Venable Chief of Staff Tara Sugiyama Potashnik draws from years of experience as a data privacy attorney to advocate for clients before the U.S. Congress, federal and state agencies, and state attorneys general. Tara works with professionals at the firm's highest levels, allowing her to seamlessly connect clients with the right talent to address their needs. As a leader in the firm's Technology and Innovation Group, she orchestrates teams that advocate on privacy, cybersecurity, and autonomous and connected mobility matters. Tara also manages crisis response situations and convenes multi-stakeholder initiatives to develop self-regulatory codes and programs.
A unique aspect of Tara's practice is her deep focus on policy work. Her portfolio encompasses legislative and regulatory developments before Congress and agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Federal Communications Commission (FCC), U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Transportation, and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Tara's advocacy work covers an array of services, including crafting policies and strategies, and gathering intelligence. On behalf of clients, she responds to government inquiries, develops testimony, drafts advocacy letters to regulators and legislators, and prepares responses to questions posed by members of Congress and other government officials.
Another key part of Tara's practice is managing crisis response matters, including data breaches and organizational transitions. She counsels clients on the multifaceted issues that arise in a crisis and helps them navigate myriad forums, including the media. She anticipates how crises will unfold and develops forward-looking solutions to help clients manage risk and achieve their goals.
As part of her legal practice, Tara serves as general counsel to the leading cybersecurity trade association and a leading transportation technology coalition. She advises clients on regulatory compliance matters and developments arising under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act (CAN-SPAM), the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), federal and state unfair and deceptive acts and practices (UDAP) laws, and the EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework (DPF). Additionally, she counsels clients on the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and other state privacy laws.
Tara's experience as a mediator and with alternative dispute resolution procedures helps to inform her organizational management approaches and compliance strategies. She holds conflict and dispute resolution certificates from the Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution at The Hague, New York University's School of Continuing Education, and the Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Office's General Civil Mediation Training.
Before joining Venable, Tara gained insightful courtroom experience as a judicial extern to the Honorable William H. Alsup in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.