Artificial Intelligence Task Force

Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the most powerful and potentially impactful technologies of our time. As cutting-edge AI technology continues to develop and evolve, all sectors of society – including, individuals, businesses, community service organizations and policymakers – are struggling to understand and keep up with the technology and hope society will achieve the balance: to realize the tremendous benefits of AI, while managing its risks.

As society deals with the challenges of understanding and adapting to this evolving technology and works to develop an appropriately balanced legal and regulatory framework, Lewis Brisbois has the knowledge and expertise to help clients across all sectors navigate the process of understanding and adapting to this evolving technology, market and legal framework – from ensuring our clients’ perspectives are understood by policymakers before laws and rules are written to helping clients manage legal issues relevant to the use of AI in their sector. 

Lewis Brisbois’ Artificial Intelligence Task Force includes a multi-disciplinary team of attorneys that leverages their unparalleled understanding of the key legal and regulatory issues impacting this unprecedented, cutting-edge and ever-evolving technology. Our firm’s AI capabilities cross-pollinate a broad spectrum of practice areas including regulatory counseling, corporate transactions, data privacy, intellectual property, and labor and employment. We pride ourselves on helping our clients best position themselves on the challenging nuanced issues that will impact them tomorrow, not just on the laws and regulations governing AI today. 

Our attorneys have a sophisticated understanding of the tools and models that underpin AI and the future regulations that will impact this technology through our extensive connections with AI leaders, entrepreneurs, and developers, policy makers, and government authorities. 

Lewis Brisbois’ expertise includes the following practice areas:

1. Government Affairs and Public Policy: We help clients understand and navigate the dynamic AI policy development processes in regulatory centers across the globe – in Washington, DC, states and internationally. Help clients shape AI policy, including monitoring relevant policy development processes – in the executive and legislative branches – and engaging policymakers to ensure clients’ perspectives are understood before laws and rules are finalized.

2. Compliance: Understanding of ethical considerations in AI development and deployment in all aspects of business, from the development of a company’s latest product or technology to shaping employment policies and practices. Knowledge of industry-specific regulations governing AI applications allow our lawyers to ensure that clients adhere to relevant standards and applicable state, federal and international laws.

3. Employment and Labor: AI impacts all aspects of the employee life cycle, includingstreamlining the search and decision process for recruiting talent, analyzing employer data, monitoring of workplace activities, and replacing work tasks and human jobs. Our attorneys help navigate the significant privacy, bias and organizational development concerns raised by these rapid developments. 

4. Intellectual Property & Technology: Our attorneys have in-depth knowledge of technology and intellectual property laws and regulations, including in the patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret areas. This provides an unparalleled ability to navigate and advise on the legal implications of emerging AI technologies, algorithms, and data analytics and products or services that use them. Our attorneys regularly handle IP litigation nationwide, including in cases involving emerging technology like AI. Our lawyers also are experienced in drafting and negotiating contracts related to AI, including licensing agreements, service-level agreements, and intellectual property clauses to ensure that contractual arrangements reflect the specific nuances of AI technologies and their use cases.

5. Data Privacy and Biometrics: Lewis Brisbois was the first law firm in the nation to develop a practice group dedicated to defending litigation involving biometrics and counseling our clients on the collection, use and storage of biometric information, which has exploded across numerous industries in the past decade. With the emergence of AI, our attorneys are also advising clients on the legal implications of the intersection of biometrics and AI. This expertise also enhances our deep bench of lawyers focused on other data privacy laws and regulations, such as the GDPR, CCPA, HIPAA, and other global data protection frameworks. Our attorneys are experienced in crafting policies and agreements to ensure compliance with privacy standards in AI applications.

6. Litigation: With the largest number of ABOTA-qualified trial lawyers in the nationand offices around the country, Lewis Brisbois is unique in its position to litigate legal disputes arising from AI technologies, including all aspects of liability, accountability, and unintended consequences as well as crafting risk management strategies to minimize legal exposure in the rapidly evolving field of AI. Working with our litigators means working with lawyers who understand the technology, the law, the courts, and your business.

Key Contacts:

Government Affairs & Public Policy

Daron Watts - Washington, D.C.

Government Investigations & White Collar Defense

Sean P. Shecter - Miami

Biometric Information Privacy Act

Josh M. Kantrow - Chicago

Mary A. Smigielski - Chicago

Data Privacy & Cybersecurity

Kamran Salour - Orange County

Mandy Cartwright - Phoenix

Robert F. Walker - Jackson

Ross M. Molina - New Orleans

Tawana B. Johnson - Atlanta

Intellectual Property & Technology

Jonathan D. Goins - Atlanta

Joshua D. Curry - Atlanta

Labor & Employment

Mary A. Smigielski - Chicago