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Atlas Ready to Carry PPL Ball - and More

His daily fare is negotiating, drafting and reviewing bank, processor, ISO and MLS agreements in the electronic transactions business. He recently joined GS as Legal Editor.

The Green Sheet Online has added a new service to its MLS Portal section titled Payment Processing Litigation (PPL). (See adjacent story.) As Legal Editor, Atlas will supervise the research and content for this area. Additionally, he will continue to respond to legal queries within the MLS Forum online and pen his GS column, "Legal Ease."

Atlas is based in Montreal, Quebec, where he articled with Stikeman Elliott, Canada's top corporate law firm. He practiced with Stikeman Elliott in corporate commercial law for four years, with particular emphasis on knowledge-based businesses.

In 2003, Atlas founded a new law firm ( to deliver more personalized expert advice in his area of expertise, electronic transactions law. His clients run the full range from banks to Merchant Level Salespeople and include everything in between.

As Legal Editor, Adam also joins the GS Advisory Board. When asked "why" he wanted to participate with the AB, he responded in a very unlawyer-like way:

"I enjoy sharing my experience and expertise with participants in the business, whether or not they are my clients. The more information that is available to participants in the business, the more these parties will be in a better position to negotiate their deals in a way that is responsible and efficient for all parties concerned.

"There is a real need in the industry for legal education. By joining the Advisory Board I feel that I'm able to satisfy, in a small way, some of that need. Writing a column, "Legal Ease," for the Green Sheet also allows me to share some of my experience with readers. I find electronic transactions law an exciting field in which to practice because the issues are changing every day, which means that I'm learning new things every day.

"Above and beyond providing legal advice, as a lawyer in the electronic transactions industry, I am often contacted by people looking for other people of a particular kind in the industry, such as ISOs looking for international processors.

"As such, I expect that being on the Advisory Board will enable me to not only share my experience with a broader audience but also put more people in touch with other people, which is what this business is all about, after all."

Born in 1971 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, Atlas holds a Bachelor of Civil Law, Bachelor of Common Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with Honors, all from McGill University. During a year on exchange from McGill, Atlas studied law at the National University of Singapore and traveled widely in Southeast Asia.

Atlas was the class valedictorian on graduation from McGill Law in 1997. He has been a member of the Bar of the Province of Quebec and the Bar of the State of New York since 1998.

His other memberships include, the American Bar Association (ABA), the ABA Section of Science and Technology, the ABA E-Privacy Law Committee and various community philanthropic organizations.

In his free time, Atlas enjoys sculpture and painting. Of course, as our Legal Editor we don't expect he'll have much time for those pursuits in the coming months.

Please also read Atlas' "Legal Ease" article on Page 62 of this issue. Questions or comments may be directed to

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