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PLI's Sixth Annual Internet Law Institute

Author(s): Stuart D. Levi, Nicole A. Wong, Ian C. Ballon
Practice Area: Corporate & Securities, Intellectual Property
Published: Jul 2002
PLI Item #: 371
CHB Spine #: G711, G712

Stuart D. Levi is co-head of Skadden’s Intellectual Property and Technology Group. He has a broad and diverse practice that includes outsourcing transactions, technology and intellectual property licensing, branding and distribution agree- ments, cloud computing agreements, technology transfers, strategic alliances and joint ventures. Mr. Levi also counsels clients on a variety of issues, including website and technology policies, intellectual property matters, privacy issues and legislative compliance. His background in computer science and the information technology industry allows Mr. Levi to understand the technology and business drivers underlying agreements and transactions in this area.

Projects on which Mr. Levi has worked include representing:

  • a global financial institution in connection with a multi-country branding and product initiative;
  • MetLife, Inc. in connection with the acquisition of the naming rights for MetLife Stadium (home of the NY Jets and NY Giants);
  • Barclays Capital in connection with the outsourcing of payroll services to ADP;
  • American Express in connection with its participation in the Isis mobile commerce initiative; 
  • Travelers Insurance in connection with cloud computing issues;
  • Citigroup Inc. in a multiyear $2.5 billion deal to outsource business process services to Tata Consulting Services;
  • Citigroup Inc. in a multiyear $500 million deal to outsource information tech- nology and application development services to Wipro Limited;
  • The National Hockey League in connection with various new media projects;
  • The Hartford Insurance Company in connection with the outsourcing of human resources services; and
  • The McGraw-Hill Companies in connection with the licensing and implementation of an ERP system.


Prior to joining Skadden, Mr. Levi was director of intellectual property for Reuters America Inc. and a vice president of Reuters NewMedia Inc. In these positions, he was responsible for all of Reuters’ technology and intellectual property matters. He also negotiated Reuters’ early stage investments in Yahoo!, Infoseek and Sportsline.

Mr. Levi is involved in Internet policy setting in his capacity as general counsel to the Internet Society, the umbrella organization for many of the Internet standard-setting bodies.

Mr. Levi has written and spoken on numerous Internet and e-commerce issues, and each year he co-chairs the Practising Law Institute’s Open Source Institute and speaks at the PLI Outsourcing Seminar. He was selected as a member of Law360’s 2012 Privacy/Consumer Protection Editorial Advisory Board. Mr. Levi has been named by Chambers USA as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” since 2004 and by Chambers Global as one of the “World’s Leading Lawyers” in technology transac- tions each year since 2002. In 1999, he was selected by Crain’s New York Business for its list of “Forty Under Forty — New York’s Rising Stars,” where he was cited for his work in Internet law. In addition, Mr. Levi repeatedly has been selected for inclu- sion in The Best Lawyers in America for information technology law.


J.D., Harvard Law School, 1986 (cum laude)

B.A., Computer Science and Political Science, Columbia University, Columbia College, 1983 (magna cum laude)

Bar Admissions

New York

Representative Authorships

“A Look At Recent Developments In Cybersecurity Policy,” Law360, May 15, 2012

“The 2nd Circ. Stance on ‘Hot News’ Misappropriation,” Law360, July 5, 2011

“Applying the CAN-SPAM Act to Social Networking Sites,” Law360, June 22, 2011

Outsourcing: A Practical Guide to Law and Business, Practising Law Institute, February 2011

“Privacy and Online Data Collection: At a Crossroads?” The National Law Journal, January 31, 2011

“Cloud Computing — Understanding the Business and Legal Issues,” Practical Law Publishing Limited and Practical Law Company, Inc., March 2010

Co-Author, with Andrew Woodard,  “Ushering In The Transition: Agreements Memorialize Seller’s Involvement to Phase in Services to Buyer,” New York Law Journal, March 31, 2008

Co-Author, with Andrew Woodard, “Open Source Software: How to Use it and Control it in the Corporate Environment,” The Computer and Internet Lawyer, August 2004

Co-Author, with Andrew M. Goldner, “Posting Privacy Policy is Not Enough,” New York Law Journal, November 6, 2000

Co-Author, with Scott D. Brown, “Domain Name Disputes at the Crossroads,”

E-Commerce Law Report, Vol. 2, No. 1, October 1999

Co-Author, with James Talbot, “E-Commerce and the EU:  Privacy Protection and Contractual Obligations in Europe,” Cyberspace Lawyer, Vol. 3, No. 9, December 1998

Co-Author, with Rita A. Rodin, “Para-sites: Eating Away at Web Profitability?” Cyberspace Lawyer, Vol. 1, No. 11, February 1997

Co-Author, with Robert Sporn, “Can Programs Bind Humans to Contracts?” The National Law Journal, In Focus, Internet Law, January 13, 1997

“Web Site Hypertext Links Raise Issues of Control,” The National Law Journal, In Focus, Internet Law, August 12, 1996

Admitted: California, District of Columbia and Maryland
Second, Third, Fourth, Ninth and Federal Circuits
U.S. Supreme Court


Ian Ballon is a litigator who is Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig LLP’s Global Intellectual Property & Technology Practice and represents Internet, technology, mobile and other companies in intellectual property and internet- and mobile-related, privacy and security litigation, including the defense of data privacy, security breach, behavioral advertising and TCPA class action suits. He is also the author of the leading treatise on Internet law, E-Commerce and Internet Law: Treatise with Forms 2d edition, the 5-volume set published by West ( In addition, he is the author of The Complete CAN-SPAM Act Handbook (West 2008) and The Complete State Security Breach Notification Compliance Handbook (West 2009). He also serves as Executive Director of Stanford University Law School’s Center for E-Commerce, which hosts the annual Best Practices Conference where lawyers, scholars and judges are regularly featured and interact. A list of recent cases may be found at

Mr. Ballon was named the Lawyer of the Year for Information Technology Law in the 2013 and 2016 editions of Best Lawyers in America. In addition, he was the 2010 recipient of the State Bar of California IP Section’s Vanguard Award for significant contributions to the development of intellectual property law ( He is listed in Legal 500 U.S., The Best Lawyers in America (in the areas of information technology and intellectual property) and Chambers and Partners USA Guide in the areas of privacy and data security and information technology. He also has been recognized by The Daily Journal as one of the Top 75 IP litigators in California in every year that the list has been published, from 2009 through 2016, and has been listed as a Northern California Super Lawyer every year from 2004 through 2016 and as one of the Top 100 lawyers in California. Mr. Ballon also holds the CIPP/US certification from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).