A Deep Understanding of the DNS and ICANN
Bret Fausett is the founder of Internet Pro APC. He has been a leader in the ICANN and domain name communities for almost fifteen years. His experience in the industry covers all aspects of domain name law.
He first became involved in domain name issues at the end of the White Paper process that led to the creation of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. After attending the first ICANN meeting in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1998, Mr. Fausett led efforts to create ICANN’s Domain Name Supporting Organization, presenting papers on the new organization’s structure at a development meeting in Washington, D.C. and ICANN’s second meeting in Singapore. From there, Mr. Fausett chaired the DNSO’s 1999 working group that developed the policies and procedures for creating consensus policies within the DNSO. In the ICANN Reform process of 2002 that separated the DNSO into a Generic Names Supporting Organization (“GNSO”) and a Country Code Names Supporting Organization (“ccNSO”), Mr. Fausett worked on the small drafting committee that created new ICANN Bylaws to formalize ICANN’s policy processes and create new organizational accountability. Within the GNSO, Mr. Fausett served as the first At Large Liaison to the Names Council, acted as the initial President of the North American Regional At Large Organization, served on the GNSO’s Deletes Task Force, and served as a member of ICANN’s first Nominating Committee for the selection of ICANN’s Board of Directors. Mr. Fausett currently is a member of the GNSO’s Registry Constituency, where he works on issues affecting domain name registries.
In the legal arena, Mr. Fausett is a member of the California Bar and has worked on behalf of domain name registrants, registrars, and prospective gTLD registries in all aspects of their businesses. He was lead counsel on two of the most prominent domain name appellate decisions shaping the respective roles of registries and registrars: Coalition for ICANN Transparency, Inc. v. VeriSign, Inc., 611 F.3d 495 (9th Cir. 2010) and Balsam v. Tucows Inc., 627 F.3d 1158 (9th Cir. 2010). He has worked with owners of large generic domain name portfolios in the successful defense of their ownership rights to domain names, in both UDRP proceedings and litigation. He also has been twice appointed by United States District Courts to act as Receiver in the seizure and disposition of large portfolios of domain names comprised of typographical errors of well known brands, where he has acted to transfer domain names to trademark rights holders. He is currently counsel to the DotGreen Community Inc. in its ICANN application for .GREEN.
Mr. Fausett is a graduate of the University of Southern California and Vanderbilt University School of Law.
Amanda Fessenden is the Director of Client Services and Research at Internet Pro. Prior to her work with Internet Pro, Amanda worked in Washington, D.C. as a research associate in a client-facing consulting firm. She brings valuable industry research experience and political knowledge to our Internet and domain name services. She works with the company’s New gTLD program, assisting clients in the preparation of ICANN applications and the launch of gTLD registry businesses. Ms. Fessenden currently is a member of the GNSO’s Registry Constituency, where she works on issues affecting domain name registries.
Fluent in French, she spent two years studying and teaching in France. She completed her language studies at Grenoble’s Intensive Language Program at l’Université de Stendhal and at the Boston University Internship Program in Paris. Upon graduation from Boston University, she returned to France as an English Teaching Assistant in the Franche-Comté where she further expanded her French language skills.
Ms. Fessenden graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in both International Relations and French Language and Literature.
We are located in Marina del Rey, California, the place where the domain name industry has its roots.