Heidi Tandy

Heidi Tandy is a Board-Certified Intellectual Property attorney based out of South Florida. For the past twenty years, Heidi has handled matters involving the internet, social media, privacy, intellectual property and tech law issues, for large and small corporate clients and individuals, from retail stores to Conde Nast, as well as hotels, restaurants, jewelry designers, educators, Emmy-award winning makeup artists, podcasters, website developers and novelists. She’s worked with content creators, technology builders, individual business owners, and large corporations to successfully protect websites, apps, copyrights and trademarks. Since the 1990s, Heidi’s work has included the creation of terms of service and privacy policies and best practices, as well as creating website accessibility policies and general internet policies and procedures for companies such as The Bump, Archivos and Delivery Dudes.

2015-2019 Practice Highlights

  • GDPR Policies and guidance for Delivery Dudes, Smartling, Radio Javan, Sacred Space Miami, Wonderthing Studios, Organization for Transformative Works and others
  • Terms of Use/Privacy Policies for XO, Inc (The Bump), Wattpad and others
  • ADA Compliance Policies and Litigation-Adjacent Projects for Bayside Marketplace, Delivery Dudes, Facecontrol, Inc.
  • TTAB Proceedings for UAB Craft Bearings, Love & Pieces LLC, Tilted Windmills Theatricals, Melanie Mills Hollywood, Smartling, Pur Soma and others
  • Trademark+ Litigation for IVFMD, Z Hotels, Implant Seminars, Club Tropigala and others

In 1994, Heidi created her first website by self-coding a simple page hosted by the CapAccess.org non-profit; in 1996 when The New York Times first asked its freelance writers to sign formal contracts she created the contracts — and the database management system that hosted and organized them. That same year, she was featured at TheKnot — where she was also a legal correspondent, chatroom host and coordinator — for creating a web page for her wedding.

By 1998 at the law firm of Stroock, Stroock & Lavan, Heidi was representing New York startups like Webgrrls/Cybergrrls and the first CYBER CAFETM locations, and working with Ringling Brothers in their dispute with PETA over the domain name ringlingbrothers.com. Heidi also modded the Legal forums on America Online and created websites for family and friends by hand-coding in HTML. In the early 2000s, Heidi teamed up with computer programmers, database administrators, journalists and artists to create the website FictionAlley.org, which was one of the first 501(c)(3) automated fan creativity sites.

On the technology side, Heidi is familiar and has worked with web development programs such as Ruby On Rails and MySQL (primarily via vBulletin) as a database backend system and has worked alongside coders as they have implemented WCAG 2.0 standards. Heidi can hand-code in both HTML and PHP. And is accustomed to managing blogs using “blog” systems like WordPress, or which host their content within Amazon’s Web Services. Heidi is the go-to counsel for lawyers in New York, Florida Washington, D.C. on issues such as Search Engine Optimization, implementation of ADA compliance programs for purposes of litigation avoidance and settlement compliance and she has actively interfaced with the legal departments at companies like tumblr, Google and Amazon on behalf of her clients. She regularly collaborates on litigation and IP matters with firms across South Florida, as well as in New York, California, Texas and the United Kingdom.

Heidi has been quoted in Newsweek, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and a multitude of blogs and websites regarding trademark rights, copyright issues, the travel industry and creative technologies, testified before the Library of Congress on fair use and transformative works, and taught a social media law class at Whittier Law School. In 2019, Heidi will be teaching a class on Privacy Law at Nova Southeastern University’s Broad Law School.

Heidi obtained her B.A. in History and Communications from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law. She is admitted to to practice law in New York and Florida.

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