Elliot Katz has a multi-faceted practice, handling litigation (complex business, privacy, and intellectual property matters) privacy counseling, and investigations for Fortune 500 companies, individual C-level executives and startups in various sectors such as technology, finance, media and automotive.
Recently, Elliot was part of a trial team that achieved a complete victory for a tech company in a three-week trial of a shareholder dissenters rights matter. The dissenting shareholders sought US$10 million more than the amount the tech company had determined to be the fair value of their shares immediately prior to the at-issue merger. The trial court wholly adopted the tech company's analysis of the fair value of its shares and rejected the dissenting shareholders position, resulting in a US$0 award for the dissenting shareholders. The dissenting shareholders have since appealed – hiring a former Washington state Senator and Supreme Court Justice as their appellate counsel – and Elliot is now a key member of the tech company's appellate team.
Elliot has significant experience with spam lawsuits, currently handling two such litigations: one for one of the world's largest online dating websites and another for one of the world's largest media and internet companies.
In his counseling practice, Elliot advises clients on state, federal, and international privacy and consumer protection laws including the TCPA and the CAN-SPAM Act, data collection, cross-border data transfer, privacy strategy and privacy by design. Elliot is part of the firm's Internet of Things Group and frequently works on privacy issues related to connected devices such as connected cars and issues surrounding the use of mobile location analytics. In 2014, Elliot worked as a secondee on the global privacy team of the Office of the General Counsel of a Fortune 10 company on connected car legal issues and continues to work with them as outside counsel.