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More BigLaw Firms Add Internet and Privacy Law Practices

Posted Jun 20, 2012 6:15 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Online companies that need guidance on data privacy issues are spurring more large law firms to expand their Internet and privacy law practices.

Among the Washington, D.C., law firms expanding their practices are Venable, Covington & Burling, and Hogan Lovells, the Washington Post reports.

Emerging legal issues include whether the government can access company data and how companies can use data in marketing. The story quotes Stuart Ingis, co-chairman of the privacy and data security practice at Venable.

When he graduated form law school in 1997, Ingis said, “there were literally two lawyers in the whole country” whose practice focus was Internet law and policy. “Flash forward to today, every firm in the country has or wants to have a privacy practice,” he said. “What had been a boutique practice with a narrow focus [has become] one that is very mainstream.”

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