Tara Sugiyama Potashnik serves as Venable's chief of staff. Tara counsels clients on legislation and rulemaking proceedings, and advocates on their behalf before the U.S. Congress, Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Federal Communications Commission (FCC), U.S. Department of Commerce, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and state attorneys general on privacy, data security, and cybersecurity matters. Tara also manages crisis response matters, including data breaches and organizational transitions. She helps convene multi-stakeholder meetings to develop self-regulatory codes of conduct and programs. Tara serves as general counsel to the leading cybersecurity trade association.
Tara represents clients in the advertising, automotive, banking and consumer finance, communications, hospitality, information services, Internet, marketing, media, retail, and transportation industries. She advises clients on regulatory compliance matters and developments arising under:
As part of her crisis management work, Tara has guided clients in connection with policy and legal matters before the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, state attorneys general, and the courts. She manages communications, anticipates the evolution of multifaceted issues, and navigates multiple forums to assist clients in addressing crises.
Tara's advocacy work before Congress and relevant agencies encompasses an array of services, including crafting policies and strategies, and intelligence gathering. She conducts due diligence reviews, responds to government inquiries, develops testimony, drafts advocacy letters to Congress and agencies, and prepares responses to questions posed by members of Congress and other government officials.
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.
Prior to joining Venable, Tara served as a judicial extern to the Honorable William H. Alsup in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.