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Stuart P. Ingis


Stu Ingis is nationally recognized as a leading attorney and thought leader on privacy, marketing, advertising, and eCommerce and Internet law. Stu co-leads Venable's eCommerce, Privacy, and Cybersecurity Group, which won the Chambers USA Award for Excellence for the top privacy practice and top advertising practice in the United States. Stu has also been repeatedly listed in the first tier of privacy attorneys in Chambers USA, Legal 500 and ComputerWorld magazine.

Stu regularly represents companies in the media, communications, information services, advertising, and retail industries before the US Congress and the Federal Trade Commission as well as before other Federal and state agencies.

Stu regularly defends companies in investigations by the Federal Trade Commission and State Consumer Protection Authorities. Stu regularly advises companies on federal and state marketing, privacy and advertising laws. Stu and the Venable compliance team conduct internal assessments of company practices and products, and works with companies to design and implement compliance systems and best practices.

Stu has represented a number of CEOs in testimony before Congressional Committees. Stu also represents clients in Congressional investigations and is well-known for representing clients in crisis management situations, in particular with Congressional relations.

Stu is Venable's Chairman.


FTC and State AG Investigation Experience
  • Represented a provider of web analytics, research, and measurement in an FTC investigation of its data and privacy practices. The matter closed with no enforcement action.
  • Represented a provider of wireless telecommunications and Internet services in investigations of its data and privacy practices. The matter closed with no enforcement action.
  • Represented a brand name retailer in a multi-year FTC advertising-related investigation. Replaced counsel and successfully had the matter closed.
  • Represented a major Internet retailer in an FTC investigation and litigation surrounding in-App purchases for mobile Applications.
  • Provided a second opinion on legal arguments and a proposed settlement for a provider of social network services.
  • Represented a major media company in provision of a 3rd party service to a content provider in responding to a CID. The matter closed with no further action.
  • Represented a consumer reporting agency in an advertising disclosures-related issue.
  • Represented a financial services company before the FTC in a data breach investigation.
  • Represented a leading provider of data services in an FTC investigation of its data security practices.
  • Successfully represented a company in a negative option investigation before the FTC.
  • Successfully represented a leading provider of television video recording services in a privacy investigation.
  • Represented a company in a first ever FTC privacy enforcement action, which resulted in favorable consent decree.
  • Successfully represented an Internet reputation services company in enforcement action regarding the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
  • Successfully represented a company in litigation challenging the FTC for its Telemarketing Sales Rule.
  • Successfully represented an Internet advertising technology service provider in a multi-state Attorney General inquiry regarding use of cookies.
  • Represented a leading fast food chain in a State Attorney General Children’s Privacy and COPPA inquiry.
  • Represented multiple providers of email services in response to an FTC Can-Spam Act 6(b) inquiry.
  • Represented multiple data brokers in response to an FTC 6(b) inquiry.

Industry Experience
Stu is the General Counsel, marketing counsel, and government affairs and privacy counsel to the Data & Marketing Association (DMA).  Stu serves as Washington advertising and privacy counsel to the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB). Stu also serves as counsel to the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) – the cross-industry self regulation for online advertising initiative, representing the nation's leading marketing and advertising trade associations including the DMA, IAB, the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), the American Association of Advertising Agencies (AAAA), and the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI).

Stu is the co-author of Privacy Protection in the United States: A Survey. Stu was a primary draftsperson of the advertising and consumer protection section of the American Bar Association's millennium plenary paper on Internet jurisdiction. Stu also worked with the Electronic Commerce and Consumer Protection Group, comprised of many large companies that drafted a code of best consumer protection principles and an approach to jurisdiction online.

Legislative and Regulatory Policy Experience
Stu has represented clients in numerous federal privacy related legislation and rulemakings of recent years, including:
  • The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA);
  • The CAN-SPAM Act;
  • The Telemarketing Sales Rule;
  • The Electronic Signatures Act (E-Sign);
  • The Financial Privacy Provisions of the Gramm-Leach Bliley Act (GLBA);
  • The Restore Online Shopper's Confidence Act;
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA);
  • The Telecommunications Act of 1996;
  • The US Department of Commerce's Safe Harbor Program for compliance with the European Union's Data Protection Direction;
  • Numerous bills that have been proposed for "comprehensive" privacy;
  • Bills that would legislate Federal Data Security Breach Notification; and
  • Bills that would limit organized retail crime online and offline.