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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

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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Practices

Privacy and Cybersecurity

National Security

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"Artificial Intelligence in Employment: Second Hearing on NYC Automated Employment Decision Tools Proposed Rules and Upcoming EEOC Hearing," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (January 24, 2023). Contacts: Kris D. Meade, Rebecca L. Springer, Michael K. Atkinson, Alexander Urbelis, Jacob Canter, Katie Aber, Rachel Lesser, Toni Michelle Jackson
Client Alert / Newsletter
FCC's Proposed Updated Breach Notification Requirements Could Spur 'Logistical Nightmare' Legaltech News (January 23, 2023)
Press Coverage
"NYC Updates Proposed Rules & Announces Public Hearing Regarding the Automated Employment Decision Tools Law," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (January 11, 2023). Contacts: Kris D. Meade, Rebecca L. Springer, Michael K. Atkinson, Alexander Urbelis, Katie Aber, Jacob Canter
Client Alert / Newsletter
Healthcare Vendors Are The New Front Of The Cybersecurity War Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (January 3, 2023)
Press Coverage
Legal Tech's Milestones For Cybersecurity And Privacy In 2022 Legaltech News (December 30, 2022)
Press Coverage
"NYC Delays Enforcement of Automated Employment Decision Tools Law," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (December 13, 2022). Contacts: Kris D. Meade, Rebecca L. Springer, Michael K. Atkinson, Alexander Urbelis, Katie Aber, Jacob Canter
Client Alert / Newsletter
Chinese Hackers’ Covid-Relief Fraud Expands Cyber Threats To US Bloomberg Law (December 7, 2022)
Press Coverage
"Live NFT Minting with Makersplace General Counsel," Luxury Law Summit (November 2, 2022). Speaker: Alex Urbelis.
Speech/Presentation
"Legal and Technology Innovations Panel" National Cyber-Forensics Training Association (September 29, 2022). Presenter: Alex Urbelis.
Speech/Presentation
"Going Hard on Software: OMB Unveils Mandatory Software Supply Chain Security Compliance Requirements," Privacy Law Alert (September 15, 2022). Contacts: Michael G. Gruden, CIPP/G, Evan D. Wolff, Alexander Urbelis, Maida Oringher Lerner, Jacob Harrison
Client Alert / Newsletter

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