- Intellectual Property, Entertainment, and Technology Protection
- Trusts, Estates, and Wealth Transfer
- University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 2004, Order of the Coif
Cincinnati Law Review, Associate Member, 2002-2003
- Penn State University, B.S., 2000
Bar & Court Admissions
Whitney Gibson is a partner in the Vorys Cincinnati office and is the leader of the firm’s internet defamation group. The group has worked on hundreds of internet related cases from across the country and develops unique solutions for companies that are being damaged or attacked online.
Mr. Gibson has experience in all aspects of this new area of law including internet defamation, false reviews, traffic diversion, product diversion, trademark infringement, SEO manipulation, copyright infringement and public disclosure of private facts.
Career highlights include:
- Obtaining a court order that resulted in the removal of false statements on RipOff Report from Google's search indices related to a high profile business employee
- Removing from the internet two separate websites containing false information about a business
- Obtaining a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction ordering a former customer to cease making false statements about a business online. These orders were submitted to Google, which in turn removed more than 30 false postings from its search indices.
- Successfully obtaining the identity of anonymous people posting false information and reviews on the internet
- Obtaining court orders denying objections to subpoenas to identify anonymous people posting false information on the internet
Mr. Gibson has developed a reputation as a go-to attorney for internet defamation. He has authored several articles for trade and popular media including an article titled “Identifying and Nailing the Online Defamer,” which appeared in PR News. He is routinely interviewed by media, both print and broadcast, on internet crisis issues. Mr. Gibson is also the editor of the Internet Defamation Removal Attorneys blog. The blog provides readers with helpful information regarding internet issues, including strategies for removing damaging content, new risks and new types of attacks individuals and businesses are facing online.
Mr. Gibson has presented seminars on various topics, including cyberbullying, social media and electronic discovery in complex litigation.
In addition, Mr. Gibson has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers every year since 2009.
Mr. Gibson received his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he was a member of Order of the Coif and was an associate member of the Cincinnati Law Review. He received his B.S. from Penn State University.
Honors & Awards
- Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Business Litigation, 2007 & 2009-2014
- 3/17/2014Whitney Gibson, a partner in the Vorys Cincinnati office and the leader of the firm’s internet defamation group, spoke with 700 WLW about a presentation he gave to teens at Mason High School about social media, cyberbullying and creating a positive reputation online.
- 3/13/2014Whitney Gibson, a partner in the Vorys Cincinnati office and the leader of the firm’s internet defamation group, was a guest on the Fox 19 Morning News. During the interview, Gibson told viewers that no one is ever really anonymous online or when using “anonymous” apps. He also provided tips that parents can use to keep their children out of trouble on the internet.
- 3/12/2014Whitney Gibson, a partner in the Vorys Cincinnati office, was featured in a Local 12 news story on the positive ways that teens can use social media. The story was about a presentation on social media that Gibson and Vorys Attorney Angela Rapp presented to students at Mason High school.
- 3/4/2014Whitney Gibson, a partner in the Vorys Cincinnati office and the leader of the firm’s internet defamation group, was featured in a FashionPlaytes story titled “36 Social Media Experts & Parents Share Tips On How To Keep Your Tween Safe On Social Media.”
- 1/16/2014Whitney Gibson, a partner in the Vorys Cincinnati office and the leader of the firm’s internet defamation group, was a guest on the FOX19 Morning Show. He discussed prevalence of social media use by teenagers and the consequences inappropriate behavior online can have on a teen’s college and/or job applications.
- 12/9/2013Whitney Gibson, a partner in the Vorys Cincinnati office and the leader of the firm’s internet defamation group, was featured in a FOX19 (Cincinnati) news story on the prevalence of false reviews on the internet.
- 12/4/2013Eighty-one attorneys from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP have been named 2014 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. 57 Vorys attorneys were named 2014 Ohio Super Lawyer and 24 Vorys attorneys were named 2014 Ohio Rising Stars.
- 11/25/2013Whitney Gibson, a partner in the Vorys Cincinnati office and the leader of the firm’s internet defamation group, was interviewed on the FOX19 Morning News about the prevalence of false online reviews.
- 11/20/2013Whitney Gibson, partner in the Vorys Cincinnati office and leader of the firm’s internet defamation group, was one of the featured presenters at Social Media Mania.
- 10/30/2013Gibson Featured in Forbes.com Story Titled “Online Reputation: New Methods Emerge For Quashing Fake, Defamatory Reviews”Whitney Gibson, a partner in the Vorys Cincinnati office and the leader of the firm’s internet defamation group, was quoted was in a Forbes.com story about the increase of false online reviews.
- 9/27/2013Gibson Featured in Cincinnati Business Courier Story Titled “Tempted to Give a Fake Online Review? This Attorney Says Don't Do It”Whitney Gibson, a partner in the Vorys Cincinnati office and the leader of the firm’s internet defamation group, was featured in a Cincinnati Business Courier story about false online reviews.
- 9/18/2013Gibson, Vorys Internet Defamation Practice Profiled in Lead Cincinnati Story Titled “Revealing the Face of the Attacker”Whitney Gibson, a partner in the Vorys Cincinnati office and leader of the firm’s internet defamation practice, was profiled in the Fall 2013 edition of Lead Cincinnati. The story titled “Revealing the Face of the Attacker,” highlighted Gibson’s work on internet issues, including internet defamation and internet crisis situations.
- 8/26/2013Whitney Gibson, a partner in the Vorys Cincinnati office and the leader of the firm’s internet defamation group, was featured in the August 25, 2013 edition of the Cincinnati Enquirer. The article, which was titled “Is this product review true? Q&A: False negatives are damaging, illegal,” featured several questions related to false online reviews and Gibson’s responses to those questions.
- 5/9/2013Whitney Gibson, a partner in the Vorys Cincinnati office, was interviewed for a FOX19 Cincinnati story on the increasing number of lawsuits being filed over false online reviews.
- 1/2/2013Vorys announced that Matthew E. Albers, Tiffany Bingham Briscoe, Daniel J. Clark, Whitney C. Gibson, Robert J. Krummen, Christina M. Lyons, Joseph B. Mann, Timothy B. McGranor, Adam L. Miller, Ariel A. Mullin, William H. Oldach, III, Nicholas M.J. Ray, and Michael J. Settineri have been named partners of the firm.
- 12/17/2012Seventy-Seven attorneys from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease have been named 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.
- 11/1/2012Whitney Gibson, an attorney in the firm’s Cincinnati office, was quoted in a Columbus C.E.O. story regarding the online business risks that executives should be prepared for.
- 10/22/2012Whitney Gibson, an attorney in the firm’s Cincinnati office, was featured guest on The Crisis Show. On the show, Gibson discussed the firm’s internet defamation practice.
- 8/17/2012Whitney Gibson, an attorney in the firm’s Cincinnati office, was quoted throughout a Cincinnati Business Courier story titled “Don't like what's posted about you online? There might be relief.”
- 7/12/2012Helping companies stop internet defamation, false reviews, cyber attacks and other internet-related issues that are increasingly causing damage to businesses’ reputations is the goal of a new practice launched by Vorys.
- 11/19/2013Whitney Gibson, partner in the Vorys Cincinnati office and leader of the firm’s internet crises group, was one of the featured presenters at Social Media Mania. The presentation, which debuted at Beverly Hills High School in Beverly Hills, California, teaches teens what they should and should not do on the internet.
- 3/21/2014Thanks to mobile apps such as Secret and Whisper, people can now divulge their deep secrets anonymously, with fewer consequences – the key here being fewer, as there is no absolute guarantee of anonymity.
- 3/20/2014As investigators work to recover the data related to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, we are reminded that the deletion of data discovered through forensic analysis is something that has played a significant role in many of our cases.
- 3/14/2014Combating the Sale of Counterfeit Goods Online: Don’t Let Someone Get Away with Selling Knockoffs of Your ProductsTrademark counterfeiting, in general, refers to the placement of a trademark on a product that is not the legitimate product offered by the trademark owner. Meanwhile, the Lanham Act – the U.S. federal trademark statute – defines a counterfeit as “a spurious mark that is identical with, or substantially indistinguishable from a registered mark.”
- 3/10/2014With many states’ statutes of limitations for libel and slander being only a year, and very few being more than two, not seeking counsel immediately after being defamed could prove detrimental.
- 3/10/2014For several years now, news outlets have grappled with how to civilize the comments sections on their online articles. Some have chosen the path of requiring users to sign in through their Facebook accounts, while many still permit readers to comment anonymously on their websites.
- 3/6/2014Internet Defamation Removal and the Known Defamer: How Knowing the Identity of a Defamer Changes the Court Order TechniqueDefamatory content posted online can significantly harm the reputation of a business or individual, especially when it is listed among top search engine results.
- 3/3/2014The problem for the individuals upset with TheDirty.com (that want to sue the owner) is that ythe owner is not the speaker of these controversial statements. Rather, other people (members of the so-called “Dirty Army”) submit the content to him directly through his website or via email.
- 2/28/2014All too often, dishonest companies damage their competitors’ reputations online by making a series of false statements on review-based websites. Competitors regularly seek refuge on websites such as Ripoff Report, Pissed Consumer and Yelp, which are structured such that users can anonymously post false reviews.
- 2/26/2014Since launching the internet defamation group, we have encountered several misconceptions about the removal of information from the internet. If you or your company has been disparaged online, realize you are not helpless and have several options on how to deal with your potential internet crisis.
- 2/24/2014Based on the negative impact on its business, a company may initially believe certain statements or information posted about it online are defamatory. Although the content may be very damaging, it might not be defamatory at all.
- 2/21/2014Pissed Consumer, as the name suggests, has become a destination for disgruntled consumers to share their unpleasant experiences with various products or services. In fact, the website reports having more than a quarter million reviews about 40,000-plus companies spanning 120 industries.
- 2/20/2014Companies often instruct individual employees to register domain names for the construction of a website on the companies’ behalf. In these instances, the employee will enter his or her own name as the domain registrant, thereby giving the employee administrative control over the domain.
- 2/19/2014The statute of limitations for defamation claims, including false statements published about an individual or business on the internet, is one year in most states. This abbreviated statute of limitations can cause a host of problems.
- 2/17/2014Craigslist has become an invaluable resource for people in the U.S. and across the world to advertise services, sell products and even meet like-minded people. Although a large majority of Craigslist users utilize the classified ads website for legitimate transactions or interactions, some use it to advance their own interests by exploiting others and interfering with legitimate business relationships.
- 2/12/2014Whether it is on Facebook, Instagram, or another popular website, many people today love sharing photographs about themselves and their whereabouts. But legal issues often arise when a person uploads or posts photos (or videos) of someone else – especially when they involve nudity or are otherwise sexual in nature.
- 2/10/2014On the popular business review website Yelp, it is no secret that many individuals post fake reviews and sometimes defamatory content. Under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, Yelp cannot be held liable for false or defamatory statements made by its users.
- 2/6/2014A positive about Yelp is that content can be removed and, thus, the impact it may have on businesses can be mitigated. This alert outlines the options available to businesses.
- 2/5/2014Wikipedia is home to more than 30 million articles and has nearly 80,000 active contributors, according to the website. These figures are a product of its “openly editable model,” where virtually anyone with internet access can add or edit content on the website. The online encyclopedia’s strength relies in its founders giving their power to the people, but in doing so they opened the door to abuse.
- 1/31/2014Everyone has heard the saying “the customer is always right.” Taken a bit out of context, this seems to ring true on consumer complaint website Ripoff Report – even when one of its users is completely in the wrong, by posting false and defamatory information about a business.
- 10/3/2013Whitney Gibson, a partner in the Vorys Columbus office and leader of the firm’s internet defamation group, authored column for the Eastern Hills Journal. The column outlined the impact that false reviews can have on a company’s reputation. Gibson also outlines the steps consumers can take to identify fake reviews and prevent faulty purchasing decisions.
- 7/29/2013Whitney Gibson, a partner in the Vorys Cincinnati office, and Christopher Anderson, Ph.D., co-founder of Cyber Investigation Services, LLC, co-authored an article for the Bloomberg BNA: Social Media Law & Policy Report about techniques that companies can use to remove misinformation and defamation from the internet.
- 5/20/2013Whitney C. Gibson, a partner in the Cincinnati office, published this article regarding internet defamation in the Spring 2013 issue of The Bankers' Statement.
- 10/1/2012Whitney Gibson, an attorney in the Vorys Cincinnati office, and Christopher Anderson, Ph.D., co-founder of Cyber Investigation Services, LLC, authored a column for PR News with tips to help public relations professionals identify an individual who is seeking to hurt a business online.
- 3/20/2012Glenn Whitaker and Whitney Gibson, attorneys in the firm’s Cincinnati office, co-authored a column titled “A Guide To Preventing False Claims Act Litigation” for Law360.