Clegg Ivey

Director of Engagement

NCLA’s Director of Engagement, Clegg Ivey, began his career as a software developer when he sold his first piece of code at the age of 15. Later, as a tech attorney, he represented clients like Google, Apple, Netscape, and Sun. Clegg then became a Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur, raising millions in venture capital for a series of startups he co-founded that were eventually acquired by firms like Cisco, Actel, and others. Most recently, he spent years building a local retail empire in Savannah that the COVID lockdown forced him to close.

Clegg has been fighting against the encroachment of the administrative state for three decades. As a tech lawyer in the ‘90s, he worked to keep the fledgling Internet free of government regulation. In the ‘00s he defended his own startups – against the FDA when it came after his energy drink company and against the FTC when it threatened his telephony and computer monitoring startups. During the ‘10s Clegg fought the good fight against countless state and local bureaucrats and regulatory agencies that made life difficult for his retail businesses. 

Clegg is a graduate of Tulane University and the University of Chicago Law School. He also clerked for the Hon. Alice M. Batchelder on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He taught classes on technology and public policy as an adjunct at Tulane University and classes on entrepreneurship as a visiting professor at Zhejiang University.