Luis J. Diaz

Luis J. Diaz has over 20 years of extensive experience in a wide range of complex matters including intellectual property law, technology related joint ventures and strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, sales and marketing, and government relations. Mr. Diaz focuses his practice on technology, e-commerce, privacy and data security, and cloud computing transactions and advice, with concentrations in the areas of data privacy, data security, and software licensing and commercialization. He regularly advises clients on a wide range of matters, including privacy and data security compliance, responding to data security breach incidents, preparing written privacy and data security policies, software issues, financial privacy, social networking, and payment card data security. Mr. Diaz represents foreign corporations from Spain, Central America, and South America in the United States.

Prior to joining Gibbons, Mr. Diaz was Executive Vice President and Senior Counsel with IDT Corporation (NYSE:IDT). He founded the intellectual property group at IDT. Mr. Diaz managed and oversaw a staff of six IP professionals on a wide range of matters worldwide, including without limitation, software and technology licensing, patent litigation, patent procurement and portfolio development strategies, trademark prosecution, patent clearance studies, and technology-related mergers and acquisitions, especially in telecommunications-related fields. Mr. Diaz also served on the Technology Committee to the IDT Board of Directors. He was also an advisor to the government relations team.

Rutgers University School of Law (J.D., 1987)

Cook College, Rutgers University (B.S., 1984)

Professional Admissions
State of New Jersey, 1995

State of Arizona, 1988

Professional Activities
Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals

Executive Member, Seton Hall Leadership Development Council

Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association

Member, American Bar Association

Member, New Jersey Bar Association
Member, Diversity Committee

Member, Arizona Bar Association

Member, New Jersey Hispanic Bar Association
Member, Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee

Leadership New Jersey, Director & Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees

Trustee & Chairman, Strategic Planning Committee, Saint Francis College

"Navigating Data Transfer from the EU to the U.S.: Safe Harbor or Danger at Sea?," IP Law Alert, September 9, 2014 (Luis J. Diaz, Wendy R. Stein)

"Gone, but Not Forgotten: How the European Union Court of Justice Misremembered the Fundamental Purpose of Search Engines," IP Law Alert, May 30, 2014 (Luis J. Diaz, Gianna Cricco-Lizza)

"Forgive Me Not: Privacy Advocates Challenge Facebook’s WhatsApp Deal," E-Discovery Law Alert, March 21, 2014 and IP Law Alert

"Final Cybersecurity Framework Released in Furtherance of President Obama’s Executive Order," E-Discovery Law Alert, February 19, 2014 and IP Law Alert (Luis J. Diaz, Christian A. Stueben)

"When Fast Is Too Slow: Notification Compliance Following Target’s Data Breach," The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, February 1, 2014 (Luis J. Diaz, Caroline E. Oks)

"The Cost of a Data Breach: The Health Care Perspective," The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, December 2013 (Luis J. Diaz, David N. Crapo)

"In Today's World, Companies Face Large Exposure from a Wide Variety of Possible Data Breaches," E-Discovery Law Alert, October 29, 2013 (Luis J. Diaz, Christian A. Stueben, Michael R. McDonald, Kevin G. Walsh)

"Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework Released in Furtherance of President Obama's Executive Order," IP Law Alert, October 28, 2013 and E-Discovery Law Alert (Luis J. Diaz, Christian A. Stueben, Justin T. Quinn)

"Updated California Online Privacy Laws Require Disclosure of "Do Not Track" Policies," IP Law Alert, October 23, 2013 (Luis J. Diaz, Thomas J. Bean)

"Obama Administration Proposes Cybersecurity Best Practices," IP Law Alert, October 1, 2013 and E-Discovery Law Alert, October, 3, 2013 (Luis J. Diaz, Christian A. Stueben)

"Treble Damages for Willful Patent Infringement Become Elusive," IP Law Alert, March 20, 2013

"Kappos to Leave His Post, What Next . . .?," IP Law Alert, November 29, 2012

"Declaratory Judgment Suit Over ROHAN Trademark," IP Law Alert, September 27, 2012 (Luis J. Diaz, Ralph A. Dengler)

"ICANN Releases Listing of gTLD Applications," IP Law Alert, June 13, 2012

"gTLDs Pose New Threats in Cyberspace," IP Law Alert, March 16, 2012

"Risky Business: Cybercrime in the New Economy," IP Law Alert, November 11, 2011

"Ending the Revolving Door Syndrome in Law," Seton Hall Law Review, Volume 41, No. 3, 2011 (Luis J. Diaz, Patrick C. Dunican Jr.)

"Patent Reform Act of 2011 on the Horizon," IP Law Alert, September 7, 2011 (Luis J. Diaz, Lisa H. Wang)

"Technology and Legal Panel Addresses the Risks and Benefits of Cloud Computing at Gibbons Fourth Annual E-Discovery Conference," E-Discovery Law Alert, November 18, 2010

"Thunderstorms on the Horizon for Cloud Computing," IP Law Alert, March 8, 2010

"New Jersey’s Executive Order 151 Aims to Level Playing Field for Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses," Corporate & Finance Alert, October 6, 2009

"The Union of David and Goliath: Strategic Joint Ventures and Alliances for Competitive Advantage," Corporate & Finance Alert, March 3, 2009

"Back to the Future: TARP Provides Business Opportunities for Minority and Majority Businesses," Connecticut Minority Supplier Development Council Newsletter, February 16, 2009

"Back to the Future: TARP Provides Business Opportunities for Minority and Majority Businesses," Corporate & Finance Alert, February 3, 2009

"New IP Protections for US Companies Doing Business in Costa Rica Under DR-CAFTA," New Jersey Law Journal, April 14, 2008

Quoted in "'Cloud' Customers Facing Contracts With Huge Liability Risks, Attorneys Say," BNA, September 1, 2010

Quoted in "Luis Diaz Leads Law Firm's Diversity Strategy," Rutgers Alumni Relations Newsletter, April 2008

Quoted in "Luis J. Diaz of Gibbons P.C. - Cultural Competence is a Qualitative Differentiator," MultiCultural Law Magazine, 2008 Edition

Speaking Engagements
Speaker, EEI Supplier Diversity, "Growth Strategies for Meeting the Needs of the Utility Industry," Charlotte, NC. May 22, 2014

Moderator, New JErsey Diversity News, "Bergen County Supplier Diversity MWBE Conference," New Milford, NJ. March 6, 2014

Moderator, Gibbons P.C., "Why Data Security Matters: Identifying and Dealing with Threats and Breaches," Whippany, NJ. October 30, 2013

Speaker, Prudential, "Keeping Your Head in The Cloud: Dealing Effectively With The Litigation Risks of Cloud Computing," April 17, 2013

Speaker, Baruch College , "Leaders in Diversity Course," January 7, 2013

Moderator, New Jersey Insitute for Continuing Legal Education, "Demystifying the World of E-Discovery and Cloud Computing, " New Brunswick, NJ. December 11, 2012

Speaker, Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership, National Society of Hispanic MBA's NJ, and Rutgers Minority MBA Alumni Network, "Managing a Global Workforce: Successfully Managing Multicultural Teams" Newark, NJ. November 13, 2012

Speaker, Mid-Year Conference, "Trademarks and the Internet: Cybersquatting, Brandjacking, and Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) - New Dangers in Cyber Space," March 29, 2012

Speaker, Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey , McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP, New Jersey Judiciary, New Jersey State Bar Association, and Seton Hall University School of Law, "Recruiting and Retaining Minority Lawyers," March 15, 2012

Speaker, Touro Law Center, "Real World Business Privacy: A Conference on Data Privacy & Protection Rules for Every Company," Central Islip, NY. March 9, 2012

Speaker, University of Pennsylvania Latin American Law Studentsí Association (LALSA), "Beyond the 2010 Census: Harnessing the Power of the Latino Community," January 28, 2012

Speaker, Minorities in the Profession Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, "Putting a Price on Diversity: An Open Discussion on the Economyís Impact on Diversity in the Legal Profession," New Brunswick, NJ. December 7, 2011

Speaker, Gibbons P.C., "Cybersecurity 101: 2011," East Rutherford, NJ. November 3, 2011

Speaker, National Association of Women Lawyers, "2011 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon," New York, NY. July 21, 2011

Speaker, Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology at Seton Hall Law School, Rutgers School of Law-Newark, and the Bergen County Prosecutorís Office, "Cybersecurity Law and Policy: Changing Paradigms and New Challenges," Newark, NJ. June 8, 2011

Panelist, The Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting, NJ Chapter and The National Society of Hispanic MBAís, NJ Chapter , "2011 Latino Leadership Forum," Newark, NJ. March 3, 2011

Moderator, Gibbons P.C., "E-Discovery Conference," Newark, NJ. October 28, 2010

Keynote Speaker, ADP, "Hispanic Heritage Month Events - Executive Speaker Series," Roseland, NJ. October 22, 2010

Panelist, ICAP Diversity Council, "Creating A Community Dialogue: A Moderated Panel Discussion on Diversity," Jersey City, NJ. October 19, 2010

Speaker, Leadership New Jersey, "Race, Diversity and Public Policy," West Orange, NJ. October 14, 2010

Moderator, Third National People of Color Conference, "Ending the Resolving Door Syndrome in Law," Newark, NJ. September 10, 2010

Opening Speaker & Panelist, Southern Regional Minority Supplier Development Council (SRMSDC), "2010 Business Connections Conference & Expo," Atlanta, GA. August 19, 2010

Speaker, Entrepreneurs' Organization, "Incorporating Diversity Practices to Help Grow Your Bottom Line," New York, NY. May 4, 2010

Speaker, Out and Equal, "Out and About: LGBT Movers and Shakers," Newark, NJ. April 29, 2010

Speaker, Statewide Conference on Diversity, "Current Legal Issues Affecting Diversity in Higher Education and the Workplace," November 13, 2009

Panelist, ADP Race & Diversity Seminar, "The Private and Nonprofit Sectorsí Initiatives," South Orange, NJ. October 14, 2009

Panelist, MBE, "2009 MBE Annual Meeting," April 28, 2009

Panelist, Catalyst, "Elements of an Inclusive Culture," New York, NY. March 31, 2009

Speaker, Bergen LEADS, "Diversity Best Practices," Paramus, NJ. February 10, 2009

Panelist, HBA-NJ Corporate Counsel, "Latest Developments in Intellectual Property Law, " Newark, NJ. November 18, 2008

Speaker, Commercial Finance League, "Open Meeting," New York, NY. October 22, 2008

Speaker, ADP, "Race, Diversity, and Public Policy," October 20, 2008

Keynote Speaker, PSEG & Adelante, "Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month," September 29, 2008

Keynote Speaker, The Department of Community Affairs, "The Class of 2008 Hispanic Interns in Community Service Program and the Latino Leaders Fellowship Institute Graduation Ceremony," August 15, 2008

Speaker, American Bar Association, "Saving Private Data - What You Donít Know About Information Security Could Kill Your Clientís Business," New York, NY. August 11, 2008

Speaker, FMCRC, "Best Practices for Diversity at Large Law Firms," Hollywood, FL. May 27 - 28, 2008

Keynote Speaker, Morris County Hispanic-American Chamber of Commerce, "Annual Awards Luncheon," May 19, 2008

Speaker, ACI, "Diversity Solutions for Mid-Size and Small Firms," New York, NY. May 16, 2008

Panelist, The Greenlining Institute, "Annual Economic Development Summit," Los Angeles, CA. April 25, 2008

Invited Speaker and Panelist, 2008 Technology Insight Conference, "Cross Border Opportunities Under The Dominican Republic - Central American Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA)," San Jose, Costa Rica. March 6 - 7, 2008

Recipient, American Conference on Diversity Humanitarian Award

Gibbons Appoints Chief Diversity Officer
Accomplished Attorney Luis J. Diaz Fills New Role for Firm

Advisory Boards
Rutgers University, President’s Office, LAC Member on Diversity Issues

Leadership New Jersey, Board of Trustees

Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, B2B Member

State of New Jersey DCA, Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development Advisor

American Red Cross, Metropolitan New Jersey Chapter International Committee Member

Advanced-Tec Materials Corporation, Advisor

Non-Profit Boards
President & CEO, US Hispanic Advocacy Association

Chairman, LLANJ Foundation

Excellent writing and oral skills in Spanish

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Luis J. Diaz Attorney at Law
Luis J. Diaz
Intellectual Property

Practice Areas
Cross-Border Transactions
Electronic Discovery & Information Management Counseling
Intellectual Property

Contact Information
One Gateway Center
Newark, NJ 07102-5310

Direct: 973-596-4771
Fax:      973-639-6368
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