Whitney C. Gibson, Partner
Whitney is a partner and leader of the firm’s group that focuses on internet brand and reputation issues, including both illegal online sales enforcement and internet defamation. Whitney has developed cutting-edge, yet cost-effective, solutions for problems that businesses and individuals are facing on the internet.
In leading Vorys’ illegal online seller enforcement team, Whitney has developed custom programs for companies confronting unauthorized sales, grey market sales, counterfeit sales, Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) violators, and other illegal sales on the internet, combining legal, technological and investigative tools and services. Whitney was a featured speaker at the Direct Sellers Association 2015 Global Strategies Summit, where he gave a presentation entitled “Efficient & Effective Strategies for Addressing Unauthorized Sellers Online.”
In leading Vorys’ internet defamation practice, Whitney has developed a wide variety of cost-effective tactics and strategies to identify anonymous attackers and remove damaging content from complaint and review websites, obtain successful results via litigation, and recover substantial sums of money through settlement or court order and collection. According to Law360, the Vorys internet defamation group has “been on the leading edge” of addressing internet defamation. To learn more about the types of cases that Whitney and the Vorys internet defamation team have worked on, click here.
Whitney also frequently litigates complex internet cases. These types of cases include online reputation attacks, unauthorized online sales, competitor false review schemes, misleading online marketing, public disclosure of private facts and online trademark abuse. Because of his success, several credible and well known online reputation management, public relations and cyber investigation companies around the world now frequently recommend the Vorys internet group for difficult internet cases.
Whitney has authored several articles for trade and popular media including, PR News, Texas Lawyer, PR Daily, Law360, Social Media Explorer, HOTELS Magazine and Columbus C.E.O. Magazine. In addition, he is routinely interviewed by media, both print and broadcast, on internet crisis issues. Whitney has been quoted in Forbes, The Washington Post, Corporate Counsel and the Cincinnati Enquirer articles. Whitney is also the editor of the Internet Defamation Removal Attorneys blog and co-editor of the Online Seller Enforcement blog.
Whitney frequently teaches tactics and strategies for solving internet problems to other attorneys and executives around the world in presentations and webinars, including both unauthorized sales/product diversion and defamation. He has presented seminars on various topics, including removing internet defamation and other damaging content, social media and electronic discovery in complex litigation, and cyberbullying.
Whitney has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers every year since 2009.