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Ansorge, Josef

Dr. Josef Ansorge

Of Counsel
Direct Tel: +1 (202) 538-8000, Direct Fax: +1 (202) 538-8100
Washington, D.C.
Tel: +1 202 538 8000 Fax: +1 202 538 8100

Dr. Josef Teboho Ansorge (“Joey”) is Of Counsel based in Quinn Emanuel’s Washington D.C. office. His practice focuses on information technology, privacy, international trade, and complex commercial litigation. He has represented clients in state and federal (district and appellate) court, as well as government investigations. Joey’s pro bono work centers on high-impact litigation for persons with disabilities; he serves on the East Coast Advisory Board of Disability Rights Advocates (DRA). Prior to attending law school, Joey completed a PhD and worked on the security sector reform of the Armed Forces of Liberia. He is the author of a book and a number of articles regarding information technology and international relations. Joey is bilingual in English and German.

  • Alphabet
  • Bain Capital
  • Daimler AG
  • Google
  • IBM
  • Mercedes-Benz USA
  • National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)
  • The Weather Company (TWC)
  • U. S. Steel
  • Currently representing Google in two high-profile privacy class actions in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California regarding various Google offerings, including Chrome, Google Analytics, and Google Ad Manager.
  • Obtained, on behalf of IBM and TWC, complete stipulated dismissal of a putative class action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida alleging that TWC’s collection of geolocation data violated Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.
  • Obtained, on behalf of IBM and TWC, a settlement with no fine and no admission of wrongdoing in action brought by the Los Angeles City Attorney on behalf of the People of California in California state court alleging that TWC’s purported failure to disclose its use and sharing of users’ geolocation data for advertising and other commercial purposes violated California’s Unfair Competition Law.
  • Obtained, on behalf of Daimler AG and several of its subsidiaries, complete dismissal of a putative class action alleging that Daimler and the other major German auto manufacturers conspired to reduce innovation in their vehicles through “circle-of-five” (Fünferkreis) working groups.
  • Argued and obtained reversal on behalf of U. S. Steel at the Federal Circuit in Bell Supply Co. LLC v. United States, which concerned whether unfinished oil country tubular goods (OCTG) manufactured in China and finished in other countries were subject to antidumping and countervailing duty orders.

    East Coast Advisory Board, Disability Rights Advocates (DRA)

  • Yale Law School
    (J.D., 2014)
  • University of Cambridge
    (Ph.D., Politics and International Studies, 2012)
  • University of Cambridge
    (M.Phil., International Relations, 2005)
  • University of Aberystwyth
    (BSc. Econ. International Relations, First Class Honors, 2004)
  • The State Bar of New York
  • The District of Columbia Bar
  • United States District Court:
    • Eastern District of New York
    • Southern District of New York
    • Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States Court of Appeals:
    • Second Circuit
    • Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of International Trade
  • English
  • German
  • Privacy +Security Forum Conference Speaker: From Legal versus Engineering to Legal with Engineering – How to Work Together to Truly Embed Privacy by Design into Your Organization, Washington, DC (2022)

  • Privacy +Security Forum Conference Speaker: Data Privacy in Product Design, Washington, DC (2022)

  • Privacy +Security Forum Conference Speaker: The Antitrust-Privacy Collision with Viola Trebicka, Washington, DC (2022)

  • Ansorge, Josef Identify and Sort: How Digital Power Changed World Politics (London: Hurst; New York: Oxford University Press 2016).

  • Ansorge, Josef and Tarak Barkawi ‘Military Manuals’ in: Mark B. Salter (ed.) Making Things International, vol. II (University of Minnesota Press 2016), pp. 20-31.

  • Ansorge, Josef and Andrew Michels ‘Human Rights Accountability in Security Sector Governance: Principles and Practices’ prepared for review by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) (2014).

  • Ansorge, Josef and Tarak Barkawi ‘Utile Forms: Power and Knowledge in “Small War”’, Review of International Studies (2014, 40, 3-24).
  • Belgrade Security Forum Speaker: Session 8 - Rethinking The EU’s Mediterranean Policies: Europe’s Security Shortcomings, (2013)

  • Ansorge, Josef ‘The Sovereign’s Data: Ritual, Archival, Digital’, Current Intelligence (October 2013 issue).

  • Ansorge, Josef ‘Registry, Print, Identity: Data-managing the Foe’, Journal of Cultural Economy (2012, 5, 29-47).

  • Ansorge, Josef ‘Orientalism in the Machine’ in: Tarak Barkawi and Keith Stanski (eds.), Orientalism and War (New York: Columbia University Press 2012), pp. 129-150.

  • Ansorge, Josef ‘Digital Power in World Politics: Databases, Panopticons, and Erwin Cuntz’, Millennium: Journal of International Studies (2011, 40, 65-83).

  • Ansorge, Josef and Nana Akua Antwi-Ansorge ‘Monopoly, Legitimacy, Force: DDR-SSR Liberia’ in: Michael Miklaucik (ed.), Monopoly of Force (Washington DC: NDU Press 2011), pp. 265-284.

  • Ansorge, Josef ‘Spirits of War: A Field Manual,’ International Political Sociology (2010, 4, 362-379).

  • Ansorge, Josef ‘The (International) Politics of Friendship’, in: Madeleine Fagan, Ludovic Glorieux, Indira Hasimbegovic and Marie Suetsugu (eds.), Derrida: Negotiating the Legacy (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 2007), pp. 112-127.
  • East Coast Advisory Board, Disability Rights Advocates (DRA)