Bennet G. Kelley

Special Counsel
Voice:  619-239-9400
Fax:  412-261-2627

B.S. The American University
J.D. Georgetown University Law Center

Areas of Specialization
Internet Law
Start Ups
Governmental Relations

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
Maryland (inactive)

Bennet Kelley practices in the emerging field of Internet Law. A native of Providence, Rhode Island, he received a B.S. in Political Science from The American University in 1984 and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1990.

Mr. Kelley has served as in-house counsel for a number of internet oriented companies including ETM Entertainment Network, Network Commerce, Hi-Speed Media and ValueClick and in private practice has represented e-commerce, movie ticketing, online marketing, software/website developers, and web radio companies.

Before entering private practice in 1990, Mr. Kelley worked for one of Washington's leading lobbyists and later was national co-chair of the Democratic National Committee's young professional fundraising arm. He has used his political experience to play a leading role in shaping emerging cyberspace law. He testified before the California Senate Business & Professions Committee on its landmark 2003 spam legislation and was praised by the House Energy & Commerce Committee for his contributions to federal spyware legislation. Bennet has served as co-chair of the California Bar Cyberspace Committee where he launched an initiative to develop a cyberspace primer for incoming state legislators.

Mr. Kelley was a contributor to the Journal of Internet Law and is a frequent speaker on internet law at conferences across North America. His recent presentations include the following: Who's Nibbling at My Cookie, SXSW Interactive (March 16, 2010)

Essentials Of Cyberspace Law: User Generated Content, Privacy and Online Advertising, California Bar Business Law Section Essentials Webinar Series (January 27, 2010)

Oprah, Flogs and the FTC: Hot Topics 2010, Affiliate Summit West (January 18, 2010).

FTC Privacy Roundtable: Background and Overview, California Bar Cyberspace Committee (December 8, 2009).

The Affiliate Tax: Looking Forward Through 2010, Affiliate Convention West (December 4, 2009).

Cyber Harassment, Georgetown University Law Center (October 17, 2009).

Advertising Tax: What Happened and What's Next?, Affiliate Summit East (August 10, 2009).

Affiliate Marketing over the Internet, Stanford Law School Center for Internet Studies, 6th Annual E-Commerce Best Practices Conference (June 12, 2009).

Privacy Concerns in Marketing and Commercial Communications, PLI Privacy and Data Security Law Institute (June 2, 2009).

Mr. Kelley also is an award-winning political columnist and frequent contributor to Huffington Post.


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