ZWILLGEN - Key Persons
- Billing & Accounting Specialist
Abigail works with ZwillGen's billing team to help prepare client bills and invoices. She also works closely with ZwillGen's Controller, Patricia Mills, on internal budget allocation, staff perks and benefits, and various other accounting and finance-related responsibilities.
Adya Baker - Chief Legal Officer
Adya Baker's practice focuses on representing clients on a wide range of privacy and security related litigation matters including complex commercial litigation, class actions, arbitrations, and government investigations. She represents clients in federal appeals court, federal district court, as well as several state courts at every stage of litigation from case inception and negotiation through trial and appeal. Adya has represented and counseled clients in a variety of industries, including the software, entertainment, insurance, manufacturing, and healthcare industries on matters involving state and federal privacy statutes, contractual disputes, unfair competition laws, and state and federal constitutional privacy rights.
Adya also maintains an active pro bono practice, focusing on representation of domestic violence survivors in civil protection order, guardian ad litem, and custody and divorce cases. She currently serves on the Junior Board of D.C. Volunteer Lawyers Project, a non-profit organization committed to providing legal services to domestic violence victims and at-risk children in the D.C. area.
Prior to joining ZwillGen, Adya was a litigation associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in Washington, D.C. and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe in New York.
- International Data Authorities Urge Social Media Companies to Guard Against Unlawful Web Scraping
Ahmed graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law last spring with a certificate in Cybersecurity & Crisis Management. At Maryland Law, Ahmed was an editor on the Journal of Business & Technology Law where he published a student comment on modern data breach litigation and served as president of the cyber law & data privacy association.
During law school, Ahmed worked full-time as a cybersecurity and threat intelligence professional at several technology companies. At those firms, he tracked and investigated data breaches, phishing, and malware campaigns, and worked to prevent and detect insider threats. Ahmed has operational experience with modern cybersecurity threats, web scraping, data analysis, web development, and open-source intelligence. As a student, he served as a judicial intern at the US Court of Federal Claims, a law clerk at the Maryland Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division, a research extern at the Center for Health & Homeland Security, and a research fellow at Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.
Prior to law school, Ahmed worked as a threat analyst for a cybersecurity startup and was a fellow for the Internet Law & Policy Foundry. Ahmed received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Alex Stout - Chief Legal Officer
Alex helps clients avoid legal risk by designing and developing their products and services in accordance with current and evolving requirements. He counsels clients on consumer protection and corporate compliance matters including children's and educational privacy, emerging state privacy laws, email and SMS marketing, telemarketing, and telecommunications privacy. Alex also defends clients in regulatory investigations and enforcement actions by state attorneys general and before federal and state regulators, including the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and represents clients in rulemaking proceedings before the FCC.
- Senior Legal Director - ZwillGen Law LLP
Alexei Klestoff's practice focuses on representing clients in a variety of privacy, consumer protection, and e-commerce matters through counseling, litigation, responding to FTC and state Attorneys General investigations, and developing compliance programs.
- Front Desk Administrative Assistant
Anabelle Cruz is responsible for the administrative duties in ZwillGen's New York office. These duties include a variety of tasks, such as time entry, document proofing, and managing the Firm's vendor accounts. In addition to this, she also assists with legal projects as needed.
A self-professed tech geek and sci-fi enthusiast, Andrew is ZwillGen's resident digital emissary. Andrew brings to ZwillGen his passion for marketing and love of technology, which he leverages to ensure that ZwillGen communicates its work and events in new, interesting, and relevant ways. Prior to joining the ZwillGen team, he spent nearly six years in big law developing and executing a vast array of marketing initiatives.
Angelica Bos is an experienced corporate and transactional attorney. Her practice focuses on representing traditional and emerging growth companies in a variety of commercial transactions including SaaS agreements, vendor, consulting, marketing, recruiting, non-disclosure, and partnership agreements. Angelica also helps clients in connection with compliance and data privacy and protection matters. Angelica's practice spans legal, risk, and operational issues impacting a business and Angelica enjoys helping clients in all aspects of their day-to-day business as they continue to navigate and adapt to the evolving regulatory and business landscapes.
Prior to ZwillGen, Angelica was a corporate associate at Gunderson Dettmer (Singapore) and Gibson Dunn (New York and London). She represented companies and investors on numerous cross-border deals involving venture capital, mergers & acquisitions, capital markets, real estate, and project finance. She also spent time as commercial and privacy counsel at the London office of Mixpanel, an SF-based venture-backed data analytics company. Prior to law school, Angelica was a consultant with Accenture's risk management practice focusing on regulatory compliance.
Angelica received her law degree from Columbia Law School and earned her bachelor's degree from Duke University.
Angelica is qualified to practice in New York (US) and as a solicitor of England and Wales (UK).
- Partner - ZwillGen Law LLP
Anna Hsia maintains a diverse practice counseling clients on product development and privacy issues, and litigating complex business disputes. Her broad clientele includes companies in the gig economy, online gaming, cloud computing, advertising, and biotechnology space.
Anna assists clients with navigating the complex web of privacy laws and regulations that apply to existing and new technologies. From counseling clients on consumer-facing privacy policies and terms of service to working with business teams to mitigate risk associated with new product offerings, Anna provides practical advice to resolve difficult legal issues. Anna also works with business-to-business clients on transactional issues arising from licensing and reseller arrangements. She has guided clients on compliance with regulations such as the TCPA, HIPAA, COPPA, state-specific privacy regulations including the CCPA and CalOPPA, and the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Anna has also counseled clients on compliance with the GDPR and cross-border data transfers.
As part of her litigation practice, Anna guides clients through complex disputes. She has broad experience litigating claims involving unfair competition allegations, false advertising, and other privacy-related claims in federal and state court. Anna has extensive experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in consumer class actions, including defense of class actions involving the TCPA. She has also assisted clients with federal and state regulatory investigations, and with guiding clients through data breach responses.
Anna serves on the Executive Committee of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Law section of the Bar Association of San Francisco. She has been published by the American Bar Association, the Daily Journal, and Financier Worldwide. Her speaking engagements include presentations at the Stanford Ecommerce Best Practices Conference, PLI's TechLaw Institute, and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association's CLE Expo.
Prior to joining ZwillGen, Anna litigated a variety of business disputes for both plaintiffs and defendants. She developed experience in contract disputes, consumer financial services litigation, securities litigation, trademark, and trade secret actions. While a member of Goodwin Procter's privacy and data security group, Anna counseled clients on compliance with federal, state, and international privacy laws.
Anna received her law degree from Harvard Law School, where she served as an Editor-in-Chief and Outreach Editor of the Harvard Negotiation Law Review.
Anna's services are offered to clients through ZwillGen Law LLP, an affiliate of ZwillGen PLLC.
Bart Huff - Chief Legal Officer
- Senior Counsel
- Managing Director - ZGSS
Bart Huff's practice focuses on representing and counseling clients - from individuals and startups to Fortune 500 companies - on a wide range of issues related to online content and services. Some of the areas in which Bart represents clients include:
Criminal and internal investigations
Privacy and security litigation
Theft of trade secrets
Compliance obligations relating to the use and disclosure of customer and subscriber information
Prior to joining ZwillGen, Bart served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the Northern District of Illinois for over seven years. At the USAO, Bart prosecuted a variety of federal criminal matters, beginning in the investigative stage and following through trials and appeals. Bart investigated and prosecuted numerous cases involving computer and internet related crimes, such as theft of trade secrets under the Economic Espionage Act, Denial of Service attacks, and unlawful access to protected computers. During his time in the USAO, Bart also prosecuted white collar fraud, securities and other regulatory violations, and drug and violent crimes. In his work as a prosecutor, Bart often dealt with issues arising from the Electronic Communications Privacy Act ("ECPA") and the Wiretap and Stored Communication Acts.
During his service in the USAO, Bart tried 18 cases to a jury, briefed and argued multiple appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and received numerous achievement awards from the Department of Justice, including a Certificate of Recognition from the Director of the FBI.
After receiving his J.D. from the University of Iowa Law School with high distinction in 1994, Bart clerked for Judge Michael S. Kanne of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Prior to his service in the Department of Justice, Bart was an associate with the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, where his practice included commercial litigation, product liability, mass tort litigation, and white-collar criminal defense.
Ben Thomassen's practice focuses on consumer class actions, where he represents clients in litigation and helps them understand and respond to potential class action exposure.
At ZwillGen, Ben leverages his more than 10 years of experience prosecuting class actions on behalf of putative and certified consumer classes. During that time, Ben was involved in all stages of litigation-from conceptualization and investigation to litigation and settlement-in cases that turned on novel legal theories brought under federal and state privacy statutes and other consumer protection laws, including, among others, the Electronic Communications Privacy ("Wiretap") Act, Video Privacy Protection Act, Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, and various states' right of publicity statutes. He also argued some of the country's most seminal privacy cases before state and federal courts, both at the trial and appellate levels-including before the Illinois Supreme Court. With this substantial body of knowledge and hands-on experience, Ben provides his clients with unique and practical insights into the areas of class action defense and risk mitigation.
As a litigator, Ben's experience and overall approach to litigation has garnered the respect of colleagues on both sides of the aisle, resulted in his appointment to leadership positions by numerous state and federal courts, and earned specific praise for his display of "an extraordinary measure of excellence and courtesy that is unfortunately all too rare in today's fractious and overly competitive atmosphere . . . [as] proof that lawyers can act civilly and courteously in their dealings with each other without sacrificing in the slightest the obligations they owe to their clients." Dancel v. Groupon, Inc., No. 18-cv-2027, dkt. 212 (N.D. Ill. Mar. 25, 2021).
Prior to joining ZwillGen, Ben worked at Edelson PC in Chicago, Illinois, where he represented consumers and governments in civil litigation. During law school, Ben worked for the City of Chicago's Department of Law and the Cook County State's Attorney Office.
- Systems & Cloud Administrator
Service-oriented Technician with over 20 years of experience designing and implementing complex, highly efficient systems for various industries. With an extensive background in network architecture, cloud computing, and virtualization technologies, Damon supports the team by ensuring all IT related systems and services are operational and efficient. He enjoys the process and challenge that IT support services bring as well as all things involving ice cream!
Dana Brusca's practice focuses on litigation, investigations by federal and state agencies, and internal investigations related to data breaches and infrastructure security. Dana's background is technical in nature, having studied theoretical mathematics for her undergraduate degree and initially pursued a career in computer science. Dana's practice leveraged her prior experience, and she particularly enjoys helping companies resolve disputes-whether with business partners, consumers, or regulators-that involve a technical component, including with respect to issues arising under the VPPA, CFAA, and ECPA. For similar reasons, Dana also enjoys counseling and advising on emerging crypto and gaming compliance matters.
Prior to joining ZwillGen, Dana was a federal prosecutor for seven years with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland. In that role, she completed multiple jury trials involving white collar and violent crime and has argued related appeals. She also served as a team leader for investigations arising under the Bank Secrecy Act and, toward the end of her tenure, as one of the office's computer-hacking and intellectual property points of contact. In this role, Dana led one of the District's first dark web narcotics trafficking and money laundering investigations, which resulted in the seizure of more than $129 million in cryptocurrency and other assets. Dana twice received the U.S. Attorney's Office Award for Excellence in Prosecution of Fraud and received recognition from the FBI Washington Field Office and ATF for her work.
Following graduation from law school, Dana served as a law clerk to the Honorable Douglas H. Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and was a member of the litigation department of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz where she assisted companies and their leaders in responding to and managing regulatory and congressional inquiries, and other reputational matters.
Daniel de Zayas' practice focuses on a variety of legal matters that impact technology and Internet-based companies. He helps both emerging and established companies with issues related to gaming and gambling, law enforcement and third-party legal process, e-commerce, consumer protection, data privacy, and data security.
Daniel works with gaming and gambling clients on complying with federal and state gaming and gambling laws, mitigating gambling and consumer protection risks associated with loot boxes and blockchain-based assets (e.g., NFTs, tokens), structuring sweepstakes and drafting official rules, operating social media influencer campaigns, and drafting formal legal opinions. He enjoys working closely with game developers and game engines to mitigate legal risk without sacrificing innovation, player experience, or in-game economy.
Additionally, Daniel assists clients with compliance obligations related to the disclosure of customer and subscriber information. He routinely advises companies on how to respond to law enforcement requests and third-party subpoenas, as well as issues arising under federal and state privacy, security breach, and surveillance statutes, such as ECPA, VPPA, and CFAA.
Daniel also has extensive experience working with e-commerce matters, web accessibility compliance, intermediary liability, and drafting policies and procedures, such as terms of service, privacy policies, and end user licensing agreements. He also has experience representing clients facing formal investigations and informal inquiries from federal and state regulators and lawsuits involving contractual disputes, state and federal privacy statutes, and DMCA claims.
He is published in academic journals and newspapers for his work related to the Fourth Amendment, the intersection of media and national security, and the patchwork of state privacy laws in the United States. As a law student, Daniel published a Comment on Carpenter v. United States, which was cited in one of the first federal district court opinions analyzing the constitutionality of geofence warrants.
Daniel previously served as a Fellow at ZwillGen and as the first Summer Legal Intern in the Washington, DC office.
Daniel received his J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude and served as an editor on Law Review. During law school, he worked as a research assistant for Professor Jennifer Daskal researching issues related to content moderation, data extraterritoriality issues, and hacking.
Daniel graduated last spring with cum laude honors from Fordham University School of Law, where he was awarded as a Ruth Whitehead Whaley Scholar, received the New York Bar Foundation's Catalyst Public Service Fellowship and Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award, and was the Senior Articles Editor for the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal. He has written notes on biometric privacy in publicly available data and privacy issues in brain-computer interfaces, as well as a piece on artificial intelligence in automated public benefits systems.
In law school, Daniel was the Founder and President of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, Vice President of the Information Law Society, and a teaching assistant to Dr. Jed Shugerman focused on torts and legislation & regulation. He was a legal extern at Meta's Oversight Board, the Future of Privacy Forum, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a privacy fellow at Novo Nordisk and the Fordham Center on Law and Information Policy, and a legal intern at City Bar Justice Center.
Prior to law school, Daniel received his B.A. in Political Science and Women & Gender Studies with summa cum laude honors from Rutgers University and was an Asylum Paralegal for Immigration Equality.
- Legal Projects Manager and Advisory Counsel
David Ward's practice primarily focuses on gaming and gambling regulation. He helps both new and established companies with issues related to gaming and gambling, licensing, regulatory compliance, and similar matters.
David works with gaming operators, vendors, and other industry participants on complying with various state regulatory regimes related to sports wagering, i-gaming, and fantasy sports. He enjoys working closely with clients-often new to the regulated gaming landscape-to identify the licenses they are required to obtain, determine the scope of related disclosure filings they will need to submit, and navigate other state-specific requirements. David also advises gaming operators on compliance matters such as the development of internal controls, and closely monitors legislative and regulatory developments in the fast-changing regulated gaming space.
Additionally, David is a Legal Projects Manager and Advisory Counsel at ZwillGen's gaming-focused affiliate, ZG Gaming Solutions, where he coordinates the drafting and submission of complex licensing applications and helps develop the company's licensing management procedures. David initially served as the first Legal Fellow at ZG Gaming Solutions in 2022.
David also has a robust knowledge base of intellectual property and antitrust law. He previously worked as a Research Assistant for the Center for Intellectual Property x Innovation Policy (C-IP2) at George Mason University, and he worked on various copyright policy matters as an intern at the Copyright Alliance. In 2021, he was selected by the Global Antitrust Institute (GAI) to work with the Honorable Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg of the United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit to co-write the prompt for the 2022 GAI Antitrust Institute Invitational. As a member of the Journal of Law Economics, and Policy in law school, he published a comment titled A Sample-Sized Problem: Examining Market Inefficiencies and Inconsistent Jurisprudence in Music Sampling that reviewed potential legal and economic solutions to music sampling issues in light of the Music Modernization Act.
David holds a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Science from James Madison University and is an avid music lover as well as a classically trained guitarist. He received his J.D. from George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School where he graduated magna cum laude in 2022.
- Front Desk Administrative Assistant
Domenica manages the front desk at ZwillGen's DC office and provides administrative support for a team of ZwillGen attorneys. She handles a wide range of duties which include but not limited to managing inventory of supplies, vendor accounts, time entry, scheduling, and generating monthly accruals.
With a passion for all things legal, Emma provides administrative support for ZwillGen attorneys. She is responsible for time entry, document proofing and editing, and preparing travel arrangements. She also assists with various legal projects as needed.
- Marketing & Events Coordinator
As ZwillGen's Marketing & Events Coordinator, Gwyneth Collins works alongside ZwillGen's Marketing Director to bring new ideas and marketing initiatives to life, helps maintain the Firm's digital marketing presence, and plans Firm events from start to finish. She also works with ZwillGen attorneys to raise their online profiles, prepare presentations, and publish blog posts.
Hannah Schaller represents clients in a range of legal matters related to digital technology, including data privacy and security, e-commerce, and advertising matters. She strives to understand clients' products, priorities, and goals in order to provide strategic, actionable advice.
Hannah counsels both emerging and established companies on compliance with laws such as CCPA, GDPR, BIPA, COPPA, HIPAA, and Section 5 of the FTC Act. Her areas of experience include international data protection and cross-border transfers, educational and children's privacy, alternative data, health privacy, biometrics, and user-generated content. Hannah works closely with clients to advise on implementation and risk mitigation, create internal policies and procedures, and draft consumer-facing privacy policies and terms of service.
In addition, Hannah helps draft and negotiate commercial contracts. She has particular experience assisting with agreements for data transfers, social media and influencer marketing, and alternative data acquisition. She conducts diligence of data vendors and assists clients in mitigating the risks associated with various types of data.
Hannah received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she served on the managing board of the Virginia Journal of International Law. During law school, Hannah also served as an intern at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she analyzed developments in privacy and telecommunications law, and at the Future of Privacy Forum, where she covered health privacy issues.
Jacob regularly represents companies in privacy and security-related litigation. He has served as lead counsel for major internet companies and magazine publishers in defending actions brought under the Michigan Video Rental Privacy Act, and communications platforms in class action litigation under the California Invasion of Privacy Act. Jacob was the lead outside counsel on Pandora's victory in the Michigan Supreme Court defeating claims under the Michigan Video Rental Privacy Act.
He has also engaged in extensive investigations of hacking, employee misconduct, bribery, embezzlement, fraud and compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, with an emphasis on working with investigators to understand and use computer forensic evidence to uncover wrongdoing, interview witnesses, and prepare practical remediation plans.
Jacob holds an active security clearance and is one of the rare private attorneys that has appeared before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court more than once (on behalf of Yahoo and as co-counsel to appointed amicus Marc Zwillinger). He likewise has represented numerous communications platforms and internet companies in litigation involving requests for user data in the United States and across the world.
Prior to joining ZwillGen PLLC, Jacob obtained litigation and appellate experience at major firms in Washington, DC and Columbia, SC, including appeals before the Fourth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits, as well as the South Carolina Supreme Court and United States Supreme Court. Jacob has worked on trial teams in a number of federal district courts in DMCA litigation, a rare trial involving the Alien Tort Claims Act, and securities class actions.
While at Vanderbilt Law School, Jacob received the Founder's Medal for graduating first in his class.
- Senior Litigation Paralegal
Jamie supports attorneys on litigation matters by maintaining the litigation docket, electronically filing court documents, cite checking briefs, and managing document productions. She also works with the subpoena compliance team, responding to requests for user data.
Jason Gall is the IT Director at ZwillGen and has over twenty years of experience in information technology with direct focus on systems infrastructure and network management. He enjoys the challenges of leadership and support, often balancing the two in a constantly shifting technology field.
Jeff Landis' practice focuses on representing clients in litigation, with a particular focus on defending companies in privacy class actions.
Jeff has represented clients in matters involving the Video Privacy Protection Act ("VPPA"), the Michigan Video Rental Privacy Act ("VRPA"), the Cable Act, the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act ("CALEA"), the Electronic Communications Privacy Act ("ECPA"), the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act ("FISA"), and numerous additional federal and state privacy and unfair competition laws. This includes helping media companies Cartoon Network and CNN secure dismissals of putative VPPA class actions filed against them in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, both of which were subsequently affirmed by the Eleventh Circuit. Jeff also helped publisher Time, Inc. obtain summary judgment in a VRPA class action filed against it in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and successfully defended that judgment on appeal to the Sixth Circuit. He also represented members of the technology industry in an amicus brief submitted to the Supreme Court in the Microsoft Ireland matter.
Additionally, Jeff advises financial services and technology clients on legal issues related to acquiring, analyzing, and distributing data from alternative sources, including web scraping, aggregated and anonymized financial data, and drone data. Jeff also assists clients in responding to law enforcement requests for user data and formal investigations and informal inquiries conducted by the FTC, DOJ, and states' Attorney General Offices
Prior to joining ZwillGen, Jeff was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He served as counsel for Facebook and its officers and directors in lawsuits challenging the conduct of Facebook's IPO. He participated in numerous trials and arbitrations while at Kirkland, including for cable company Charter Communications in a 19-day bench trial regarding claims by Charter's lenders that Charter breached its $11 billion secured financing agreement and for Equal no-calorie sweetener in a five-week federal jury trial alleging that Splenda no-calorie sweetener misrepresented its artificial product as natural.
Jodi Standish serves as an experienced Senior Accountant within ZwillGen's accounting division. She provides additional updates, oversight, and analysis in conjunction with the billing department to reach financial targets. Jodi works diligently with the Controller on various accounting projects while focusing on a sense of community and teamwork among colleagues and clients.
Since 2000, Jon Frankel has been counseling emerging and established technology and media companies, as well as venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, on data privacy, protection and security, e-commerce, intellectual property, advertising, marketing, and litigation matters. His clients offer a variety of technology products and services, including social media, connected car technology, online gaming, cloud computing, SaaS, and mobile applications.
Jon assists clients in generating online revenues, protecting their intellectual property, mitigating risks, and adapting their business models to the ever-changing technology laws and best practices. He provides advice on consumer protection and corporate compliance matters, including domestic and international data protection and trans-border data transfers, children's and educational privacy, online gaming and gambling, behavioral and targeted advertising, online promotions, email and SMS marketing, user-generated content, telemarketing, the Internet of Things, surveillance, electronic contracts and signatures, and location-based data. Jon helps companies comply with a wide variety of applicable federal and state laws including the CCPA, GDPR, TCPA, COPPA, VPPA, HIPAA, GLBA and FCRA, as well Section 5 of the FTC Act and State UDAP laws.
Jon also has extensive experience with civil litigation concerning consumer protection, privacy, data security, and marketing disputes. He represents clients in state and federal court proceedings, multi-state attorney general investigations, and before federal and state regulators, including the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission.
Prior to joining ZwillGen, Jon was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Bingham McCutchen, LLP, where he co-chaired the Privacy and Security Group and was a member of the Telecommunications, Media and Technology group.
- Talent Acquisition Manager
- Legal Director - ZwillGen Law LLP
- Senior Counsel
- Managing Director - ZG Gaming
Paul Rice - Chief Legal Officer
- Senior Billing Specialist
- Project Team Manager & Program Analyst
- Director of Administration
Sheri Pan - Chief Legal Officer
Steve Lane - Chief Legal Officer