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    Mari Frank

    Mari Frank, attorney and privacy consultant, is the creator of The Identity Theft Survival Kit, the audiocassette series Identity Theft Prevention and Survival, co-author of Privacy Piracy (with Beth Givens), and the author of two new books published by Porpoise Press (January 2005): From Victim to Victor: A Step by Step Guide for Ending the Nightmare of Identity Theft (2nd Edition, with CD) and Safeguard Your Identity: Protect Yourself With a Personal Privacy Audit. Mari is also the co-host with Lloyd Boshaw of Privacy Piracy a one hour public affairs radio show at KUCI 88.9 FM and www.kuci.org (U. of Ca., Irvine) dealing with all issues of privacy in the information age.

    Ms. Frank has testified many times on privacy and identity theft issues in the California legislature and in the US Congress. In May 1999, she was summoned to the White House to a press conference to speak on Consumer Privacy, and the speech was broadcast on C-SPAN. In December 2004, and March 2005, Mari's ninety-minute PBS Television special, "Identity Theft: Protecting Yourself in the Information Age," aired nationwide and aired again in June 2005. Both of her new books were featured as gifts for viewers who pledged support for local PBS stations.

    Mari consults with corporations and government agencies and provides professional speaking programs. She serves on the identity theft task force of the LA County District Attorney, and California's DMV Task Force on privacy. She's an Orange County Sheriff Reserve on the High Tech Crime Unit, an Advisory Board Member of the Identity Theft Resource Center, the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, and she's a member of the Advisory Board of the State of California's Office of Privacy Protection. Mari is a certified trainer for the State Bar of California, a law professor, and currently teaches Conflict Management at the University of California, Irvine.

    Mari has appeared on dozens of national TV programs including Dateline, 48 Hours, the O'Reilly Factor, Investigative Reports, NBC and ABC Nightly News, CNN and has been interviewed on more than 250 radio shows. She has been featured in major newspapers and magazines, and her articles have been published in legal journals and magazines. Please find out more at www.identitytheft.org.

    Lloyd Boshaw

    Lloyd D. Boshaw, Jr. is our radio engineer and sometimes co-host (when he isn't too busy running the board, he asks questions too!) Lloyd has been a General Contractor and Builder for almost 30 years. He also is very adept at fixing almost anything and quick to learn the radio engineering skills. Lloyd is also a qualified and experienced mediator and arbitrator of construction disputes, and he has helped resolved many complex cases to the parties' satisfaction. Lloyd and Mari have been friends since they met in Hawaii in1989 and after many years married in 2001. As a favor to Mari, and as a result of his strong belief that privacy is diminishing in our society, Lloyd agreed to learn the radio skills necessary to team with Mari for this show.


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    Jul 28, Dr. Deborah Peel, the nation's leading advocate for patients' rights to control access to sensitive personal health information in electronic systems.

    Deborah C. Peel, MD is the nation's leading advocate for patients’ rights to control access to sensitive personal health information in electronic systems. The lack of health privacy causes millions of people to avoid early diagnosis and treatment for cancer, depression, and STDs every year. She became an expert and privacy warrior to stop patients from being harmed. She is a practicing physician and Freudian psychoanalyst.

    Her passion is educating the public about privacy-enhancing technologies, architectures, policies, and laws, so they can advocate to restore their civil and human rights to health privacy.

    In 2002, amendments to HIPAA eliminated patients’ longstanding rights to control personal health information. The right of consent was replaced with "regulatory permission for covered entities to use and disclose health records for treatment, payment, and healthcare operations." The Amended HIPAA Privacy Rule put institutions in control of the use, disclosure, and sale of patients’ health information, from DNA to diagnoses to prescription records. Patient control over health data was eliminated.

    In 2004, she formed Patient Privacy Rights (PPR), a 501c3 non-profit organization to educate Americans about the importance of health privacy. PPR is the world’s leading consumer health privacy advocacy organization, with over 12,000 members in all 50 states. In 2006, Dr. Peel founded the bipartisan Coalition for Patient Privacy. The coalition membership includes over 50+ national organizations, representing 10.3 million people who want to control the use of personal health information. In 2007, Microsoft Corporation joined the Coalition.

    In 2009, the Coalition for Patient Privacy worked to ensure historic new privacy and security protections were added to HITECH, the technology portion of the stimulus bill. Protections included: a ban on sales of protected health information (PHI) without consent, audit trails for disclosures of PHI from EHRs, the ability to segment sensitive PHI, meaningful breach notice, the right to block disclosure of PHI for healthcare operations if treatment is paid for out-of-pocket, and requiring encryption. See: http://patientprivacyrights.org/media/CoalitionPatPriv_Final01.14.09.pdf

    Since 2007, Dr. Peel has been named one of ModernHealthcare magazine's "100 Most Influential in Healthcare" four times. In 2013, she was named one of the "Top Ten Influencers in Health InfoSec" by HealthcareInfoSecurity.

    Dr. Peel is the catalyst and creator of the annual International Summits on the Future of Health Privacy. First started in 2011, the summits are unique in the world: urgent threats to health privacy and realistic solutions are thoughtfully debated by national and international experts from advocacy, academia, government, and industry. To register for the next summit and watch videos from earlier summits visit: www.healthprivacysummit.org.


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    Aug 4, Tatiana Melnick, attorney focusing her practice on IT, healthcare, data privacy and security, and regulatory compliance.

    Tatiana Melnik is an attorney who focuses on helping clients protect data and information they create as well as the data and information entrusted to them by others.

    Ms. Melnik practices primarily in the areas of healthcare, information technology, data privacy, data security and intellectual property. She counsels business owners, management, practice leaders, and individuals on regulatory compliance matters and best practices. Ms. Melnik has also prosecuted a number of trademark applications with the USPTO, registered copyrights with the U.S. Copyright Office, and handled domain name and website related disputes.

    Ms. Melnik has counseled both United States-based and foreign companies as well as vendors to such companies on developing, protecting, buying and selling information technology products, on protecting intellectual property rights developed in products and services, on regulatory compliance matters (e.g., HIPAA, HITECH, GLBA and state privacy laws), on advertising matters, and other general corporate issues.

    Please visit www.melniklegal.com


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    Jul 21, Jedidiah Bracy, editor of the IAPP's Privacy Perspectives.

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    Jedidiah Bracy, CIPP/US, CIPP/E, is the editor of the IAPP's Privacy Perspectives where he moderates and writes about the many views, trends, angles and opinions that inform the privacy profession and the changing social norms brought on by new technology and the Internet. In addition to editing the Privacy Perspectives, Bracy facilitates the vetting, writing, editing and curation for the IAPP's Daily Dashboard, the IAPP Canada Dashboard Digest, the IAPP Europe Data Protection Digest and the IAPP ANZ Dashboard Digest. He writes feature articles for The Privacy Advisor on information privacy law, data protection and the privacy profession. When not mulling over the current state of information privacy in the digital age, Bracy enjoys watching soccer, listening to his music library and tasting a finely wrought craft beer. He's on Twitter @jedbracy


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    Jul 14, Mary Anne Franks, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law, and the Vice-President of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI).

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    Mary Anne Franks is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law, where she teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, and family law. She is also the Vice-President of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI), a non-profit organization dedicated to challenging online harassment and abuse. In that capacity, she has worked with legislators in 16 states to draft legislation against the non-consensual distribution of sexually explicit images, and is now working with Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) on federal legislation.

    After receiving her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2007, Prof. Franks became a Bigelow Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago School of Law. Before law school, Prof. Franks received her doctorate in 2004 and master's degree in 2001 from Oxford University, where she studied on a Rhodes Scholarship. Before entering legal academia, Prof. Franks was a Lecturer at Harvard University, teaching social theory, philosophy, and literature.

    Prof. Franks is a frequent legal commentator in the media on issues of criminal law, family law, and cyberlaw. She has published editorials in the Guardian, the Independent, and the New York Daily News. Her media appearances include the Today Show, HuffPost Live, and NPR, and she has been quoted in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. Prof. Franks is also a Huffington Post contributor and a Krav Maga instructor.


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    Jul 7, Tyler Cohen Wood, Cyberbranch Chief for the Defense Intelligence Agency, under the Department of Defense.

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    Tyler Cohen Wood is a cyberbranch chief for the Defense Intelligence Agency, under the Department of Defense. In the past six years of her service to the agency, she has made policy recommendations regarding digital intelligence and worked for the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center as a digital forensics analyst. She has conducted intrusion and malware analysis, major crimes analysis, and exploitation of children forensics examinations to help secure many successful criminal prosecutions. Her work has also saved the commercial industry tens of millions of dollars in data and security breach prevention and recovery.

    Wood is the author of a new book, Catching The Catfishers: Disarm The Online Pretenders, Predators, and Perpetrators Who Are Out To Ruin Your Life (Career Press, April 21, 2014).

    Her 16-year career includes computer forensic examiner positions at NASA, IBM, General Dynamics, and Computer Sciences Corporation. Earlier in her career, she was a senior IT auditor, an IT security administrator, and a senior security engineer in the private sector.

    Wood has presented as a cyber expert at conferences across the country, including DEFCON, HTCIA, and Technoforensics. She co-authored a textbook, Alternate Data Storage Forensics, and was featured in Best Damn Cybercrime and Digital Forensics Book Period.

    She has also written for several media outlets:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/manillacom/5-tips-to-protect-your-children-tweens-and-teens_b_4891067.html;
    https://www.manilla.com/blog/4-social-media-posting-tips-to-keep-you-safe-when-traveling-over-the-holidays/; and
    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/5-tips-safe-online-dating-142642109.html

    Wood graduated with a BA in Sociology and History from Simmons College in Boston.

    She was born and raised in Dallas, attended high school in Morristown, New Jersey, worked and lived in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and Ireland. She now resides in Fairfax, Virginia with her husband.


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    Jun 30, Neal Dittersdorf, Chief Legal Officer for Intersections Inc.

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    Neal Dittersdorf is the Chief Legal Officer for Intersections Inc. Intersections is a leading provider of identity theft protection services for consumers. Beginning with credit information back in 1996, Intersections was among the first companies to recognize that consumers need to manage and protect their own identities and personal information. Neal has long been involved in the areas of information technology and security, as both a law firm partner working in the areas of information technology and intellectual property, and a general counsel at companies providing technology and services relating to credit and personal information. Neal also was a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he represented the government in challenges to the constitutionality and legality of its programs, including the protection of national security information.


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    Jun 23, Paul Conley & Bill Simser of 3M.

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    Paul Conley

    Paul joined 3M in 2001 and has had a number of different brand marketing roles in four divisions. Paul began his current role in November of 2012 in the Optical Systems Division and serves as the global marketing manager for the Consumer Electronics Aftermarket Business. Prior to his current position, Paul worked in the Consumer Health Care Division and was the brand manager for the ACETM Brand. He has also held marketing positions with 3 different business units in the Office Supplies division, including the Post-it® Brand Team, The Workspace Solutions Business Unit and the Collaborative Solutions Business Unit. His first job at 3M was the brand marketer for the CommandTM Brand in the CHIM Division.

    Prior to 3M, Paul worked as a summer intern at Ford Motor Company and also spent five years in the Railroad Industry at CSX Transportation. Paul lives in Woodbury, Minnesota with his wife Heather and his three children Charlotte, Caroline and Hagan. When he has free time he enjoys playing golf in the summer and downhill skiing in the winter.

    Bill Simser

    Bill joined 3M in 2012 as the marketing manager of the 3M Visual Privacy Business. Prior to joining 3M, Bill held the position of marketing director for Valspar's Coil Coatings Division. He also spent over 10 years with 3M spin-off Imation where he held a variety of product management and business development positions, including director of Consumer Storage Products, director of Asia Pacific Commercial Business and marketing development manager. He also served as product development manager for Midwest Systems, Inc. and was a senior product marketing manager for Katun Corporation.

    Bill lives in Apple Valley, Minnesota with his wife Amy and children Allie and Ben. In his free time, Bill enjoys playing golf and coaching youth sports.


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    Jun 16, Michael Westheimer, shareholder at Buchalter Nemer, and Cynthia Fair Moir, associate at Buchalter Nemer.

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    Michael Westheimer

    As an experienced counselor and litigator, Michael Westheimer helps businesses increase efficiency and manage risk in employment, employee benefits and related business matters. Effective workforce management presents a variety of challenges as companies strive to build productive workplaces, protect their proprietary information and trade secrets, and comply with myriad federal, state and local labor laws. Mr. Westheimer works with companies ranging from startups to multinationals in achieving these goals by implementing compliant, workable policies and best practices, and by taking effective action to remediate any violations. As a seasoned trial lawyer and strategist, Mr. Westheimer also is highly adept at providing vigorous, costeffectiverepresentation in response to legal challenges.

    Mr. Westheimer is a Shareholder in the Firm’s Labor & Employment and Litigation Practice Groups in San Francisco, and cochairof the Wage & Hour Class Action team. He represents clients in class action and singleplaintiff litigation in state and federal courts, arbitrations, mediations, administrative hearings and government agency proceedings. He also performs internal audits, investigations and employee and manager training, and provides advice and counseling on a wide range of workplace issues. His areas of specialty include:

    • Protecting proprietary business information and trade secrets
    • Social media policies
    • Wage/hour compliance
    • Independent contractor agreements and misclassification claims
    • Exempt/nonexempt employee classification and misclassification claims
    • Job applications, background checks, employee offer letters, onboarding
    • Executive employment agreements
    • Equal employment opportunity / preventing discrimination, harassment, retaliation
    • Reasonable accommodation of persons with disabilities
    • Leaves of absence
    • Fiduciary breach claims
    • Employee benefits claims under ERISA
    • Employment policies and handbooks
    • Employee compensation, commission plans, bonus plans
    • Employee performance and misconduct
    • Whistleblower claims
    • Wrongful termination lawsuits
    • Severance agreements
    • Business interference torts
    • Private Attorneys’ General Act (PAGA) claims
    • Lawsuits under Unfair Competition Law (UCL), Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code Section 17200
    • Implementing layoffs and other costcutting measures www.buchalter.com

    Representative Matters

    • Defended numerous wage/hour class actions, singleplaintiff actions, Berman hearings before the California Labor Commissioner, de novo bench trials, and Department of Labor audits.
    • Represented financial institutions, insurers, employers, plan administrators and benefit plans in ERISA fiduciary breach, denial of benefits and Section 510 retaliation actions.
    • Represented a Silicon Valley technology company in a disability discrimination and wrongfultermination action by a former Csuite executive, won on summary judgment, affirmed on appeal.
    • Represented a business services company in a fiduciary breach action over services provided to a public employee pension plan, won a defense judgment in superior court, appeal pending.
    • Represented a Silicon Valley technology company in an action by an overseas service provider alleging breach of contract and business interference torts, won a defense judgment on the claims brought against client and a sevenfigure judgment in client’s favor on its crossclaims.
    • Represented an apparel company in a writ of mandate proceeding against California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.
    • Represented a commercial airline in hybrid breach of contract / breach of duty of fair representation action by a terminated employee, won on summary judgment.
    • Represented a medical group in a Section 17200 bench trial alleging unlawful business practices and seeking equitable relief of restitution and disgorgement of profits, equitable relief denied.

    Published Cases

    • Nasrawi v. Buck Consultants LLC, 713 F.Supp.2d 1080 (E.D. Cal. 2010).
    • Chadwick v. Metropolitan Life Ins. Co., 498 F. Supp. 2d 1309 (E.D. Cal. 2007).
    • Clidoro v. Kaiser Permanente Employee Benefit Plan, 39 Emp. Ben. Cas. (BNA) 2617 (N.D. Cal. 2006).
    • Nashiro v. Lockheed Missiles & Space Co., 65 Fed. Appx. 636 (9th Cir. 2003).
    • City of Oakland v. Public Employees’ Retirement System, 95 Cal.App.4th 29 (2002).

    Recent Publications and Presentations

    • Presenter, "Implementing an Effective Employee Dispute Resolution Program," HR West 2014 Conference, April 30, 2014
    • Commentary, "Whistling an Ethical Tune," Inside Counsel, April 1, 2014
    • CoAuthor, "Beyond the Box: San Francisco Joins Growing List of Jurisdictions Restricting EmploymentRelated Criminal Record Inquiries", Buchalter Nemer Client Alert, March 2014
    • Video, "Trade Secret and Privacy Concerns in BYOD Programs," Daily Journal, March 14, 2014
    • CoAuthor, "Trade Secret and Privacy Concerns in BYOD Programs," Daily Journal, February 26, 2014
    • "Latest NLRB Developments Regarding Social Media Policies," King County Bar Association Bar Bulletin, January 2014
    • Presenter, "Wage and Hour Compliance Under California’s EmployeeFriendly Framework and New Legislations," Strafford Programs Webinar, January 22, 2014
    • "Ringing in the New Year: A Summary of New California Employment Laws for 2014," Buchalter Nemer Client Alert, December 2013
    • Presenter, "NLRB Heightened Enforcement Against NonUnion and Union Employers," Stafford Programs Webinar, November 6, 2013
    • Presenter, "What Every Trucking Company Needs to Know: California Law on Classifying OwnerOperators or Drivers as Employees or Independent Contractors, and When Employee Overtime Exemptions Under the Motor Carrier Act," Buchalter Nemer Brown Bag Series, November 5, 2013
    • Presenter, "California’s Recent Wave of Claims in the Media/Entertainment Industry – Models, Spokespeople and Production Crew Claiming They are Employees Misclassified as Contractors," Buchalter Nemer Brown Bag Series, October 9, 2013 www.buchalter.com
    • Presenter, "Bring Your Own Device in the Workplace: Minimizing Legal Risks of BYOD Programs," Stafford Programs Webinar, September 18, 2013
    • "DC Circuit Invalidates U.S. Department of Labor Interpretation Regarding Mortgage Loan Officer Eligibility for Overtime Pay," Buchalter Nemer Lender Alert, July 2013
    • "Now Is The Time For Employee Dispute Resolution Programs," Employment Law360, July 17, 2013

    Professional Associations and Memberships

    • Northern California Human Resources Association
    • Western Independent Bankers
    • Bar Association of San Francisco, Labor & Employment Section

    Education

    Mr. Westheimer earned his J.D., cum laude, at University of San Francisco School of Law in 1995, and his B.A., cum laude, at Duke University in 1990.

    Cynthia Fair Moir

    Cynthia Moir focuses her practice on representing management before federal and state courts and administrative agencies with regard to all aspects of employment and labor law.

    Ms. Moir has significant experience defending employers against wage and hour class actions, including claims for meal and rest period violations and employee misclassification. Ms. Moir's experience also includes matters arising under employment discrimination statutes and other common-law and statutory employment lawsuits such as discrimination, harassment, breach of contract and wrongful termination. She regularly counsels employers regarding disciplinary matters, internal investigations, and ensuring compliance with applicable law. She has also represented clients in business litigation and insurance litigation matters relating to individual and group life, health and disability polices, insurance bad faith and ERISA litigation.

    Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Moir interned for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Boston, Massachusetts.

    Publications

    • Co-Author, "Beyond the Box: San Francisco Joins Growing List of Jurisdictions Restricting Employment-Related Criminal Record Inquiries", Buchalter Nemer Client Alert, March 2014
    • Video, "Trade Secret and Privacy Concerns in BYOD Programs," Daily Journal, March 14, 2014
    • Co-Author, "Trade Secret and Privacy Concerns in BYOD Programs," Daily Journal, February 26, 2014
    • Commentary, "Nothing Personal: How to be Smart About Your BYOD Workplace Policy (And Why It Matters!)," JDSupra Business Advisor, February 6, 2014
    • "Ringing in the New Year: A Summary of New California Employment Laws for 2014," Buchalter Nemer Client Alert, December 2013
    • Co-author, "Brinker: Meal and Rest Periods Clarified, But…," Points & Authorities, Spring 2012
    • "California Supreme Court Clarifies Employer Meal and Rest Period Obligations," Buchalter Nemer
    • Client Alert, April 2012
    • "The Ban Against Noncompete Clauses in California: The Narrow Exceptions Get Narrower," Points & Authorities, Winter 2006
    • "Burlington Industries, Inc. v. Ellerth and Faragher v. Boca Raton: A Step in the Wrong Direction?" 9 B.U. Pub. Int. L. J. 409, 2000
    Ms. Moir received her B.A. in Psychology in 1997 from the University of California, Los Angeles. She earned her J.D. in 2000 from Boston University School of Law, where she was a Note Editor of the Public Interest Law Journal.


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    Jun 9, John Stephens, partner at the Los Angeles office of Sedgwick, LLP.

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    Current Scope of Practice

    John Stephens focuses his practice on media and entertainment litigation, intellectual property licensing and transactions, and specialty insurance coverage and litigation. Mr. Stephens handles matters for a diverse client base. His entertainment and media clients include media entities, magazines, television and radio stations, production companies, entertainment technology companies, computer technologies, online content and software providers, and talent. Additionally, Mr. Stephens represents clients in the manufacturing, financial, and insurance industries.

    Mr. Stephens focuses his practice on enforcement and litigation of copyright, trademark, trade dress, trade secret, and false advertising matters. He counsels clients on protecting intellectual property rights, as well as handles intellectual property transactions, such as software licenses, product licenses, rights-sharing agreements, and merchandising and branding deals.

    Mr. Stephens also represents insurers in all aspects of coverage, the preparation of coverage opinions, claims investigation, litigation and trial. He also counsels insurers on claims handling procedures, loss prevention and assist with drafting policies.

    Affiliations, Activities and Accomplishments

    Mr. Stephens is admitted to practice before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for all districts of the United States District Court for the State of California. Martindale-Hubbell awarded an "AV" to Mr. Stephens in recognition of his professional excellence, depth of experience and distinguished levels of skill and integrity. In addition, Mr. Stephens was named a 2005 "Southern California SuperLawyer–Rising Star" by the publishers of Los Angeles Magazine and The Journal for Law & Politics. Only 2.5 percent of Southern California lawyers in Los Angeles and Orange counties received this honor.

    He is an active member of the American Bar Association. He was appointed chair of the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Diversity Committee in 2010 and currently continues serve in this role. He served as the chair of the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Sections’ Intellectual Property Committee for the 2009– 2010 and 2010–2011 terms, where he was also the co–editor of the committee’s newsletter. In addition, he was one of 21 admitted to the TIPS Leadership Academy of the American Bar Association for 2009–2010. Since 2010, Mr. Stephens has served on the National Board of Directors for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and formerly a co–Chair of GLAAD National Board of Directors. Mr. Stephens also served on the Executive Committee and was Treasurer.

    He served as a trustee to the San Fernando Valley Bar Association Board from 2009–2011 and as co–chair of the Intellectual Property Section from 2005–2012. He currently serves as the Chair of the Diversity Committee. He is also a member of the California Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, Los Angeles Copyright Society and the National Association of Television Program Executives.

    Additionally, Mr. Stephens is active with Lambda Legal and formerly a member of the Steering Committees for the Service Members Legal Defense Network (SLDN). In 2012, he was a visiting professor at the University of Southern California (USC) teaching classes in Media, First Amendment and Privacy at the Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism. He is actively involved in Sedgwick’s internal committees, including Chair of the Media Entertainment and Sports group, Chair of the Live Entertainment Task Force and Chair of the Los Angeles Diversity Committee, Chair of the Diversity Committee’s pipeline subcommittee and the Los Angeles Representative of the firm’s E Discovery Committee.


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    Jun 2, 3M Visual Privacy Advisory Council.

    The Visual Privacy Advisory Council is made up of a panel of privacy and security experts representing major business and government entities. The group is dedicated to bringing more awareness and attention to the issue of visual hacking. The Visual Privacy Advisory Council recommends policies, tools, and best practices to protect organizations from the loss of sensitive, private, and confidential information as a result of visual hacking. www.stopvisualhacking.org

    Guests from the Visual Privacy Advisory Council: Larry Ponemon & Patricia Titus

    Larry Ponemon

    Company: Ponemon Institute Title: Chairman & Founder Bio: Dr. Larry Ponemon is the Chairman and Founder of the Ponemon Institute, a research "think tank" dedicated to advancing privacy and data protection practices. Ponemon is considered a pioneer in privacy auditing and the Responsible Information Management or RIM framework. He is also the Chairman of the Visual Privacy Advisory Council, a panel of privacy and security experts representing major business and government entities dedicated to raising awareness and attention to the issue of visual hacking.

    Patricia Titus

    Company: Freddie Mac Title: VP & CISO Bio: With over 22 years of security management experience in the high technology industry, Patti Titus has been responsible for maintaining robust IT security programs and ensuring continued protection of sensitive corporate and customer data in her various positions. Most recently, Titus played a strategic role in protecting Symantec's IT resources, infrastructure and information assets, as well as drove internal security initiatives. She is a member of the Visual Privacy Advisory Council, a panel of privacy and security experts representing major business and government entities dedicated to raising awareness and attention to the issue of visual hacking. Previous Positions:

    • VP and CSO at Symantec
    • VP and CISO at Unisys
    • CISO at Transportation Security Administration (DHS)


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    May 26, David Melnick, Founder & CEO of WebLife Balance.

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    David Melnick, Founder and CEO of WebLife Balance, brings almost 25 years experience in technology and security. David has worked extensively with both US and Global companies advising them on setting strategy, developing risk based priorities, and operationalizing effective governance of highly sensitive and regulated data. David’s experience includes implementing security technology and addressing privacy regulatory requirements including Global, U.S. Federal and U.S. State privacy requirements.

    As a past two term board member of (ISC)2, David traveled internationally representing the security and privacy profession. David has authored several books through McGraw Hill Publishing and Macmillan Publishing including PDA Security: Incorporating Handhelds into your Enterprise. Currently his books have been translated into 4 languages including Japanese, Chinese and Italian. David is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/E CIPP/US), a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).


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    May 19, Steve Chung, CEO of Frankly.

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    Steve is currently CEO of Frankly, a next generation texting app that empowers people to speak freely and anonymously, allowing them to be their unedited self. Most recently, Steve was the COO of We Heart It, the world's largest curated social media site for teens. Prior to this, Steve held C-level & EVP positions in two publicly listed companies in online video and Internet infrastructure sectors in the US, Asia and Europe, and also served as Chief Operating Officer at Pan Media Corporation where he produced a weekly, prime-time talk show featuring global figures such as Madeleine Albright, Nicole Kidman and Arnold Schwarzenegger reaching 600 million viewers throughout China. Steve started his career as an analyst at Goldman Sachs in New York. He has served as a lecturer for the China Foreign Affairs University and a graduate member of the Stanford University Board of Trustees. He has also served briefly at The White House, U.S. Senate and the British Parliament, and is currently an Asia21 Fellow, being selected as an emerging leader to watch in US-Asia relations. Steve holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford University.

    About Frankly Frankly is a next generation texting app that empowers people to speak freely and anonymously, allowing them to be their unedited self. Available for free on iOS and Android devices, Frankly deletes messages and photos immediately after friends read them, so every conversation is a clean slate and everything sent stays between you and your friends. For more information about Frankly, visit www.chatfrankly.com.


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    May 12, Mary Beth Borgwing, Global Executive Director Cyber Security & Risk Practices, Advisen, Ltd.

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    Mary Beth Borgwing brings to Advisen, Ltd. decades of experience as a senior risk, finance and insurance executive. Borgwing brings decades of experience as a senior risk, finance and insurance executive to Advisen. Borgwing founded Standish Risk Management in 2010 and focuses on bridging the gap between risk and compliance at the enterprise level, creating results for leadership in financial services, information technology, and insurance. For the 12 years prior, Mary Beth led senior risk teams as an advisor to Fortune 500 clients of Marsh (MMC) and Willis Group Holdings (WSH). Mary Beth was the Chief Financial Officer at Sentillion and spent her early career in accounting, auditing, and compliance in the financial services sector. Mary Beth is also the East Coast Steering Committee Chair of Cloud NOW (Cloud Network of Women) and is a contributing author to the Cyber Risk Network.

    The Advisen Risk Network offers exclusive news, analysis, and selections of data driven by Advisen's proprietary database of company and risk information, and proprietary risk tools. With a risk framework tying together a business's growth and profitability, the Risk Network will look to address-among other top-of-mind topics-key risk issues such as entering new markets and pioneering new investments, as well as process redesign and outsourcing.

    Mary Beth is a Senior Advisor to Eleven Canterbury in New York City, an international consultancy connecting technology and services firms to large Financial Services Corporations. In 2010-12 SRM worked with Vigilant as a Board Advisor and Interim Chief Financial Officer. Vigilant is a Security and Information Event Management (SIEM) firm with the Top 50 FI and Banks as clients located in Jersey City, NJ. Prior to joining the Global Risk and Insurance industry, Mary Beth was the Chief Financial Officer at Sentillion, a security software company sold to Microsoft and Zukerman Publications (FAST Company Publications), sold to Bertelsmann.

    Mary Beth has an MBA from Simmons Graduate School of Management, Boston, MA and a BSBA in Accounting Studies. She has served on the board of Financial Executive Institute of New England (FEI) as well as NYMISSA and the Forsyth Biomedical Research Institute. Mary Beth is an enthusiastic athlete and an avid networker.


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    May 5, Caroline Mankey, partner at Cypress, LLP.

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    Caroline Mankey is a partner at Cypress, LLP, and brings with her over a decade of big law firm trial and appellate experience. Caroline represents companies and individuals in the entertainment and high–tech industries where solving legal problems requires not only expertise in the area of intellectual property rights, but an intimate understanding of the business and culture surrounding creative talent and innovative business and technology. She serves both high–profile clients and emerging companies and is regularly called upon to successfully resolve disputes involving publicity rights, invasion of privacy, copyrights, trademarks and First Amendment rights to free speech and of fair use. She is also expert in handling complex business disputes arising out of partnership obligations and rights, contractual obligations, interference with business opportunities, sexual harassment allegations and contests over ownership rights in real estate and other property. Caroline is known by her clients for her unique ability to understand their goals and problems and to solve those problems like they do – innovatively and creatively – and to zealously protect their rights in the most strategic, efficient and cost–effective manner possible.


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    Apr 28, W. Barry Nixon, SPHR, COO, of PreEmploymentDirectory.com.

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    W. Barry Nixon, SPHR, COO, PreemploymentDirectory.com is recognized as one of the leading experts on background screening worldwide. PreemploymentDirectory.com is the leading web site on the internet for comprehensive information on the background screening. It is used by companies worldwide to find resources and information on background screening.

    Prior to founding the PreemploymentDirectory.com, Mr. Nixon studied 'General Management' in the Executive Management Program, University of Hawaii. He earned a masters degree in Human Resource Development from the New School University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University. Mr. Nixon has also completed the Advanced Human Resource Management program of Babson College, as well as the certification programs in Organization Development from National Training Laboratories, Systems Thinking from MIT, the highly acclaimed "Creating Competitive Advantage through Human Resources," program from the University of Michigan's School of Industrial Relations and is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). He has earned certifications in Workplace Security, P.O.S.T. Background Screening and Safe Hiring. In addition, he serves as Co-Chair of the International Committee for the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS).

    His clients include many of the top background screening firms in the world. He also teaches human resource management and recruiting & selection courses at several universities.

    In addition, Mr. Nixon is a frequently requested speaker on Background Screening. His presentations include 'The Future of Background Screening in India,' Background Investigators Annual India Screening Conference, 'Emerging Practice of Background Screening in Asia Pacific,' Singapore World HR Congress, 'Emerging Issue of International Background Screening' at ASIS International European Security Conference, Copenhagen as well as numerous presentations in the U.S. He is co-author of 'Background Screening & Investigations: Managing Hiring Risk from a HR and Security Perspectives, authors The Background Screening Column in PI Magazine, publishes the leading newsletter for the background screening industry - The Background Buzz - and also publishes the Annual Background Screening Industry Buyers Guide. In addition, to writing numerous articles he has appeared on ABC, MSNBC, Wall Street Journal Radio, United Kingdom - National Talk Radio, WGST News Radio's Job Talk. He is also a past recipient of the prestigious Top 25 Most Influential People in Security award by Security magazine. He has also served on the Special Expertise Panel for SHRM for Security, Safety and Occupational Health.


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    Apr 21, Michael Kaiser, Executive Director of National Cyber Security Alliance.

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    Michael Kaiser joined the National Cyber Security Alliance in 2008. As NCSA's chief executive, Mr. Kaiser engages diverse constituencies-business, government, other non-profit organizations-in NCSA's broad public education and outreach efforts to strengthen the nation's cyber infrastructure, including leadership of NCSA's premier outreach and awareness campaign, National Cyber Security Awareness Month. NCSA builds efforts through public private partnerships that address cyber security issues for home users (parents and children), K-12 and higher education, and small business. Mr. Kaiser serves on the Department of Commerce, NTIA Online Safety Technology Working Group and was named one of SC Magazine's information security luminaries of 2009.

    Prior to joining NCSA, Mr. Kaiser spent 25 years in the field of victim's services and rights at holding senior staff positions at the National Center for Victims of Crime in Washington, D.C. and Safe Horizon in New York City.

    Mr. Kaiser has developed training and other programs on the use of technology in crimes such as stalking and identity theft, and worked on programs exploring the use of technology to improve community policing. Along with his wife Laura Fisher Kaiser, he co-authored The Official eBay Guide to Buying, Selling, and Collecting Just About Anything (Simon and Shuster, 1999). He was one of a small group of eBay University instructors and has personally trained more than 8,000 eBay users on expanding their eBay businesses.

    Mr. Kaiser has served on several non-profit Boards. He is currently the Chair and a founding Board Member of SPINUSA a national non-profit based in Massachusetts, and has served on the Board of Trustees of the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, and New Destiny Housing Corporation in New York City.


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    Apr 14, Rebecca Tushnet, professor at the Georgetown University Law Center.

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    Rebecca Tushnet is a professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. After clerking for Chief Judge Edward R. Becker of the Third Circuit and Associate Justice David H. Souter on the Supreme Court, she practiced intellectual property law at Debevoise & Plimpton before beginning teaching. Her blog, 43(b)log, covers copyright, trademark, and false advertising law. Her publications include "Worth a Thousand Words: The Images of Copyright Law" (Harvard L. Rev. 2012); "Gone in 60 Milliseconds: Trademark Law and Cognitive Science" (Texas L. Rev. 2008); and "Copy This Essay: How Fair Use Doctrine Harms Free Speech and How Copying Serves It" (Yale L.J. 2004). She helped found the Organization for Transformative Works, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting and promoting fanworks, and currently volunteers on its legal committee. She is also an expert on the law of engagement rings.


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    Apr 7, IAPP Exhibitors from IAPP's 2014 Global Privacy Summit.

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    The International Association of Privacy Professionals Annual Summit in Washington D.C. had incredibly brilliant and exciting exhibitors. The following people displayed their products and services in the exhibit during the Global Privacy Summit, March 5-7, 2014. Listen in to hear about these incredibly privacy protective new products and services. The following people were kind enough to speak with us:

    • David Cohen, CIPP/US of IAPP
    • Linda Park, Senior Product Marketing Manager of Symantec
    • Todd Ruback, Chief Privacy Officer of Evidon
    • Theodore F. Claypoole, Esq., Attorney at Law with Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice
    • Rebecca Perry, CIPP/US/G, Director of Professional Services of Jordan Lawrence
    • Mark P. Diamond, President & CEO of Contural, Inc.
    • Paul Albano, Senior Manager, Marketing & CI of Canon USA
    • Dan Revellese, Vice President, Corporate & Canada Solutions of Hi Software
    • Ed Hallock, Director of Product Marketing of RSD America, Inc.
    • Alexander C. Gross, Esq., Director of Kroll Advisory Solutions
    • Cody Cornell of Phoenix Data Security, Inc.
    • Rick Kam, CIPP, President & Co-Founder of ID Experts
    • Michael Bruemmer, VP Data Breach of Experian
    • Lindsey Grieg, CEO of Data Guidance


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    Mar 31, James Ransome, Senior Director of Product Security and responsible for all aspects of McAfee's Product Security Program.

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    Dr. James Ransome, CISSP, CISM, is the Senior Director of Product Security and responsible for all aspects of McAfee's Product Security Program to include the Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT), a corporate-wide initiative that supports the delivery of secure software products to customers. He is a recognized security practitioner, author, and speaker with a current focus software security. His career is marked by leadership positions in the private and public industries, having served in three chief information security officer (CISO) and four chief security officer (CSO) roles at Applied Materials, Autodesk, Qwest Communications, Pilot Network Services, Exodus Communications, Exodus Communications -Cable and Wireless Company, and Cisco. Ransome was also the vice president of Integrated Security at CH2M HILL and senior vice president of Commercial Managed and Professional Security Services at SecureInfo Inc. While at Exodus Communications and Cable and Wireless, he managed Internet and physical security for hundreds of thousands of users within the world's largest commercial hosting environment, serving more than 4,500 customers from 42 data centers.

    Ransome has 23 years of government service, which includes ten years as a computer scientist and geospatial imagery intelligence analyst, weapons of mass destruction threat credibility assessment analyst and senior NEST key leader for DOE/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, three years as US Special Agent for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), and a retired Naval Intelligence Officer (Commander) with twenty-three years combined active and reserve service for the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps as a Weapons Platoon Sergeant and Intelligence Specialist.

    He holds a Ph.D. in Information Systems and developed/tested a security model, architecture, and provided leading practices for converged wired-wireless network security for his doctoral dissertation as part of a NSA/DHS Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education program. He is a member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines, a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and a Ponemon Institute Distinguished Fellow.

    Ransome recently authored his 10th information security book "Core Software Security: Security at the Source." He also developed the initial wireless, network architecture, SCADA, Cryptography, and VoIP security leading practices for the Federal Communications Commission Network Reliability and Interoperability Council Focus Group on Cybersecurity - Homeland Defense.


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    Mar 24, Tom Cross, Director of Security Research at Lancope.

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    Tom Cross is Director of Security Research at Lancope, where he works on advancing the state of the art in network behavioral anomaly detection. He has over a decade of experience as a computer security researcher and thought leader. He is credited with discovering a number of critical security vulnerabilities in enterprise-class software and has published papers on collateral damage in cyber conflict, vulnerability disclosure ethics, security issues in internet routers, encrypting open wireless networks, and protecting Wikipedia from vandalism.

    Prior to Lancope, Tom served as Manager of Threat Intelligence and Strategy in IBM's X-Force Research organization. One of Tom's contributions at IBM was serving as the technical editor of the X-Force Trend Report, a biannual report that analyzes data about computer security vulnerability disclosures, trends in Internet attack activity, and other data sources that shed light on the state of the Internet threat landscape.

    Tom has operated online social communities almost continuously since 1991. In 1996, Tom cofounded Electronic Frontiers Georgia, where he worked to protect the Constitutional rights of Internet users in the US State of Georgia. In 2001, Tom cofounded MemeStreams, an innovative collaborative blogging system that combined online social networking with reputation systems technology.

    Tom frequently speaks on information security and technology policy issues at conferences around the world. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a Distinguished Fellow at the Ponemon Institute


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    Mar 17, Jody Westby, CEO of Global Cyber Risk LLC.

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    Drawing upon a unique combination of more than twenty years of technical, legal, policy, and business experience, Ms. Westby provides consulting and legal services to public and private sector clients around the world in the areas of privacy, security, cybercrime, breach management, and IT governance. She also serves as Adjunct Professor to the Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Computer Science and is Adjunct Distinguished Fellow to Carnegie Mellon CyLab. She is a professional blogger for Forbes.

    Ms. Westby is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, and Colorado and serves as chair of the American Bar Association's Privacy and Computer Crime Committee (Section of Science & Technology Law). She co-chaired the World Federation of Scientists' (WFS) Permanent Monitoring Panel on Information Security and served on the ITU Secretary-General's High Level Experts Group on Cybersecurity.

    Ms. Westby led the development of the International Toolkit on Cybercrime Legislation and is an editor and co-author of the 2010 WFS-ITU publication, The Quest for Cyber Peace. Ms. Westby is co-author and editor of four books on privacy, security, cybercrime, and enterprise security programs and author of two books on legal issues associated with cybersecurity research. She speaks globally on these issues.

    Previously, she launched In-Q-Tel, was senior managing director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, was senior fellow and director of IT Studies for the Progress and Freedom Foundation, and was director of domestic policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Westby practiced law at Shearman & Sterling and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. B.A., summa cum laude, University of Tulsa; J.D., magna cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center; Order of the Coif. Ms. Westby is a member of the American Bar Foundation and the Cosmos Club.

    Please visit www.globalcyberrisk.com


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    Mar 10, Domingo Guerra, President and Co-founder of Appthority.

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    Domingo was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, Domingo moved to the United States at age 18 to pursue his passion for technology. Domingo brings years of Lean Manufacturing and Stanford's "Design Thinking" experience to Appthority. These principles translate well into the Lean Startup mantra we embrace at the company.

    Domingo has Product Design & Development experience as well as New Product Introduction & Operations experience across multiple industries. As a Mechanical Engineer for Applied Materials (Semiconductor Manufacturing Industry), he led design and development projects in the Robotics space, securing two patents and winning multiple design awards. With Program & Project Management roles at Brocade Communications (Datacenter Networking Industry), Domingo led large cross-functional matrix teams in the introduction of both hardware and software enterprise products.

    Domingo holds a BS from The University of Texas at Austin, an MS from Stanford University, and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

    Contact information:
    Appthority Headquarters
    160 Spear Street
    Suite 1650
    San Francisco, CA 94105


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    Mar 3, Julia Angwin, author of Stealing MySpace and an award-winning investigative journalist for the independent news organization ProPublica.

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    Julia Angwin is the author of Stealing MySpace and an award-winning investigative journalist for the independent news organization ProPublica. From 2000 to 2013 she was a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal, where she was on the team of reporters awarded the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of corporate corruption and led a team covering online privacy that was a finalist for a 2012 Pulitzer Prize. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.


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    Feb 24, Justin Baxter, Consumer Litigation Attorney with the Pacific Northwest law firm of Baxter Baxter.

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    Justin Baxter's practice focuses on consumer litigation with an emphasis on credit reporting and unlawful debt collection cases. He is the past chair of the Oregon State Bar Consumer Law Section, and currently the co-chair of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association's Consumer Protection Section.

    Justin has been a member of the Oregon State Bar since 1999, and a member of the Washington State Bar Association since 2007. He received his J.D. from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, where he was an associate editor on the Journal of Small and Emerging Business Law. In 2009, he received the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rating ® for legal skill and ethics.

    • In 2007, he obtained a $200,000 verdict against Equifax for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.*
    • In 2010, he obtained a $95,000 verdict against TRS Home Furnishings for violations of the Oregon Unlawful Debt Collection Practices Act and related claims.
    • In 2010, he obtained a $100,000 verdict in a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act case.
    • In 2013, he obtained a verdict against Equifax for $18.5 million for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
    *Verdicts not intended to be representative.

    Outside of his law practice, Justin enjoys spending time outdoors with his family. He enjoys climbing and mountaineering, and includes Mt. Rainier, Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams on his climb resume. He is an avid cyclist and triathlete having participated in the Pacific Crest Half Ironman and Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic.


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    Feb 17, Omer Tene, Vice President of Research and Education at the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

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    Omer Tene is Vice President of Research and Education at the International Association of Privacy Professionals. He is Managing Director of Tene & Associates and Deputy Dean of the College of Management School of Law, Rishon Le Zion, Israel (on a leave of absence). He is an Affiliate Scholar at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society; and a Senior Fellow at the Future of Privacy Forum.


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    Feb 10, Debra N. Diener, J.D., CIPP/G, Privacy and Identity Management Consultant.

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    Debra N. Diener's career has spanned over 30 years including senior managerial (including Senior Executive Service), legal, policy and legislative positions in all three branches of the Federal Government. Her last federal position was as the Senior Advisor and Director of Privacy Policy for the Department of Homeland Security.

    Debra is proud to have been selected to serve as one of the first co-chairs of the Identity Management Subcommittee of the Federal CIO Council's Privacy Committee. In that role, she helped to spearhead collaborations with private sector groups and individuals on several of the federal government's identity management priority initiatives.

    She is now an independent consultant providing strategic guidance to corporate and non-profit organizations for whom she helps craft and implement privacy enhancing business solutions. Her current clients include the American Psychological Association (APA) and Resilient Network Systems; prior clients include Booz Allen Hamilton and Criterion Systems, Inc.

    Debra writes a consumer-oriented privacy blog (www.PrivacyMadeSimple.net). Her blogs have been reposted by the American Library Association, the Consumer Federation of America and FraudAvengers; her blog site is a link on the home page of Copytalk.com. In addition to her consulting and blogging, Debra also contributes her time as a member of the Open Identity (OIX) Advisory Board, the Shared Assessments Advisory Board and the Patient Privacy Rights Board.

    She is a frequently requested speaker before a wide range of audiences. During 2013, she spoke about emerging privacy issues at meetings of university professors, technology and security researchers; health care practitioners and industry members; financial and health industry business and operational staff; and senior governmental officials.

    Among Debra's career highlights are serving as the Deputy Director for Privacy Policy, IRS, Department of the Treasury (Treasury); as the Deputy Assistant General Counsel (Enforcement)(Main Treasury); Chief Counsel, Financial Management Service (Treasury); as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia; as a counsel to the Crime and Criminal Justice Subcommittee, Judiciary Committee, U.S. House of Representatives; and as a Judicial Law Clerk to the (now retired) Honorable Stanley S. Harris, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

    Debra received her B.A. cum laude from Syracuse University, her M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania ,and her J.D. with honors from the George Washington University. She is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional with a Government specialization.


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    Feb 3, Todd Toral, partner with DLA Piper LLP.

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    Todd C. Toral is a partner in DLA Piper's Litigation practice and serves as the Office/Regional Practice Group Leader for Litigation. He is based in the San Francisco office. His practice focuses on complex financial disputes, corporate governance, including corporate compliance, alternative investments arising out of private equity transactions, and multifaceted real estate, tax-preferred and special asset matters.

    Mr. Toral's experience includes:

    • General counsel to an international insurance holding company and its affiliates regarding all aspects of corporate governance, business transactions, and dispute resolution
    • Outside counsel to international banks, private equity firms, syndicators, and hedge funds concerning alternative investment transactions
    • Lead trial counsel on several high-profile tax shelter disputes with the California Franchise Tax Board, the IRS, and promoters of tax advantaged products involving complex financial derivatives and hedge transactions
    • Special tax litigation counsel to a developer of international hydroelectric power plants concerning the national and international tax consequences of transactions undertaken between multiple affiliated entities located in the United States, Canada, Barbados, Bermuda, and the Philippines
    • Litigation counsel for the global workout and restructuring of a division of a Fortune 10 company, including managing all aspects of debt and equity restructuring transactions and creditors' rights litigation throughout the US, Mexico, and Central America
    • Litigation counsel to Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in its receivership capacity in disputes arising out of failed banking institutions
    • Lead trial counsel to 'net winner' foreign investors involved in the fraudulent investment operation originated by Stanford International Bank, Ltd.

    PUBLICATIONS

    • "Unsettled Cybersecurity Laws Puzzle Companies," Daily Journal, December 20, 2013
    • "'Scheme Liability' involving third-party defendants in securities litigation," January 2008
    • "Multi-jurisdictional Practice of Law for In-House Counsel," American Association of Corporate Counsel, September 2007
    • "California Court Rules 'If Any' Wording Sinks Notice of Default," June 2005
    • "Ninth Circuit Allows Retroactive Lease Rejection," February 2005
    For additional information about Mr. Toral, please visit www.dlapiper.com


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    Jan 27, Nathan Lowenstein, founding partner of Goldberg, Lowenstein & Weatherwax LLP & Kathryn Russo, Deputy General Counsel and an Associate in the Los Angeles office of Goldberg, Lowenstein & Weatherwax LLP.

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    Nathan Lowenstein

    Nathan Lowenstein is a founding partner of Goldberg, Lowenstein & Weatherwax LLP. He has extensive experience in complex litigation in federal and state courts and in international arbitrations. A veteran of multiple trials, he focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation, pre-litigation counseling, commercial disputes, and election law. He has represented clients in numerous industries, including the semiconductor, medical device, TV broadcasting, video game, telephone headset, and bio-pharmaceutical industries. He has an extensive background in redistricting and campaign finance law and has advised various clients and campaigns in such areas. He is also the founder of GLW's Video Game practice group. Mr. Lowenstein has been selected as a "Rising Star" lawyer and a 2014 "Super Lawyer" in Southern California by Los Angeles Magazine, one of the youngest attorneys to be selected for this honor.

    Mr. Lowenstein previously practiced for many years at Irell & Manella LLP in Los Angeles. He was a redistricting consultant to the California State Senate and the California Democratic Congressional delegation. He was the Executive Director of the successful No on Proposition 77 campaign, and has appeared on many television and radio programs involving election issues. During law school, Mr. Lowenstein was a legal intern to the Vice Chairman of the Federal Election Commission. Mr. Lowenstein has a J.D. from UCLA Law School and a Bachelors degree, with honors, from UCSC.

    Practice Areas: Patent; Copyright and Trademark; Appellate; Business Litigation; and Election Law

    Kathryn Russo

    Kathryn F. Russo is Deputy General Counsel and an Associate in the Los Angeles office of Goldberg, Lowenstein & Weatherwax LLP. Ms. Russo is a Certified Information Privacy Professional in U.S. private-sector privacy laws and regulations (CIPP/US). She focuses her practice on compliance, governance, and litigation, with particular attention to cutting-edge data privacy issues. Ms. Russo advises emerging companies on privacy and data security compliance, policies, and procedures.

    Ms. Russo began her career as a finance associate in the New York office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, where she gained experience in transactional issues, including structured finance and securitizations. Ms. Russo also has extensive experience as debtor's counsel in complex bankruptcy cases. In 2007, Ms. Russo was the recipient of the Pillsbury Stimson Pro Bono Fellowship and spent her fellowship year working for Human Rights Watch, one of the world's leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights.

    Ms. Russo received her J.D. from Cornell Law School in 2007, where she was an editor of the Cornell International Law Journal. Ms. Russo served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Erithe A. Smith of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California. Ms. Russo received her B.S., magna cum laude, in 2004 from the University of Southern California. Ms. Russo is admitted to practice law in both California and New York.

    Practice Areas: Data Privacy, Security & Management; Transactional and Corporate; Appellate; and Business Litigation


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    Jan 20, Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy Commissioner.

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    Dr. Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the leading privacy experts in the world. Noted for her seminal work on Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) in 1995, her concept of Privacy by Design seeks to proactively embed privacy into the design specifications of information technology and accountable business practices, thereby achieving the strongest protection possible. In October, 2010, regulators from around the world gathered at the annual assembly of International Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Jerusalem, Israel, and unanimously passed a landmark Resolution recognizing Privacy by Design as an essential component of fundamental privacy protection. This was followed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's inclusion of Privacy by Design as one of its three recommended practices for protecting online privacy - a major validation of its significance.

    An avowed believer in the role that technology can play in the protection of privacy, Dr. Cavoukian's leadership has seen her office develop a number of tools and procedures to ensure that privacy is strongly protected, not only in Canada, but around the world. She has been involved in numerous international committees focused on privacy, security, technology and business, and endeavours to focus on strengthening consumer confidence and trust in emerging technology applications.

    Dr. Cavoukian serves as the Chair of the Identity, Privacy and Security Institute at the University of Toronto, Canada. She is also a member of several Boards including, the European Biometrics Forum, Future of Privacy Forum, RIM Council, and has been conferred a Distinguished Fellow of the Ponemon Institute. Dr. Cavoukian was honoured with the prestigious Kristian Beckman Award in 2011 for her pioneering work on Privacy by Design and privacy protection in modern international environments. In the same year, Dr. Cavoukian was also named by Intelligent Utility Magazine as one of the Top 11 Movers and Shakers for the Global Smart Grid industry, received the SC Canada Privacy Professional of the Year Award and was honoured by the University of Alberta Information Access and Protection of Privacy Program for her positive contribution to the field of privacy. Most recently in November 2011, Dr. Cavoukian was ranked by Women of Influence Inc. as one of the top 25 Women of Influence recognizing her contribution to the Canadian and global economy. This award follows her recognition in 2007 by the Women's Executive Network as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada.


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    Jan 13, Frank Ahearn, privacy consultant who works with people who need to disappear.

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    Frank M. Ahearn is a privacy consultant who works with people who need to disappear. His clients range from victims of stalkers, celebrities seeking privacy, business travelers avoiding abductions and other who find digital information all too intrusive.

    Frank started his career as skip tracer (finds people) and social engineer who obtained information for investigators, lawyers and tabloids. He has worked cases involving Monica Lewinsky, George Clooney, Conrad Black and the Oscars to name a few.

    Frank is co-author of How to Disappear is the authoritative and comprehensive guide for people who seek to protect their privacy as well as for anyone who's ever entertained the fantasy of disappearing-whether actually dropping out of sight or by eliminating the traceable evidence of their existence. Frank has a new book coming out in March titled, "How to Disappear from BIG BROTHER."

    Written by the world's leading experts on finding people and helping people avoid being found, How to Disappear covers everything from tools for disappearing to discovering and eliminating the nearly invisible tracks and clues we tend to leave wherever we go. Learn the three keys to disappearing, all about your electronic footprints, the dangers and opportunities of social networking sites, and how to disappear from a stalker.

    Frank Ahearn and Eileen Horan provide field-tested methods for maintaining privacy, as well as tactics and strategies for protecting personal information and preventing identity theft. They explain and illustrate key tactics such as misinformation (destroying all the data known about you); disinformation (creating fake trails); and, finally, reformation-the act of getting you from point A to point B without leaving clues.

    Ahearn illustrates every step with real-life stories of his fascinating career, from undercover work to nab thieving department store employees to a stint as a private investigator; and, later, as a career "skip tracer" who finds people who don't want to be found. In 1997, when news broke of President Bill Clinton's dalliance with a White House intern, Ahearn was hired to find her. When Oscar statuettes were stolen in Beverly Hills, Ahearn pinpointed a principal in the caper to help solve the case. When Russell Crowe threw a telephone at a hotel clerk in 2005, Ahearn located the victim and hid him from the media.

    An indispensable resource not just for those determined to become utterly anonymous, but also for just about anyone in the brave new world of on-line information, How to Disappear sums up Ahearn's dual philosophy: Don't break the law, but know how to protect yourself.

    www.Disappear.Info


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    Jan 6, Ed Adams, President and CEO of Security Innovation.

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    Ed Adams is the President and CEO of Security Innovation, the independent authority on application security risk assessment, risk mitigation and education. He is a seasoned software executive with successful leadership experience in various-sized organizations that serve the IT security and quality assurance industries.

    As CEO, Mr. Adams applies his information security and business skills, as well as his pervasive industry experience in the Application Quality space, to direct software security experts in helping organizations understand the risks in their software systems and developing programs to mitigate those risks. His organization has delivered high-quality risk solutions to the most recognizable companies in the world including Microsoft, IBM, MassMutual, Fedex, Nuance, ING, Sony, Symantec, godaddy.com and HP.

    Mr. Adams is a Ponemon Institute Fellow and founded the Application Security Industry Consortium, Inc. (AppSIC), a non-profit association of industry analysts, enterprise technologists, and security leaders established to define cross-industry application security metrics and best practices. The non-profit eventually morphed into SAFECode at which point Mr. Adams got more engaged with other industry initiatives, including OWASP. Mr. Adams is on the board of the National Association of Information Security Groups (NAISG) and the International Secure Software Engineering Council (ISSECO).

    No stranger to the podium, Mr. Adams has presented to thousands at numerous seminars, software industry conferences, and private companies. He has contributed written and oral commentary for business and technology media outlets such as New England Cable News, Associated Press, CSO Magazine, SC Magazine, Boston Globe, CIO Update, Wall Street Reporter, Investors Business Daily, Optimize and CFO Magazine.

    Mr. Adams is in the process of writing a book titled "Information Security Management: Survival Guide", which will be published by Wiley & Sons and is due out in 2014. He maintains a blog with CSO Magazine and is on the board of the National Information Security Group (NAISG).

    Topics of interest on which Mr. Adams has spoken:

    • Considering IT security from a contextual standpoint; What security means to a specific organization
    • Assessing risks and vulnerabilities in an enterprise
    • Marrying security with risk management frameworks
    • Integrating security into the software development lifecycle (SDLC)
    • Creating a security-aware organization: effective techniques for training and awareness programs
    • Measuring/assessing security investments
    • Understanding the leadership, staffing and ownership of security in an organization

    Expert Perspectives

    "Executives are looking for a way to construct a business-focused IT security strategy. They need to consider security as a business enabler, rather than fearing security as a misunderstood enigma of technology pitfalls."

    "Although there are many risk mitigation options for the software management lifecycle (SDLC), they don't address the root cause of the problem-an SDLC that is not integrating security at each phase. Organizations have had enough of reactive spending to plug holes and pay the consequences in lost data and dollars. They are now focusing on proactive investment of security technologies and training."