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Artificial Intelligence
+ Cybersecurity
Technology Law

Specializing in legal issues faced by

innovators in disruptive technologies


Our Mission

Comprehensive legal and technical analysis at the intersection of machine learning and intellectual property. Our mission is to create value for our clients by enabling adoption of leading edge technologies while protecting proprietary innovation. 

Practice Areas

Intellectual Property + Open Source

  • Open-source considerations

  • Patent policies and portfolios compatible with open source licensing

  • Copyright issues in model training and generative output

Regulatory and Compliance

  • Compliance reviews for fairness, transparency, non-discrimination

  • Ethical AI standards

  • Privacy protection

  • Liability and risk

Transactional + Due Diligence

  • Licensing of data and models (inbound/outbound)

  • Model training restrictions/field of use limitations

  • Competitive intelligence and landscape analysis

  • Data rights/performance metrics

Everything you need to know about the Executive Order on the “Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence”. 
Updated April 16, 2024
Enacted laws at the state levels.
Updated April 10, 2024
Current events, legislation, regulation and working groups at the federal level.
Updated April 1, 2024.

About Us




  • The University of Texas at Austin (M.S. Artificial Intelligence [candidate])

  • Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., National Security Law

  • Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S., Computer Engineering

  • Tulane Law School, J.D.

  • Tufts University, B.A.

James Denaro

  • LinkedIn

James Denaro, Esq. is a registered patent attorney and chief technologist at CipherLaw. Jim is a highly-experienced intellectual property attorney with extensive experience working with disruptive technology companies in fast-paced, dynamic and chaotic environments. He has significant experience advising companies as they scale from early-stage / high-growth private companies through IPO and into mature public companies while counseling on broad range of matters including intellectual property strategies, competitive intelligence, risk mitigation, and on other strategic and transformative matters.

His intellectual property practice includes developing and maintaining domestic and international patent and trademark portfolios, including analyzing competitor patent portfolios, and litigating patents against competitors. He is experienced in strategic patent counseling and commercial disputes involving complex technical issues, and has served as associate general counsel for intellectual property at a major cybersecurity company.

Jim has experience in a broad range of information security technologies, including intrusion detection and prevention, symmetric and asymmetric cryptography, malware discovery and remediation, among others, and is a frequent speaker and writer on the subject.

Jim has completed professional coursework at MIT and Stanford in computer security and cryptography. He also has technical certifications in information security from the Cloud Security Alliance and Cisco Systems, and has passed the CISSP examination. Before founding CipherLaw, Jim was with the international law firms of Morrison & Foerster and Perkins Coie.


He holds a degree in computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an LL.M. in National Security Law from Georgetown University and is licensed to practice law in various federal courts, in Washington, D.C., California, Virginia, Maryland, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


Certificate in Advanced Computer Security, Stanford University

Professional Program in Cryptography and Computer Security, MIT

Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK), Cloud Security Alliance

Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT)

Melissa Silverman




  • Tulane Law School, J,D.

  • George Washington University, M.A.

  • Syracuse University, B.A.

Melissa Silverman, Esq. focuses on governmental policy and regulatory issues, industry working groups, and lobbying efforts in artificial intelligence. She also works on licensing arrangements and disputes relating to intellectual property, including trademark, copyright, design patents, and contracts, in state and federal courts.


Her commercial litigation experience includes public and private sector work. She spent over ten years pursuing administrative and civil cases on behalf of the U.S. Government, including government noncompliance and civil fraud cases against banks and other financial institutions, with a principal focus on mortgage lending and servicing practices, in cases involving the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she served as Assistant General Counsel in the Office of Program Enforcement. She has also represented corporate and individual clients in intellectual property and contract disputes in federal and state courts and U.S. and international arbitration tribunals. 


Ms. Silverman is licensed to practice law in the federal courts, Georgia, and Washington, D.C.

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