A top lawyer defending Google against the U.S. government’s demand for data also turns out to be one of Seattle’s top legal minds, Perkins Coie partner Albert Gidari.
Gidari has had one of the more interesting legal careers, starting out as a trial lawyer in the U.S. Marines and eventually becoming the Seattle firm’s first “entrepreneur in residence,” advising Internet start-ups on both legal and business issues. His client list reads like a who’s who of the tech scene, from Nintendo and Microsoft to Getty Images, Cingular, T-Mobile and InfoSpace.
An expert on data privacy and security, he co-founded the Internet Law and Policy Forum.
Gidari maintained that the government’s demand is unnecessary, since it could get virtually the same information from publicly available Internet sources. Here’s how readers reacted to the initial news.