Ed Lavergne is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. office of Fish & Richardson responsible for co-managing the firm’s Regulatory and Government Affairs practice. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP-US) and an active member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. He advises clients on data security and privacy issues including geo-location tracking, online behavioral advertising, data breach and incident response planning, internal data security and privacy policies, and external privacy statements. He also handles complex commercial transactions and counsels clients on issues involving advertising, marketing, wireless communications, and compliance with Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission regulations. His clients include media and entertainment companies, book publishers, hotels, resorts and casinos, public and private schools, colleges and universities, and non-profit organizations. Ed Lavergne was selected as a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer in communications law by Thomson Reuters from 2012 – 2017. He received a B.S. and M.S. from Ithaca College, and his J.D. from Georgetown University.
Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals - Certified CIPP-US. Founder and former Chairman of Funds for Learning, LLC, an educational technology consulting firm. Former Public Policy Counsel for the National Association for Information Services and the Interactive Services Association (representing the online services industry).
Selected as “Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer” (Communications Law) by Thompson Reuters (2012 – 2017).
Publications and appearances
Authored “Corporate Counsel Whitepaper: Survey Shows Companies Struggling to Prepare for Cyberbreaches,” Corporate Counsel and Fish & Richardson (January 2016).
Presented at D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program (Washington, DC) “Data Privacy: What Your Non-Profit Needs to Know” (February 2015).
Presented at Fish & Richardson Continuing Legal Education Program (Washington, DC) “2014 Privacy and Data Security Update” (October 2, 2014).
Presented at The General Counsel Forum (Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter) 4th Quarterly Event, “Data Privacy: Inside Scoop You Need to Know” (September 2012).
Authored “New State Laws Create Challenges for Retailers in Safeguarding Customer Data,” published by Retailing Today (2009).
Authored “FCC Gives Teeth to the CAN-SPAM Act,” published by the New York University Journal of Law and Business (2005).
Co-authored the law and policy chapter in “Net Success” published by Adams Media Corporation (1999). With a foreword by AOL’s Steve Case, Net Success explores the Internet’s influence on consumers and considers how business leaders should approach the Internet.
Co-authored “The Interactive Marketplace Regulatory Handbook” published by Thompson Publishing Group – a comprehensive guide to federal and state laws governing telemarketing, infomercials, home shopping, online services, and related interactive media issues (1995).
Has appeared on Good Morning America, and has been quoted in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.
Has written more than 60 articles on issues concerning telephone and Internet services, which have appeared in The Multimedia Law Report, InfoText, Phone Plus, and Voice Processing magazines.
Privacy and Data Security
Mr. Lavergne advises clients on business transactions and commercial contracts, including spectrum lease agreements, tower lease agreements, licensing agreements, joint venture agreements, stock purchase agreements, asset purchase agreements, network advertising agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and settlement agreements.
Mr. Lavergne advises clients on legal issues associated with online marketing, email marketing, telemarketing, and text message marketing. He has published over 60 articles addressing electronic marketing.
Wireless Services and Educational Technology
Mr. Lavergne advises clients on regulatory, policy, and business issues concerning the Educational Broadband Service and other wireless services.
Advertising and Marketing
Mr. Lavergne assists clients in structuring contests and sweepstakes to comply with federal and state lottery, gambling and disclosure laws.