Allen Grogan

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Affiliation: Ethos Capital
Country: USA
ICANNLogo.png Formerly a member
of the ICANN Staff

Allen Grogan is Director of Legal Affairs & Executive Partner at Ethos Capital. He served as Chief Contract Compliance Officer and Chief Contracting Counsel from May 2013 to December 2016 at ICANN.[1]

In a news release from May 13, 2016, ICANN announced that Grogan would step down from his position as Chief Contracting Counsel. From August 1 2016 to December 2016, Grogan continued his work in a part-time capacity. In regard to his departure, Grogan stated "My decision to leave was highly personal and difficult, but it will allow me to pursue other opportunities in my life," and that "It has been a privilege to work with the dedicated staff at ICANN and I specifically want to commend the Contractual Compliance team for their extraordinary work. My time at ICANN genuinely has been one of the most fascinating and remarkable experiences I've ever had." [2]

Career History

Mr. Grogan is an attorney and high technology executive with more than 30 years of experience working with software, internet, and entertainment industry companies and entrepreneurs. He has served as a senior executive and general counsel at both public and private companies.

Mr. Grogan began his legal career in Los Angeles at Irell & Manella LLP, then joined Blanc Williams Johnston & Kronstadt, which subsequently merged with Arnold & Porter LLP.

After almost two decades as a partner heading the high technology transactional practice at Blanc Williams Johnston & Kronstadt, he left private practice to become VP Corporate Development and General Counsel at Viacore, Inc., a venture capital-funded B2B supply chain solution company.

He then served as Senior VP and Chief Legal Officer for Jazz Semiconductor, now part of TowerJazz. During this period he also worked with several high technology startups and investment firms before joining ICANN.[3]


In 1984 Mr. Grogan co-founded The Computer and Internet Lawyer, the leading professional journal devoted to legal issues relating to the computer and online industries, and served as its co-editor-in-chief for fifteen years. Mr. Grogan has also served on the editorial boards of The Cyberspace Lawyer and The Journal of Internet Law. He is the co-author and co-editor of the book Business and Legal Guide to Online-Internet Law and a former Vice-Chairman of the American Bar Association Computer Law Division of the Section of Science and Technology.[4]


Mr. Grogan holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in psychology from Oberlin College. He earned a master’s degree in communications management from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California and a J.D. degree from the University of Southern California Law Center, where he served on the Southern California Law Review. [5]