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Facebook Hires BigLaw Entertainment, Patent, Privacy Partner

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By William Peacock, Esq. on September 27, 2013 11:29 AM

Sharon Osbourne, in her memoirs, said that "Ashlie Beringer has got balls of steel," after Beringer defended Sharon's husband Ozzy in a lawsuit. Facebook stated, "We have always been impressed with her toughness and commitment to innovation."

They also just hired her to be their Deputy Counsel, and it's not hard to see why.

The BigLaw partner and litigator leaves Gibson Dunn, where she was co-chair of the firm's Information Technology and Data Privacy practice group, reports TechCrunch. She also has experience as an entertainment litigator (defending Ozzy and other reality television stars), patent and intellectual property litigator, and has recently worked on data privacy litigation.

Facebook's statement to TechCrunch noted:

"Ms. Beringer has extensive experience defending companies in high stakes technology and intellectual property disputes, with particular expertise representing clients in the technology, media, Internet, and entertainment industries. She has successfully represented clients in numerous consumer and regulatory actions relating to online and mobile technologies and data privacy and security issues. In addition, Ms. Beringer has successfully defended clients throughout the country in complex patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secrets disputes, including several disputes involving digital technologies, gaming and application platforms, and online and mobile advertising and e- commerce networks."

Gibson Dunn's bio for Ms. Beringer states that she was recently named one of California's Top 100 lawyers by the Daily Journal. She has also been profiled by The Wall Street Journal (discussing her entertainment litigation career) and other national publications.

Yeah. That's a career most of us could only dream of, and now she's headed to Facebook to oversee the company's litigation, regulatory, and product groups. Beringer joins Facebook as they begin a stare-down with the FTC over their new amended privacy policy, and as they fight the National Security Administration over secret data requests.

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