Atty. Melissa Krasnow, Partner at VLP Law Group LLP
Melissa Krasnow is a partner at VLP Law Group and a Certified Information Privacy Professional/US (CIPP/US) who practices in the areas of U.S. and cross-border privacy, data security, big data, artificial intelligence, governance, technology transactions and mergers and acquisitions. A significant part of Melissa’s practices involves working with companies regarding: (1) privacy and data security law (including the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)/California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), Colorado Privacy Act (CPA) and Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (VCDPA)), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and related contract requirements and (2) data breaches/incidents, written information security programs, data security agreements, incident response plans, tabletop exercises and cyber liability insurance policy matters (including ransomware). VLP Law Group is a BTI Cybersecurity Standout 2020 – Leading Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Law Firm (Cybersecurity Standout in State & Local Regulations and distinguished Cybersecurity firm in four separate areas).
Atty. BJ Ard, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School
BJ Ard is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he teaches and writes on intellectual property, privacy, and technology law. Professor Ard was named Classroom Teacher of the Year for 2020–2021, and his work has been published in distinguished law reviews including Emory Law Journal, Maryland Law Review, Missouri Law Review, Yale Law Journal, and the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology. He also co-authored a subsection in the leading copyright law treatise Nimmer on Copyright on the Google v. Oracle decision and its implications for fair use. Before joining the UW Law faculty, Professor Ard worked as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, a research fellow at the Yale Information Society Project, and in private practice at Irell & Manella LLP in Los Angeles. He completed his J.D. and Ph.D. in law at Yale Law School, where he was Managing Editor of the Yale Law Journal, and after law school he clerked for the Honorable R. Lanier Anderson III on the Eleventh Circuit. Prior to law school, Professor Ard completed his B.A. and M.A. as a Foundation Fellow at the University of Georgia.
Atty. Derek C. Stettner, Partner at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
Derek brings more than 20 years of experience to his work in patent prosecution, portfolio management, intellectual property due diligence, and technology transfer and licensing matters.
His strong track record of successful outcomes, coupled with his technical training as an electrical engineer, give Derek a unique perspective on the challenges facing in-house legal departments and technological innovators in a broad range of industries.
Clients turn to Derek for tactical guidance in the following areas:
- Protecting software, computer, and electrical technologies by securing patent, copyright, and other IP property protection
- Growing and managing large patent portfolios
- Obtaining strategic patent coverage
- Negotiating intellectual property licenses and non-disclosure agreements
- Due diligence, product clearance, and litigation avoidance and support
Chambers USA has twice recognized Derek’s work in intellectual property law. He regularly speaks and writes on topics ranging from online privacy policies to software patents.
Atty. Emil J. Ali, Partner at McCabe & Ali, LLP
Emil J. Ali provides legal representation of professionals across regulated industries to limit, defend, and deflect liability in regulatory and professional conduct investigations, enforcement actions, arbitrations, and court cases. His diverse experience affords him the ability to provide advice and counsel to licensed professionals including attorneys, investment advisors, broker-dealers, and registered representatives. Emil's experience includes working within the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED). While at the OED, he helped to promulgate the USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct. His unique experience affords him an understanding of the regulation of the legal profession. He also provides guidance to law firms and attorneys regarding employment transitions and the related conflicts, and represents some of the most well-known intellectual property firms in resolving ethical dilemmas. As a registered patent attorney, Emil understands the nuances of patent prosecution and litigation, as well as the unique obligations of patent and trademark practitioners who practice before the USPTO. Additionally, Emil is an adjunct professor of law at Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, OR where he teaches legal ethics. Emil also spent time at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia as a Special Assistant United States Attorney. There, he worked closely with Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to prosecute a variety of crimes in the District of Columbia. Emil previously worked for the United States Department of Labor (DOL), Employee Benefits Security Administration where he focused his time on issues related to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). His experience at the DOL allows him to help clients understand the complex provisions of ERISA, including fiduciary obligations. Emil also managed the commercial regulatory affairs program at Providence Health Plan where he led a team of professionals to provide regulatory compliance assistance for a multi-billion-dollar health insurance issuer Emil has represented clients before the SEC, various state securities regulators, state accountancy boards, medical and osteopathic boards, the USPTO, various state bars, and within state and federal courts. He is often called upon to provide advice and has been retained as an expert to help panel counsel understand the nuances of USPTO matters.
Atty. Kerry Childe, Senior Consultant, Contoural
Kerry has almost 20 years of information counsel experience, leading the development and implementation of enterprise-wide privacy and information protection programs to protect personal and company information. She has previously worked as Senior Corporate Counsel for Privacy and Information Policy at Best Buy, and as Senior Privacy and Regulatory Counsel at Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation, a nonprofit student-lending organization.
Prof. Bruce Boyden, Associate Professor, Marquette University Law School
Bruce Boyden is an Associate Professor at Marquette University Law School, where he is the co-director of Marquette’s Intellectual Property Program, and teaches copyrights, privacy law, and civil procedure. His scholarship focuses on the way in which rapid technological and economic change affects the evolution of legal doctrine, including recent articles on computer-generated works and automated public performances. He is currently researching the historical development of the test for infringement in copyright law. Before becoming a law professor, Bruce was in private practice for several years with the law firm Proskauer Rose LLP, where his practice focused on digital copyright issues, privacy, and Internet law. Bruce is a graduate of Yale Law School, and has a master’s in history from Northwestern University and a B.A. from the University of Arkansas. He blogs at the Marquette Law Faculty Blog.