Phil Corwin

Phil Corwin
Founding Principal

Philip S. Corwin is the Founding Principal of Virtualaw LLC, a Washington, DC consulting firm that specializes in assisting clients in shaping public policy. With extensive federal legislative and regulatory experience, his practice is focused on the dynamically evolving law of electronic commerce and intellectual property. In addition to his Washington-focused policy work he also represents clients in proceedings of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in regard to policies governing the Domain Name System (DNS), where he is an active participant in the Business Constituency as well as various ICANN working groups, including the Cross-Constituency Working Group dealing with Internet governance matters. He also serves as Of Counsel to Greenberg & Lieberman, a Washington, DC-based intellectual property-focused law firm.

As of January 2014 Mr. Corwin commenced a two-year term as a member of the Internet Committee of the International Trademark Association, and of its Internet Governance Subcommittee. He is an active member of the American Bar Association’s IP law Section’s Committees on Copyright and Trademark legislation; and  has served as Chairman of the Business Law Section’s Committee on Legislation; Washington Liaison for the Science and Technology Section; and Legislative Reporter for the Business Law Section's Cyberspace Law Committee. 

Prior to entering private practice with the law firm of Butera & Andrews, Mr. Corwin served as Director and Counsel of Operations, Retail Banking, and Risk Management for the American Bankers Association. In that role he oversaw such areas as wholesale and retail payments, consumer lending, and insurance activities; and he directed the ABA’s successful effort to enact bankruptcy reform bills in 1994  and 2005 (the latter as outside counsel).  Prior to that he was Legislative Counsel at the Independent Bankers Association of America, and held both committee and personal staff professional positions at the United States Senate.

Mr. Corwin received extensive media training while at the American Bankers Association and served as one of its principal spokespersons for print and electronic media. He appeared on numerous television and radio public affairs and business programs including the Wall Street Journal Report, C-Span’s Washington Journal, and CNN’s Burden of Proof, and continues to interact with the press regularly on behalf of clients. During 2013 he was quoted on technology policy matters in such publications as Politico, Washington Internet Daily, and BNA’s Electronic Commerce & Law Report.

He has testified before Congress as well as at proceedings of Executive Branch Agencies and the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules of the Judicial Conference of the United States, and served as an adviser to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. He has spoken before legal, technology, digital entertainment and financial services industry audiences, taught sessions at the Practicing Law Institute’s Internet law Institute and Glasser Legalworks’ E-Commerce Law School, and has written numerous articles and opinion pieces regarding technology-related law and public policy issues for such online forums as and

Mr. Corwin received his B.A. in Government from Cornell University's College of Arts and Sciences and his JD from Boston College Law School. He is a member of the Bar in the District of Columbia and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Recent Events

April 3, 2014

This panel will discuss America’s longstanding, central role in Internet governance and the potential impacts to the system of proposed reforms.