Principal, Ammori Group and Steering Committee, Engine Advocacy
Marvin Ammori is internationally recognized as a leader in Internet law and public policy, combining first-rate legal analysis with creative political strategies. He has years of high-level experience successfully influencing U.S. government policy and public discourse on a range of consequential Internet policy issues before a range of actors. In 2012, Fast Company Magazine named Ammori one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2012 (#32) for his role in helping to defeat the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) bills. From 2006 to 2010, he was among the nation's leading lawyers on network neutrality, then the most-high profile tech policy issue, testifying before three governments internationally and leading the Comcast/BitTorrent litigation for consumer groups, academics, and tech companies from initial complaint to eventual appeal. He served as the head lawyer of the nation's largest digital rights organization in DC (Free Press), as a technology advisor to the 2008 Obama Campaign and Transition, and now represents some of the nation's largest companies.
Ammori has worked on a range of policy issues, including telecommunications, copyright, competition, privacy, free speech, cybersecurity, patents, and international issues. He has briefed cases in the Supreme Court, argued before the D.C. Circuit and the Seventh Circuit, and practiced before the FCC, FTC, and Congress. For several years, Ammori was the head lawyer at Free Press; he began his legal career at an international corporate law firm, Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
As a thought leader on issues of open technology and communications networks, Ammori is a 2013 Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation (a leading think tank in DC), a Legal Fellow at that think tank's Open Technology Initiative, an Affiliate Scholar at Stanford Law School's Center for Internet & Society, and a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations. He graduated from Harvard Law School and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and taught on fellowships at Yale and Georgetown law schools. He co-founded a legal program on cybersecurity and civil liberties supported by the top U.S. military leadership at U.S. Strategic Command in Nebraska, where he taught for three years. He has provided expert commentary in all of the nation's leading newspapers, appeared on MSNBC, CNN, and has written for the New York Times, the Atlantic, and Balkinization, among other places. He has keynoted conferences around the world (including in Berlin, Michigan, New York City, and Taiwan), spoken on dozens of expert panels, and presented addresses before leading corporations (including Dropbox and Google).
Beyond his advocacy in legal proceedings, he is also an accomplished scholar in the field of First Amendment law, having authored several influential articles that are taught at the nation's top law schools.
- State of the Net Conference 2011, January 18, 2011
Biography last updated October 10, 2012