Internet Lawyer

Internet Lawyer: Traverse Internet Law

Internet Lawyer Definition

Posted by cybertriallawyer on June 24, 2009

Internet Lawyer. What does that really mean? A lawyer on the Internet? Or is an Internet lawyer someone who went to law school and got a law degree in Internet Law?

Actually, none of the above. An internet lawyer is a lawyer who specializes in the web and most of the legal principles and laws that govern the web. An internet lawyer most often is an intellectual property lawyer because the most common issues relate to copyright and trademark, both big parts of the law of intellectual property. But many, many issues don’t center upon intellectual property. So a background and deep understanding of contract law is helpful. And considering the number of disputes and contentious situations that arise online, a strong trial background (not just a litigator who has handled discovery and pleadings and all the preliminaries to trial) is very helfpful.

In the end, though, an ideal Internet lawyer should have a broad range of legal experience over many decades, but is also a technologist or online marketing expert or internet business industry veteran. The experience on the business side is essential. You won’t feel like you need to lead your lawyer through all of the finer points of the technology or business. And you’ll sleep much easier at night.

Food for thought.

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