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Rafael Langer-Osuna

 

Community Activism Co-Chair
Social Action Co-Chair

Programs Co-Chair 

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Rafael Langer-Osuna is a partner at Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP where they focus on two different areas of litigation.  On the one hand, they try cases in state and federal courts for and against foreign sovereigns.  On the other, they litigate disputes involving start up technology companies or the internet, including cases arising from online defamation, the use of copyrighted materials on social media, data breaches, data privacy, hacking, and software licensing conflicts.  Rafael is barred in California and Florida and has been admitted to practice before the Ninth Circuit as well as several district courts throughout the country.

Rafael dedicates a significant amount of time to studying and bettering the world around them.  They maintain an active pro bono practice assisting the Transgender Law Center’s asylum efforts, working for environmental groups, winning cases for local charitable organizations, and helping to improve gender equity.  In addition to serving as Co-Chair of BALIF’s Community Activism and Social Action Committee, Rafael also currently serves as a non-binary support group facilitator, director of the Western Cave Conservancy, chairperson of San Francisco Bay Chapter of the National Speleological Society, and an advisory board member for the Squire Patton Boggs Foundation.  

Rafael was born in Bolivia, grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and has lived all over the country.  They earned degrees from Carnegie Mellon University (BA), UC Berkeley (MA in Education), and Duke (JD/MA in East Asian Studies) and studied in Hong Kong SAR and Nanjing, China.  In their spare time, Rafael parents two teenagers, reads voraciously, practices Daoist arts, cooks vegetarian meals for friends, gardens, and surveys California’s caves and reefs.

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