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Less than two years after joining intellectual property boutique Needle & Rosenberg, Douglas M. Isenberg has decided to strike out alone — again. Isenberg spent four years in solo practice before joining Needle & Rosenberg as of counsel in June 2003. Then, like most lawyers, he named his firm after himself. This time, he’s calling his new shop The GigaLaw Firm, after his Web site. He launched GigaLaw.com in 2000 to focus on Internet legal issues. He followed up with “The GigaLaw Guide to Internet Law” in 2002, published by Random House. “Gigalaw” is a term that Isenberg coined about five years ago (and trademarked, he noted — Reg. No. 2,451,901) to address the often-undefined intersection between emerging technology and the law. In computer jargon, a “giga” is the number for two to the 30th power and is generally used to modify “byte,” a unit of computer memory. A gigabyte amounts to more than one billion bytes. The GigaLaw Firm focuses on technology and Internet law, particularly domain name disputes. (Incidentally, to conform to a State Bar of Georgia rule requiring a partner’s name to be in the firm name, the firm’s full name is The GigaLaw Firm, Douglas M. Isenberg, Attorney at Law.) Isenberg’s clients include the InterContinental Hotels Group, for domain names, and, in technology law, Turner Broadcasting Corp. The World Intellectual Property Organization recently named Isenberg, 37, to its mediation and arbitration panel for resolving domain name disputes in Geneva. He also wrote a special report called “The Internet, Copyright and You,” for the 2002 World Book Year Book and is a columnist and commentator on legal issues pertaining to the Internet. Needle & Rosenberg’s managing partner, William H. Needle, said the firm still maintains a personal and business relationship with Isenberg. “He’s an entrepreneur. He’s got a lot of things going on, so it fits him better to be a lone wolf,” Needle said. Isenberg has returned to running his own shop, he said, because his practice does not require the infrastructure of a big firm. “Thanks to the type of law I practice and the generation I am, a laptop and cell phone are all I need.”

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