Social Media Law & Policy Report Editorial Advisory Board

Bloomberg BNA's Social Media Law & Policy Report™ is the most comprehensive source for social media-related law and policy information. It gives today's professionals timely and reliable news coverage and real-world insight into the shifting legal issues surrounding social media. This dynamic, all-in-one online platform integrates all the news, primary sources, tools and analysis you need in a single, fully searchable site, enabling you to work faster and more efficiently.

Bloomberg BNA's Advisory and Editorial Advisory Boards work closely with our reporters and editors to keep BNA publications and subscribers on the pulse of what's happening around the world regarding social media-related law and policy.

Social Media Law & Policy Report Editorial Advisory Board

Beth Alquist

Elizabeth AlquistBeth Alquist is a partner with Day Pitney, LLP, Hartford, Conn. Her practice areas include patent litigation, trademark, copyright and advertising,  and employment litigation. She is a member of the firm's Social Media Task Force.

Alquist is a trial attorney who represents a broad range of business clients in patent, trade secret, noncompetition, trademark, copyright, and Internet-related disputes in federal and state courts, as well as before the International Trade Commission. She has tried over a dozen cases to verdict, including patent infringement, trade secret and noncompete matters, among others.

Alquist is chair of the firm's Intellectual Property Department and past chair of both Women Working Together and the firm's Diversity Committee. She served as law clerk to the Honorable Robert J. Callahan, Connecticut Supreme Court, 1994-1995. Alquist is available at

David A. Bell

David BellDavid A. Bell is a trademark partner and chair of the Social Media Practice Group at Haynes and Boone, LLP, Dallas. He counsels clients on emerging technology and branding trends, including social media issues, smart phone applications, and online scams; protects companies' product designs; and represents plaintiffs and defendants in intellectual property and domain name disputes. Additionally, he clears, procures, manages, and enforces trademarks for clients with domestic and international portfolios. Bell is called upon by multinational corporations and emerging companies to provide 24/7 service, as well as knowledgeable and creative counseling. He wrote the Corporate Practice Series Portfolio No. 91,  Social Media Law, Bloomberg BNA.

As part of his practice, Bell evaluates product and packaging designs for trade dress and other intellectual property issues; conducts international and complex trademark clearance searches, preparing trademark applications worldwide, and prosecuting trademarks for established and emerging companies; enforces clients' trademark and trade dress rights worldwide, through litigation, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings, and foreign legal proceedings; enforces clients' intellectual property rights through domain name disputes; protects brands in regard to smart phone applications, social networking websites, and blogs; investigates and prosecutes online fraud, including spam e-mails and fraudulent gift card offer schemes; drafts various intellectual property agreements; and counsels clients on trademark, copyright, domain name, website, and privacy law issues. Bell is available at

Joshua Briones

Joshua Briones
Joshua Briones is a partner with Blank Rome LLP, Los Angeles. He advises clients regarding compliance with state and federal laws, which govern the use and disclosure of consumer information. 
Briones advises companies in Telephone Consumer Protection Act and associated Federal Trade Commission regulations, Fair Credit Reporting Act, data breach, privacy, the cloud, social networks, blogs and user-generated content, sponsored links, spamming, phishing, identity theft and in the defense of data privacy, advertising and other privacy and Internet-related class actions. He is a co-author of the legal practice guide Social Media as Evidence: Cases, Practice Pointers and Techniques, published by the American Bar Association.

Beyond privacy matters, Briones also has an active complex business litigation practice, including representing parties in consumer class actions, trademark and trade secret litigation and shareholder derivative and securities litigation. He is available at

Peter M. Brody  

Peter BrodyPeter M. Brody is an intellectual property litigation partner with Ropes & Gray LLP, Washington, D.C. He has litigated every type of IP case-patent, copyright, trade secret, trademark, and false advertising. He is a member of the firm's social media group, routinely advises clients on trademark and copyright protection and enforcement in the social media arena, best practices for protecting confidential information and trade secrets from disclosure on social media sites, and federal and state regulation of advertising and promotion via social media. Brody also has spoken and written extensively about the protection of intellectual property in the social media arena. He is available at

Cathy L. Burgess

Cathy BurgessCathy L. Burgess is a Washington, D.C. partner in Alston & Bird LLP’s Health Care Group. Her practice focuses on regulatory compliance, product risk management, enforcement and policy matters affecting industries regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  

Cathy advises clients on a range of matters affecting prescription and OTC drugs, biologics, medical devices, foods and cosmetics, and has extensive experience regarding current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) regulation. For products regulated under the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA), Cathy conducts liability risk assessments and works with clients to identify and analyze potential legal risks associated with their products throughout the product life cycle. Cathy also conducts internal investigations and special audits related to FDA compliance and assists clients in designing compliance programs, internal audit programs and other risk mitigation strategies.  

Prior to joining the firm, Cathy served as associate general counsel for the American Red Cross, responsible for regulatory matters. 

Rajib Chanda

Rajib Chanda

Rajib Chanda is a Partner in the Washington, D.C. and New York offices of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Rajib’s practice focuses on all aspects of issues facing registered investment advisers and sponsors of registered funds. Rajib has particular experience working with alternative asset managers, including Blackstone/GSO and Riverstone, seeking to access retail investor channels through mutual funds, business development companies, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds and permanent capital vehicles. Rajib provides counsel to boards of registered funds, and has substantial experience advising companies on issues relating to social media and cybersecurity. He is available at

Anthony E. DiResta

Anthony E. DiResta

Anthony E. DiResta is a partner in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office who focuses his practice on governmental consumer protection investigations involving allegations of deceptive, unfair or abusive business practices; charges of false advertising; and privacy and data security matters.  He has successfully defended companies and individuals in over 50 governmental investigations – with many of those investigations being closed.

In June of 2015, Tony was honored as one of the nation's top “Regulatory Trailblazers & Pioneers” by The National Law Journal. It is an exclusive award that honors a select and prominent group of lawyers in the country who are leaders in successfully navigating the ever-changing fields of regulatory and compliance law.

He is a former director of the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Southeast Regional office, where he supervised many of the enforcement, investigative, and litigation activities of the Competition and Consumer Protection Bureaus of the agency.  Under his leadership, the Southeast Regional office received the John Marshall Award from the U.S. Attorney General for its enforcement achievements. Mr. DiResta also served as a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in Atlanta.

Gary A. Kibel 

Gary KibelGary A. Kibel is a partner in the Technology, Digital Media & Privacy Group of Davis & Gilbert LLP, New York. He regularly counsels clients with respect to new media/advertising law; privacy and data security; and information technology matters. Kibel advises interactive companies, advertising agencies, media providers and other commercial entities regarding transactions for interactive advertising, behavioral advertising, social media, programmatic media buying, user-generated content, mobile marketing, affiliate marketing and other emerging products and services. He also serves as general counsel to the Performance Marketing Association.

Kibel is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) and advises clients in many industries regarding privacy and data security issues, including internal information security policies, contractual obligations and requirements, security breaches and incident responses, audits, cross-border data transfers and other matters in connection with an organization's collection, storage and use of data in all aspects of its business.  He also co-chairs the International Association of Privacy Professionals' New York City KnowledgeNet group.  In addition, Kibel has been recognized by the Legal 500 U.S. for his expertise in the area of privacy and data protection. He is available at

Marc Roth

Marc RothMarc Roth is a partner with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, New York, in the Advertising, Marketing & Media Division and is co-chair of the firm's Telephone Consumer Protection Act Compliance and Class Action Defense Group. He is a highly accomplished regulatory and transactional attorney with over 20 years of experience in consumer advertising and marketing law. Roth has particular expertise in privacy, social media, telemarketing, claim substantiation, negative option and continuity marketing, and loyalty programs. In addition to his counseling and transactional work, Roth also defends clients before federal and state regulatory authorities. Prior to joining Manatt, Roth was chief compliance and marketing counsel for a Time Warner company and served as a staff attorney at the Federal Trade Commission.

Roth is a frequent speaker and author on privacy and social media issues and has served as faculty and chairperson at legal and business conferences on these topics. He is often called upon to assist leading industry trade associations in preparing comments on FTC privacy-related rulemakings. A significant portion of Roth's practice is devoted to counseling clients on the legal issues surrounding marketing campaigns conducted through social networks. He is available at

Michael C. Schmidt

Michael C. SchmidtMichael C. Schmidt is the Vice Chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor and Employment Department, resident in the firm’s midtown office in New York City. For more than two decades, Mike has concentrated his practice on representing companies in litigation on all facets of employment law (including wage and hour, discrimination/harassment, disability and contract issues), and providing day-to-day advice to companies on issues from hiring to firing. Mike is also an adjunct professor of employment law at Touro Law School in Central Islip, New York, and regularly discussed employment law developments on Twitter (@MSchmidtEmpLaw) and on his blog (

Ana Tagvoryan 

Ana TagvoryanAna Tagvoryan is a partner with Blank Rome LLP, Los Angeles, where she concentrates her complex commercial litigation practice on consumer class action defense, with a particular emphasis on privacy-related common law and statutory claims. 

Tagvoryan has successfully defeated class certification in nationwide and statewide class actions alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Telephone Consumer Protection Act, Stored Communications Act, federal wiretap act, and related state-law statutes in both trial courts and on appeal. 

Tagvoryan has lectured and published extensively on social media law and e-discovery, Federal Communications Commission regulations, class actions, and other legal matters. She is a co-author of the legal practice guide Social Media as Evidence: Cases, Practice Pointers and Techniques, published by the American Bar Association. She is available at