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Gerry is a partner in the firm’s Emerging Technologies Group. He focuses his practice on corporate governance, intellectual property, Internet issues, cryptocurrency and digital assets especially as they relate to privacy, information security and consumer protection. An experienced and pragmatic litigator, Gerry focuses a significant part of his practice on prelitigation and advisory services relating to business strategy for privacy by design, data protection, intellectual property, and emerging technologies and markets, often acting as outside product counsel to leading innovators and disruptive technology companies.


  • George Mason University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, Editor George Mason Law Review
  • Catholic University of America, M.A., Century Scholar
  • George Mason University, B.A., Honors; Member, National Champion Debate Team

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

  • U.S. District Court - District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

  • Past Education Advisory Board Member and Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Member, Advisory Committee, Congressional Internet Caucus (2001-present)
  • Member, Advisory Board, Bloomberg BNA's Internet Law & Regulation
  • Past Member, Northern Virginia Technology Council, Past Co-chair, Social Media Committee, Past Member, Government Affairs and Private Equity Committees
  • Past Member, Virginia Legislature's Joint Commission on Technology and Science Privacy Advisory Committee (and predecessor committees) (2001-2008)

  • Honorable Pauline Newman, U.S. Court of Appeals - Federal Circuit


  • Ranked in Chambers USA for Nationwide Privacy & Data Security: Highly Regarded, 2020-2023 ("A very pragmatic and practical privacy attorney who can get to the core of the issue.”)
  • Named to Washingtonian’s Most Influential People in Washington list in 2021 and 2022
  • Named a 2022 BTI Client Service All-Star
  • Ranked in Chambers Global for USA Privacy & Data Security, 2021-2024
  • Recognized by Who’s Who Legal: Data 2020 
  • Recognized in Cybersecurity Docket’s Incident Response 30 as one “of the 30 best and brightest data breach response lawyers”
  • Recognized since 2014 in Legal 500 United States for inclusion in the Cyber Law and Data Protection categories
  • Recognized in the Internet, Ecommerce, Privacy and Data Security categories of The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers in 2011-2019
  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Privacy and Data Security Law, 2020-2024

Civic Involvement

  • George Mason University Entrepreneurship Advisory Council; Past Member, Board of Visitors; Past Chair, Annual Funds Committee; Past Member, Law Alumni Board 
  • George Mason University Past Member, Board of Visitors, Past Chair, Annual Fund Committee, Past Member Law Alumni Board.
  • George Mason University School of Law, Practitioner-in-Residence, Senior Research Fellow, Program on the Economics of Privacy, Adjunct Member of Law Faculty (2001-present)
  • Past President, Board Member, Fairfax Law Foundation
  • Boy Scouts of America, volunteer
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation, volunteer

Media Mentions

Gerry is frequently called upon to provide commentary by major media outlets; has appeared as a guest on Fox Television and, C-SPAN; and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Bloomberg and CNN.

  • 2 January 2023 'The Cybersecurity Stories That Could Define 2023' Law360