Mr. Opderbeck is a Professor of Law at Seton Hall University School of Law and Director of the Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology. He focuses his practice on cybersecurity and computer law, privacy and civil rights, intellectual property, legal malpractice, and professional ethics. Professor Opderbeck’s passion for cybersecurity law and policy resulted in a multi-year grant-funded project, at Seton Hall University School of Law, sponsored by the Bergen County, New Jersey Prosecutor’s Office, which included new courses, continuing legal education programs, and the creation of a governmental working group on cybersecurity and cybercrime. He frequently appears in national and international media outlets and lectures to law enforcement agencies and other groups on cybercrime, cyberterrorism, and civil liberties.
State of New Jersey
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
United States Court of International Trade
PUBLICATIONS & FEATURES
• "Drone Courts," 44 Rutgers L.J. 413, 2014
• "The Problem With NeuroLaw," 58 St. Louis U. L.J. 497, 2014
• "Towards a Theology of Intellectual Property as Social Relations," 10 St. Thomas L.J. 738 Symposium, 2014
• "Does the Communications Act of 1934 Contain a Hidden Internet Kill Switch," 65 Federal Communications Law J. 1, 2013
• "Social Network Analysis of Patents and Trade Secrets as Social Relations," 41 Aipla Q. 355, 2013
• "Cybersecurity and Executive Power," 89 Washington U. L. Rev. 795, 2012
• "Rational Competition Policy and Reverse Payment Patent Settlements Under the Hatch-Waxman Act," 98 Georgetown L.J. 1303, 2010
• "Deconstructing Jefferson’s Candle: Towards a Critical Realist Approach to Cultural Environmentalism and Information Policy," 49 Jurimetrics 203, 2009
• "Patent Damages and the Shape of Patent Law," 89 Boston University Law Review 127, 2009
• "A Virtue Ethics Approach to the Biotechnology Commons (or, The Virtuous Penguin)," 59 Maine Law Rev. 316, 2007
• "The Penguin’s Paradox: The Political Economy of International Intellectual Property and the Paradox of Open Source," 18 Stanford Law & Policy Rev. 101, 2007
• "Patents, Essential Medicines, and the Innovation Game," 58 Vanderbilt Law Review 501, 2005
• "Peer-to-Peer Networks, Technological Darwinism, and Intellectual Property Reverse Private Attorney General Litigation," 20 Berkeley Technology Law J. 1, 2005
• "The Penguin’s Genome, or Coase and Open Source Biotechnology," 18 Harvard Journal of Law and Technology 168, 2004
• Speaker, Itechlaw 2014 World Technology Law Conference, “Dealing with Hackers,” New York, NY, May 2014
• Speaker, Religious Legal Theory Conference, “The NSA is/and the Antichrist,” Emory Law School, March 2014
• Speaker, Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology, “Federal Circuit Year in Review,” Newark, NJ, September 2013
• Speaker, New York State Wireless Association Meeting, “Mobile Payment Systems and Cybersecurity,” New York, NY, June 2013
• Webinar Speaker, American Bar Association, “Cyber Threats and Network Security Countermeasures: Keeping Your Intellectual Property and Secret Safe,” May 2013
• Organizer and Moderator, “Law and the Human Person Roundtable,” University of Notre Dame Law School, South Bend, IN, April 2013
• Speaker, Intellectual Property and Religious Conference, “Towards a Theology of Intellectual Property as Social Relations,” University of St. Thomas Law School, Minneapolis, MN, March 2013
• Speaker, Practicing Law Institute, “Think Like A Lawyer, Talk Like A Geek: Dealing With
Hackers,” New York, NY, November 2012
• Speaker, New Jersey Prosecutors’ College, “Cybersecurity Law Update,” Atlantic City, NJ,
• Speaker, U.S. Military Academy, “Cybersecurity, Cyberwar, Cyberterrorism, and Civil Rights,”
West Point, NY, April 2012
• Speaker, Internet Law Works In Progress Conference, “Does The Communications Act of 1934 Provide an Internet Kill Switch?,” New York Law School, March 2012
• Speaker, L'École Supérieure Catholique De Droit De Jérémie, “International Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines,” Haiti, March 2012
• Speaker, Religious Legal Theory Conference, “Beyond Bits, Memes And Utility Machines: Intellectual Property, Theology, and Metaphysics,” Pepperdine Law School, California, February 2012
• Speaker, New Jersey Public Defender’s CLE Program, “Computer Crimes Update,” Trenton, NJ, November 2011
• Speaker, New Jersey Marine Corps Reserve Terrorism Symposium, “Computer Crimes and Cyber-Terrorism,” New Jersey Institute of Technology, October 2011
• Speaker, New Jersey Prosecutor’s College, “Computer Crimes Update,” Atlantic City, NJ, September 2011
• Speaker, Seton Hall University School of Law Symposium, “Preparing for a Pharmaceutical Response to Pandemic Flu” and “State Sovereignty, Flu Viruses, and Intellectual Property, October 2008
• Speaker, Temple Law School Symposium, “The Evolution of Life-Saving Drugs: The Open
Source Model and Beyond” and “Challenges for Open Source Biotechnology,” February 2006
• Speaker, Seton Hall University School of Law Symposium, “Peer-To-Peer Networking at the Crossroads” and “Copynorms and Filesharing Litigation,” April 2004
Mr. Wolak was recently named "Insurance Lawyer of the Year" (Newark, NJ) by Best Lawyers® and selected for the New Jersey Super Lawyers list, for Insurance Law. For almost 25 years, he has litigated matters involving hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance coverage for a broad range of clients and regularly provides strategic counseling and analysis of potential risks and exposures, policy terms and conditions, and claims resolution. He also represents clients on a broad range of complex commercial disputes, including contract claims, intellectual property matters, real property disputes, and restrictive covenant cases.
A wide variety of clients – including pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturing companies, financial and educational institutions, telecommunications companies, professional service providers, and insurance companies – rely on Mr. Wolak’s advice and representation to achieve their objectives and resolve both insurance coverage matters and commercial disputes. He has also been retained as an expert witness/consultant on insurance issues and is a frequent speaker on insurance law topics. Prior to joining Gibbons, Mr. Wolak served as a law clerk to the Honorable Nicholas H. Politan of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
This makes clear how daunting this topic really is, but it is something that everyone especially small entities need to understand, and this covers it well.
Strong, relevant content.
Very useful for assessing insurance policies for cyber risk coverage. Good overview of caselaw, too.
Eye opening information.
Excellent course and advice.
Love the iPhone app!!
One of the best programs I have listened to.
Well organized, well presented and familiarized me with an area of the law I was wholly unaware.
Very well presented with practical tips for risk mitigation throughout
Very professional. Obvious focus on actual case law.
Excellent CLE on a highly relevant and emerging subject.
Extensive and detailed. Thanks!
Insurance discussion in particular EXTREMELY practical / useful—would enjoy an updated version next recording cycle.
Very informative presentation.
Thank you, very helpful
Well presented, very timely
Interesting course .
Interesting topic. Raises several interesting issues, particularly related to insurance coverage, timeliness of reporting breaches, and the need to create a culture of compliance.
Greatly exceeded expectations. Well-presented. Organized, not meandering. Ended without needless chatter.
Well executed and comprehensive look at an important subject.
Excellent and timely course. The presenters were excellent. Thank you.
An excellent and informative program with great pacing and sufficient detail to educate in a relatively condensed period of time.
Excellent presenters and materials.