October 03, 2022

Harley Geiger and Heather West Join Venable’s eCommerce and Privacy Group in Washington, DC

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Washington, DC (October 3, 2022) – Venable LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Harley L. Geiger as counsel and Heather West as senior director in the firm's eCommerce and Privacy Group in the Washington, DC office.

Ari Schwartz, managing director of Cybersecurity Services at Venable, said, "Harley and Heather are both well-known leaders in the security and privacy community. They have built organization-wide policy programs for some of the most prestigious organizations in the world. Their arrival at the firm will bolster our capabilities as our clients' cybersecurity needs continue to evolve."

Mr. Geiger is a prominent cybersecurity policy expert with extensive experience counseling clients in the business, government, and nonprofit sectors. He assists clients with matters involving cybersecurity and privacy, including in the areas of data security, cyber incident reporting, vulnerability disclosure, digital trade issues, and regulatory compliance. His priority is providing clear, actionable legal guidance and advocating for workable public policy solutions to manage risks and help clients grow. Mr. Geiger received his J.D., his M.A. in journalism, and his B.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Ms. West is a policy and tech translator, product consultant, and long-term internet strategist guiding the intersection of emerging technologies, culture, governments, and policy. Her areas of focus include data governance, data security, digital identity, and privacy in the digital age. Prior to joining Venable, she served as the director of the privacy policy team at one of the world's largest social technology companies, leading policy development around the company's work to develop privacy-protective product experiences, building policy frameworks that create accountability, and promoting privacy-protective decision making across the company. Ms. West received her B.A. in computer science and cognitive science from Wellesley College.


Venable LLP is an American Lawyer Global 100 law firm headquartered in Washington, DC that serves as primary counsel to a worldwide clientele of large and mid-sized organizations, nonprofits, high-net-worth entrepreneurs, and other individuals. With more than 850 professionals across the country, including in California, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Virginia, and Washington, DC, the firm strategically advances its clients' objectives in the United States and around the globe. Venable advises clients on a broad range of business and regulatory law, legislative affairs, complex litigation, and the full range of intellectual property disciplines. For more information, please visit https://www.venable.com/.