F. Supp. 1558 (D.N.J. 1985)

Practice Areas:

Class Action Defense
Intellectual Property
Commercial Litigation
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.





  • Cornell Law School
  • University of California, San Diego


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

UC Hastings College of the Law

Educational Institution; 201-500 employees; Higher Education industry

2011 – Present (1 year) San Francisco Bay Area 

Partner-Technology Transactions Group

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

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


Work History:


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.

Romeo Gonzalez

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)
Associate in the technology transactions group. I counseled clients on intellectual property licensing and other commercial and business transactions involving the use and acquisition of technology and intellectual property rights across a variety of industries, with a particular emphasis in the software, hardware, Internet and content media related industries; and structured various legal documents and commercial contracts related to such transactions, including terms of use, privacy policies, EULAs, as well as development, manufacturing, distribution, OEM and supply agreements.

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

Intellectual Property
Mergers & Acquisitions
Business Development
Enterprise Software
Legal Assistance
Legal Advice
Privacy Law
Software Licensing
Trade Secrets
Copyright Law


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.

 Recent Representations

  • eBay, in its defeat of a putative class action in which plaintiffs claimed that eBay’s acquisition of PayPal enabled the company to charge supracompetitive fees.
  • In re eBay Derivative Litigation, argued and won a motion to dismiss a claim alleging that the eBay's board of directors breached its fiduciary duties by re-appointing a director to the board who simultaneously served on the board of the New York Times. The District Court for the District of Delaware held that plaintiffs had failed to allege facts sufficient to excuse a demand on the board prior to filing their claim. The published decision granting eBay's motion can be found at In re eBay Derivative Litigation, 2011 WL 3880924 (CD. Del. 2011).
  • Visa U.S.A. Inc., member of the trial team that handled the defense of the then largest civil antitrust class action in U.S. history, In re Visa Check/MasterMoney Antitrust Litigation.

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • Author, Keeping Electronic Money Valuable: The Future of Payments and the Role of Public Authorities (2009);
  • Author, “linkLine v. SBC: Back to the Future?” GCP, The Online Magazine For Global Competition Review (January 2008);
  • Co-Author, with Lacey Plache, “Credit Where Credit Is Due,” Lombard Street, Vol. 1, No. 6 (June 21, 2009);
  • Co-Author, with Professor Richard Epstein, “Cybersecurity in the Payment Card Industry,” 75 U. Chi. L. Rev. 203 (2008).

 Professional and Community Involvement

  • Law Clerk, Honorable Diane P. Wood, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • Admitted to Practice, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh and Ninth Circuits; U.S. Supreme Court
  • Professor, Adjunct Professor at Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley, in the Law and Policy of Modern Consumer Payments
  • Editorial Board, ABA’s Antitrust Law Developments (Seventh)
  • Member, American Bar Association, The American Law Institute


  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1995
  • Columbia University, A.B., 1992


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 (,, 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

Work History:

Weil Gotshal & Manges, 2004-2006
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, 2006-2011
Synopsys Inc., 2011-2012
LinkedIn Corporation, 2012-present

Professional Memberships:

California Bar
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.


  • J.D., Stanford Law School
  • M.S., Engineering, Columbia University
  • B.A., Middlebury College
  • Member, Board of Directors, Girl Scouts of Northern California
  • Former Member, National Board of Directors, Forum for Women Entrepreneurs & Executives
  • Former Member, Columbia Engineering Board of Visitors, Columbia University
    • Recognized in Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine's 2013 IAM Patent 1000 - World's Leading Patent Practitioners guide
    • Named a 2009 "Woman of Influence" by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal
    • Recognized in the 2006-2013 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, most recently in the top tier of California IT & Outsourcing attorneys
    • Selected for inclusion in 2006-2014 editions of Best Lawyers in America
    • Named in Northern California Super Lawyers in 2005-2013
    • Listed in the 2004-2006 editions of Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business
    • Selected for inclusion in the Internet and e-commerce category of The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers
    • Named to Lawdragon 500 New Stars, New Worlds List, 2006
    • Received the 2004 Forum for Women Entrepreneurs & Executives Recognition Award
    • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

      Co-author with D. Stevenson, "Outsourcing: A Tool for Survival," The Entrepreneurs Report: Private Company Financing Trends, Winter 2008


      • Chair and Panelist, "Cloud Computing," Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's General Counsel Series
      • Speaker, "Patents and Trade Secrets for Early-Stage Clean Tech Ventures," Cleantech Open
      • Speaker, "Corporate and Cleantech Company Partnering: The Legal Perspective," Cleantech Forum
      • Presenter, "Technology Licensing Agreements," American Conference Institute's Annual Program
      • Presenter, "Outsourcing in Eastern Europe," Practising Law Institute's annual conference on Keys to Outsourcing and Offshoring: Protecting Critical Business Functions
      • Chair and Presenter, Practising Law Institute's annual program on Structuring, Negotiating, and Implementing Strategic Alliances
      • Organizer, Chair, and Presenter, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's Outsourcing Industry Conference
      • Speaker, "Hidden Costs of Outsourcing," Stanford Engineering's Engineering Day
      • Panelist, "Lifestyle Balance," Stanford Graduate School of Business course on Entrepreneurship from the Perspective of Women

      State Bar of California