Marvin Ammori is a thought leader in law and public advocacy, best known for his work opposing SOPA, defending network neutrality, and encouraging STEM education. Time Magazine calls him “a prominent First Amendment lawyer and Internet policy expert” and the San Jose Mercury News calls him “a well-known advocate for Internet freedom.” He has published articles in the New York Times, the Atlantic, Wired, Slate, and Forbes, and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NPR, and other TV and radio outlets. He is also an international speaker, keynoting events in Europe, Asia, and both US coasts–including several government bodies, TEDx University of Michigan, the Consumer Electronics Show, SXSW, and events at organizations such as Dropbox and Google.
He is currently a 2013 Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation, one of the nation’s most prominent think tanks. He also serves on the boards of the nonprofit advocacy groups Fight for the Future and Demand Progress and also on the Steering Committee of Engine Advocacy, a national organization that gives startups a voice in DC . In private practice, in specific matters, he has represented several companies and coalitions including Google, eBay, Automattic, and others.
For the past decade, as a lawyer, he has been involved in many of the most important and prominent public policy issues concerning the Internet’s future. While serving as the general counsel for the advocacy group Free Press in 2008, he authored the seminal network-neutrality complaint against Comcast for interfering with the use of BitTorrent software and led the case from its inception to conclusion. In 2011 and 2012, he played an instrumental role in opposing proposed copyright legislation known as SOPA and PIPA, earning him recognition in Fast Company magazine as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2012 (#32) and recognition from the World Technology Network as among the top five tech lawyers in 2012.
He recently authored the book On Internet Freedom. His law review articles exploring First Amendment theory in the digital age are assigned in some of the nation’s top law schools, including Harvard and Georgetown.
He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Harvard Law School. He also serves as an Affiliate Scholar of the Stanford Law School Center for Internet & Society and is an Affiliate of the Yale Law School Information Society Project. He is also a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow of the Americas Business Council Foundation.