Ian Ballon is a shareholder in the firm of Greenberg Traurig, LLP. He is an intellectual property and Internet litigator who represents clients in copyright, DMCA, trademark, trade secret, right of publicity, privacy, security, software, database and Internet disputes and in the defense of data privacy, security breach, behavioral advertising, TCPA and other Internet-related class action suits.
Mr. Ballon is the author of the four-volume legal treatise, E-Commerce and Internet Law: Treatise With Forms 2d Edition, Thomson West 2012 Cum. Supp. and the earlier first edition, which has been cited in state and federal court opinions. He is also the author of The Complete CAN-SPAM Act Handbook (West 2008) and The Complete State Security Breach Notification Compliance Handbook (West 2009). In addition, Mr. Ballon serves as Executive Director of Stanford University Law School's Center for E-Commerce and previously served as an Adviser to the American Law Institute's Intellectual Property: Principles Governing Jurisdiction, Choice of Law, and Judgments in Transactional Disputes (ALI Principles of the Law 2007).
Mr. Ballon was named the Lawyer of the Year for information technology law in the 2016 and 2013 editions of The Best Lawyers in America and was recognized as the 2012 New Media Lawyer of the Year by the Century City Bar Association. In 2010, he was the recipient of the California State Bar Intellectual Property Law section's Vanguard Award for outstanding legal professionals who are spearheading new developments in the world of intellectual property. He has also been named one of the top 100 lawyers in California and one of the Top 75 intellectual property litigators in California by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal. Mr. Ballon has been listed in Variety's "Legal Impact Report: 50 Game-Changing Attorneys" (2012), and was recognized as one of the top new media lawyers in the United States by CyberEsq. magazine, one of the 100 most influential lawyers in California by California Law Business, one of the top 100 lawyers in L.A. by the Los Angeles Business Journal, one of the top 50 IP Litigators in California and one of the top 25 copyright, trademark and patent lawyers in California by The Daily Journal. He is listed in Legal 500 U.S., The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of intellectual property and information technology and Chambers and Partners USA Guide in the areas of privacy and data security as well as IT and outsourcing.
Mr. Ballon received his LL.M. from Georgetown Univesity Law Center, his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School in 1986, and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Tufts University in 1983.
Brandon Butler is the Practitioner-in-Residence at the Washington College of Law's Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic.
Before joining WCL, Mr. Butler was the Director of Public Policy Initiatives at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), an association of 125 academic and research libraries in North America. From September 2009 to July 2013 he worked on a host of issues ranging from fair use to network neutrality to the PATRIOT Act. Working primarily on copyright issues, Butler prepared analysis and commentary on the Google Books Settlement, the Georgia State University e-reserves case, the HathiTrust, orphan works, and a wide range of litigation and legislation. He is a co-facilitator, with Peter Jaszi and Patricia Aufderheide, of the ARL Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries, released in January 2012. Butler still collaborates with ARL in support of library issues.
Before ARL, Mr. Butler was an associate in the Media and Information Technologies practice group at the Washington, D.C., law firm Dow Lohnes PLLC (now Cooley LLP), where he worked on copyright issues, trademark prosecution, litigation, and corporate transactions involving intellectual property. He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law where he was Articles Development Editor at the Journal of Law and Politics, obtained an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Texas, and did his undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia.
Mr. Butler received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, his M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, and his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Georgia.
Colette Vogele is a Senior Attorney at Microsoft. Her research interests include individual privacy rights, online anonymity, free expression, robotics and intellectual property. Her work has been featured on numerous programs including the New York Times Tech Talk, CNET, and This Week In Law.
Ms. Vogele previously headed her own firm where, in addition to her IP practice, she represented victims of online harassment. She was affiliated as a Fellow at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet & Society (2004-2014), where she began the work which developed into co-founding Without My Consent in 2011. Ms. Vogele is a coauthor of the 2014 WMC study on online harassment.