CEO at Black Chambers Inc.
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Alex Urbelis is CEO of Black Chambers, Inc., an information security consultancy, and a partner in a bespoke law firm that focuses on information security and other aspects of technology-related law.
Alex is an experienced attorney who has also been part of the information security community for more than 20 years and who has truly varied experience as a C-level officer, in-house counsel, private practice litigator, and a federal attorney.
Based in both New York and London, Alex was the Chief Compliance Officer of one of the world’s largest luxury conglomerates. As such, Alex handled all aspects of worldwide legal compliance, including anti-bribery and anti-corruption efforts, whistle-blowing matters, internal and external investigations, and ensured that employees and partners understood and adhered to strict standards of business conduct and corporate social responsibility. Prior to his role as CCO, Alex was in-house information security, charged with responsibility for mitigating information security risk, managing investigations, and developing policies and procedures to go beyond industry standard best practices.
At Steptoe & Johnson LLP in New York and Washington, DC, Alex’s practice centered around several issues at the intersection of law and technology. Counseling companies both domestically and abroad, Alex provided data security and privacy advice, and assisted some of the world’s largest technology companies and non-profit organizations with issues of Internet governance and the expansion of the Internet through ICANN’s new generic top-level domains (gTLDs). Alex personally worked on the drafting and submission of nearly 200 gTLD applications during.
Alex has advised domainers, brand owners, and registrars, on the management of Internet domain name portfolios. He has considerable experience with Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) proceedings, Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) proceedings, and national Dispute Resolution Proceedings (DRPs) by country code top- level domains (ccTLDs) arbitrate domain name disputes.
With respect to commercial litigation and arbitration experience, Alex has been involved in complex commercial disputes, encompassing international and cross-border components. As an appellate lawyer, Alex has represented US service members and civilians in claims for compensation for torture before the US Supreme Court and has successfully argued for Convention Against Torture protection for potential deportees in the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
An active member of several privacy-oriented organizations, Alex has lectured on the subject of cyber security, and has provided strategic advice in proceedings involving technical issues, such as the spoliation of electronic evidence and international disputes involving technology-related contracts.
Alex’s federal service includes working for the US Army JAG Corps, the Office of General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency, and as a Research Associate in the Technical Analysis Group of Dartmouth College’s Institute for Security Technology Studies, a national center for information security and counterterrorism research and analysis. Alex also served as a judicial law clerk to Chief Judge Effron of the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
Alex is regularly called upon by the media to opine on matters both legal and technical, and his published writings range from scholarly works, to bar journals, to op-editorials.
Public interest work is of great importance to Alex. His pro bono matters have included appellate representation in immigration and death penalty proceedings, as well as extensive litigation on behalf of indigent tenants in New York.