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Social Media and Mobile Devices 2020: Addressing Corporate Risks

Speaker(s): Aaron P. Rubin, Amy L. Bomse, Henry Lien, James Daire, James G. Snell, John F. Delaney, Kathy L. Ossian, Lynn Humphreys, Tsan Abrahamson
Recorded on: Feb. 4, 2020
PLI Program #: 277540

Amy L. Bomse is a shareholder specializing in attorney liability and conduct and complex business litigation.

Ms. Bomse is a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation and Attorney Liability and Conduct Practice Groups.  She focuses on representing lawyers and law firms. Ms. Bomse represents lawyers and law firms in a wide variety of litigation contexts include professional liability, fee disputes, disqualification motions and sanctions.  She counsels law firms and corporations on legal ethics and risk management.  She lectures and writes on legal ethics and professional responsibility.  She served on the State Bar Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct and was committee chair in 2019.

Ms. Bomse has substantial trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts.  She recently won a substantial verdict for Planned Parenthood Federation of America in a RICO jury trial against the Center for Medical Progress.  She has represented clients in jury trials involving technology licensing, negligence claims against a government entity and others.

From the start of her legal career, Ms. Bomse has maintained an active pro bono practice.  Her pro bono clients have included Planned Parenthood, the Equal Justice Society, and the City of San Francisco (marriage equality cases).  She represented homeless individuals in a civil rights lawsuit against Fresno.  She has been involved in several voting rights cases.  She is also active in the legal community as a member of the board of Legal Aid at Work and former member of the BASF Justice & Diversity Center.

Jim Snell is a partner in the Privacy & Security Group at Perkins Coie.  He represents clients in a broad range of complex commercial matters, including Internet and privacy issues, security issues, IP, false advertising, and class actions.  Jim’s experience includes, among other things, IoT, unmanned vehicles, wiretap and surveillance matters, AI and machine learning, the Communications Decency Act, biometrics, web scraping, data breach, and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Jim is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) as designated by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Henry Lien is Assistant General Counsel, IP & Litigation, at Pinterest, where his responsibilities include advising the company on copyright, intermediary liability, and legal removals issues, managing Pinterest’s patent portfolio, and handling litigation.  Prior to joining Pinterest, Henry worked as a Product Counsel at Google, where he advised the Search team, and before that he litigated IP disputes at Quinn Emanuel.  He also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Priscilla Owen at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  Prior to law school, Henry worked as an engineer at a tech startup.  Henry has a B.S. in Computer Science from Yale University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

James Daire is a corporate counsel at Yelp, where he focuses on litigation, including matters related to First Amendment rights, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, Anti-SLAPP protections, and data protection and privacy issues.  Prior to Yelp, James was a partner at Reed Smith here in San Francisco, where a member of the intellectual property, technology, and data group. 

John Delaney advises clients ranging from startups to FORTUNE 500 companies on licensing, intellectual property and technology-related matters. John’s experience includes negotiating complex IT and business process outsourcing contracts and service level agreements, joint ventures, software and content development agreements and licenses and similar transactions. John routinely advises clients on matters relating to social media, mobile apps, cloud computing, AI, big data analytics, smart contracts, blockchain and other emerging technologies. 

John also assists clients in identifying online liability issues and developing risk-reduction strategies, including in connection with data scraping, online marketing campaigns, user-generated content, voice platforms and interactive products and services.   

In the media space, John has extensive experience with the licensing of music, TV, film and other content for transmitting, streaming or downloading through traditional distribution channels and online platforms. 

In the social media space, John is highly knowledgeable of the rapidly evolving law of social media, social influencers and interactive marketing. He drafts and helps implement social media policies and guidelines, advises on compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and Communications Decency Act (CDA) safe harbors, and assists with online tracking and issues in connection with corporate blogs, third-party social media platforms and mobile applications.

John is a frequent author, blogger and lecturer on technology and intellectual property law developments.

Lynn Humphreys is Senior Corporate Counsel for Intellectual Property at Tailored Brands, Inc., the parent company of the MEN’S WEARHOUSE, JOS. A. BANK and K&G retail stores.  Prior to joining Tailored Brands, Ms. Humphreys was Of Counsel at Morrison & Foerster LLP in San Francisco.  Ms. Humphreys has significant experience in trademark and copyright counseling, international trademark portfolio management, brand protection, technology transactions, and advertising and marketing review, both in private practice and in-house.  Ms. Humphreys is also an Adjunct Professor at the Golden Gate School of Law, where she has taught U.S. Copyright Law and IP Practicum for Copyright and Trademark. 

Tsan Abrahamson’s practice focuses on strategic counseling in the areas of social media, sweepstakes, intellectual property, advertising, trademark clearance, trademark and copyright prosecution, licensing, and other business transactions.  She also manages the adverse proceedings practice at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.  Tsan has an extensive practice in the area of marketing promotions, including social media promotions, gift card and gift certificate marketing, print and online sweepstakes, contests, give-aways, warranties, rebates, and coupon promotions.  Tsan completed her undergraduate work at Dartmouth College, and received both her JD and MBA from the UCLA School of Law and The Anderson Graduate School of Management.

Aaron Rubin is co-chair of the firm’s Technology Transactions Group. He advises clients on a wide range of complex transactions involving intellectual property and technology, including structuring and negotiating strategic licensing, development, collaboration, procurement, and distribution deals. Mr. Rubin also maintains an active practice counseling companies on the intellectual property aspects of mergers, acquisitions, asset spin-offs, and private equity investments.

Mr. Rubin's practice focuses on advising both established and emerging companies in a variety of data- and technology-intensive sectors, including software, SaaS, cloud computing, AR/VR, AI, gaming, healthcare, consumer electronics, social media, e-commerce and other online business models, and mobile applications. He has represented clients such as Autodesk, Facebook, Gap, Konami, Kaiser Permanente, Oculus, Softbank, Visa, and Yahoo, among others. Mr. Rubin is also a co-editor of Socially Aware, Morrison & Foerster's award-winning newsletter and blog devoted to the law and business of social media.

In addition, Mr. Rubin regularly provides pro bono assistance to various non-profit and charitable organizations such as Common Sense Media and the Starlight Children's Foundation, and is a member of the Board of Directors of California Lawyers for the Arts.

Mr. Rubin received his B.A. in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley in 1991. In 2001, he received his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, where he was an executive editor of the California Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Following law school, Mr. Rubin served as law clerk to the Honorable William H. Orrick and the Honorable Martin J. Jenkins, both United States District Judges for the Northern District of California.

Ossian Law P.C., Founder & CEO, 2013-present
University of Phoenix, Advanced Certified Faculty Member, 2001-present
Oakland University, Adjunct Faculty Member, 2016-present
Miller Canfield, Senior Principal/Information Technology & Cyberlaw Section Chair, 1986-2013
Law Clerk to U.S. District Judge Robert E. DeMascio, 1984-1986

J.D., Magna Cum Laude, Michigan State University College of Law, 1984
B.A., Economics, Michigan State University, 1980

Professional Activities:
American Bar Association, 1986-present
State Bar of Michigan, 1984-present
Law Practice Management Section Council, 2015-present
Armenian Bar Association, Board of Governors, 2010-present
Armenian-American Bar Association, Past President 1995-1997; Board Member, 1995-present

Honors and Awards:
Best Lawyers in America, Information Technology Law, 2007-present; 2012 Detroit Information Technology Lawyer of the Year
Michigan Super Lawyers, Information Technology/Outsourcing, 2006-present
DBusiness Magazine, Top Lawyers, Information Technology, 2011-present
Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2011 Women in the Law

Civil and Cultural Activities:
University of Dayton School of Law Annual Program in Law & Technology, Steering Committee, 2007-present
American Bar Association Foundation Life Fellow, 2013-present
State Bar of Michigan Foundation Fellow, 2010-present
Detroit Regional Chamber & Leadership Detroit, Graduate, Class XXII
Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan, Board Member, 2009-present, Vice Chair, 2015-present