President, Chapell Associates
Alan Chapell serves as outside counsel and chief privacy officer to digital media companies. Since 2003, Chapell has advised well over two hundred different companies, from venture backed startups to some of the largest media, technology and telecommunications companies in the world. Chapell’s mission is to help clients navigate regulatory, public policy and other marketplace challenges to maximize the value of their products and services.
Chapell understands the major players and key issues impacting digital ecosystems. This knowledge puts him in position to advise clients on how to maximize opportunities while avoiding the major pitfalls. And Chapell was appointed by the U.S. Trustee’s Office to evaluate relevant privacy issues in over 25 bankruptcy cases, including General Motors, Chrysler, Eddie Bauer, Atari and St. Vincent’s hospitals. He has been a trusted resource to U.S. Senators and Congressional representatives, trade associations and policymakers in the European Union and Canada.
Most of Chapell’s time is spent advising clients that choose a monthly retainer option. For startups that don’t have a general counsel or privacy team, Chapell acts as their chief privacy officer. As clients build out their legal and privacy teams, Chapell typically slides over to more of an advisory role and becomes a sounding board to help evaluate the company’s privacy strategy.