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Ari J. Scharg

Ari J. Scharg


Chicago, IL, USA

ARI J. SCHARG is a Partner at Edelson PC and Chair of the firm’s Government Affairs Group, where he counsels governmental entities and officials on a range of policy and strategic issues involving consumer protection, privacy, technology, and data security. Known as an aggressive advocate, Ari also leverages his experience litigating hundreds of complex class and mass action lawsuits to help local governments prosecute large-scale cost recovery actions, including those against the pharmaceutical companies responsible for the opioid crisis.

Recognized as one of the leading experts on privacy and emerging technologies, Ari serves on the Executive Oversight Council for the Array of Things where he advises on privacy matters, Chairs the Illinois State Bar Association’s Privacy and Information Security Section, and was appointed to Co-Chair the Illinois Blockchain and Distributed Ledgers Task Force. Ari was selected as an Illinois Rising Star by Super Lawyers (2013 – 2017), and received the Michigan State Bar Foundation’s Access to Justice Award (2017) for “significantly advancing access to justice for the poor” through his consumer cases.

Ari regularly speaks about data security and technology at law schools and conferences around the country, and has testified about privacy issues before several legislative bodies including the Michigan House Committee on Commerce and Trade and the Nevada Assembly Commerce and Labor Committee.


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