Albert Gidari, Jr.

Entrepreneur in Residence
Perkins Coie LLP

Albert Gidari is the first "entrepreneur in residence" at Perkins Coie LLP, a national law firm, where he advises emerging technology companies and leads the Firm's communications and privacy practices. Gidari previously was Chief Executive Officer of a proposed all-Internet bank, CEO of a financial services company and a partner at Perkins Coie LLP, where he chaired the Internet Law and Electronic Commerce.

He is a recognized expert in data privacy and security law and policy, representing a diverse spectrum of companies and organizations, including AT&T Wireless, Nextel, Voicestream, Cingular, AOL, Infospace, Nintendo, Costco, the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association. He currently serves as the privacy expert for the global GMS Association. In 1998, he received the CTIA Person of the Year Award for service to the industry.

In 1995, Gidari co-founded the Internet Law and Policy Forum (ILPF), a global consortium of Internet-centric companies, and served as its first Executive Director until October 1998. From 1996 to 1999, Gidari was an adjunct professor of law at the University of Washington where he developed and taught the School's first course on the law of electronic commerce. He serves on various Boards of Directors, including Research TV, a consortium of University-based digital TV broadcasters; Northwest Gigapop, a consortium of high-bandwidth University network owners and operators; Friends of KEXP, which operates the eclectic University of Washington radio station in conjunction with the Paul Allen Experience Music Project; and chairs the Board of the George Mason University Instructional Foundation, which, in addition to its educational mission, provides the wireless cable services including the Capitol Connection.

Gidari was a top 1985 graduate of George Mason University School of Law in Virginia and earned a Masters of Law degree from University of Washington in 1995. He is chairman emeritus for George Mason Board.

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