Lawrence (Larry) Sommerfeld is a partner on Alston & Bird’s Privacy & Data Security and Cybersecurity Preparedness & Response teams. As an assistant U.S. attorney, he led the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Unit and investigated and prosecuted the leaders of one of the most sophisticated and coordinated cyber intrusions ever perpetrated.
Larry was invited to join the Department of Justice’s Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Working Group, where he advised the DOJ on developing technology and intellectual property issues, and potential legislation.
Larry was appointed chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Appeals and Legal Advice Section and was invited to serve on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee’s Appellate Chiefs Working Group, where he advised U.S. attorneys and consulted with the Office of the Solicitor General about the position of the United States on the latest and most pressing legal issues.
Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Larry practiced in Silicon Valley, where he counseled startup companies and institutional clients on their intellectual property rights and protections.
Larry has litigated for Fortune 500 companies and has considerable trial experience, focusing on some of the most complex trials, including defending at trial bet-the-company patent litigation against a Fortune 100 plaintiff corporation. At the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Larry tried complex cases with subjects as diverse as Internet pharmacies and the murder-for-hire of a public official.
- University of Virginia (J.D., 1994)
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S., 1990)
- New York
- American Bar Association
- Eleventh Circuit Historical Society
- State Bar of Georgia, Appellate Practice Section, Federal Practice Committee, co-chair
- State Bar of Georgia, Privacy & Technology Section
- National Advocacy Center, faculty member, criminal trial advocacy, appellate advocacy, and effective appellate brief writing courses, computer hacking and intellectual property conference
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