An Unusual Path Toward Becoming a Tech Attorney

While many encounter that moment late in the game where they feel the need for a career change, few actually put wishes into action. Among those few is Julian Dibbell, an associate who, prior to joining Mayer Brown’s business and technology sourcing practice in 2014, had spent nearly two decades writing about technology for the likes of the New York Times Magazine, Wired, and the Village Voice. In fact, “the main motivator” for his “transition to law” was that his technology coverage “had always attracted a lot of interest from legal scholars, and had often involved legal questions, whether it was stories about internet and phone hackers, cryptographers, [or] online communities with governance issues,” Dibbell explained. His topics of coverage, he noted, “raised all these questions about, ‘How does this…

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