Andrew Rossow (also known as CyberGuyEsq on social media) is a technology attorney and writer, and adjunct law professor based in Dayton, Ohio. Working at Gregory M. Gantt Co., he assists people in cases where they find themselves victims of crimes being committed through the Internet, including social media and other virtual platforms.
In addition to his legal practice, he is also a contributor for various publications, including Forbes, The Merkle, and The Huffington Post. He particularly writes about issues involving social media crime and criminal liability, data privacy breaches, digital currency, and how new, emerging technology affects consumers. and and how technology affects consumers.
Early Life & Education
He received his Bachelor's degree from Hofstra University in Long Island, New York. While earning his degree, studied abroad with a Semester at Sea program and traveled to 13 countries in the process. While doing so, he studied business transactions and how technology impacts countries like Brazil, Ghana, South Africa, Vietnam, China, and Taiwan, in comparison to that of the United States.
After passing the Ohio Bar Exam in 2016, Rossow began exploring how people were using technology and cyberspace in unethical ways. In 2016, he wrote an article about the legal implications and privacy concerns Pokémon Go brought to its developers and users, respectively, which made its way to the Ohio State Bar Association, Cyber Defense Magazine, and ultimately going viral, reaching media outlets across the country.
Huff Post Contributor (2016-2018)
In response to the article's popularity, he was invited to write as a contributor for The Huffington Post back in August 2016. As of January 2018, Rossow decided to move on from The Huff Post and look to other platforms to continue writing on more politically heated topics involving cyberspace, e.g. Equifax and cryptocurrency.
Millennial Tech Consultant for ABC, FOX, and NBC (2016-present)
Soon after, he became a "millennial technology consultant" for ABC 22 (WKEF), Fox45 (WRGT-TV), NBC (WDTN), and national outlets like Fox4 Dallas and WFAA ABC in Dallas.
Forbes Contributor (2018 - Present)
Since January 2018, he has been a contributor for Forbes. There, he writes about social media, technology, online privacy, and digital currency. In February 2018, he began contributing to The Merkle, where particularly focuses on cryptocurrency and the fintech industry. Rossow has interviewed notable figures including Mark Cuban, Robert Herjavec, Michelle Romanow, Joseph Borg, Kelly Holland, Matt Sorum, and most recently, Halsey Minor, the founder of CNET.
Philanthropy & Community Involvement
The Cybersmile Foundation
Andrew currently serves on the Advisory Board of The Cybersmile Foundation, a multi-award winning anti-cyberbullying non-profit organization. Committed to tackling all forms of digital abuse and bullying online, we work to promote diversity and inclusion by building a safer, more positive digital community.
Through education and the promotion of positive digital citizenship we reduce incidents of cyberbullying and through our professional help and support services we enable victims and their families to regain control of their lives.
Founded in 2010, Cybersmile has grown to become the worlds leading anti cyberbullying non-profit organization. Registered as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization in the U.S and as a registered charity in the U.K – Cybersmile provides expert support, resources and consultancy to individuals, governments, corporations and educational institutions around the world.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's CyberOhio Initiative
As the founder of the #CYBERBYTE series on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, Rossow aims to bring millennials updates in the technology and cyberspace realm, as well as increasing awareness on issues related to cyber safety. His latest launch is the #CYBERBYTE video challenge, where he works with celebrities and public figures across the globe, in spreading awareness as to the dangers of cyberbullying, online trolling, and body shaming. He has worked with individuals like Supernatural's Misha Collins and Rachel Miner in collaboration with the Random Acts organization; International House Music DJ, Gareth Emery, Supergirl's Mehcad Brooks, and most recently, Christine McComas, mother of Grace McComas, whose unfortunate death led to the passing of Maryland's cyberbullying law, Grace's Law.
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Andrew Rossow has appeared on the Legal Talk Network: Thinking Like A Lawyer and talked with Jared Correia and Elan Fields about his millennial perspective of the legal industry. He particularly talked about technology, access to justice, machine learning, and unbundled legal services.
In addition to writing as a contributor for Forbes, Rossow has already been quoted in multiple pieces, regarding his opinion on legal issues in the cyber-realm.
Awards & Accomplishments
Rossow is currently the youngest faculty in history, to be teaching an upper-level law school course, at his alma-mater, The University of Dayton School of Law. Teaching Cyberspace Law, Rossow brings the realities of the technology and security industry, into the classroom. Focusing on jurisdictional issues, various computer crimes, and legislation such as net neutrality, COPPA, and others, Rossow teaches students that the cases in the classroom, are happening every day in the physical world.
Growing up in Dallas, Rossow is a die-hard fan of the Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Stars, and Texas Rangers.But, he's also in touch with his nerdier side, as he enjoys Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and anything tech-related. He likes to learn about new devices and often gives reviews to his family and friends when they come visit.