Alain Bensoussan is the founder and managing partner of Cabinet Alain Bensoussan, in Paris (France). Mr. Bensoussan focuses on intellectual property law, IT law, and international relation law. He was the President of Association Française du Droit de l’Informatique et de la Télécommunication (AFDIT) from 2005 to 2009. He was President of the Commission for the “Protection of Personal Data and Rights of the Digital Person”—of UIA (Union Internationale des Avocats) from 2006 to 2012, and was President of Association Nationale d’Assistance Administrative et Fiscale des Avocats (ANAAFA) from 2010 to 2011. He has also been a panelist with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) since 2000.
Mr. Bensoussan founded the law firm Cabinet Alain Bensoussan in 1978 in order to focus on computer and advanced technologies law. Always at the forefront of technological changes, today the firm is involved in other cutting-edge sectors, including robot law. Mr. Bensoussan teaches IT law at various Schools and Universities (including at École Centrale de Paris and Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale) and is a regular speaker at conferences and training programs. In 1985, Mr. Bensoussan wrote and published the first treatise on computer law (Berger-Levrault Editions). In 2008, he published a book on data protection on the occasion of the 30th birthday of the French Data Protection Act (Editions Francis Lefebvre) (3d edition to be published early 2014).
Mr. Bensoussan was named France’s “Lawyer of the Year” in Technology Law in 2014 and 2012, and in Information Technology Law in 2013 and 2011 by the U.S. legal publication Best Lawyers. He won a Client Choice Award in 2014 in the “Information Technology” category. His firm also received, both in 2014 and 2013, the Gold Trophy in the category “Information Technology–Media & Telecommunications” at the business law firms award ceremonies organized by Le Monde du Droit. In addition, Cabinet Alain Bensoussan is recommended by Legal 500 as “the ‘founding father of IT law in France’ and is described as having one of the Market’s Largest Offerings in terms of services and pool of experts.” It is the first French law firm to have sought and obtained in 1998, the ISO 9002 (1994 version), for all of its consulting and litigation services in the field of advanced technology law. In June 2012, it became one of the first French firms to be awarded the CNIL label “Lexing ® formation informatique et libertés” for its data protection training catalog and, in November 2012, the CNIL label “Lexing ® audit informatique et libertés” for its data processing audit procedures. In 2012, Mr. Bensoussan created Lexing ®, the first international network of lawyers dedicated to technology law.