Fredric D. Bellamy

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emailfbellamy@rcalaw.com
phone602.440.4835
fax602.257.6935
Legal Secretary: Darlene Dahl
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Biography

Fredric D. Bellamy protects his clients’ legal rights and guides his clients in smartly managing their legal risks, particularly with respect to matters involving science and technology. Fredric leads the firm’s Cybersecurity and Data Privacy practice group. He is also a member of the firm’s Litigation and Water, Energy, Resources, and Environmental Law practice groups. 

Fredric focuses on helping clients in three areas:

  • Cybersecurity, data privacy, and technology law, including helping clients in: developing and maintaining up-to-date, workable and practical policies to protect their customers’ and employees’ data privacy as well as their companies’ proprietary business data; responding to data breach incidents; and maximizing the value of their insurance coverage.
  • Intellectual property (IP), including counseling clients with IP and representing them in litigation and arbitration involving copyrights, trademarks, patents, trade secrets, and Internet-related disputes, and maximizing the value of their insurance coverage.
  • Complex litigation, including representing clients in science and technology-related litigation, including environmental, financial and other highly technical disputes, and maximizing the value of their insurance coverage.

During his 30+ years practicing law, Fredric has leveraged his legal knowledge and powers of persuasion to help his clients avoid unnecessary battles and win them when they are forced to fight—all with the hope of making this science-fiction world of technology safer for businesses, governments, and individuals. Fredric also prides himself on providing practical, succinct advice in plain English to help busy business leaders and in-house counsel cost-effectively manage their legal risks.

Fredric’s ease with highly technical subjects, in-depth learning and mastery of details has led him to routinely take on tough and complex matters, including many “bet-the-company” cases. In the 2007 edition of Chambers USA, clients noted that Fredric's "litigation practice has seen him involved in some very sizable cases. He is widely perceived as a 'substantive lawyer' with a quick grasp of scientific issues and a creative approach."

Always forward-looking and with a lifelong passion for science and technology, Fredric entered Harvard as a freshman intending to become a computer science major — only to find out that Harvard didn’t yet have a computer science department. (That was created the year he graduated.)  Knowing he ultimately wanted to become a lawyer, Fredric turned to studying the science of persuading human beings and decided to declare psychology and social relations as his under-graduate concentration while also taking classes in statistical science, research methodology, “applied mathematics” and programming.

In going to law school, Fredric followed, in his own fashion, in the footsteps of his mother’s family history of belonging to a Japanese samurai warrior family—serving his clients as the civil equivalent of a “ronin” legal warrior fighting to protect their rights. As a military brat born on a U.S. Air Force base, Fredric likewise followed in his career military father’s footsteps by adhering to his father’s teachings that the best way to achieve desired results with a minimum of conflict is through superior preparation.

Fredric also draws inspiration from two of his namesakes, Frederick Douglass, known for his eloquent oratory and compelling writing, and Captain “Black Sam” Bellamy, the most successful pirate who ever lived. As described by the New England Historical Society, Captain Bellamy’s philosophy was – “Fight Smart. Hurt Few. Score Big.” – which perfectly mirrors Fredric’s own approach to law and litigation.

Publications

Fredric is an accomplished author and quotable media resource. He has authored numerous chapters and articles for legal publications, where he grappled with issues like data privacy, data breaches and cloud computing long before such topics were mainstream. For many years, he was a contributing editor and columnist for the “Toxic Tort & Insurance Law” portion of the State Bar of Arizona’s Environmental & Natural Resources Law Section’s Newsletter and eventually served as the newsletter’s Editor-in-Chief for several years.

As a media source, Fredric has been quoted in print publications including USA Today, Kiplinger’s, and the Phoenix Business Journal, and he has been interviewed on local TV news programs on technology related issues involving biometric authentication technology, use of credit and debit cards in online transactions, and commercial web sites’ terms of use. Most recently, Fredric was interviewed for a news program on Phoenix’s public radio station, KJZZ, on Arizona’s recent changes to its mandatory data breach notification laws and on Blockchain technology.

Speaking Engagements

A natural educator, Fredric frequently serves as a speaker at legal and trade group conferences and provides in-house seminars for clients. He has taught many continuing legal education courses to fellow lawyers at national, state, and county bar association events, and he frequently provides insights as a featured presenter and panelist for numerous programs at national, regional, and local conferences.

Memberships

  • Arizona Technology Council, Board Member, Law & Technology Committee Chairman
  • Intellectual Property Section, State Bar of Arizona, Former Chairman
  • E-Commerce, Internet & Technology Law Section, State Bar of Arizona, Former Chairman
  • State Bar of Arizona Young Lawyers Division, Founding Chairman, Technology Committee
  • Center for Law, Science & Innovation, ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Member, Advisory Board
  • Bloomberg Law Litigation Innovation Board, State Bar of Arizona Intellectual Property Section, Former Chairman

Distinctions

As a practicing lawyer, in 2007, Fredric received the prestigious Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Achievement, presented in association with the Library of Congress for the best legal writing in plain English. Fredric was recently honored by Best Lawyers in America as its “2018 Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Technology Law. In 2008, Fredric was the first lawyer in Arizona to be recognized by Best Lawyers in the area of Information Technology Law and has been ranked by Best Lawyers every year since then.  Fredric has also been recognized since 2007 by Southwest Super Lawyers in the area of Intellectual Property Litigation and has a “10” out of 10 (Superior) rating on Avvo. 

In law school, Fredric served as team captain and first oralist of the Charles Sumner Team, leading the winning team at the 1985 Harvard Ames Moot Court Competition. (To see a young Fredric when he had a lot more hair argue before a distinguished panel of judges including the Honorable former Chief Justice of the United States William Rehnquist, see this video on YouTube.)

For More Information

If you would like to schedule a call or meeting to discuss your legal needs, please contact Fredric at 602.440.4835 or fbellamy@rcalaw.com or contact his Legal Assistant, Darlene Dahl, at 602.440.4800 or ddahl@rcalaw.com.

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Education

  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1986
  • Harvard University, B.A., cum laude, Psychology & Social Relations, 1983

Admissions

  • Arizona, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

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