Jeff’s 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 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.
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