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Alexander Urbelis

Senior Counsel


Alex Urbelis is a senior counsel in the New York office and a member of the Privacy & Cybersecurity Group. Alex has more than 20 years of experience in the information security community and has varied experience as a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Chief Compliance Officer, in-house counsel, and private practice litigator.

Alex has a unique skill set that has allowed him to create a bridge between the technical and legal side of cybersecurity. As a result, he is the primary architect of an exclusive DNS (Domain Name Search) monitoring and intelligence platform. Through this intel platform, Alex advises his clients on identified and early-stage indicators of cybersecurity threats and provides counsel on legal actions and technical defensive remedies to neutralize those threats. Alex tracks sophisticated cyber adversaries and advanced persistent threats (APTs) through his intel platform and, notably, detected a state-sponsored cyber intrusion attempt targeting the World Health Organization in March 2020. For combining legal and technical skill sets with public service, the Financial Times selected Alex as a finalist for its Innovative Lawyers awards for pandemic response in 2020. 

Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Alex co-founded an information security, compliance, and related investigative services law firm with a cybersecurity advisory consulting arm. While working as a partner at his firm, Alex took a secondment to serve as Interim CISO of the NFL, where he managed cyber risk, incident response, and directed information security strategy to protect information assets. Before founding his firm, in London, Geneva, and New York, Alex served as Chief Compliance Officer for one of the world’s largest luxury conglomerates, Richemont, handling all aspects of worldwide legal compliance, including anti-bribery and anti-corruption efforts, whistle-blowing matters, internal and external investigations, and ensuring that employees and partners adhered business conduct and corporate social responsibility standards. 

In addition to advising clients on a wide range of data security and privacy matters, Alex has assisted the world’s largest technology companies and non-profit organizations with Internet governance matters and the expansion of the global DNS. He has a deep understanding of Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) proceedings, Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) proceedings, and national Dispute Resolution Proceedings (DRPs) to reclaim domain names from threat actors and cybersquatters.

As an appellate lawyer, Alex has represented U.S. service members and civilians in claims for torture compensation before the U.S. Supreme Court and has successfully argued for Convention Against Torture protection for potential deportees in the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Education

  • Stony Brook University, B.A. (2000) summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Vermont Law School, J.D. (2005) magna cum laude
  • New College, Oxford University, B.C.L. (2008)

Affiliations

Admissions

Admitted to practice: New York, District of Columbia, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, U.S. Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York, U.S. Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York


Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Society of Professional Investigators (2020 – Present)
  • Uniform Law Commission, Cybercrime Study Committee (2021 – Present)
  • Human Rights First, Technology Advisory Board (2020 – Present)
  • Speaker Selection Committee, HOPE Conference (2019 – Present)
  • Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Security Council (2017 – Present)
  • Board of Directors, Internet Society NY Chapter (2018 – 2019)

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"DOJ’s Revised Prosecutorial Guidelines: The “Ethical” Hacker Exemption," Privacy Law Alert (June 3, 2022). Contacts: Nimrod Haim Aviad, Stephen M. Byers, Kate M. Growley, CIPP/G, CIPP/US, Matthew B. Welling, Evan D. Wolff, Alexander Urbelis, Anand Sithian, Paul C. Mathis
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Cybersecurity & Ransomware, Ounce of Prevention Seminar (OOPS)," Crowell & Moring, Washington, D.C. (May 16, 2022). Speaker: Alexander Urbelis
Speech/Presentation
"OT & IT Cybersecurity Concerns," UL Security Council, Annual Meeting (May 3, 2022). Speaker: Alexander Urbelis.
Speech/Presentation
"Ukraine Crisis Webinar," Crowell & Moring Webinar, 2022. (April 21, 2022). Speakers: Vass Akritidis, Bryan Brewer, Caroline Brown, Carlton Greene, Andrew Martin, John Murino, Nicole Simonian, Rob Sneckenberg, Scott Winkelman, Dj Wolff, Alex Urbelis, and Laura Baker
Speech/Presentation
"The Evolving Role Of The Lawyer In Cybersecurity," Help Net Security (April 20, 2022). Author: Alexander Urbelis.
Publication
"Financial Institutions Beware: FDIC Requests “Prompt” Notice of Crypto-Related Activities," Financial Services Alert (April 20, 2022). Contacts: Carlton Greene, Caroline E. Brown, Stephanie L. Crawford, Alexander Urbelis, Anand Sithian
Client Alert / Newsletter
"SolarWinds Cyber-Attack Litigation Proceeds Against Company, Investors, and Individual," Privacy Law Alert (April 8, 2022). Contacts: Jeffrey L. Poston, Evan D. Wolff, Matthew B. Welling, Alexander Urbelis, Jacob Canter
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Biden Administration Considers Imposing Sanctions on Kaspersky Labs," Privacy Law Alert (April 6, 2022). Contacts: Caroline E. Brown, Kate M. Growley, CIPP/G, CIPP/US, Robert Holleyman, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Evan D. Wolff, Alexander Urbelis, Paul C. Mathis
Client Alert / Newsletter
"President Biden Issues Executive Order Directing “Whole of Government” Assessment of Digital Assets," Financial Services Alert (April 5, 2022). Contacts: Alexander Urbelis, Anand Sithian, Stephanie L. Crawford, Caroline E. Brown, Richard J. Lee, Irina Pisareva, Carlton Greene
Client Alert / Newsletter
"SEC Announces 2022 Examination Priorities," Financial Services Alert (April 1, 2022). Contacts: Carlton Greene, Anand Sithian, Irina Pisareva, Richard J. Lee, Nimrod Haim Aviad, Caroline E. Brown, Alexander Urbelis
Client Alert / Newsletter

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