David Maher

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David W. Maher is the Senior Vice President for Law and Policy of PIR, the .org registry. He is one of the founding members of PIR. He has forty years of experience in Law and Policy.[1]

Current Positions

Mr. Maher is a registered patent attorney who specializes in intellectual property, communications and entertainment law. He is admitted to the bar in New York, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center Panel of Neutrals and of ICANN's Whois Task Force 1 and 2.[2]

Mr. Maher also serves as the Director of Better Business Bureau of Chicago. He is a visiting professor at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, and is a member of the American Law Institute..[3] He is also a partner in the Chicago office of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal.

Career History

David Maher was one of the founders of PIR in 2002, and acted as its Founding Chairman until 2004. He is considered instrumental in the early development of PIR. He was then appointed as the Senior Vice President of Law and Policy[4] For 20 years, he worked as a General Counsel at the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois Inc. He served on 11-member International Ad Hoc Committee in 1996, this committee provided foundation for the UDRP. In 1997, he became chairman of the Policy Oversight Committee.[5] He has been the VP of Public Policy at ISOC.[6]

In 2011, he gave a speech titled The Slippery Slope at the ICANN Studienkreis #11. He was a panelist at "IP Address Allocation: Do wee need a Dual System?" panel at ICANN Studienkreis in 2005.[7]

Awards and Honors

In 1999, he received the Better Business Bureau's Torch of Integrity Award.[8]


He holds a bachelor's degree in Classics from Harvard College and Law degree from Harvard Law School.


Mr. Maher has written the following books:

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