Andrew Lachman – Founder. Andrew has over a decade of experience providing legal services to technology and media companies in California and throughout the country. As a business and technology transactions lawyer, he advises startups and growth companies to help build their businesses and craft solutions that manage risk while reaching critical business goals.
He has held a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) certification and worked with companies to ensure compliance with GDPR as well as U.S. laws involving cybersecurity, data breaches, transfer and privacy such as HIPAA, FERPA, Gramm-Leach-Bliley and FTC requirements. While working in-house Andrew also served on the privacy practices committee of Viacom and Move.com.
Andrew was a summer clerk for U.S. District Judge Benson Legg III and worked with the litigation firm of Lipow & Harris handling business litigation issues before state and federal courts.
Andrew taught business law at Woodbury University and lectured on entrepreneurship at Southwest Community College and been a panelist before the Internet Governance Forum and UCLA law school on cybersecurity and privacy issues. He has served as in-house tech counsel for Paramount Pictures, Move.com and OSI Consulting as well as Legislative Director and Senior Advisor to Congressman Ted Lieu where Andrew was co-founding co-chair of the Congressional Tech Staff Association and participated in the first Wilson Center for International Scholars Cybersecurity Lab.
Andrew received his J.D. from George Washington University Law School where he served on the George Washington University International Law Review and was vice president of the intellectual property law society. He transferred to GWU from Tulane where he was on the moot court appellate team and co-founded the Tulane Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property Law, which published his note on international e-commerce standards in its first edition. He received his B.A. from American University. He is admitted to practice in California and the District of Columbia.
Ryan Hughes – Of Counsel. Ryan has represented nonprofit organizations, trade associations, labor unions, corporations, political action committees, and ballot measure committees in nonprofit and political ethics compliance matters.
Following law school, Ryan served as political researcher to then-Attorney General Jerry Brown and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez. During law school, Ryan was a judicial extern for Justice Carlos Moreno of the California Supreme Court. In law school, Ryan drafted regulations to implement statewide ballot initiatives and mediated small claims cases with litigants. Following college, Ryan taught sixth grade in a high-needs area of the Mississippi Delta as a Teach For America corps member. In college, he interned for Governor Gray Davis and worked on Governor Davis’ anti-recall committee.
Ryan received his B.A. from University of Virginia (2004) and his J.D., cum laude, from UC Hastings College of the Law (2010).
Melissa Kann – Of Counsel. Melissa has over two decades of experience working with technology and emerging new-media companies, as well as manufacturers, distributors, marketers, sales, publishing, independent production, record labels, authors, art galleries, artists, and non-profit companies. Melissa has served as both general counsel and production counsel on a variety of feature film and television projects. Melissa has also served as in-house legal counsel to a large, multinational technology company, and has been an associate attorney to a boutique media and advertising law firm. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and of the prestigious Thunderbird School of Global Management, with specialties in international commercial law, and international finance and trade. She also spent two years in Tokyo as cultural liaison to a large multinational Mergers and Acquisitions law practice group.