Gibson Dunn hires Apple, Microsoft Vet to lead AI Legal Group

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has hired a new technology-focused partner in its Palo Alto office.

Vivek Mohan will co-chair the company’s artificial intelligence and automated systems practice group, Gibson Dunn said Wednesday. The former internal attorney at Apple Inc. and Microsoft, Inc. will advise tech companies “on some of their most complex regulatory issues,” he said.

“The wider regulatory space in technology is getting very hot, and it’s only going to get hotter in the coming months and years,” Mohan said. “And not just here, in Silicon Valley. The attention is from regulators around the world.”

Major law firms are playing the long game to bolster their Silicon Valley offices, attracted by Big Tech clients. Privacy has long been “the tip of the spear” of regulatory issues facing those companies, but that focus is moving beyond issues of privacy and cybersecurity and into broader regulation, Mohan said.

The Biden administration has long been expected to take a closer look at the tech industry. The US Federal Trade Commission revived an Amazon.com Inc. antitrust investigation in May.

Mohan was a partner in Mayer Brown’s San Francisco office before joining Gibson Dunn. He was a senior attorney at Apple for five years, where he was chief of information security law and a member of the global privacy law and policy team. Earlier in his career, he was also a lawyer at Microsoft. That internal experience is “part of our bread and butter” at Gibson Dunn, Mohan said.

Gibson Dunn is among the country’s 15 largest law firms, with revenues of nearly $2.5 billion last year, according to data collected by the American Lawyer. The company’s partners earned an average of more than $4.4 million each last year. Its customers include Apple, Amazon, Uber and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.

“Working with Vivek when I was in-house gives me first-hand experience of how sharp and pragmatic his counsel is, particularly on emerging technical issues,” said Ashlie Beringer, partner and co-chair of the Privacy Practice Group, The company’s Cybersecurity and Data Innovation in a press release. “His in-house experience and his fluency with technology platforms and business models give him a valuable perspective into the real-world challenges our clients face.”

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