Tor Ekeland PLLC

Computer Law, Intellectual Property, and Criminal Defense

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About Us

We provide experienced counsel in all areas of U.S. computer law, most prominently the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. We represent defendants in federal computer crime prosecutions nationwide, and regularly interact with the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice across several jurisdictions.

Tor Ekeland, who leads the firm’s CFAA practice, presents regularly on computer crime issues to other lawyers and at computer security conferences. Our corporate clients turn to us for advice on compliance with the CFAA and other computer laws, particularly the intersections with U.S. securities laws.

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Computer Fraud & Abuse Act (CFAA)

Leading the field on criminal and corporate computer law issues

We provide experienced counsel in all areas of U.S. computer law, most prominently the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. We represent defendants in federal computer crime prosecutions nationwide, and regularly interact with the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice across several jurisdictions. Tor Ekeland, who leads the firm’s CFAA practice, presents regularly on computer crime issues to other lawyers and at computer security conferences.

Our corporate clients turn to us for advice on compliance with the CFAA and other computer laws, particularly the intersections with U.S. securities laws. As algorithmic trading moves to the fore and access to online information becomes critical to assessing investments and other transactions, we help companies design their online activities for compliance.

Criminal Defense

Tor Ekeland, P.C. is committed to taking on clients for computer law cases we consider important, particularly those involving the notorious Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Over the last four years we’ve taken on five major criminal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act cases across the country and have invested heavily in them with our time and money.

We worked alongside the Courage Foundation on Matthew DeHart, and also work with them in our role as U.S. lawyers for alleged U.K. hacker Lauri Love who is currently battling extradition to the U.S.  And there are others who remain anonymous.

Trials and Appeals

We always stand ready to assert or defend our clients’ rights.

We litigate civil and criminal matters in Federal and New York State courts and are currently handling three prominent federal criminal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) cases.

Our litigation experience informs our transactional practice, so we work to avoid common pitfalls that can turn a deal sour and lead to needless litigation.

Software, Technology & Internet Law

Lawyers who understand your technology and are focused on your goals

We help technology companies bring their products to the world. With substantial experience in licensing matters and uncommon technical savvy, our attorneys are equipped to advise clients on technology transactions, product development and approvals, legal and regulatory compliance, employee and contractor intellectual property issues, and end-user agreements.

Surveillance laws, online privacy, and digital civil liberties have become important issues for tech consumers and service providers alike. We advise technology companies on their privacy policies, security policies, and responses to government demands for user data. And we help technology users and nonprofits advocate for user-friendly technology policy at federal agencies, such as the FCC and the Copyright Office.

Trademark & Copyright Law

Brand management, licensing, compliance, and litigation

Intellectual property is a consideration in nearly everything a modern business does, including forming new partnerships, attracting financing, hiring employees and vendors, developing products, establishing an online presence, and negotiating a merger or acquisition. We provide counseling at each of these stages, helping our clients to manage, license, and enforce their rights, and to anticipate issues and opportunities.

We are experienced IP litigators, and we represent clients in actions to enforce copyrights and trademarks and defend infringement claims, as well as in trademark opposition proceedings and domain name disputes.

Our international trademark registration and maintenance services ensure that your rights are secured everywhere you do business. But an effective brand goes beyond registration and enforcement; we counsel our clients on business practices and policies to establish and strengthen their position in the market.

Online services face unique copyright compliance issues. We help clients take advantage of the DMCA safe harbor for user-generated content, understand and assert their fair use rights to third-party content, and respond to cease and desist letters concerning IP infringement, domain name disputes, and rights of publicity. And we advise companies that use, distribute, and contribute to free and open source software on open source licensing and compliance.

Startups & Creative Professionals

We build solid foundations for our client’s products and businesses

We support our clients in building successful businesses, from formation forward. Our startup clients rely on us for advice on structuring their businesses, closing deals, and dealing with investors. We negotiate and draft shareholder, membership, and partnership agreements, as well as the gamut of deal documents from the simplest contract to complex private placements. Throughout the process we counsel our clients on regulatory compliance, whether under the federal securities laws or the alphabet soup of federal regulatory agencies, as well as at the state level.

When our clients launch new products, we advise them on securing and licensing their intellectual property and establishing agreements with vendors, investors,customers. We design policies and programs for complying with government regulations, and we guide clients through the testing and approvals procedures (such as UL and FCC testing) necessary to bring new products to market.

We also help businesses manage their workforce. We draft employment and independent contractor agreements and counsel companies on employment issues. We represent both employers and employees in employment disputes.

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Meet the Attorneys

Tor Ekeland

Tor focuses on computer and business law, and on the increasing convergence of those two fields.

He represents defendants charged with federal computer crimes in high profile cases nationwide. He also litigates commercial matters in Federal and New York State Courts. For corporate clients, he structures business entities, manages transactions, counsels businesses and hedge funds on their legal and regulatory obligations, and structures financing deals.

Tor is licensed in New York.

Mark Jaffe

Mark focuses on the needs of start-up businesses and creative professionals, from the inception of their companies and throughout each phase of their development.

He advises clients regarding their copyrights, trademarks, right of publicity, advertising, brand protection, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, regulatory compliance, labor law, and service contracts. Mark also litigates on behalf of his clients when the need arises.

Mark is licensed in New York and California.

Fred Jennings

The newest addition to our team, Frederic litigates in Federal and State courts as well as handling transactional matters.

Fred is licensed in New York.

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