Jeff Bleich & Kelly Fair – May 1, 2017

Amb_Jeffrey_Bleich_8x10JEFF BLEICH is the CEO of Dentons Diplomatic Solutions, an international consulting group composed of senior government executives, and a partner and member of the leadership team of Dentons.  He previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to Australia from 2009 to 2013, and as Special Counsel to President Obama in the White House.   Ambassador Bleich specializes in resolving complex international disputes and advising institutions on cyber-security and technology issues.  He has served as an advisor to the U.S. Government on cybersecurity matters, as well as an advisor to California Governor Jerry Brown, and to former-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and former California Attorney-General Kamala Harris.  As Ambassador, he negotiated the first-ever alliance agreement for cyber security, and has received the Director of National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal. In addition to advising numerous companies concerning cyber-security-related issues, he has participated in the Presidential Summit on Cybersecurity, spoken at the President’s Summit on Countering Violent Extremism, and served on California Attorney General’s Cyber-Exploitation Working Group. He has a particular expertise in Asia-Pacific cybersecurity and privacy issues, and has counseled leading technology companies, insurers, retailers and governments on these matters. He was recently named by Lawdragon as one of the 500 leading lawyers in America, and included in Best Lawyers in America and other national rankings.  Mr. Bleich currently serves on several boards including as Vice-Chair of the Fulbright Board, RAND, Stanford University’s Center for the Advanced Study of Behavioral Sciences, the American Security Project, and the Australian American Leadership Dialogue.  Mr. Bleich has also served in a number of leadership positions, including as President of the California State Bar, Chair of the California State University Board of Trustees, and President of the Bar Association of San Francisco.  He holds a B.A. magna cum laude from Amherst College, an M.P.P from Harvard with highest honors, a J.D. from the Univ. of California, Berkeley with highest honors, and honorary Doctorates from San Francisco State University and Flinders University.  Following graduation, Ambassador Bleich clerked for Chief Justice William Rehnquist of the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Judge Howard Holtzmann of the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal at The Hague, and was the Special Rapporteur for the Permanent Court of Arbitration.  He is a certified arbitrator by the American Arbitration Association.  Ambassador Bleich has received numerous honors, including the State Department’s highest award for a non-career ambassador – The Sue M. Cobb Prize for Exemplary Diplomatic Service. He was elected a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Law Institute, and the American Bar Association Fellows.  The City of San Francisco has named January 8, Jeff Bleich Day in San Francisco.

fair_kelly_colorKelly D. Fair is a member of Dentons’ Litigation and Dispute Resolution and global Privacy and Cybersecurity groups, with a focus on representing insurance and financial services clients in all phases of complex commercial litigation and cybersecurity and data protection.  Kelly has extensive experience litigating consumer fraud class actions brought under California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL), commercial breach of contract cases, lawsuits alleging unfair and deceptive business and trade practices, cybersquatting and domain name disputes, and trademark and trade secret misappropriation claims. Kelly also advises clients on cybersecurity and data protection policies and procedures, and emergency response strategies.

Prior to joining Dentons, Kelly served as an extern to Justice Joanne C. Parrilli of the California Court of Appeal for the First District, and interned with the California Attorney General’s Energy Crisis Task Force.