Protect Your Privacy in the Information Age
Now on every MONDAY morning from 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM, Pacific Time
on 88.9 FM in Irvine
and WORLDWIDE live audio streaming at www.kuci.org
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Meet your hosts
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
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
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 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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Oct 27, Robert Wood, one of the leading tax lawyers in the United States.
Considered one of the leading tax lawyers in the United States, Robert W. Wood of Wood LLP (www.WoodLLP.com)
has a nationwide tax practice. Although his tax expertise is wide ranging, he is particularly well known for
advising on the tax aspects of litigation recoveries. A published authority and active speaker, Wood has written
more than thirty books including volumes on the Taxation of Damage Awards and the use of Qualified Settlement
Funds, and many hundreds of published articles. He contributes regular tax columns to Forbes, Tax Notes and other publications.
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Nov 3, Ian Oliver, security specialist with Nokia Networks.
Dr Ian Oliver is a security specialist with Nokia Networks working tin cloud and 5G network technologies. Previously he was a privacy officer
and software engineer specializing in the construction of information systems with privacy as an inherent property with Here.
He has taken ideas from safety-critical systems development, aviation and medicine to better comprehend, understand and formalize an
engineering approach that unifies the legal and engineering aspects of privacy together to make privacy relevant and implementable to the practicing software engineer.
He also holds a Research Fellow position at the University of Brighton working with the Visual Modelling Group on diagrammatic forms
of reasoning, description logics with the occasional foray into category theory.
Prior to that as the privacy architect for Nokia Services and for eleven years at Nokia Research Centre working with Semantic Web, UML,
formal methods and hardware-software co-design. He has also worked at Helsinki University of Technology and Aalto University teaching
formal methods and modelling with UML. He holds 35 patents in areas such as The Internet of Things, semantic technologies and privacy.
Ian lives in Sipoo, Finland with his wife, two children, dog and cat.
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Nov 10, Brian Kabateck, Founding & Managing Partner of Kabateck Brown Kellner, LLP & Evan Zucker, Associate at Kabateck Brown Kellner, LLP.
As a nationally recognized and respected consumer attorney, Brian Kabateck is a preeminent leader in the fight to ensure access to the justice
system. He's a powerful advocate in the courtroom and at the California State Capitol for consumers' rights and protections.
Mr. Kabateck's vigorous litigation on behalf of his clients has netted more than a billion dollars in recoveries. He has won many multi-million
dollar verdicts, judgments and settlements in the areas of personal injury, insurance bad faith, pharmaceutical litigation, wrongful death, class
action, mass torts and disaster litigation.
Because of his deep knowledge of the law and dynamic speaking style, Mr. Kabateck is a frequent analyst for national, local and legal media
outlets. He makes regular appearances on CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX and CW stations. In addition to his television exposure, Mr. Kabateck
often speaks at seminars, law schools and industry events.
As the former President of the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), Mr. Kabateck drew on his strong leadership abilities to bring change to
some of the state's most contentious problems. Under his direction, he brokered a consensus on issues including protecting patient safety and
court funding. He has worked tirelessly with the California Legislature and California Department of Insurance to draft many laws for some of
the state's largest industries.
Mr. Kabateck's ability to straddle the legal and political world has made him a strategic and outspoken advocate for consumer and patient
rights. In November, voters will decide whether to overturn the decades old MICRA law which caps non-economic damages at $250,000. Mr. Kabateck
is a leader in the fight to lift this outdated and misguided law that deprives the state's most vulnerable victims from getting the compensation
they deserve in medical malpractice cases.
Mr. Kabateck has extensive experience in all judicial forums throughout California. He has argued cases before the California State Supreme
Court, California Court of Appeal, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.
Evan Zucker practices in the areas of consumer class actions, bad faith insurance litigation, employment class actions and real estate
litigation. Mr. Zucker is dedicated to fighting for individual rights as well as protecting the rights of consumers who have been harmed
by the unlawful acts of others.
Before joining Kabateck Brown Kellner, Mr. Zucker was involved in obtaining a quarter billion dollar settlement on behalf of auto insurance
policyholders who were being charged excessive rates. He also worked vigorously to recover hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of
commercial and residential policyholders faced with catastrophic losses. Mr. Zucker has also assisted in the pro bono representation of
minorities as a result of civil rights violations.
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Nov 17, Ron Williams, Chief Executive Officers of Talon Executive Services, Inc., Secure Strategies International, LLC and Talon Cyber Tec, LLC.
After successful 22-year tenure with United States Secret Service, Ron Williams entered private sector security, opening what has become a premier security
consulting suite of companies, Talon Companies. As Chief Executive Officers of Talon Executive Services, Inc., Secure Strategies International, LLC and Talon
Cyber Tec, LLC, Williams is involved with all aspects of security consulting, including critical infrastructure protection requiring Top Secret clearance.
During his career with the Secret Service, Williams had the opportunity to work and supervise all divisions of the SS Treasury department in the Los Angeles
Field Office, including supervision of the credit card and financial fraud squad, the counterfeit squad and the elite Counter Assault Team (CAT) to combat terrorism.
As the Lead Advance Agent, Mr. Williams was responsible for all advance security plans and logistics coordination for Presidential, Vice-Presidential, and
foreign heads-of-state visits to Los Angeles, personally protecting Presidents Ford, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton, as well as such noted dignitaries as Queen
Elizabeth, Yitzhak Shamir, and Pope John Paul. Williams was the recipient of numerous awards including the United States Secret Service Director's Award
for Special Achievement on eight occasions.
In 1994, his focus turned toward private security and he formed what would become the first of the Talon Companies, Talon Executive Services, Inc., a private
security consulting firm that combined best practices of private sector security with USSS protection protocols.
In the wake of 9/11, Talon was called upon to conduct Risk & Vulnerability Assessments to critical infrastructures such as water districts and transportation
authorities, resulting in a specialized branch of security now handled by Secure Strategies International, LLC. As a Talon company, Secure Strategies has
access to all the resources of Talon while specializing on projects that require top-secret security clearance.
As the evolution of security assessments and protection continued, the need to blend physical security with IT security became increasingly evident. As
new protocols were developed and this blend of security more clearly defined, Talon Cyber Tec, LLC was created to oversee specific projects.
Because of his expertise in the field of anti-terrorism, Mr. Williams was asked by the California Gubernatorial delegation in 2002, to meet with Tom Ridge
regarding homeland security. His association with AFAUSSS (Association of Former Agents of the United States Secret Service), ASIS (American Society of
Industry Security), ATAP (Association of Threat Assessment Professionals) American Water Works Association (AWWA) Association of California Water
Agencies (ACWA) to name a few, keeps him abreast of all matters involving security and threat assessment. He is also an active member of the FBI's
InfraGard program, U.S. State Department Overseas Advisory Council (OSAC) and OCPST (Orange County Private Sector Terrorist Response).
Mr. Williams frequently appears on Fox News Channel as well as other national shows as a security analyst and terrorism expert. He was also the keynote
speaker at the 1999 Alabama Governor's Conference on Violence in the Workplace Prevention, has made presentations to the California Association of Water
Agencies which included a White Paper, and continues to educate organizations on various security issues through specialized seminars and training.
Mr. Williams is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University. In the security sector, Mr. Williams attended the United States Treasury Law Enforcement/Secret
Service School, and continues his accreditation through related industry symposiums.
Please visit www.TalonCompanies.com
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Nov 24, Joanne McNabb, Director of Privacy Education and Policy in the Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit in the California Department of Justice.
Joanne McNabb is the Director of Privacy Education and Policy in the Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit in the California Department of Justice. The
Unit protects Californians' constitutionally guaranteed right to privacy, enforces state and federal privacy laws, educates consumers and businesses, and
makes recommendations to the Attorney General on privacy matters.
McNabb is a Certified Information Privacy Professional, with specializations in Government and Information Technology. She serves on the Privacy Advisory
Committee to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and is a Fellow of the Ponemon Institute, a research center on privacy, data protection and information security policy.
From 2001 until 2012, McNabb directed the California Office of Privacy Protection, which was a resource and advocate on privacy issues. Before that she
worked in public affairs and marketing, in both the public and private sectors, including five years with an international marketing company in France. She
attended Occidental College and holds a master's degree in Medieval Literature from the University of California, Davis.
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Oct 20, Carl Szabo, Policy Counsel at NetChoice.
As Policy Counsel, Carl analyzes tech-related legislative and regulatory initiatives relevant to online companies. He monitors and analyzes Federal and
state legislation including online taxation and privacy issues.
Carl works at the NTIA Privacy Multi-Stakeholder process, speaks on panels about burdens to e-commerce, and testifies before state legislatures on proposed
legislation. Recently, Carl met with FTC Commissioners on new COPPA regulations, presented on mobile-app privacy at the IAPP Annual Conference, and worked with the Maryland Child Privacy Taskforce.
Before joining NetChoice, Carl was an intellectual property attorney at the lawfirm of Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon where he advised clients on
privacy, Internet, e-commerce, and contractual matters. He also worked at the law-firms of Venable and Arnold & Porter.
Carl also worked on copyright, trademark, and anti-piracy both for Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Entertainment Software Association (ESA).
Before law school, Carl worked at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on the staff of Commissioner Orson Swindle, where he helped create and
implement the FTC's Consumer Information Security Outreach Plan and assisted the White House in establishing the National Strategy for Cyber Security.
Carl obtained his J.D. and Communications Law Certificate from the Catholic University of America, magna cum laude, and Carl obtained his B.A. in
Economics, Managerial Studies, and Policy Studies from Rice University. Carl is licensed to practice law in Washington, DC and is a Certified Information
Privacy Professional (CIPP/US)
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Oct 13, Jim Francis, Consumer Protection Attorney.
JAMES A. FRANCIS has been admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the United States District Court for
the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, as well as the Pennsylvania and New Jersey
state courts. He is a 1992 graduate of Muhlenberg College (B.A., cum laude) and a 1995 graduate of the Temple University Beasley School of Law. In
law school, he won the 1995 Wapner, Newman & Wigrizer, P.C. award for excellence in civil trial advocacy, was awarded outstanding oral advocacy and
served as President of the Student Bar Association. Following law school, Mr. Francis was associated with Kolsby, Gordon, Robin, Shore & Rothweiler
in Philadelphia, and concentrated in catastrophic injury litigation. Since 1998, he has focused his practice in consumer protection litigation, with
a particular concentration in fair credit reporting, fair debt collection practices and consumer class actions.
Mr. Francis was ranked one of the Top 100 Superlawyers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2008 and 2004 in Philadelphia Magazine
and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine. He has been regularly ranked one of the Top 100 SuperLawyers in Philadelphia since 2004. He has lectured and
spoken extensively on the FCRA, and has published articles on the subject as well, including his recent article for the ABA Journal Magazine, GP/SOLO
The FCRA: A Double-Edged Sword for Consumer Data Sellers in the winter of 2012. He has appeared on various news programs including the Today Show and
PBS NewsHour to discuss consumer-related issues, and was featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer's biographical "Question & Answer" segment in February
of 2009. He argued the seminal FCRA case of Cortez v. Trans Union before the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, has been certified to serve as Class counsel
in over 30 class actions, has been involved in the trial of 2 class actions to verdict, and has served as counsel the some of the largest FCRA settlements in history.
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Oct 6, Beth Givens, founder and director of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.
Beth Givens is founder and director of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (PRC), established in 1992. The PRC is a nonprofit consumer education and advocacy organization, based
in San Diego, California. Its mission is to engage, educate and empower individuals to protect their privacy. Givens and her organization represent the interests of
consumers in public policy proceedings at the state and federal levels. She and her colleagues are often interviewed by the media on consumer privacy issues.
The PRC's many consumer guides cover a broad range of informational privacy topics, including: credit reporting, identity theft, data breaches, online privacy, medical
records, workplace issues, online data brokers, employment background checks, computer security, debt collection, education, telemarketing, and smartphones.
Givens co-authored a chapter on identity theft in Protection, Security and Safeguards (2nd ed,, 2013). She contributed a chapter on consumer and privacy rights to the
2006 book, RFID: Applications, Security and Privacy. She authored the encyclopedia entries on identity theft for Encyclopedia of Privacy (2007), World Book
Encyclopedia (2004) and Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment (2002). Givens is author of an early book on informational privacy, The Privacy Rights Handbook (Avon, 1997),
and is co-author of another early guide, Privacy Piracy: A Guide to Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft (1999), with Mari Frank, Esq.
Givens has participated in numerous task forces and commissions including: California Attorney General Do-Not-Track Working Group, Consumer Federation of America Identity
Theft Services Best Practices Task Force, Consumer Federation of America Cloud Computing Working Group, California Judicial Council Working Group on Personal Information
and Court Outsourcing, California Real ID Act Privacy and Security Work Group, and California Radio Frequency ID Advisory Committee.
Prior to her work as a consumer advocate, Givens was a librarian specializing in library network development and resource sharing. Givens has a master's degree in
Communications Management from the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication, and a master's degree in Library and Information Services
from the University of Denver. She is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
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Sept 29, Dan Mitchell, practices in Bernstein Shur's Litigation and Business Law Practice Groups, and co-chair of the firm's.
Dan Mitchell practices in Bernstein Shur's Litigation and Business Law Practice Groups, and he is the co-chair of the firm's Data Security Team. Dan
represented Patco Construction in its successful appeal before the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Patco Construction Co., Inc. v. People's United Bank,
684 F.3d 197 (1st Cir. 2012). The decision broke new ground on how courts should evaluate the commercial reasonableness of Internet banking security procedures
under Article 4A of the Uniform Commercial Code. Dan also maintains a diverse civil litigation and trial practice. He has been recognized by Chambers USA for
commercial litigation and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He has been featured in numerous publications for his work on the Patco case, including the New
York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Wired. Most recently, Dan was named to Bank Info Security's list of Top Ten Influencers for 2014.
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Sept 22, Mary-Alice Coleman, Attorney from Davis, CA.
Mary-Alice has a history of fighting for the disadvantaged, powerless and mistreated. After 20 years as a public sector lawyer, Mary-Alice launched her
private law practice in 2003. Her personal experiences as a public-sector whistleblower continue to drive and focus her on employment and civil rights
matters, and particularly on whistleblower retaliation. Mary-Alice especially relishes taking on public sector defendants -- and the lawyers and bureaucrats
who represent them. But she also loves standing up to big corporate entities as well.
The firm's very first jury trial resulted in a multi-million dollar verdict against a national private school that fired its local director for refusing to
disobey California's teacher-to-student-ratio laws (Scott v. Phoenix Schools, Inc.). Other successful verdicts include: a race discrimination verdict on
behalf of an African American psychologist terminated by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (Renfro v. CDCR); an age discrimination
verdict for a 65-year-old career counselor fired after delivering a gift to a counselee (Rosales v. Career Systems Development Corp.); and more recently, a large
verdict against the Regents of the UC in favor of a nurse researcher who was fired after reporting the failure to obtain IRB approval of research on prisoners at
San Quentin prison (Keyzer v Regents of the University of California). Other representative successes include settlements of: a sex harassment and discrimination
suit against a large school district (Greenwalt v. Twin Rivers USD); reversal of MSJ in an age discrimination case against UC Davis (Silen v. Regents); a whistleblower
retaliation case against the County of San Joaquin (Pizano v. County of San Joaquin); a disability discrimination suit against a local water district; a disability
discrimination case involving a nurse fired by major hospital corporation after she developed hearing loss; a long-time city employee fired after a disabling on-the-job
injury necessitated surgery that caused life-threatening complications; successful class actions against FedEx (Taylor v FedEx) and Halloween City (Wilkening v. Halloween City);
and resolution of legal complaints against major corporations such as McDonald's, The Permanente Medical Group, Inc., and Starbucks.
Mary-Alice advocates for her clients inside and outside the courtroom. She has testified numerous times at the state Capitol and has advocated at the U.S. Capitol on
statutory changes needed to protect employees. She regularly advocates before county governments, city councils, and local commissions and boards. One legislative
effort included the 2010 enactment of whistleblower retaliation protections for UC employees, for which both Mary-Alice and her client, former-UC nurse researcher
Janet Keyzer, testified. Mary-Alice had a primary role in drafting the California Dispute Resolution Programs Act (authored by then- Sen. John Garamendi) and a major
statutory rewrite of the California Small Claims Act. She has authored and edited a number of consumer law and self-help publications, including the Consumer Law
Sourcebook for Small Claims Judicial Officers, published by the California Department of Consumer Affairs.
Mary-Alice lectures and writes on legal issues related to employment law and starting and growing a private law practice. Speaking topics and seminars sponsored by
the California Employment Lawyers Association have included "When the Defense Strikes Back - SLAPP actions"; "How to Successfully Litigate against Public Entities";
and "How to Succeed in Private Practice even in Bad Economic Times". She also has been a panel member and speaker on behalf of the Institute for Research on Labor and
Employment at UC Berkeley. Mary-Alice participates in Operation Protect and Defend at local high schools.
Mary-Alice is a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association; National Employment Lawyers Association; Metropolitan Washington (D.C.) Employment Lawyers
Association; Consumer Attorneys of California; California State Bar Labor and Employment Section; Sacramento County Bar Constitutional Law and Civil Rights
Section; Yolo County Bar Association; Los Angeles County Bar Association; Sacramento Women Lawyers Association; and Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association. She
currently Co-Chairs the Public Sector Employment Committee of the California Employment Lawyers Association. She served multiple terms as Chair of the State Bar's
Committee on Legal Services to Middle Income Persons, was a member of the Judicial Council's Small Claims Court Committee, and served as a member of Chief Justice
Lucas' Future of the Courts Commission. She is a graduate of the Mediator Training Program at Pepperdine University School of Law, and also with the California Department
of Fair Employment and Housing. As a USAID consultant in the 1990s, she helped introduce mediation and small claims court concepts to the Supreme Court of Fiji.
She is admitted to and practices in the California courts, the federal District Courts and before the Ninth Circuit. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University
of California, Davis. She is an honors graduate in political science, and holds a Master of Public Administration from California State University, Chico. She lives in Davis
with her husband, her dog Rusty, and her kitties - Tyrion and Calisi.
Mary-Alice has been recognized as a 'Top Labor and Employment Attorney' by the California Daily Journal; as among the 'Top Women Attorneys in Northern California' by
San Francisco Magazine; and cited as a 'SuperLawyer" in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Mary-Alice can be contacted at email@example.com.
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Sept 15, John Ulzheimer, President of The Ulzheimer Group, the Credit Expert at CreditSesame.com and the credit blogger for Mint.com & a nationally recognized expert on credit reporting, credit scoring and identity theft.
John Ulzheimer is a nationally recognized expert on credit reporting, credit scoring and identity theft. He is the President of The Ulzheimer Group, the Credit Expert
at CreditSesame.com and the credit blogger for Mint.com. Formerly of FICO, Equifax and Credit.com, John is the only recognized credit expert who actually comes from
the credit industry. He has served as a credit expert witness in more than 145 cases and has been qualified to testify in both Federal and State court on the topic of consumer credit.
John has 23+ years of experience in the consumer credit industry including positions with Equifax Credit Information Services and Fair Isaac (inventors of the FICO® credit scoring system).
John has been quoted and published over 3,000 times since 2005 on the topic of consumer credit and has appeared numerous times on CNBC, FOX, CNN, CBS Evening News and
Oprah's "Oprah and Friends" XM Satellite Radio show. He has contributed to CNBC's "On The Money" and "The Millionaire Inside", Freddie Mac's "Know Your Score"
campaign, Oprah's "Debt Diet" series and The Suze Orman Show. He is also a frequent commentator on credit-related issues in various outlets including CNBC, Associated
Press, USA TODAY, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, CNN.com, Washington Post, American Banker, Wall Street Journal, SmartMoney.com, MONEY Magazine, Bankrate.com, ABC
News Radio, CBS MoneyWatch, and other regional business and consumer media.
Since 2006 John has been a regular guest lecturer at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta and the University of Georgia in Athens. He also volunteers his
time to speak about consumer credit to the Georgia Consortium for Personal Financial Literacy and the Atlanta Union Mission. He has also taught courses at
Emory University's Center for Lifelong Learning and guest lectured at The Walker School, both in metro Atlanta.
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Sept 8, Mark Mao, Vice Chair of both the Technology Practices Group and Financial Services Practice Group at Kaufman
Dolowich & Voluck, LLP & Jonathan Yee, attorney in the Los Angeles office of Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck, LLP where he is a
member of the firm's Cyber Liability, Professional Liability, and Financial Services practice groups.
Hsiao (Mark) Mao, Vice Chair of both the Technology Practices Group and Financial Services Practice Group at Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck, LLP works out of the firm's San
Francisco and Los Angeles offices.
Mr. Mao's practice focuses primarily on mobile, cloud, and big-data companies, with a particular interest in their software, licensing, and privacy law needs. He
has substantial experience advising and litigating on behalf of tech companies in the Silicon Valley. Mr. Mao has also represented companies across a broad
spectrum of other industries, including software, hardware, bio-tech, "green-tech", and medical devices, defending their directors and officers in shareholder
and insider disputes, in addition to servicing their intellectual property needs. He advises businesses on the evolving areas of privacy laws and "cyber liability" insurance,
where the regulatory and legal issues continue to change.
During the dot-com era, Mr. Mao was an Information Technologies Consultant with Arthur Andersen Consulting implementing enterprise database software throughout the
Silicon Valley, which uniquely positions him to serve clients where technology matters are concerned. He believes in litigating efficiently and effectively for his
clients, so that companies can focus on their growth while mitigating their risks.
Mr. Mao has also successfully defended numerous professionals such as attorneys, accountants, real estate brokers, and mortgage brokers against claims of professional
malpractice and fraud. He has litigated on behalf of various financial institutions such as securities broker dealers, investment advisory firms, lenders, and companies
providing financial services or making public and private offerings of security products. In addition, Mr. Mao litigates all aspects of real estate litigation, including
disputes over buy-sell agreements, commercial leasing, foreclosures, construction defects, course of construction disputes, problems arising in public work projects,
premises liability, unlawful detainer, right of use, and planned developments.
A graduate of University of California, Berkeley School of Law, Mr. Mao is fully fluent in Mandarin Chinese and is able to both speak and read Chinese as a native speaker.
Jonathan Yee is an attorney in the Los Angeles office of Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck, LLP where he is a member of the firm's Cyber Liability, Professional Liability, and
Financial Services practice groups. He focuses his practice on litigating business and commercial disputes, information technology matters, professional liability
cases, and securities and financial services actions, in both state and federal trial and appellate courts as well as before the Financial Industry Regulatory
Authority ("FINRA") and the Office of Administrative Hearings ("OAH").
Mr. Yee represents Internet and technology firms in a broad range of commercial actions relating to privacy issues, licensing and infringement of intellectual
property, and service agreement and vendor disputes. Mr. Yee also assists clients with intellectual property concerns relating to trademark and copyright registration,
office actions, and enforcement matters with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Copyright Office.
Additionally, Mr. Yee litigates complex business disputes and matters involving professional liability defense, real property litigation, and securities. He has
represented several national broker dealers in securities disputes before FINRA, including through arbitral evidentiary hearings, and has also obtained dismissal
with prejudice of a securities class action brought before the U.S. District Court of California, Central District, which was upheld on appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.
Mr. Yee graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School.
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Sept 1, Tamara Hunter, Leader of the Davis, LLP firm's Privacy Law Compliance Group and a member of the Litigation Group..
Tamara Hunter is the Leader of the firm's Privacy Law Compliance Group and a member of the Litigation Group. She practises in the areas of freedom of information
and privacy law, administrative law, professional regulation law, and commercial litigation. She acts for a variety of professional regulatory bodies on matters
involving registration, professional disciplinary proceedings and related litigation.
She has conducted numerous hearings before professional disciplinary tribunals and has represented professional regulatory bodies before the Office of the Information
and Privacy Commissioner, the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal, the Supreme Court of British Columbia and the British Columbia Court of Appeal.
Tamara has represented both private sector and public sector organizations before the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner and in related litigation.
Born in New Westminster, B.C., Tamara obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University in 1988. She received the Chancellor's Entrance
Scholarship and majored in both economics and business administration.
Tamara then attended the University of British Columbia where she received her Law Degree in 1990.
Prior to joining Davis, Tamara was a Law Clerk to the Right Honourable Chief Justice Lamer of the Supreme Court of Canada.
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Aug 25, Michael Peters, corporate security and privacy executive, researcher, author and information security consultant to the international business community for dozens of corporations of all size.
Michael Peters serves as a corporate security and privacy executive, researcher, author and information security consultant to the international business community for
dozens of corporations of all sizes. He is an internationally recognized and awarded security expert with years of IT and business leadership experience and many
previous executive leadership positions.
From a credential perspective, Michael holds an Executive Juris Doctor in Cyberspace Law; a certified MBA in IT Management, undergraduate degree in IT Security, C|CISO,
CISSP, CRISC, CISM, CCE, CMBA, SCSA and he is an ISSA Fellow and Hall of Fame recipient.
Peters is the serial entrepreneur and innovator behind The Policy Machine, "Your Personal CXO", the IT Audit Machine, the Security Trifecta philosophy, Survival Guidance
series of audit protocols, and the globally-popular Holistic Operational Readiness Security Evaluation (HORSE) Project. He has also been responsible for a plethora of
innovations, efficiencies and business enhancements for his clientele throughout his career.
As the author of multiple books, most recently the "The Security Trifecta", as well as thousands of social media networking, professional network syndication, and industry
feature publications. He has contributed significantly to curriculum development for graduate degree programs in information security, advanced technology, cyberspace law, and
privacy, and to industry standard professional certifications.
As a highly accomplished, senior IT corporate officer and recognized expert in IT operations, systems, data, and network security, risk and privacy, At his current
executive career position, Michael's leadership and influence has reached deeply into the international business community for dozens of corporations of all sizes throughout the world.
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Aug 18, Larry Ponemon, Chairman and Founder of the Ponemon Institute, a research "think tank" dedicated to advancing privacy and data protection practices.
Dr. Larry Ponemon is the Chairman and Founder of the Ponemon Institute, a research "think tank" dedicated to advancing privacy and data protection practices. Dr. Ponemon is
considered a pioneer in privacy auditing and the Responsible Information Management or RIM framework.
Ponemon Institute conducts independent research, educates leaders from the private and public sectors and verifies the privacy and data protection practices
of organizations in a various industries. In addition to Institute activities, Dr. Ponemon is an adjunct professor for ethics and privacy at Carnegie Mellon
University's CIO Institute. He is a Fellow of the Center for Government Innovation of the Unisys Corporation.
Dr. Ponemon consults with leading multinational organizations on global privacy management programs. He has extensive knowledge of regulatory frameworks for
managing privacy and data security including financial services, health care, pharmaceutical, telecom and Internet. Dr. Ponemon was appointed to the Advisory
Committee for Online Access & Security for the United States Federal Trade Commission. He was appointed by the White House to the Data Privacy and Integrity
Advisory Committee for the Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Ponemon was also an appointed to two California State task forces on privacy and data security laws.
Dr. Ponemon is a member of the National Board of Advisors of the Eller College of Business and Public Administration, University of Arizona. He serves as Chairman
of the Government Policy Advisory Committee and Co-Chair of the Internet Task Force for the Council of American Survey and Research Organizations (CASRO).
Dr. Ponemon was a senior partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he founded the firm's global compliance risk management group. Prior to joining Price Waterhouse
as a partner, Dr. Ponemon served as the National Director of Business Ethics Services for KPMG Peat Marwick, and was appointed Executive Director of the KPMG Business Ethics Institute.
Dr. Ponemon has held chaired (tenured) faculty positions and published numerous articles and learned books. He has presented hundreds of keynote speeches or learned
presentations at national or international conferences on privacy, data protection, information security, corporate governance, and responsible information
management. Dr. Ponemon is an active member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, serving as founding member of the Certified Information
Privacy Professional (CIPP) Advisory Board.
Dr. Ponemon is column editor for Computerworld, CSO Magazine, BNA, Dark Reading and other leading publications. He is a frequent commentator on privacy and business
ethics for CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Financial Times, Business 2.0, Newsweek, Business Week, U.S.
News & World Report, CIO Magazine, Industry Standard, Boston Globe, InfoWorld, InformationWeek, Forbes, Fortune, CFO Magazine, Red Herring, Dow Jones News and others.
Dr. Ponemon earned his Ph.D. at Union College in Schenectady, New York. He has a Master's degree from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and attended the
doctoral program in system sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Ponemon earned his Bachelors with Highest Distinction from the
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Information Privacy Professional.
Dr. Ponemon is a veteran (Vietnam War era) of the United States Navy. He is married and has two sons. Dr. Ponemon is an instrument rated private pilot.
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Aug 11, Mariah Brandt & Kimberly Buffington, both partners at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.
Mariah Brandt is an experienced civil litigator and trial attorney in Pillsbury's Los Angeles office. Her practice focuses on business litigation, including
intellectual property matters, contract disputes, insurance coverage for policyholders, and consumer privacy cases. Ms. Brandt has litigated a wide variety of
complex matters and class actions across a range of industries, including entertainment, restaurant, food and beverage, banking and technology.
Ms. Brandt has served as lead counsel in several jury trials. As lead counsel, she handled all aspects of these cases, including formulating case
strategy, preparing witnesses, conducting direct and cross-examination, selecting a jury, drafting and giving opening and closing statements, and
writing post-trial briefs. She has also drafted winning appellate briefs submitted to the California Court of Appeal and the Ninth Circuit.
In addition, Ms. Brandt has extensive experience readying cases for trial and arbitration. She manages large scale litigation matters through all
stages of the proceeding, from pre-litigation negotiations and early assessment of the case for alternative dispute resolution through discovery, dispositive
motions, preparation of experts, trial or arbitration, and appeals. Ms. Brandt has considerable experience drafting motions, including dispositive and
discovery papers. She has argued motions in court and successfully obtained temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions and discovery
orders. Ms. Brandt has conducted and defended numerous depositions and witness interviews. She has also negotiated and drafted intellectual property
licensing agreements and settlement agreements.
Ms. Brandt is the Firmwide Chair of On-Campus Recruiting and is very involved bringing in new talent to the Firm.
Ms. Brandt received her J.D. and her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Kim Buffington represents clients in litigation and intellectual property matters. Her practice encompasses business disputes, commercial litigation, and
consumer class actions. She handles entertainment and intellectual property litigation, including copyright matters, false advertising suits, claims for
misappropriation of name and likeness, disputes concerning privacy rights, celebrity imitation and stalking issues, and cases involving licensing disputes. She
takes the lead on insurance coverage disputes for policyholders in a variety of contexts, including digital media, cyber-torts, employment, and copyright matters.
Ms. Buffington is well versed in outlining litigation strategies and guiding clients through all stages of litigation, from pre-litigation negotiations and early
assessment of the case for ADR through dispositive motions, preparation of experts, and trial. She has first or second chaired jury trials to verdict, including a
commercial dispute involving delivery of defective and non-conforming goods and a copyright infringement action.
Ms. Buffington co-heads the Los Angeles Summer Associate Program and serves on the firm's Hiring and Pro Bono Committees.
Ms. Buffington received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and her B.A. from Pomona College.
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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 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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Jul 21, Jedidiah Bracy, editor of the IAPP's Privacy Perspectives.
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).
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.
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:
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.
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.
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 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.
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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
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.
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.
- 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
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Jun 9, John Stephens, partner at the Los Angeles office of Sedgwick, LLP.
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
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
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
160 Spear Street
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Mar 3, Julia Angwin, author of Stealing MySpace and an award-winning investigative journalist for the independent news organization ProPublica.
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.
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.
*Verdicts not intended to be representative.
- 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.
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.
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.
Debra N. Diener's career has spanned over 30 years including senior managerial (including Senior Executive Service), legal, policy and legislative positions in all
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.
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.
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
- 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.
For additional information about Mr. Toral, please visit www.dlapiper.com
- "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
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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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Jan 6, Ed Adams, President and CEO of Security Innovation.
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
"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."