About Doug Isenberg
I am an attorney and the founder of The GigaLaw Firm; a recognized leader on Internet law; a domain name arbitrator; a frequent author and speaker on Internet legal issues; and an adjunct professor of computer and cyberspace law.
The World Trademark Review has said that I am “a whiz on all things to do with Internet law and domain names” (World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, 2015 edition); and the Atlanta Business Chronicle has called me an “international authority on Internet law” (September 22, 2006).
I have worked with clients on domain name transactions and disputes since 1996 and today represent some of the world’s largest and best-known brands with respect to their Internet legal matters — including the largest complaint ever filed under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), which resulted in an order transferring 1,519 domain names to a single client. I also serve as a domain name panelist for four of the world’s leading dispute providers (see below), including the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
Prior to launching The GigaLaw Firm, I practiced law at a large firm (Alston & Bird), at a medium-sized intellectual property firm (Needle & Rosenberg, now a part of Ballard Spahr) and as in-house counsel for a global marketing company that represented the International Olympic Committee (IOC). I am the founder of two Internet companies and, before practicing law, was a newspaper reporter and magazine editor.
Domain Name Arbitration Experience
In addition to representing clients in domain name disputes, I also serve as a domain name panelist for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva; the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) in Minneapolis; the Czech Arbitration Court (CAC) in Prague; and the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre in Vancouver. In these roles, I have written more than 100 decisions on domain name disputes under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), the Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) and various country-code top-level domain (ccTLD) dispute policies. I attend an annual meeting of domain name panelists every fall at WIPO in Geneva.
Industry and Community Involvement
I have held numerous civic and professional leadership positions. During my tenure (2005-06) as chair of the of the State Bar of Georgia’s Intellectual Property Law Section, the group won a “Section of the Year Award” for service to its 900 members. I am currently a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and ICANN’s Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC). I am a member of the ADL Anti-Cyberhate Working Group; a charter member of the Atlanta Intellectual Property Inn of Court; and a founding member of the Intellectual Property Advisory Board at Georgia State University College of Law. I also serve as a member of the Wolters Kluwer Computer Law, Intellectual Property, and Privacy Law (CLIPP) Advisory Council.
Writing and Speaking
My book, The GigaLaw Guide to Internet Law (published by Random House in 2002), has been praised as “well worth the time to read” by Vint Cerf, one of the widely recognized “fathers of the Internet” and a former chairman of ICANN. I also wrote a special report titled “The Internet, Copyright, and You,” for The 2002 World Book Year Book, and was a legal columnist for Internet World magazine.
I have been a frequent commentator on technology law, including on-air analysis for CNN and CNN Headline News. I have also been quoted on issues relating to Internet law by the mainstream, computing and legal media, including PC Magazine, Forbes, Investor’s Business Daily, the Los Angeles Times, the ABA Journal, Wired News, Business 2.0, ZDNet, Village Voice and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
I received my undergraduate degree in political science from Washington University in St. Louis, where I was an editor at the student newspaper, a campus tour guide and a member of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity. I spent one semester in Washington, D.C., as a research assistant for David Gergen, who at the time was editor-at-large for U.S. News & World Report magazine. I received my law degree, cum laude, from Georgia State University College of Law, where I was associate editor for lead articles for the college’s Law Review. During my time as a law student, I served as student editor of the ABA Journal and received a first-place prize at the law school for my entry in ASCAP’s Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition, “Pirates on the Cyberspace Seas: Criminal Copyright Infringement of Computer Software.”
I have been married for nearly 20 years and have three sons. I grew up and live in Atlanta. I enjoy technology, fitness, reading (mostly non-fiction) and magic.
To contact me, please visit the GigaLaw “Contact Us” page.