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Jenner & Block Partners Mary Ellen Callahan and Andrew J. (A.J.) Thomas will speak at the 13th Annual Entertainment and Media Law Conference, sponsored by Southwestern Law School's Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute and the Media Law Resource Center. Mr. Thomas will moderate a discussion titled “On the Digital Battlements – Dealing with Hackers, Enemy States, and the U.S. Government,” and Ms. Callahan will be a panelist. Using a hypothetical hack of sensitive and proprietary information from a fictional media company as a springboard for discussion, the panelists will explore issues surrounding both private and state-sponsored hacks targeting the media industry. Other panelists will be Michael Lebovich, assistant general counsel and chief trust officer at the Walt Disney Company; Blaine C. Kimrey, former journalist and current shareholder at Vedder Price; and Christin S. McMeley, chair of the Privacy and Security Practice at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. Mr. Thomas also serves on the planning committee of the conference, which will be held on January 14, 2016, at The Los Angeles Times building.
Ms. Callahan is the founder and chair of the firm’s Privacy and Information Governance Practice. The former chief privacy officer of the United States Department of Homeland Security, she has a unique and broad knowledge of and experience with the interface of the protection of privacy, civil rights and civil liberties with cybersecurity and national security issues.
Mr. Thomas is a media and entertainment litigator who focuses on copyright and trademark matters, First Amendment cases, and complex business litigation. Clients ranging from motion picture studios and television networks to book publishers and newspapers seek his representation at the trial and appellate levels in matters including intellectual property rights, defamation and privacy, unfair competition claims, and prior restraints on speech.
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