Brian R. Tengel

Tengel Brian

Brian Tengel provides legal and business advice to clients seeking guidance on consumer privacy and data security issues. Brian offers practical, tailored solutions to manage data concerns so clients can focus on achieving their business objectives, rather than the legal hurdles that stand in their way. He also regularly defends clients in investigations before congressional committees and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), among other regulatory bodies. Brian brings to his practice years of experience counseling clients on advertising and marketing matters, giving him keen insight into the unique needs of consumer-driven businesses and an understanding of how they use data.

As companies in virtually every industry find new ways to collect and analyze customer data, and regulators continually develop new guidance with increased scrutiny, Brian makes sure his clients realize their legal obligations in protecting valuable and sensitive customer information. He keeps clients informed of the rapidly changing legal landscape and proactively ensures that they understand the necessary steps to remain compliant with all federal, state, and international laws regulating data use and privacy. These include the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and other omnibus state privacy laws, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), state biometric privacy laws such as the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), and state data breach notification laws. Brian draws from his significant experience advising businesses on consumer protection issues to advocate for his clients before government agencies, including the FTC and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Brian also supports the firm's corporate practice by providing privacy advice and analysis in the context of deals, including through conducting due diligence in mergers and acquisitions and other corporate matters.




  • 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

Clerk Experience

  • Honorable Roger L. Gregory U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Honorable Corinne Beckwith District of Columbia Court of Appeals