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Bennet Gerard Kelley

Internet Attorney at San Pedro, CA

5.0   12 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 28 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 33 years
    Maryland - MD 33 years
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1995
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1990
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1990
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Bennet

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Bennet is the founder of the Internet Law Center.  While anybody can call themself an internet lawyer, few have been at the center of the leading internet legal and policy debates as Bennet has for the past decade.  


  • He was the Co-Chair of the California Bar Cyberspace Committee where he led the effort to develop a primer on Cyberspace Law for state policymakers.
  • He was praised by a Congressional committee for his contributions on spyware legislation.
  •  Bennet was chosen by the U.S. Department of Commerce as one of two private sector lawyers to present on U.S. e-commerce law at the 17th U.S-China Legal Exchange in China.
  • He has been rated as one of the top internet lawyers by two industry publications.


Bennet is the publisher of the firm's newsletter Cyber Report which won top newsletter prize from the Los Angeles Press Club in 2011 and host of Cyber Law and Business Report on .


Prior to launching the Internet Law Center, Bennet was Assistant Generaral Counsel and Director of Governmental Affairs and Privacy at ValueClick.  He also served as General Counsel of ETM Entertainment Network.


Bennet was born in Providence, Rhode Island.  He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and is admitted in California, District of Columbia and Maryland (inactive).




Client's Choice 2014
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Internet Law Center
222 West 6th Street
Suite 400
San Pedro, CA, 90731


5.0 / 5.0
  12 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
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Posted by Wess | December 31, 2013
A modern law firm that is informed and up to date with the times
We enlisted the services of Mr. Kelley during the early stages of a new start up business with a rather unique business model. Due to the nature of the business model we could not use "standard like" legal agreements. Mr. Kelley was quick to rise to the occasion with the swift development of our waiver agreement as well as the terms of use for our accompanying new eCommerce website citing relevant research and reviews relevant to our business legal needs. What was refreshing about working with Mr. Kelley was his "up to date with the times" use of internet tools such as Skype for meetings as well as his use of secure document signing services and the like. I highly recommend Mr. Bennet Kelley and his services for your business legal needs.
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Posted by Peter | January 1, 2014
An Outstanding Attorney.
I've known Messr. Kelley for over 16 years in a corporate, retailer, and personal capacity. I've sat elbow to elbow with Bennet in depositions, court room and, other legal representations. He is tenacious, uber-intelligent, well prepared and presents himself and by association me, very well. I couldn't recommend better legal council and/or representation than Bennet Kelley, esq,
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Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Sound advice
Bennet took the time to carefully understand my case and advise me on the strategy that would best meet my goals, even though it meant not needing the services of an attorney. He was informative, honest and thoughtful in his advice, genuinely considering my best interests. I would definitely hire and recommend him!
Posted by Nicole | October 13, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Bennet acts in the best interest of his client
I felt very grateful for Mr. Kelley's help as he was the only attorney that was willing to take my case with only a few days left to pursue a claim. From the questions he asked, I noticed that he thought of many possible ways to pursue the case even prior to representation. For instance, I was thinking about filing a California Civil Code 3344 Appropriation of Name and Likeness claim, and beyond that, he was also exploring the possibility of intellectual property claim when he asked me "who took the picture?" I highly appreciate the prompt actions Mr. Kelley took in every step.
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Response from Bennet Kelley October 19, 2020
Thank you very much. It was a pleasure to work with you.
Posted by Michael | July 8, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Smart and Effective
Bennet Kelley is a remarkably effective lawyer. I say this having been a client in one matter and co-counsel in another. As to the first, I had been part of an expert team that fell into a complex situation as victims of the very lawyer we were consulting to. Bennet Kelley salvaged the ugly situation for us with exceptional legal acumen and street smarts. Another time, independent counsel was suddenly needed for a 3rd party who had unexpectedly injected himself and became a defendant in a fiercely intense litigation in which I was counsel. Bennet jumped in, deftly handled the aggressive opposition and extricated the party within two months (a lot of work for an very reasonable fee). Prior to these matters, I’d long known Bennet as a congenial colleague at Bar conferences, so it was especially gratifying to see in action the legal talent which I’d previously inferred. With his extensive experience, Bennet is a go-to recommendation when folks ask for a lawyer.
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Posted by William | January 7, 2014
Going Beyond The Obvious
Bennet Kelley is our attorney for all matters that are directly or indirectly connected to Internet law and intellectual property issues. Beyond being deeply knowledgeable in these areas, he is able to also relate these legal areas to the bigger picture and provides insight and guidance as to how Internet and IP issues can tie in to other areas of the law, recognizing the legal, strategic and financial implications that any given set of issues might affect. In the process of delivering his expertise, he does not merely recite the law, he uses his knowledge of the law and his intelligent understanding of the bigger picture elements of a given situation to make sound strategic recommendations. He would be my first choice for all matters involving Internet law and intellectual property.
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Posted by Walter | January 7, 2014
Bennet Kelley Review
Bennet Kelley has in-depth knowledge of specific issues and regulations that affect our online business. He is a recognized authority in this area. With the ambiguity and constant flux of the regulatory environment this is critical. He provided us with excellent direction and counsel in resolving our matter.
Posted by anonymous | January 6, 2014
I don't normally write reviews of any kind, and I am certainly no expert at it, but this is one occasion where a review is absolutely warranted. I met Bennet Kelley through a mutual contact and having worked with him for a period of time I found that Bennet's overall knowledge of Internet Defamation and his knowledge of Civil Litigation is exceptional! He is quick to respond to questions, and patient with his clients while explaining matters and procedures. He is an extremely hard worker and puts REAL time in on cases and not just clock time. What is often hard to find with an attorney is one that is passionate about justice and the law - Bennet Kelley is! He is truly a rare find and an exceptional Attorney. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for quality representation. -G
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Posted by anonymous | January 3, 2014
Extremely Knowledgeable and Helpful
Bennet Kelly is excellent...he was very helpful as we are a new start up web site. He is certainly the most knowledgeable attorney in his field !
Posted by Jonathan | December 26, 2012
Fantastic Lawyer! Earned me $850,000 and saved me $88,000 more in Lawyer fees all thanks to his Internet LAW Knowledge.
I will and have been referring Attorney Bennet Gerard Kelley to all my friends, family, and co-workers. Without talking too much about my case, since I signed a privacy agreement...He earned me $850,000 and saved me an additional $88,000 in Lawyer fees. I'm very happy with Ben, and I'm blown away with gratitude. He really, turned the case around for me. All thanks to his expert knowledge in Internet law. I’m currently looking for more online channels to promote his services. The least I can do, to show my appreciation for all his time, love, and effort in helping my case. If not for him, it would not be what it is. He’s, caring, passionate about his field, and compassionate about helping a client, something hard to find in Attorneys in our day and age. I listen to his morning shows religiously it offers me a wealth of information. I'll always be grateful, Thanks again Ben!
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Posted by Robin | November 16, 2012
Hopscotch Adoptions, Inc
Bennet took our very unusual case and successfully navigated our agency to a settlement in our favor. As a small non-profit organization, Bennet always was mindful of keeping expenses down. Bennet is strategic and methodical, yet was able to respond to the many unexpected events that occurred throughout our case. He never allowed external events distract him from keeping momentum in our case and had an excellent rapport with the court officers and other counsel for the duration of our case from July 2009 until November 2011.
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Posted by Kalika | November 16, 2012
Bennet Kelley
Bennet has been my corporate lawyer for over 10 years. Bennet is a brilliant lawyer, witty and an excellent writer. He has resolved many issues for me throughout the past decade for me and my three companies including but not limited to employment, contracts/agreements, licensing, etc.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 350-560 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder
  • Internet Law Center
  • 2007 - Present
  • Asst. General Counsel, Dir. of Governmental Affairs and Privacy
  • ValueClick
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Founder
  • 2001 - 2003
  • VP of Legal & Governmental Affairs
  • Network Commerce
  • 2000 - 2001
  • General Counsel
  • ETM Entertainment Network
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Associate
  • Howrey & Simon
  • 1990 - 1999
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  • Georgetown Univ Law Ctr
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • American Univ
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1984


  • California Lawyers Association - IP Section
  • Chair - Technology, Internet and Privacy Subcommittee
  • 2016 - 2019
  • Cyber Law & Business Report
  • Host
  • 2011 - 2019
  • State Bar of California, Business Law Section, Cyberspace Committee
  • Co-Chair
  • 2009 - 2010

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Most Influential Lawyers: Digital Media and E-Commerce Law
  • Los Angeles Business Journal
  • 2014
  • Southern California Journalism Awards (Best Newsletter)
  • Los Angeles Press Club
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • State Bar of California, Business Law Section, Cyberspace Committee
  • Washington's Privacy Tango
  • 2012
  • Marin County Bar CLE Fair
  • Social Media Legal Landmines
  • 2012
  • i-Hollywood Forum
  • Crowdfunding
  • 2012
  • High Tech Law Institute
  • Making Sense of Recent FTC Enforcement Actions
  • 2012
  • CalTech/MIT Enterprise Forum
  • Venturing in the Privacy Tug-Of War: Opportunities in Controlling Personal Data
  • 2012
  • 17th US-China Legal Exchange
  • U.S. E-Commerce Law
  • 2012
  • Medi and Internet Policies behind the Great Firewall
  • Regulating the Internet: Evolution of the United States Approach to the Newest Frontier
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (34)
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Unknown Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Kelley is a skilled and respected member of the legal community. He is a zealous advocate for the rights and interests of his clients."
Intellectual property Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have opposed Bennet multiple times in litigation and non-litigation matters, and I endorse him as a top notch attorney. He has deep and broad experience in the realm of Internet-related matters, and I trust him enough to refer cases to him. I endorse Bennet without reservation."
Internet Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bennet is a true expert in his field as well as a dedicated and authoritative legal scholar."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer without any reservations. It is amazing that I continue to learn from him every day from his responses on Avvo even though I have been licensed for 24 years and have served as a judge, magistrate, law professor, prosecutor, and private attorney. You can not afford not to hire him."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Internet Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Internet Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bennet is a terrific internet lawyer with a deep understanding of the issues specific to internet law litigation. He has a wealth of experience and I often solicit his opinion on a variety of topics. Many times I refer matters to Bennet and he has always delivered insightful and responsive legal services in such cases. We have shared mutual clients on various matters in the past so I know first hand that Bennet delivers high quality litigation work product. Importantly, Bennet is a practical litigator able to resolve cases with innovative thinking. Finally, Bennet is an aggressive advocate for his clients but always maintains the highest degree of professional conduct and courtesy."
Internet Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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