Facebook has finally announced a replacement for Colin Stretch, who moved up from Deputy Counsel to General Counsel and Vice President in June. As first reported by TechCrunch, Facebook hired Ashlie Beringer, currently a litigation partner at Palo Alto-based Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and the co-chair of the law firm’s Information Technology and Data Privacy practice group.
TechCrunch notes that Beringer will manage Facebook’s legal department’s litigation, regulatory and product groups — roughly 20 employees. Her first day at Facebook will come Nov. 18.
Beringer also helped defend Facebook during class action litigation in the Sponsored Stories lawsuit.
Facebook confirmed the news to Inside Facebook:
We’re thrilled to welcome Ashlie to Facebook. We have always been impressed with her toughness and commitment to innovation on behalf of her clients and look forward to having her on our team.
Facebook commented on Beringer’s hiring to TechCrunch:
Ms. Beringer has extensive experience defending companies in high stakes technology and intellectual property disputes, with particular expertise representing clients in the technology, media, Internet, and entertainment industries. She has successfully represented clients in numerous consumer and regulatory actions relating to online and mobile technologies and data privacy and security issues. In addition, Ms. Beringer has successfully defended clients throughout the country in complex patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secrets disputes, including several disputes involving digital technologies, gaming and application platforms, and online and mobile advertising and e- commerce networks.
In an interview with CorpCounsel.com, Beringer explains her motivation for joining Facebook:
I spent a lot of time meeting with engineers and businesspeople and doing a deep dive into the company’s products and design philosophy, and that’s really where I first became incredibly impressed with the mission and the talent of everyone at the company.
Stretch offered praise for Beringer, also talking with CorpCounsel.com:
First and foremost she’s very, very smart and very quick, which is really at a premium here. We try and keep pace with the business—one of the aspects of Facebook is that the company prides itself on moving fast, so we as lawyers have to move fast, too.