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Venable partner Stu Ingis was prominently featured in a June 17, 2012 Washington Post article on how law firms are expanding their internet and data privacy law practices. The article notes that Venable is one of several law firms expanding its “data privacy capabilities to accommodate growing demand for legal services from social media, mobile, Internet and digital advertising companies scrambling to make sense of — and capi­tal­ize on — data on consumer spending habits, traffic patterns and population changes.”

Commenting on the rapid expansion of internet and data privacy law since the mid-1990s, Ingis said, “There were literally two lawyers in the whole country who did that…Flash forward to today, every firm in the country has or wants to have a privacy practice. And it’s really a data practice. You have whole bunch of new businesses where a lot of the growth is about figuring out how to use data better, how to store data, where to store it, and who can access it...What had been a boutique practice with a narrow focus [has become] one that is very mainstream.” Ingis noted that the expansion of internet and data privacy law has also provided opportunities for growth in more traditional legal areas such as employment, contracts, intellectual property, and litigation. “Traditional legal services are being applied in these new industries,” added Ingis. “In areas where the legal markets are slowing down, we see this as an area of continued growth.”

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