Roger Geissler, Attorney at Law
I am a California-licensed attorney with wide-ranging experience in not only the legal field but also in media and publishing. I am a graduate of UC Hastings College of the Law, where I served as Senior Production Editor for the Hastings Law Journal. My student note, published in the March 2012 issue of the Hastings Law Journal, compared the intersection of Google Street View imagery and constitutional privacy protections under German and American law. I also gained valuable leadership experience in serving as a President of the General Assistance Advocacy Project, a nonprofit that counsels indigent San Francisco residents, in addition to advocacy skills in successfully representing a client before an Administrative Law Judge challenging the decision of a government agency.
My fascination with the legal implications of technological advances grew out of my experiences in publishing and media, where I saw first-hand how new media formats upended traditional concepts of authorship, accessibility, and copyright. As a Publisher Liaison at Marquand Books, I authored a report on the possibilities and challenges of publishing eBooks years before the first eReader devices ever went on the market. Later, as a Content Manager for one of the first digital photography start-ups, Zing Network, I saw how the blurring lines between visual media and print raised fresh questions of ownership and rights to digital works.
As an attorney who is fluent in German, I am particularly fascinated by the way cultural values are expressed in a nation's laws and how organizations operating globally need to navigate often conflicting legal and regulatory demands in diverse markets.
In my free time I am an avid runner, completing 26 half marathons, three full marathons, and numerous 5k, 10k, and 10-mile races throughout Northern California.