W. Scott Blackmer

Attorney at Law

Scott Blackmer has practiced technology law for more than twenty years, based in Washington D.C. and in Brussels. He works closely with clients who are developing or deploying new technologies, especially those related to the Internet and intended for global application, and much of his practice centers around intellectual property and privacy law.

Mr Blackmer currently serves as General Counsel of Viamericas Corporation and the XNS Public Trust Organization. In this role he helps clients including Fortune 500 businesses, industry associations and startups manage novel technology-related legal issues. He is responsible for advising them on such matters as their international websites, intranets, and Web services, with special emphasis on intellectual property, electronic contracting, standards development, e-commerce, consumer protection, and privacy and data protection for both consumers and employees.

Mr Blackmer also serves on the board of directors for the International Security, Trust & Privacy Alliance ISTPA. and the editorial board of Privacy and Information Law Report PILR.

He speaks and writes frequently on cyberlaw and privacy topics, and has lectured at universities and workshops in the U.S., Canada, England, France, Germany, Belgium, Greece, Brazil, Argentina, and Singapore. Recent presentations include sessions at such meetings as the Carnegie Mellon University Workshop on the Relationship Between Privacy and Security; the Privacy & American Business Conference; the International Association of Privacy Officers; the Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals; the International Chamber of Commerce; and the International Security, Trust, and Privacy Alliance.

Following clerkships at the California Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, from 1982-2000 he practiced in the international law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (as a partner after 1988. In 2000, Blackmer left WCP to start his own practice and help launch two Internet start-ups.

Mr Blackmer earned his law degree at the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall (J.D., Order of the Coif, editor-in-chief of the California Law Review), after graduate and undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University, the University of Grenoble (France), and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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