Alex Urbelis is a lawyer specializing in IP law, domain names, online privacy, and new gTLDs, and has extensive experience with portfolio domain management and UDRP proceedings. He is currently Chief Compliance Officer and Senior Legal Counsel at Richemont in New York City., and was formerly an Associate with Steptoe (Steptoe & Johnson LLP).
Mr. Urbelis is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, INTA, ISOC and New York University's Privacy Research Group.
Pro bono services include appellate representation in immigration and death penalty proceedings as well as extensive litigation on behalf of indigent tenants.
Alex Urbelis recognized the possibilities and need for IT law early on, as he studied as a full-time undergraduate while simultaneously working nearly full-time as a software programmer. He noted the tension technology stirs between free speech and the public interest, and it became the legal area he wanted to explore further. Notable experience includes a 1L internship with the Army JAG Corps, a full-time externship with a Vermont Supreme Court Justice, and a research position at Dartmouth's Institute for Security Technology Studies, which is a national center for cyber security and counterterrorism research and analysis. He also participated in a graduate fellowship in the office of General Counsel of the CIA, where he provided legal advice to the Terrorist Threat Integration Center, now known as the National Counterterrorism Center.
He has been featured as an expert on cyber security issues on television and radio programs.
Mr. Urbelis’s dissertation from Oxford received a distinction from the Law Faculty; it focused on communication carriers’ compliance and privacy issues arising from the European Union’s new data retention directive.
- B.A., Philosophy, State University of New York at Stony Brook
- J.D., Vermont Law School
- BCL, Law, University of Oxford