Computer Law, Intellectual Property, and Privacy Law (CLIPP) Advisory Council

Wernick photoAlan S. Wernick, CHAIRMAN, is a Principal in the law firm of Wernick & Associates, Ltd., a Martindale-Hubbell AV rated attorney, a Leading Lawyer in Computer and Technology Law, and listed in the International Who's Who of Internet & e-Commerce Lawyers. Alan is admitted to practice in IL, NY, OH, & DC.  An experienced information technology, data privacy/cybersecurity, and intellectual property transactions and litigation attorney with both large law firm and in-house counsel experience, and a background in computer technology.  In his role as General Counsel to a large company, he worked closely with the management of the company and the various business units.  From that experience he gained a deep and broad understanding of the practical business world.  He has an extensive track record advising organizations in acquiring, using, and selling technologies and related services, including the drafting and negotiation of agreements; data privacy/cybersecurity compliance and remediation; intellectual property management; dispute resolution; compliance processes, procedures, and policies. 

Alan’s background includes law, computer science, accounting/auditing, and the information technology industry.  This background provides experience in, and an understanding of, the technology and business drivers underlying business agreements, privacy, cybersecurity, transactions, and disputes in these areas of the law.  An effective leader – having managed other attorneys, he is a trusted advisor with multidisciplinary experience and practice combining law, technology, dispute resolution (ADR and litigation), business management, and education/training. 

Alan is a seasoned communicator and bridge builder between business people and technology people, business people and the worlds of data privacy/cybersecurity and intellectual property, technology licensors and licensees.  He has published a broad catalog of articles, presentations and lectures on information technology, intellectual property, data privacy/cybersecurity, and compliance issues. For more information about Alan, his transactional and dispute resolution experience, publications and lectures, visit

Douglas IsenbergDouglas M. Isenberg is the founder of The GigaLaw Firm in Atlanta and a domain name panelist for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the National Arbitration Forum (NAF), the Czech Arbitration Court (CAC) and the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (BCICAC).  He is a member of ICANN’s Intellectual Property Constituency and the International Trademark Association (INTA). Prior to starting his own law firm in 2005, Doug practiced intellectual property law at Alston & Bird and Needle & Rosenberg (subsequently merged with Ballard Spahr) and served as in-house counsel for Meridian Management, the exclusive marketing agency of the International Olympic Committee.

Doug has written and spoken extensively on Internet law and is the author of the book The GigaLaw Guide to Internet Law (published by Random House in 2002), served as a legal columnist for Internet World magazine and was a frequent guest on CNN Headline News. Since 2000, his GigaLaw website has published daily news updates on Internet legal issues. Doug blogs regularly about Internet law and domain name disputes on GigaLaw, which is listed in the ABA Journal’s “Blawg 100,” a compilation of the “the very best law blogs.”  Doug graduated cum laude from Georgia State University College of Law, where he has served as an adjunct professor of computer law, and received his A.B. from Washington University in St. Louis. Contact Doug via his website at

Kirsch photoGregory J. Kirsch  is a Partner and the Head of the Intellectual Property Practice of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP.  Greg serves as patent counsel to clients ranging from large multinational corporations to small start-ups, as well as universities.  His practice encompasses the entire range of patent law, including patent procurement, strategic patent portfolio development, patent opinions (infringement, validity and patentability), patent reissues, reexaminations and post-grant review, IP due diligence, licensing, as well as patent litigation.  He has served as a patent expert in a patent litigation matter, and has participated in patent opposition hearings at the European Patent Office.

In addition to his full-time legal practice, Greg has served as an Adjunct Professor of patent law at Emory University School of Law since 1997, and as an Adjunct Professor of intellectual property law at Washington University School of Law (St. Louis) since 2011.  He is a past Chair of the IP Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia (2000-2001), and a past Co-Chair of the Patent Policy Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Intellectual Property Law Section.  In addition to his law degree (Washington University, St. Louis, 1990), he earned a B.S. in electrical and computer engineering (University of Iowa, 1987), and is a registered patent attorney with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Pierre-Louis photoStanley Pierre-Louis is Senior Vice President and General Counsel at the Entertainment Software Association (ESA).  Based in Washington, D.C., the ESA represents the interests of the U.S. video game industry, which includes the leading game publishers for consoles, computers and mobile devices.  ESA’s activities include conducting business and consumer research; providing advocacy on First Amendment, technology and intellectual property issues; and running a global content protection program for its members.  The ESA also owns and operates the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the world's premier trade show for computer, video and mobile games and related products.

Prior to joining ESA, Stanley served as Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property and Content Protection at Viacom Inc.  There, he was responsible for developing strategies to protect digital content, managing major intellectual property litigation and leading other IP-related legal initiatives for Viacom and its brands. Prior to joining Viacom, Stanley served as Co-Chair of the Entertainment and Media Law Group at Kaye Scholer LLP, concentrating on intellectual property counseling and litigation.  And prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President for Legal Affairs at the Recording Industry Association of America.  There, he led several strategic copyright litigations, including the entertainment industry’s litigations against, Napster and Aimster as well as the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case MGM Studios v. Grokster, which resulted in a unanimous decision in favor of the film and music industries.

Stanley is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Clark University and earned his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School, where he served on the Board of Editors of the University of Chicago Law Review.  Immediately following law school, Stanley clerked for Judge David A. Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Polley photoVincent I. Polley is President of KnowConnect PLLC (, providing consulting services on information policy, security, and knowledge management processes. Earlier, he was Deputy General Counsel of Schlumberger Limited. 

Vince is a member of the ABA Journal’s editorial board. He was Chair of the ABA Standing Committee on CLE; and Chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Technology & Information Systems. Earlier, he served as co-chair of the ABA Commission on Second Season of Service, and on the Advisory Commission for the ABA World Justice Project, the Council of the ABA’s Section of Business Law, and the Standing Committee on Law & National Security. Most-recently he was co-editor of the book The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook: A Resource for Attorneys, Law Firms and Business Professionals (ABA Press, 2013). Since 1997 Vince has published MIRLN, a monthly e-newsletter on IT related legal news (; his Twitter handle is “@vpolley”.

Vince was a founding member of the Internet Law & Policy Forum, is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an arbitrator on the AAA’s Commercial Panel, and a member of the American Law Institute.  A graduate of Harvard College (mathematics), Vince received his law degree from the University of Michigan. Vince can be reached at

Thomas photoLiisa Thomas  is a partner in the Chicago office of Winston & Strawn and chair of the firm’s privacy and data security practice. Liisa, who was born in Finland and has lived in France, Egypt, and Spain, frequently coordinates global efforts in the privacy area for her clients. Liisa has been recognized by the Leading Lawyers Network, Chambers, and Legal 500. She is often quoted by the press and has spoken and written extensively on cutting edge privacy law matters, including authoring Thomas on Data Breach: A Practical Guide to Handling Worldwide Data Breach Notification. Liisa is the editor of the Winston & Strawn Privacy Law Corner blog and is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee. 

Liisa is on the adjunct faculty at DePaul and Northwestern Law Schools, is a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School teaching courses on data breach notification, and is the chair of the INTA Bulletin committee of the International Trademark Association. Liisa received a B.A. in History from Haverford College and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. She is an avid sailboat racer and plays violin in the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra, an orchestra made up of lawyers and judges.

Towle photoHolly K. Towle is a partner with K&L Gates LLP, an international law firm. Holly’s practice focuses on payment systems, privacy and data security, electronic business issues such as e-contracting structures for consumers, customers and for business processes, and software licensing and other issues relating to information assets. She is the author of two treatises, The Law of Electronic Commercial Transactions (2003-2015 LexisNexis) and Data Privacy, Protection, and Security Law.

Holly is a member of the American Law Institute; is listed among the top 25 Information Technology lawyers in the Best of the Best USA; and is included in the Guide to the World's Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers, in An International Who's Who of E-Commerce & Data Protection Lawyers and, for more than 15 years in the Financial Institutions Law and the Information Technology sections of The Best Lawyers in America.

Holly speaks and is published nationally and internationally. For almost a decade, she commented on behalf of trade organizations or other clients on proposed state and federal legislation regarding computer information transactions, electronic commerce, software licensing, proposed revisions to UCC Article 2 and consumer protection rules, and continues to assess new legislative proposals for clients.

Scott photoMichael D. Scott  is a professor of law at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, California. He teaches a number of intellectual property and technology law courses, including Patent Law, Copyright Law, Cyberlaw, Information Privacy Law, Cybercrimes, Entertainment Law and Web 2.0, IP Licensing: Law and Practice, and Drafting and Negotiating Technology Agreements.

Prior to joining the faculty, he was a partner in Perkins Coie LLP. He practiced technology and business law for 29 years.

Considered a “pioneer” in the field of technology and Internet law, Mike is author of six legal treatises: Scott on Information Technology Law (3d ed.) (Wolters Kluwer), Scott on Multimedia Law (3d ed.) (Wolters Kluwer), Scott on Outsourcing Law & Practice (Wolters Kluwer), Internet and Technology Law Desk Reference (9th ed.) (Wolters Kluwer), Intellectual Property and Licensing Law Desk Reference (3d. ed) (Wolters Kluwer), Telecommunications Law Desk Reference (2d ed.) (Wolters Kluwer), and The Year 2000 Computer Crisis: Law, Business Technology (Glasser LegalWorks 1998) (co-author) and is Editor-in-chief of the monthly newsletter, The Cyberspace Lawyer.

Professor Scott is a frequent speaker at various legal and industry conferences, and author of hundreds of articles on myriad subjects published worldwide in a variety of languages.

Thomas RubinThomas C. Rubin is special counsel at Quinn Emanuel, having served for many years as Microsoft’s Chief Intellectual Property Strategy Counsel and the head of the copyright, trademark, and trade secret group at the company. He has vast expertise in intellectual property, technology, licensing, internet, media law, corporate governance, and investigations.

At Microsoft, Tom spearheaded complex litigation, enforcement, product development, licensing, marketing, and global policy strategies across Microsoft’s business divisions. He also led many collaborative efforts with other leaders in the technology and content industries, including briefs, policy initiatives and product partnerships. In 2010, the Los Angeles County Bar Association awarded him the Corporate Alternative Dispute Resolution Award for his leadership of the landmark User Generated Content Principles.

He is currently teaching an advanced copyright seminar as a lecturer at Harvard Law School, and previously taught seminars at Stanford Law School and Yale College. A frequent speaker on legal, policy, and business issues related to content, innovation, and the Internet, he has testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and addressed the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in Russia, International Copyright Forum in China, International Copyright Technology Conference in Korea, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and many other government, academic, and industry forums around the world.

Prior to Microsoft, Tom was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he was one of the country’s first prosecutors of computer and intellectual property crimes. He argued and won three cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and was awarded the Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney. Before that, Tom was at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York, where he represented, among others, Sony Corp., Time Inc., Infinity Broadcasting Co. and Howard Stern. He clerked for Judge Leonard B. Sand in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and Chief Judge James L. Oakes in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

A graduate of Yale and of Stanford Law School, Tom worked in the newsroom of The New York Times prior to law school. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Creative Commons; the Steering Committee of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press; and the Board of Visitors at Stanford Law School.