Melissa A. Kern

T 513.651.6898
F 513.651.6981
301 East Fourth Street
Great American Tower, Suite 3300
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Melissa is part of Frost Brown Todd’s Intellectual Property and Data Privacy & Information Security practice groups.  She counsels clients in the areas of copyright law, licensing, privacy, information security, information technology (including SaaS), publishing, electronic contracting, and Internet law. A large portion of her work is focused on drafting and negotiating intellectual property and information technology agreements. In addition to counseling clients on U.S. privacy laws and best practices, Melissa advises U.S. companies caught up in the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and ePrivacy Directive on how to meet their compliance obligations. Melissa has achieved the Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP-US) credential through the International Association or Privacy Professionals.

Highlights & Recognitions

  • Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US), International Association of Privacy Professionals, 2015

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Cincinnati Intellectual Property Association (CincyIP) conference on Emerging Technology Issues (May 16, 2019), Co-Chair
  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Member
  • Copyright Society of the USA, Member
  • University of Dayton Law School’s annual Significant Developments in Computer and Cyberspace Law (2008 - 2014), Steering Committee Member

FBT Publications

Non-FBT Publications and Events

Panel Moderator and Conference Co-chair: Cybersecurity Preparation and Response: An Update from the Trenches, Cincy Intellectual Property Law Association’s CincyBright conference, May 16, 2019

Seminar Speaker: Recent Developments in Copyright Law, Dayton Intellectual Law Property Association (Feb. 8, 2019), Cincy Intellectual Property Law Association (CincyIP), Feb. 12, 2019

Seminar Speaker: Data Ethics and Obligations: Your Data Footprint and Third-Party Data, Cincinnati Business Leaders Alliance, November 1, 2018

Seminar Speaker: Hot Topics in Copyright Law, Ohio State Bar Association: Law & Media Conference 2018, Oct. 12, 2018

Seminar Speaker: Imported Privacy Rights: From California to the GDPR, DAMA International, Oct. 1, 2018

Article: Melissa Kern, Privacy Concerns: Federal laws govern how student data must be protected, American School Board Journal, June 2018 (Article in PDF format can be accessed here.)

Seminar Speaker: Update on Regulation CC and remote data capture technology, Bankers and Bagels Breakfast Series, May 17, 2018

Recent Developments in Copyright Law, CincyIP, February 13, 2018

Seminar Speaker: Hot Topics in Copyright Law, Ohio State Bar Association: Law & Media Conference 2017, Oct. 13, 2017

Seminar Speaker: Protecting Student Data Privacy in the Ed Tech Era, Regional School Superintendents’ Meeting, Warren County Career Center, Oct. 18, 2017

Seminar Speaker: Protecting Privacy and Security in the Ed Tech Era, Ohio School Board Association, 2017 Treasurers’ Clinics, Oct. 3 and 5, 2017

Article: Melissa Kern, Student Privacy Online: How to Assess and Manage the Risks of Online Educational Services, American School Board Journal, June 2016, at 62.

Seminar Speaker: OSBA Cyberlaw 2016: Technology and the Law Seminar, Ohio School Board Association, March 18, 2016

Seminar Speaker: Cloud Computing: You're already using it, learn how to maximize it, Goering Center for Family and Private Business, September 6, 2012

Seminar Speaker: Ohio Advertising Law Seminar, Lorman Educational Services, December 9, 2004

Presenter: Intellectual Property Considerations in Advertising, Lexington Advertising Club, March 9, 2005

Note: "Paradigm Shifts and Access Controls: An Economic Analysis of the Anticircumvention Provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act," 35 U. Mich. J. L. Ref. 891 (2002)

Other Contact Info


Kelly Urk-Allgeier
T 513.651.6130