Garner Kropp litigates complex privacy and commercial disputes. He serves clients in fintech, adtech, IoT, blockchain and consumer products, from Series A startups through Fortune 5 businesses. He supports clients at all stages of litigation, from pleading and discovery through trial and appeals. Garner works closely with business teams—counseling products, managing data strategy and preparing company witnesses. This includes defending confidential investigations from federal agencies. He understands the balance of product development goals with litigation strategy.
In one representative matter, Garner successfully defended a market-leading IoT product line from privacy claims. The allegations arose from the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), Stored Communications Act (SCA), state wiretapping laws, and consumer protection statutes. Garner managed the client team of business attorneys, product managers, engineers, and vendors to develop data-intensive legal strategy and minimize business interruption.
His practice draws on a career as a data scientist. Before law school, Garner was an economist using big data for federal agencies. There, he co-authored papers in peer-reviewed journals with the U.S. Department of Justice, describing statistical methods to detect opioid abuse. Garner joined the Antitrust Division of the DOJ in law school. He is a technologist who programs in Python, Stata, UNIX/Bash, and HTML and builds home servers on the weekends.
Garner spends hundreds of hours each year on pro bono civil rights cases. He leads cases of indigent clients brining Section 1983 and Bivens claims to protect constitutional rights. He successfully represented a public housing residents against municipal police, leading to repeal of local ordinances. The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco Bay Area awarded his team for this work. Garner also serves as president of the board of directors for Meals on Wheels of Alameda County.