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Behnam Dayanim

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Behnam Dayanim is a partner in the Paul Hastings Washington, D.C. office, where he chairs the firm’s Advertising and Promotions practice and co-chairs its Privacy and Cybersecurity practice. Mr. Dayanim counsels clients on regulatory compliance, handles internal and regulatory investigations and is an experienced litigator. He also works extensively in transactional matters, negotiating payment processing, IT licensing and outsourcing agreements.

Mr. Dayanim’s practice concentrates on six substantive areas: gambling and gaming; trade controls; privacy and data protection; advertising and marketing; electronic signatures and payments regulation; and information technology licensing and outsourcing. He has advised some of the world's largest internet gambling companies and has extensive experience in export regulation of high technology and other products, including encryption; technology transfer and "deemed export" controls; U.S. embargoes, anti-boycott regulations and sanctions; International Traffic in Arms Regulations (defense articles and services) counseling and compliance; and International money transfers and money-laundering issues. Mr. Dayanim has been invited to speak on topics throughout the United States, Europe, and South America and is regularly interviewed or cited by national mainstream and industry publications.


Gambling and Gaming

  • Regularly counsels clients on the applicability of federal and state laws in this area.
  • Work includes advice with respect to payment processing, marketing and related due diligence concerns that arise in connection with gambling and gaming.
  • Advises clients in other industries with respect to the laws governing contests, sweepstakes and other types of promotions, and has provided counsel on issues surrounding new and emerging types of social and mobile gaming.

Privacy and Cybersecurity

  • Advises companies responding to incidents of data breach.
  • Represents companies in federal court litigations and in state attorney general or Federal Trade Commission investigations of privacy practices, including spyware, e-health and other areas.
  • Advises on workplace privacy, privacy in advertising and promotions, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, HIPAA and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (Wiretap Act and Stored Communications Act).
  • Formulates consumer and employee-directed privacy, security and electronic-use policies and advice on addressing complaints or problems.
  • Advises on compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.
  • Has advised a number of major financial services institutions – in the insurance, securities and other arenas – in establishing and maintaining compliance with federal (Gramm-Leach-Bliley) and state privacy and information-security regimes.
  • Has advised multinational enterprises, ranging from pharmaceuticals to market research, on compliance with often-conflicting global privacy restrictions, including most prominently the U.S. European Union Safe Harbor Agreement.
  • Has represented clients before congressional and regulatory policy-makers in connection with the formulation or consideration of new regulatory or legislative initiatives.

Advertising Counseling and Litigation

  • Advises clients on advertising claims, development and implementation of ad review, multi-jurisdictional approaches and regulatory requirements.
  • Represents companies in litigation involving the federal Lanham Act and unfair or deceptive practices in state and federal courts and before alternative dispute resolution bodies, such as the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus and the television networks.
  • Represents companies in investigations by regulatory agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general.
  • Advises on compliance with and defends class action and other lawsuits involving direct marketing and telemarketing requirements, including the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Telemarketing Sales Rule and CAN-SPAM.

Trade Controls

  • Represents clients in enforcement investigations before the agencies that regulate exports and administer the U.S. embargoes, helping clients in many cases avoid potentially severe fines or other sanctions. His counseling, compliance and enforcement work has spanned industries from high-tech to energy to international shipping and transportation and other areas and has included export, sanctions, financial services and related anti-money laundering and "know your customer" compliance.

Electronic Signatures and Payments Regulation

  • Provides regulatory advice and counseling on electronic payments and related financial services and on the rules surrounding electronic signatures and contracting.
  • Possesses extensive experience in advising the financial services industry with respect to issues relating to electronic commerce, electronic payment mechanisms, consumer finance (including the rules governing credit card payments and electronic fund transfers) and e-authentication issues.
  • Has negotiated and drafted payment processing, acquiring and other payments-related agreements and has litigated cases involving payments rules and related obligations.
  • Heavily involved in the creation and passage of the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act ("E-SIGN") and was asked by the Federal Trade Commission to testify regarding the implementation of its consumer consent provisions.

Information Technology Licensing and Outsourcing

  • Regularly represents clients in negotiating and drafting IT licensing and outsourcing agreements, with a particular focus on hospitals and the health-care sector.

Accolades and Recognitions

  • Named Best Lawyers® 2014-15 Gaming Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Washington, DC
  • Honored as a BTI Client Service “All-Star” (2009)
  • Named a top gaming and gambling lawyer by Chambers Global and Chambers USA (2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016)
  • Cited for his work in privacy and data protection in Legal 500 (2009, 2010, 2013, 2014 & 2016)
  • Recognized among the International Who's Who of Internet, e-Commerce and Data Protection Lawyers (2010)
  • Named a top technology lawyer in Legal 500 (2007, 2008 & 2009)
  • Named as one of the nation’s leading lawyers in trade controls, according to Chambers USA 2005 and 2006, and by Chambers Global in 2007

Speaking Engagements and Publications

Mr. Dayanim has spoken on a variety of matters and issues, including:

  • Comments to on PartyGaming's Exit from U.S. Online Gambling Industry and its Vindication
  • Speaks to The New York Times about Federal Authorities' Bid to Shut Down Online Gambling Sites and the Investigation of Full Tilt Poker
  • Comments to The Wall Street Journal, Reuters and Poker News Report as counsel to Groupe Bernard Tapie in a Bid to Acquire Full Tilt Poker
  • Interviewed by All Things Considered, National Public Radio
  • Consulted in The Washington Post and PC Magazine

Mr. Dayanim has authored many articles and newsletters, including:

  • “NAD Decisions: A Roadmap To Class Action Litigation?”, Law360, July 18, 2011
  • “Where Are Your Products -- and Why Does It Matter?”,, June 28, 2011
  • Authored articles that have appeared in, among others, the Stanford Journal of International Law, the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law, the Journal of Commodities and Securities Regulation, Gaming Law Review, Journal of Internet Law (cover story), Journal of E-Commerce Law, Computer Litigation Journal, IP Magazine (cover story), National Law Journal, Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals, and International Litigation Quarterly, as well as in the newspapers Journal of Commerce and Jerusalem Post

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Maryland
  • Admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • Serves on the editorial board of the Gaming Law Review and Economics
  • Member, International Association of Gaming Advisors
  • Actor, Renegades:  The Requiem (Parts 1 and 2) 


  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1993 (cum laude)
  • Yeshiva University, B.A., 1989 (summa cum laude)