Zach Lerner

Legal Director

Office: Washington, DC

Phone: (202) 706-5230

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Zach Lerner’s practice focuses on a variety of legal matters impacting Internet-based companies. He helps companies in a wide range of industries, including education technology, financial technology, and fantasy sports/skill and chance gaming, with issues related to privacy, data diligence, product development, e-commerce, copyright enforcement, advertising, and regulatory compliance. In addition, he has a deep knowledge of the practical considerations for implementing blockchain and smart contract technology.

Zach works with clients on mitigating risks associated with using alternative data, operating social media influencer campaigns, and designing user review platforms and consumer rewards programs. He regularly counsels companies on emerging privacy and data protection laws, including the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”), and global marketing rules. Zach also has extensive experience with web accessibility compliance, state auto-renewal statutes, and state and federal student privacy statutes, including COPPA, FERPA, and SOPIPA. Zach assists clients in drafting policies and procedures, including terms of service, privacy policies, end user licensing agreements, API agreements, and vendor contracts. He also has experience helping clients respond to third party subpoenas, investigate occurrences of employee misconduct, diligence acquisition targets, and assess open source risk and compliance measures.

Additionally, Zach assists clients facing complex class action lawsuits, FTC investigations, and multi-state attorney general investigations. He has represented clients in matters involving the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”), the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”), the Michigan Video Rental Privacy Act (“VRPA”), the Illinois Biometrics Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”), the California Automatic Renewal Law, as well as state privacy and unfair competition laws.

Zach served as a law clerk to the Honorable Peter J. Messitte on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. He is published in DataGuidance for his work on data privacy and protection in the education sector as well as the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology and the Yale Journal of Law and Technology.

Zach received his J.D. from Harvard University, where he graduated cum laude and served as a legal research assistant at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. After earning his A.B. from Duke University, Zach joined Teach For America and taught middle school social studies for two years while simultaneously earning his Master’s in Education.



Harvard University, J.D., 2015, cum laude

Duke University, A.B., 2010, cum laude


Clerk to Honorable Peter J. Messitte, United States District Court for the District of Maryland


District of Columbia