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  • Kathryn A. Kleiman

    703-812-0476
    kleiman@fhhlaw.com
    Skype: kathy.kleiman

    Ms. Kleiman is passionate about shaping Internet law and policy, improving rules for the domain name system, and bringing diverse voices into Internet policy-making.

    Education:



    Admissions:

    Harvard University, B.A.,
    cum laude
    Boston University School of Law,
    J.D., cum laude

    Virginia State Bar
    US District Court for the Eastern
    District of Virginia
    US Court of Appeals for the
    Fourth Circuit
  • Kathryn A. Kleiman

    703-812-0476
    kleiman@fhhlaw.com
    Skype: kathy.kleiman

    Ms. Kleiman is passionate about shaping Internet law and policy, improving rules for the domain name system, and bringing diverse voices into Internet policy-making. She helped found ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, responsible for overseeing the domain name system, and was a key editor of its New gTLD Applicant Guidebook (“rules of the road” for new top level domain names).

    Kathy represents Registries, Registrars, Registrants, and companies, organizations and individuals with questions in the rapidly expanding area of Internet law. Kathy is internationally known for helping negotiate policies on some of the most sensitive issues of the Internet, including free speech, intellectual property rights, fair use protections, privacy and data protection laws, and due process. She has founded Internet policy coalitions and helped write the two major domain name dispute policies, Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS).

    Kathy is internationally known for helping negotiate policies on some of the most sensitive issues of the Internet, including free speech, intellectual property rights, fair use protections, privacy, data protection laws, and due process.

    Her practice at FHH includes:

    • Domain name disputes & resolution
    • Intellectual property and free speech protections online
    • The coming array of new top-level domain names (New gTLDs)
      – and their opportunities and challenges
    • New gTLD Registry policies and procedures
    • Internet law and policy before Congress, FCC, FTC, ICANN
      and worldwide forums
    • The international reach of Internet content, and accompanying problems
      of speech, trademark, privacy and law enforcement investigations across jurisdictions
    • Legacy Numbers (IPv4) and their ease of transfer, and
    • Internet Entrepreneur advice & counsel.

    Kathy’s Leadership Roles Include:

    • Vice-Chair, ICANN’s Whois Review Team, a global review team established under the Affirmation of Commitments between ICANN and the Department of Commerce (2009) to review access and privacy policies for the large database of domain name registration data.

    • Director of Policy, .ORG The Public Interest Registry (PIR), represented PIR in meetings with White House on rogue pharmacies and international law enforcement meetings on domain name “takedown” issues.

    • Registries Stakeholder Group negotiating team, negotiated with ICANN staff on final language for new generic top-level domains (New gTLDs) Registries Agreement and Post-Delegation Dispute Resolution Procedures (PDDRP) in final New gTLD Applicant Guidebook.

    • Special Trademarks Initiative (STI) Review Team, co-led Noncommercial Stakeholders Group team to finalize rules for intellectual property protection in the New gTLD systems, including, Trademark Clearinghouse and Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) domain name dispute policy.

    • Overall, Kathy has worked closely with Registries, Registrars, Registrants, Intellectual Property Attorneys, Noncommercial organizations, government and law enforcement leaders, and the emerging registry services industry on some of the most interesting and difficult new policy issues. She edited large sections of the New gTLD Applicant Guidebook and helped finalize two sets of domain name dispute rules (UDRP/1999 and URS/2009).

    Bar and Court Admissions

    • Virginia State Bar
    • US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
    • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
    • Virginia Supreme Court
    • US Supreme Court

    Technical Experience

    Kathy spent three years between college and law school working at the cutting edge of the IT field in New York. Her experience includes:

    Price Waterhouse, Auditor of data security procedures and preparer of disaster recovery plans for data centers of banks and investment banks in New York City, and

    Morgan Stanley Information Services Division, Manager of international data networks and programmer of large-scale telecommunications databases.

    Education

    Harvard University, B.A., cum laude
    Boston University School of Law, J.D., cum laude

    Awards

    2009 Heroines in Technology Lifetime Achievement Award, from the March of Dimes and Women in Technology (for founding the ENIAC Programmers Project to capture the oral histories of the six women who programmed the world’s first modern computer, ENIAC).

    Testimony before Congress

    The Future of the Domain Name System, US House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade, and Consumer Protection's Hearing on Electronic Commerce: Future of the Domain Name System, June 10, 1998, Washington DC.

    Speeches around the world include

    Whois Review Team Draft Report & Recommendations, numerous presentations before the Government Advisory Committee, ICANN Board and Public Forum, ICANN Meeting in Costa Rica, March 2012, as part of the Whois Review Team.

    Trademarks, UDRP and Takedowns: Lessons Learned and Upcoming Challenges, Panelist at Noncommercial Users Constituency Summit titled Internet Governance & the Global Public Interest, March 11, 2011, San Francisco.

    Registry Takedown Procedures, .ORG Presentation, Cybercrime Meeting of International Law Enforcement, Registries and Registrars, February 25,2011, Brussels, Belgium.

    What's next for WHOIS?, 43rd CENTR General Assembly (Council of European National Top Level Domain Name Registries), October 7, 2010, Brussels, Belgium.

    Shaking Up Computer History: Finding the Women of ENIAC, Renaissance Computer Institute (RENCI) Distinguished Lecturer, September 25, 2008, Duke University.

    Concerns Raised Under International Laws by Global Realtime Publication of Domain Name Registration Data, GNSO WHOIS Workshop, October 2003, Carthage, Tunisia.

    Proposals for Cooperation between Consumer Protection Enforcement Agencies and Domain Registration Authorities, Panelist at US Federal Trade Commission’s Conference titled Partnerships Against Cross-Border Fraud, February 2004, Washington DC.

    Kathy has also spoken before groups of attorneys on Internet law and domain name dispute issues, organized by the Virginia State Bar, Virginia Bar Association, DC Bar Association and Federal Communications Bar Association.

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