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Marvin Ammori

General Counsel, Hyperloop One
Marvin Ammori

Marvin Ammori is the General Counsel of Hyperloop One.

He is widely regarded as one of the top lawyers and political strategists in the US, and is best known for leading the most important, successful, and unlikely political victories determining the Internet’s future, including the net neutrality campaigns. Time Magazine calls him “a prominent First Amendment lawyer and Internet policy expert,” the San Jose Mercury News calls him “a well-known advocate for Internet freedom,” while  Fast Company calls him Silicon Valley’s “go-to First Amendment guy.”  In private practice, he has represented Apple, Google, Dropbox, eBay, Automattic, Tumblr, Twitter, the National Association of Realtors, and others. He helped them stop “inevitable” legislation and to overcome widely believed “impossible” odds on issues of international significance, even when few in DC saw a path to victory.

For his pioneering work advancing Internet freedom, Ammori has been named to POLITICO 50’s “list of thinkers, doers, and dreamers” “transforming politics,” Washingtonian Magazine’s “Tech Titans,” Fast Company Magazine’s “100 Most Creative People in Business,” one of the top five tech lawyers by the World Technology Network, and is a recipient of the Nyan Cat Medal of Internet Awesomeness.  His work has been profiled on the front pages of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.

Ammori helped lead the online movement that killed the proposed SOPA bill in 2012 as well as the movements defending network neutrality. He was a key organizational and intellectual force behind the FCC’s Comcast/BitTorrent decision in 2008 (he authored the complaint) and the key advocate behind the White House and FCC’s decision to back strong “Title II” rules in 2015. Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson has called him the “net neutrality whisperer”; Tim Wu wrote that Ammori “deserves enormous credit for leading the march to Title II”; and Kickstarter’s communications head declared that, “No one deserves more credit for the Net neutrality victory than” Ammori. Reviewing the decade-long fight for net neutrality, Salon’s Matt Stoller wrote, “if there’s one person who really operated with superb strategic insight and tenacity this whole time, it would be superlawyer Marvin Ammori.”

Ammori has published articles in the New York TimesUSA Today, the AtlanticWiredSlateForbes, and the Harvard Law Review, and authored a book On Internet Freedom. He has appeared as an expert on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NPR, and other TV and radio outlets. Ammori has also keynoted conferences in Germany, Portugal, Brussels, Taiwan, has spoken at TEDx U-Michigan,three Federalist Society National Lawyer Conventions, and has testified before several government bodies.

Ammori has also served as a Senior Fellow to the Democracy Fund, as well as a Future Tense and Schwartz Fellow at New America, one of the nation’s most prominent think tanks. He serves on the boards of the nonprofit advocacy groups Fight for the Future, Demand Progress, and Engine Advocacy. He also serves as an Affiliate Scholar of the Stanford Law School Center for Internet & Society. Ammori was a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow of the Americas Business Council Foundation. In 2008, he served as an advisor to the Obama campaign and the transition team.

He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Harvard Law School.

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Publications and Multimedia
Is Net Neutrality Good Policy?
Short video featuring Marvin Ammori and Ajit Pai
November 13, 2016
The FCC vs. the First Amendment - Event Audio/Video
2013 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2013
Broadband Policy -- One Year In - Event Audio/Video
2009 National Lawyers Convention
November 14, 2009