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David  Bender


David Bender

Visiting Professor

Practice Areas
• Privacy and Data Protection Law
• Information Technology Law
• Intellectual Property Law

Legal Experience
David Bender has had an extensive career that has involved litigation, counseling, and transactional work. He retired in 2007 from White & Case LLP, where he was based in New York City and was chair of the firm’s global Privacy practice. In that position he headed numerous global data protection projects, and also counseled extensively on compliance with various US data protection laws such as the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, the CAN-SPAM Act, as well as state data protection laws. Before practicing in the Privacy area, he drafted, negotiated, and advised in connection with various types of information technology transactions, including outsourcing, Internet, and many kinds of software-related projects. A founder of White & Case’s Intellectual Property practice, he also handled many IP matters, ranging from patent, copyright, and trade secret litigation to due diligence inquiries and the negotiation and drafting of various types of IP-related agreements.

Mr. Bender served in-house at AT&T (mostly before its divestiture) for ten years, and during the latter half of that period was the General Attorney responsible for all IP litigation brought by or against any Bell System company. Prior to that, he litigated antitrust cases.

Mr. Bender is the author of Computer Law, a five-volume treatise published by Lexis-Nexis Matthew Bender in 1978 and updated twice annually. He writes the Privacy Law column that appears bimonthly in the New York Law Journal, and has also written several dozen law review articles and CLE papers on diverse topics in the fields of Privacy, Information Technology, IP, and Antitrust. His article “Computer Programs: Should They Be Patentable,” 68 Colum. L. Rev. 241 (1968) was one of the first law review articles on that topic, and his “Trade Secret Protection of Computer Programs,” 38 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 909 (1970), was the first law review article on the title topic. His NY Law Journal columns include, e.g.: “FACT Act Red Flag Rules,” (Dec. 2, 1008); “Data Protection: The Importance of Choosing a Global Paradigm,” (Oct. 7, 2008); “NY Freedom of Information Law: Scope of the Privacy Exception,” (Aug. 5, 2008); and “Expectation of Privacy in the GPS Age,” (June 9, 2009).