Stu Ingis is chairman of Venable and co-chair of the eCommerce, Privacy, and Cybersecurity Group. Stu is a nationally recognized attorney who has earned a reputation among peers and the industry as a thought leader in crisis management, privacy, marketing, advertising, consumer protection, eCommerce, and Internet law. Stu's leadership in developing cutting-edge industry self-regulation and coalition building has placed him at the forefront of privacy and data security regulation and public policy. Clients rely on him as a trusted voice, confidant, and advocate before Congress, the Federal Trade Commission, state attorneys general, and other federal and state agencies.
Stu has represented a number of high-level executives in testimony before Congress and is relied upon by clients for his advocacy during congressional investigations, especially in crisis management situations specific to congressional relations. He also defends and advises companies in investigations by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), state attorneys general, and state consumer protection authorities, among others. Clients depend on Stu to help them resolve challenging situations efficiently and on favorable terms.
Stu brings coalitions together and leads self-regulatory efforts to develop and implement new standards and best practices in the eCommerce, privacy, and data security industry. He represents the nation’s leading marketing and advertising trade associations in legal and policy matters; in this capacity he serves as marketing, government affairs, and privacy counsel to the Association of National Advertisers (ANA). Stu serves as Washington advertising and privacy counsel to the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB). He is also counsel to the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) – the cross-industry self-regulatory online advertising initiative that brings together the nation's leading marketing and advertising trade associations, including the ANA, IAB, the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s), and the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI).
In addition to providing regulatory compliance counseling, Stu has represented clients in numerous federal privacy-related legislation and rulemakings, including:
In his compliance practice, Stu also conducts internal assessments of company data security practices and products and works with clients to design and implement compliance systems and best practices.