Social networking giant Facebook has named Gibson Dunn & Crutcher’s co-head of IT and data privacy, Ashlie Beringer, as its deputy general counsel.
Beringer replaces former deputy Colin Stretch, who took the general counsel role over from former legal boss Ted Ullyot in July (21 June 2013).
The Palo Alto-based litigation partner, who joined Gibson Dunn from Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison in 2005, will be leading an in-house legal team of 20 once she joins the social networking site in November. Her new role will see Beringer step into the second most senior job within Facebook’s legal team.
Gibson Dunn is a longstanding litigation adviser to Facebook and Beringer has represented the site in Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigations and settlements of claims relating to their alleged privacy practices.
The Los-Angeles based firm has previously defended the social-network in a number of cases including an infamous spat over ownership with the Winklevoss twins after they claimed founder Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea for the site.
A spokesperson for Facebook confirmed the move, adding that its in-house legal team is “growing quickly.” Beringer is not understood to be joining with any other staff from Gibson Dunn.
Facebook’s other best legal friends include Fenwick & West for corporate and Cooley for privacy and patents.