Brian R. Tengel

Tengel Brian

Brian Tengel provides consumer privacy and data security guidance for clients in the advertising, media, financial services, and automotive industries, among others. Brian conducts policy monitoring, drafts legislative position papers, and advises clients on compliance with federal, state, and international laws and regulations, including the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

In addition, Brian has experience counseling clients on matters involving the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), National Advertising Division (NAD), and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). This experience includes advising clients on advertising claim substantiation, pricing and sales claims, sweepstakes and promotions, and gift card and unclaimed property issues.

Prior to Venable, Brian graduated cum laude from University of Michigan Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Michigan Law Review. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan.


Government Experience

  • Judicial Intern, The Honorable John D. Bates, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Law Clerk, The Honorable Corinne Beckwith, D.C. Court of Appeals
  • Law Clerk, The Honorable Roger L. Gregory, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Press Intern, Office of Senator John Kerry

Representative Matters

  • Performed Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and National Advertising Division (NAD) advertising counseling and compliance for an international hospitality brand and large automotive company 
  • Advised a major ride-sharing company and a fitness app on gift card and unclaimed property matters
  • Drafted sweepstakes and contest promotions for an international e-gaming brand and a national sports franchise
  • Created a subscription box company's policies and procedures for Consumer Product Safety Act reporting and compliance




  • J.D. cum laude University of Michigan Law School 2015
  • Editor-in-Chief, Michigan Law Review

  • B.A. magna cum laude University of Michigan 2010
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia