Alexander Urbelis

Alexander Urbelis


Blackstone Law Group

Mr. Alexander J. Urbelis is an experienced attorney who has also been part of the information security community for more than 20 years and who has truly varied experience as a C-level officer, in-house counsel, private practice litigator, and a federal attorney.

Based in both New York and London, Alex was the Chief Compliance Officer of one of the world’s largest luxury conglomerates. As such, Alex handled all aspects of worldwide legal compliance, including anti-bribery and anti-corruption efforts, whistle-blowing matters, internal and external investigations, and ensured that employees and partners adhered to strict standards of business conduct and corporate social responsibility. Prior to his role as CCO, Alex was in-house information security counsel, charged with responsibility for mitigating information security risk, managing incident response scenarios, and developing procedures beyond industry standard best practices.

Alex is the principal architect of our firm’s unique DNS monitoring and intelligence platform, OMNI (Open-source Multidisciplinary Network Intelligence). Designed to identify hallmarks of impending attacks, cybersquatters, counterfeiters, and other malicious actors, using our OMNI platform Alex has assisted companies worldwide with the early detection, investigation, and termination of sophisticated cybersecurity threats before a breach or reputational damage occurs.

At Steptoe & Johnson LLP in New York and Washington, DC, Alex’s practice centered around issues at the intersection of law and technology. Counseling companies both domestically and abroad, Alex provided data security and privacy advice, and assisted the world’s largest technology companies and non-profit organizations with issues of Internet governance and the expansion of the DNS through ICANN’s new generic top-level domains (gTLDs). Alex personally worked on the drafting and submission of over 200 gTLD applications during the first application round. In addition, Alex has considerable experience with Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) proceedings, Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) proceedings, and national Dispute Resolution Proceedings (DRPs) to reclaim domain names from cybersquatters.

An active member of several privacy and security-related organizations, Alex frequently lectures on the subject of cyber security and open source intelligence (OSINT) collection, and provides strategic legal and technical advice in domestic and cross-border proceedings involving privacy, national security, data forensics, spoliation of electronic evidence, and disputes involving technology-related contracts and patents.

In recognition of his technical and legal acumen, Alex was recently selected as a Member of the UL (Underwriters Laboratories) Security Council for the 2017 – 2020 term. In addition, Alex was elected to the Board of Directors of the Internet Society NY Chapter for the 2018 – 2019 term.

As an appellate lawyer, Alex has represented US service members and civilians in claims for compensation for torture before the US Supreme Court and has successfully argued for Convention Against Torture protection for potential deportees in the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Alex’s federal service includes working for the Office of General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency, the US Army JAG Corps, and as a Research Associate in the Technical Analysis Group of Dartmouth College’s Institute for Security Technology Studies, a national center for information security and counterterrorism research and analysis. Alex also served as a judicial law clerk to Chief Judge Effron of the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and as a judicial extern to Justice Denise Johnson of the Vermont Supreme Court.

Alex is regularly called upon by the media to opine on matters both legal and technical, and his published writings range from scholarly works, to bar journals, to op-editorials for CNN and The Intercept. Alex is a correspondent for the Oxford Martin Cybersecurity Capacity Portal, a pioneering and interdisciplinary research center of the University of Oxford, and also a producer for the weekly radio show and podcast, Off The Hook, broadcast on WBAI 99.5 FM in New York.

Public interest work is of great importance to Alex. His pro bono matters have included appellate representation in immigration and death penalty proceedings, and extensive litigation on behalf of indigent tenants in New York.


Converged Security and the Law

Tuesday, July 30th
What can a hacker and a lawyer teach the physical security industry about the legal landscape of cybersecurity? We all know that costs and liabilities associated with cyber breaches are multiplying; however, there is a tremendous number of cybersecurity blind spots that threaten the industry and can rare their ugly heads in the near future. A cyber-legal mind takes a microscope to some of the glaring legal ramifications that can impact the industry specifically and issues relating to the domain name system, intellectual property, nation state actors and privacy of information collected by security systems.

In this session, attendees will learn how to:
  • Research some of the legal ramifications that can impact the security industry
  • Uncover the cybersecurity blind spots that threaten the industry