Harley L. Geiger

Harley Geiger

Harley Geiger is a cybersecurity attorney and policy expert with extensive experience counseling clients in the business, government, and nonprofit sectors. Harley 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. Harley’s priority is providing clear, actionable legal guidance and advocating for workable public policy solutions to manage risks and help clients grow.

Actively involved in shaping technology policy, Harley frequently collaborates with technical experts, trade groups, security researchers, and government officials. He regularly testifies before Congress and government agencies and is a featured speaker at events on technology policy.

Prior to joining Venable, Harley led the public policy and government affairs program at Rapid7, a global cybersecurity company. As the company’s senior director for public policy, he advised senior executives on global regulatory and public policy issues affecting the company and its client base. Harley represented the company before government agencies and developed compliance briefs on cybersecurity regulations. He served on the International Trade Advisory Committee on Digital Economy at the U.S. Department of Commerce and led efforts to incorporate cybersecurity risk management into free trade agreements.

Harley has firsthand experience developing federal policy. He served as senior legislative counsel for U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren of California. As the lead staffer for technology and Internet issues, Harley was instrumental in developing legislation to reform the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and copyright laws.

He previously was the advocacy director and senior counsel at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), a nonprofit organization focused on consumer protection and technology policy. At CDT, Harley developed regulations and policy on privacy, cybersecurity, and unmanned systems.

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Government Experience

  • Senior legislative counsel, Office of Representative Zoe Lofgren, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Member, Industry Trade Advisory Committee for the Digital Economy, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Project coordinator, Federal Trade Commission (FTC)




  • J.D. University of Missouri School of Law 2007
  • M.A. Journalism University of Missouri 2008
  • B.A. Journalism University of Missouri 2003

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US)


  • Politico, Emerging Tech Leaders, 2013