Marvin Ammori is the General Counsel of Protocol Labs, a company focused on improving the internet and computing generally. Its projects include IPFS, Filecoin, Coinlist, and others.
Previously, he was general counsel of Virgin Hyperloop One, serving on the senior executive and business leadership team, helping the company to raise $180 million during his time there.
Before going in-house, Mr. Ammori was best known for leading the most important, successful, and unlikely political victories determining the Internet’s future, overcoming “impossible odds” when others saw no path to victory. U.S. Senator Angus King has said, “I think probably more than anyone in the country he is the father of net neutrality.” Time Magazine called him “a prominent First Amendment lawyer and Internet policy expert,” San Jose Mercury News “a well-known advocate for Internet freedom,” and Fast Company Silicon Valley’s “go-to First Amendment guy.” He has represented Apple, Google, Dropbox, eBay, Automattic, Tumblr, Twitter, the National Association of Realtors, CoinCenter, and others.
For his pioneering work advancing Internet freedom, Ammori was named to Politico 50’s “list of thinkers, doers, and dreamers” “transforming politics” (alongside the Pope and Justice Anthony Kennedy), Washingtonian Magazine’s “Tech Titans,” Fast Company Magazine’s “100 Most Creative People in Business,” one of the top five tech lawyers by the World Technology Network, and is a recipient of the Nyan Cat Medal of Internet Awesomeness. He has been the subject of profiles on the front pages of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.
Cases: Ammori helped lead the online movement that killed the proposed SOPA bill in 2012 as well as the movements defending network neutrality. He was the key organizational and intellectual force behind the FCC’s Comcast/BitTorrent decision in 2008 (he authored the complaint and argued before the DC Circuit) and the key advocate behind the White House and FCC’s decision to back strong “Title II” rules in 2015. Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson has called him the “net neutrality whisperer”; Tim Wu wrote that Ammori “deserves enormous credit for leading the march to Title II”; and Kickstarter’s communications head declared that, “No one deserves more credit for the Net neutrality victory than” Ammori. Reviewing the decade-long fight for net neutrality, Salon’s Matt Stoller wrote, “if there’s one person who really operated with superb strategic insight and tenacity this whole time, it would be superlawyer Marvin Ammori.”
Writings: Ammori has published articles in the New York Times, USA Today, the Atlantic, Wired, Slate, Forbes, and the Harvard Law Review, and he authored a book On Internet Freedom. He has appeared as an expert on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NPR, and other TV and radio outlets. Ammori has also keynoted conferences in Germany, Portugal, Brussels, Taiwan; he has spoken at TEDx U-Michigan, three Federalist Society National Lawyer Conventions, and has testified before several government bodies.
Fellowships and Boards: Ammori has also served as a Future Tense and Schwartz Fellow at New America, one of the nation’s most prominent think tanks, and as a Senior Fellow to the Democracy Fund, as well . He serves on the boards of the nonprofit advocacy groups Fight for the Future (as President of the Board), Demand Progress, and Engine Advocacy. He also serves as an Affiliate Scholar of the Stanford Law School Center for Internet & Society. Ammori was a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow of the Americas Business Council Foundation. In 2008, he served as an advisor to the Obama campaign and the transition team.
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