Kurt Wimmer is a partner in the Washington office of Covington & Burling, LLP. His practice concentrates on privacy and technology law, as well as intellectual property and media. He is the U.S. chair of the firm's Global Privacy and Data Security practice, and co-chair of its Media, Internet and Technology industry group. Mr. Wimmer represents clients before the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, Congress, the European Commission and state attorneys general, as well as in privacy assessments and policies, copyright protection and strategy, content liability advice, and international matters. From 2000-2003, he focused on European data protection law in Covington's London office, where he was managing partner. From 2006 to 2009, he was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Gannett Co., Inc., where he was a member of the Gannett Management Committee and was in charge of all legal and policy matters for a leading digital media and technology company.
His practice also focuses on representing companies in strategic ventures to deploy innovative new digital technologies. He also is a recognized leader on digital media content issues, including content liability and freedom of expression. He represents a 70-member coalition of the media industry before Congress in advocating the Free Flow of Information Act, which would permit journalists to maintain the confidentiality of sources, and he was instrumental in the successful of the SPEECH Act, which protects US publishers from damages for foreign litigation, in 2010. He has also been at the forefront of international jurisdiction issues relating to the publication of content on the Internet, and represented coalitions of media and technology companies in jurisdiction litigation. He has published widely on global Internet jurisdiction issues.
Mr. Wimmer's clients include Microsoft, CBS, Facebook, Hulu, The Washington Post Company, Hearst Corp., Newsweek/The Daily Beast, National Geographic, Gannett Co., Inc., and the New York Times Co., as well as associations including the Newspaper Association of America and the National Association of Broadcasters. He is vice-chair of the Privacy and Information Security Committee of the American Bar Association's Antitrust Section, co-chair of the Privacy and Data Security Committee of the Federal Communications Bar Association, chair of the First Amendment Advisory Council of the Media Institute, and is a member of the board of directors of the Media Law Resource Center and is past chair of its Defense Counsel Section.