John D. Lovi

MANAGING PARTNER

 

 

 

 

 

 

1201 Broadway
9th Floor
New York, NY 10001
P: +1 (212) 779 3070 x 104

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EDUCATION

Yale Law School, J.D., 1986, Editor, Law & Policy Review

Columbia University, B.A., Philosophy/Economics,
cum laude, 1983

 

BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

New York

US District Court for the Southern District of New York

US District Court for the Eastern District of New York

US District Court for the Northern District of New York

US District Court for the Western District of New York

US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

US District Court for the District of Arizona

US Tax Court

US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

United States Supreme Court


Mr. John D. Lovi has been a litigator and trial lawyer at major “white shoe” law firms in New York City for 30 years.  For the past 12 years, Mr. Lovi had been a partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s New York office, which he opened in 2004 as its Managing Partner.  Before that, he was a partner at McDermott, Will & Emery in New York for 10 years.  He also spent eight years as an Associate in the Litigation and M&A Groups at Sullivan & Cromwell.  

Mr. Lovi has successfully tried jury cases to a verdict in state and federal court in New York, as well as litigated matters in state and federal courts across the United States.  He has also conducted major international arbitrations in New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong, and Singapore.  In addition, he has handled appeals in various appellate courts where he is admitted.

Mr. Lovi’s practice is as a general commercial litigator, with a specialty in securities, derivatives, and M&A law, as well as complex litigations involving international components.  For example, he represented the Korean Government and many of its largest financial institutions following the fallout of the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis.  He obtained settlement payments for or saved clients from paying more than $800 million in derivative liabilities.  He has handled national debt crises for clients with interests in Venezuela, Argentina, and Puerto Rico.  His clients include many major companies, financial institutions, and hedge funds in the United States, Korea, Singapore, Nigeria, and the United Kingdom.  

Some of Mr. Lovi’s significant victories include: Won a defense verdict in a $47 million jury product fraud case in New York federal court for a Korean manufacturer doing business in China; Successfully defended a $400 million securities class action case for a large New York hedge fund in N.M. federal court; Defended a $610 million arbitration against a large French mobile phone company.

A significant part of Mr. Lovi’s practice has involved risk management and analysis for financial clients and hedge funds.  Mr. Lovi has developed cutting-edge methods and metrics for analyzing litigation risk and litigation strategies to help clients reduce litigation expenses and liabilities, and to avoid liabilities in their business and commercial transactions.  He has developed this expertise through many years representing some of the top investment banks, venture capital firms, and hedge funds, as well as utilizing skills learned through classes taken at Yale’s School of Management while studying law there.

Mr. Lovi has many years of experience representing clients on an “alternative fee basis” and has headed his firms’ committees in this area for more than 10 years.  He has successfully worked with well-known “litigation funding firms” on several matters and has developed his own funding arrangements for clients with great success.


Justin B. Perri

PARTNER

 

 

 

 

 

1201 Broadway
9th Floor
New York, NY 10001
P: +1 (212) 779 3070 x 102

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EDUCATION

Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 2002, Notes and Articles Editor, Fordham Intellectual Property Law Journal

Emory University, B.A., History, 1999

 

BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

New York

New Jersey (inactive)

District of Columbia (inactive)

US District Court for the Eastern District of New York

US District Court for the Southern District of New York

US District Court for the District of New Jersey

US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

United States Supreme Court


Mr. Justin B. Perri is a multifaceted and seasoned litigator with over 10 years’ experience in the Litigation Department of Steptoe & Johnson. Justin played a lead role in the national defense of complex multi-state litigation, crafting both defensive and offensive strategies for a Fortune 50 company. He also served as counsel for a wide range of corporate and institutional clients in federal and state courts across the nation at both the trial and appellate level, and is particularly well versed with best practices to manage the risk of litigation. In 2017, Justin's trial team at Blackstone secured two plaintiffs' verdicts on behalf of victims of financial fraud.

Justin has extensive experience in protecting his clients' domain spaces from infringers either seeking to capitalize on a client's trademark or mounting a phishing campaign against the client.

Justin’s national security and appellate experience includes successfully representing, before the US Supreme Court, American prisoners of war, their family members, and members of the media, who were tortured in Iraq during the 1991 Gulf War. The cases against Iraq were before the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and part of a 2009 decision by the Supreme Court of the United States. Justin’s clients were among those who successfully resolved their claims against Iraq through a state-to-state agreement in 2011.

Mr. Perri is licensed to practice in the States of New York and New Jersey (inactive), as well as the District of Columbia (inactive). He is admitted before U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, and D.C. Circuits, and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey.

Published Appellate Decisions

  • Parietti v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 140 A.D.3d 1039 (2d Dep't 2016) (granting Wal-Mart's motion for summary judgment against plaintiff in a matter involving a slip-and-fall in a Wal-Mart store)
  • Blumenstein v. Waspit Group, Inc., 140 A.D.3d 620 (1st Dep't 2016) (unanimous reversal of lower court entitling client to immediate judgment under CPLR 3213 on a valuable promissory note used to secure a loan to a technology company)

Neil Seeman

SENIOR ADVISOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

180 Bloor St. West
Suite 1000
Toronto, Canada
P: +1 (416) 205 9984

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EDUCATION

Queen’s University at Kingston, B.A., (Hons.)

University of Toronto, J.D.
Senior Editor, Faculty of Law Review

Harvard University, M.P.H.
Public Health Sciences

 

BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

Member, Law Society of Upper Canada

Member, Ontario Bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Mr./ Professor Neil Seeman, a Canadian-trained attorney and Internet researcher, is the founder, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of RIWI Corp. (Canadian Securities Exchange: RIW). RIWI is a global survey, global ad testing and predictive analytics firm, which first gained attention from the international risk community in 2011 for tracking and predicting online the fall of Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian military and political leader. As CEO, Neil leads overall strategy for the company globally, with a focus on healthcare and international security solutions. He is responsible for overall company performance.

RIWI data help global organizations monitor and adapt to changing citizen needs and behavior patterns, and help clients adjust to new risks and sentiment shifts occurring in all countries. Profiled in Nature, The Lancet and other scholarly journals, RIWI works with government agencies and global organizations such as the US Department of State, Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The World Bank, the United Nations, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia (CLSA), Procter & Gamble, Ericsson, Deloitte and Omidyar Network. RIWI’s long-term clients in the financial services sector include firms engaging RIWI to predict the outcomes of referenda and elections with laser-like precision, to detect demand- and counter-demand signals for goods and services across Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East, and to monitor geopolitical risk and systemic risk in all information environments in the world.

Prior to joining RIWI Corp., he was the founder and Executive Director of the Innovation Cell at Massey College, in the University of Toronto, where Neil is a Senior Fellow and teaches on knowledge transfer and the Web. For the University, he is on Faculty at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

In the field of global pandemic surveillance, Neil was the first to coin the term "online counter-marketing" in a 2010 paper in the journal Healthcare Quarterly, and to explain its significance and detail novel online solutions to fighting disinformation online in public health. Different firms engaged by RIWI apply these principles today in many fields, including in the area of countering violent extremism.

Neil is the inventor of the patent for RDIT, acquired by RIWI Corp. in 2009, and first used by Neil for government-commissioned pandemic surveillance research in 2009-2010. Neil holds a bachelor’s degree from Queen’s University, a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Toronto and a Master’s of Public Health Degree from Harvard University.

Mr. Seeman is the author of hundreds of articles in major media around the world, more than 25 peer-reviewed journal papers, several books and monographs, and is well-known for popularizing the importance of post-partisanship in data and decision-making for public policy.

Mr. Seeman began his career at a full-service Canadian law firm, later becoming a founding editorial board member of The National Post, and In-House Counsel on free speech matters to the National Citizen’s Coalition serving under the leadership of Stephen Harper, the former Prime Minister of Canada. He was founder of the Canadian Statistical Assessment Service, funded by the Donner Canadian Foundation, and later merged with the Centre for Risk and Regulation at The Fraser Institute, the economic think-tank He has held research positions at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and at IBM, where he specialized in commercial applications of social media data and other online data streams. Prior to the University of Toronto, he taught on healthcare and informatics issues at Ryerson University. He has been an an advisor and early-stage investor to many Web companies, notably digital media firm J2 Global Inc. (NSDQ: JCOM). He has been listed in the Canadian Who’s Who (Univ. of Toronto) since 2002.

His academic work has appeared in major journals such as Nature, Synapse, and the Canadian Medical Association Journal. RIWI is winner of the IIeX Innovation Exchange (2013), a 5-year consecutive ‘Top 50 Most Innovative’ data firm (2013-2017), and Neil is winner of the NGMR ‘Disruptive Innovator of the Year’ award (2014). His research is often cited in global media, such as The Economist, CNBC and The Wall Street Journal - and he is a frequent public speaker around the world on data innovation and digital healthcare.

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Alexander J. Urbelis

PARTNER

 

 

 

 

 

1201 Broadway
9th Floor
New York, NY 10001
P: +1 (212) 779 3070 x 101

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EDUCATION

New College, Oxford University, B.C.L., 2008, Editor, Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal

Vermont Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2005, Technology Editor, Vermont     Law Review

Stony Brook University, B.A., Philosophy, summa cum laude, 2002

 

JUDICIAL CLERKSHIPS

Chief Judge Andrew Effron,     US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 2005–2007

Justice Denise R. Johnson,     Vermont Supreme Court,       2004 (judicial extern)

 

BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

New York

District of Columbia

US District Court for the Eastern District of New York

US District Court for the Southern District of New York

US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit


Mr. Alexander J. Urbelis is an experienced attorney who has also been part of the information security community for more than 20 years and who has truly varied experience as a C-level officer, in-house counsel, private practice litigator, and a federal attorney.

Based in both New York and London, Alex was the Chief Compliance Officer of one of the world’s largest luxury conglomerates. As such, Alex handled all aspects of worldwide legal compliance, including anti-bribery and anti-corruption efforts, whistle-blowing matters, internal and external investigations, and ensured that employees and partners adhered to strict standards of business conduct and corporate social responsibility. Prior to his role as CCO, Alex was in-house information security counsel, charged with responsibility for mitigating information security risk, managing incident response scenarios, and developing procedures beyond industry standard best practices.

Alex is the principal architect of our firm's unique DNS monitoring and intelligence platform, OMNI (Open-source Multidisciplinary Network Intelligence). Designed to identify hallmarks of impending attacks, cybersquatters, counterfeiters, and other malicious actors, using our OMNI platform Alex has assisted companies worldwide with the early detection, investigation, and termination of sophisticated cybersecurity threats before a breach or reputational damage occurs.

At Steptoe & Johnson LLP in New York and Washington, DC, Alex’s practice centered around issues at the intersection of law and technology. Counseling companies both domestically and abroad, Alex provided data security and privacy advice, and assisted the world’s largest technology companies and non-profit organizations with issues of Internet governance and the expansion of the DNS through ICANN’s new generic top-level domains (gTLDs). Alex personally worked on the drafting and submission of over 200 gTLD applications during the first application round.  In addition, Alex has considerable experience with Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) proceedings, Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) proceedings, and national Dispute Resolution Proceedings (DRPs) to reclaim domain names from cybersquatters. 

Alex has litigated a variety of disputes encompassing international and cross-border components. In many matters, Alex is retained to provided strategic advice involving information security and data forensics, such as the spoliation of electronic evidence and disputes involving technology­-related contracts.

An active member of several privacy and security-related organizations, Alex frequently lectures on the subject of cyber security and open source intelligence (OSINT) collection, and provides strategic legal and technical advice in proceedings involving technology, privacy, national security, and international disputes involving technology-related contracts.  

In recognition of his technical and legal acumen, Alex was recently selected as a Member of the UL (Underwriters Laboratories) Security Council for the 2017 - 2020 term.  In addition, Alex was elected to the Board of Directors of the Internet Society NY Chapter for the 2018 - 2019 term.

As an appellate lawyer, Alex has represented US service members and civilians in claims for compensation for torture before the US Supreme Court and has successfully argued for Convention Against Torture protection for potential deportees in the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Alex’s federal service includes working for the Office of General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency, the US Army JAG Corps, and as a Research Associate in the Technical Analysis Group of Dartmouth College’s Institute for Security Technology Studies, a national center for information security and counterterrorism research and analysis. Alex also served as a judicial law clerk to Chief Judge Effron of the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and as a judicial extern to Justice Denise Johnson of the Vermont Supreme Court.

Alex is regularly called upon by the media to opine on matters both legal and technical, and his published writings range from scholarly works, to bar journals, to op-editorials for CNN and The Intercept.  Alex is a correspondent for the Oxford Martin Cybersecurity Capacity Portal, a pioneering and interdisciplinary research center of the University of Oxford, and also a producer for the weekly radio show and podcast, Off The Hook, broadcast on WBAI 99.5 FM in New York.

Public interest work is of great importance to Alex. His pro bono matters have included appellate representation in immigration and death penalty proceedings, and extensive litigation on behalf of indigent tenants in New York. 

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  • Associated Press, Mystery: Who Bought Websites Implying US Senators for Sale (Mr. Urbelis identified hundreds of mysterious domain registrations targeting politicians on both sides of the political spectrum, repub'd by NY Times and other major news outlets) (23 July 2018)
  • Il Manifesto, A New York al via Hope, la Conferenza Hacker (in Italian) (Describing Mr. Urbelis' HOPE presentation with regard to cybersquatting on the Trump campaign) (21 July 2018)
  • Hackaday, Oh the Fun You'll Have with a Bit of Social Engineering (Stories and techniques of social engineering set forth by Mr. Urbelis in this detailed coverage of the panel) (20 July 2018)
  • Social Engineering Panel, Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE) XII (Mr. Urbelis participated in the always popular social engineering panel, explaining effective techniques together with live examples performed on stage) (20 July 2018)
  • Wall Street Jounal, Businesses Blast California’s New Data-Privacy Law (Mr. Urbelis was quoted regarding privacy and compliance issues arising from the California Consumer Privacy Act) (1 July 2018)
  • Radio Popolare Conference, Milan, Italy (Mr. Urbelis spoke on several panels about security, privacy, and the impacts of these subjects on US politics) (16-18 June 2018)
  • Cybersecurity and the Law, Underwriters Laboratory (UL) Security Council (Mr. Urbelis presented to colleagues on the Security Council on the crossover of information security and legal issues, with emphasis on cybersecurity blindspots relating to the domain name system) (7 May 2018)
  • VICE Motherboard, Evidence Suggests the GOP Bought at Least 17 Anti-James Comey Domains (Motherboard covered Mr. Urbelis' identification of domains targeting James Comey utilizing Blackstone Law Group's in-house DNS monitoring and threat detection engine, OMNI ) (19 April 2018)
  • The Recorder (Law.com), WHOIS - Web Tool Used by IP Attorneys, Law Enforcement In Peril (Mr. Urbelis was quoted on the subject of whether Whois data is critical to cybersecurity investigations) (17 April 2018)
  • Il Manifesto, The Cambridge Analytica Chain Reaction (in Italian) (Mr. Urbelis was interviewed concerning the privacy and security issues stemming from the Cambridge Analytica fiasco and the use of social media) (25 March 2018)
  • Hacktivism in Brooklyn, BRIC TV (Mr. Urbelis was interviewed on the subjects of hacktivism, the DNC breach, 2018 voting election concerns, and the SecureDrop whistleblowing system) (27 Feb. 2018)
  • Il Manifesto, Where North American Digital is Going (in Italian) (Mr. Urbelis was interviewed on the subjects of net neutrality, the future of broadband, and the proposed merger of Disney and Fox) (23 Dec. 2017)
  • Morning Show, WBAI, 99.5 fm (New York) (Mr. Urbelis discussed net neutrality, activism, and the legal challenges that will arise from the passage of the FCC's Restore Internet Freedom Order) (30 Nov. 2017)
  • Financial Times, Intellectual Property: Taking the Fight to the Fakers (quoting Mr. Urbelis about using smart technology to track and trace counterfeiters) (16 Nov. 2017)
  • CNBC, Nightly Business Report (Mr. Urbelis discussed the privacy and security concerns arising from the growing online gaming industry with a particular focus on the augmented reality app 'Snatch') (2 Aug. 2017)
  • Pacifica Radio, Nationally Syndicated Broadcast on Pacifica Radio Stations and Affiliates (Mr. Urbelis read aloud his CNN op-ed, How '1984' Can Decode Trump's First 100 Days) (27 June 2017)
  • Coast to Coast AM, Nationally Syndicated Radio with Mike Siegel  (Mr. Urbelis discussed information security, the Russian hacking investigations, politics, and his 1984 CNN op-ed.) (22 June 2017)
  • On The Money, CBC Business News (Mr. Urbelis discussed ransomware and the role that software and operating system developers should play to mitigate this threat) (16 May 2017)
  • Off the Hook, WBAI, 99.5 fm (New York) (Mr. Urbelis discussed ISPs' ability to monetize customer data and ongoing litigation about Bitcoin licensing requirements) (30 Mar. 2017)
  • Off the Hook, WBAI, 99.5 fm (New York) (Mr. Urbelis discussed his CNN op-ed on the parallels between 1984 and the practices of the Trump Administration) (1 Feb. 2017)
  • Off the Hook, WBAI, 99.5 fm (New York) (Mr. Urbelis discussed President Obama's commutation of Chelsea Manning's sentence, UCMJ procedures, and the distinctions between Manning and Snowden) (18 Jan. 2017) 
  • Off the Hook, WBAI, 99.5 fm (New York) (Mr. Urbelis discussed electoral college reform and voting security implications) (16 Nov. 2016) 
  • Hacking the Vote, BRIC TV, BK Live (Mr. Urbelis debated election information security with the Executive Director of the Board of Elections of NYC) (22 Sept. 2016) 
  • Off the Hook, WBAI, 99.5 fm (New York) (Mr. Urbelis was a guest speaker discussing sanctions litigation against Mossack Fonseca in the aftermath of the Panama Papers breach) (10 Aug. 2016)