Haim Ravia is a Senior Partner and Chair of the Internet, Cyber & Copyright Group at Pearl Cohen. As such, he deals extensively with cyber and Internet law, privacy and data protection, electronic signatures, IT contracts, copyright and open-source software.
Haim was the Chair of the Presidium of the IBA Computing Committee and the Israel Bar representative to the Israeli Parliament’s sessions on electronic signature legislation. He was a member of the Public Committee for the Protection of Privacy, acting under the auspices of the Ministry of Justice by virtue of the Protection of Privacy Law, and was part of a governmental team that re-examined the Israeli laws pertaining to databases.
In 2013 Haim received an acknowledgement award from the Israel Chamber of Information System Analysts for pioneering and innovation in the Israeli Internet.
Haim was a visiting lecturer at the Haifa University Law Faculty and a member of an Israel Securities Authority’s committee that formulated a code of ethics for financial websites. He is an Israeli notary and an accredited mediator. He also serves as an arbitrator with the Israel Bar Association Institute for Arbitrations.
Some of the issues Haim deals with include –
- Advising insurance and financial companies, telecommunications carriers, health organizations and start-ups on privacy and data protection issues, including representation of clients before the The Israeli Privacy Protection Authority (PPA).
- Assisting companies in handling their Cyber Security issues;
- Advising leading hi-tech companies on the implementation and use of open-source software, including the establishment of open source compliance policies.
- Representing copyright owners and agents in licensing transactions and legal proceedings, including Israel’s primary copyright collective, ACUM (equivalent to ASCAP, BMI and HFA in the United States).
- Lead counsel in legal proceedings involving cutting edge technologies, including wiretapping of email messages, the first spam lawsuit brought before an Israeli court, and an unprecedented suit dealing with dynamic linking under the GPL (a prominent open source license).