Government Experience

  • Judiciary Committee Counsel, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY)

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • District of Columbia


  • J.D., Yale Law School
  • M.P.A., Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
  • B.A., Swarthmore College
    Phi Beta Kappa
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Julia Kernochan Tama


Julia Kernochan Tama is a partner in the firm's eCommerce, Privacy, and Cybersecurity Group. She focuses on helping clients comply with privacy and data security laws in their business operations, and represent their interests before federal and state authorities. Julia's practice includes:

  • Advising clients in a range of industries – including financial services, information services, online and mobile ad tech, and retail – on compliance in the areas of financial privacy, marketing and advertising, consumer protection, e-commerce, children's privacy, health privacy, and other legal and self-regulatory regimes;
  • Representing clients facing inquiries or enforcement actions by the Federal Trade Commission, members and committees of Congress, state attorneys general, and other agencies, including under laws prohibiting "unfair or deceptive" business practices;
  • Preparing privacy policies and advising on contract provisions related to privacy and data security;
  • Performing assessments of privacy practices, including for companies responding to or carrying out due diligence in a potential acquisition;
  • Guiding clients through all phases of responding to a data security incident, from the initial forensic investigation through issuing any required notifications and handling inquiries from regulators, customers, and the media; and
  • Advocating on behalf of clients concerned about the potential impact of proposed agency regulation or legislation, including by monitoring policy developments and drafting comments on rulemakings.

Julia regularly advises on an array of laws and regulations including the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and California’s Financial Information Privacy Act, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing (CAN-SPAM) Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and Telemarketing Sales Rule, breach notification obligations, the Digital Advertising Alliance Self-Regulatory Principles, and other industry self-regulatory frameworks.

Prior to joining Venable, Julia served as Judiciary Committee Counsel to U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), where her portfolio included privacy, data security, consumer protection, child Internet safety, and foreign intelligence surveillance issues.