Attorney, Internet speech and platform advocate
Cathy Gellis is a lawyer in the San Francisco Bay Area whose work focuses on the intersection where law and technology collide. Her legal work includes defending the free speech rights of anonymous bloggers, representing an organization of college webcasters before the Copyright Royalty Board, and authoring numerous amicus briefs, including in cases addressing the statutory protection for online speech and innovation. She also regularly writes about the policy implications of technology regulation, with pieces appearing in various widely-read publications including the Daily Beast, Law.com, and the technology news site Techdirt.com, where she is a regular contributor. Before becoming a lawyer she was an aspiring journalist-turned-Internet professional who developed and managed websites for enterprises in Silicon Valley and Europe. She has a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in Mass Communications and Sociology, where she studied information technology and how people came to use it, and a J.D. from Boston University.