Julia Kernochan Tama

Partner

Julia Kernochan Tama focuses on helping clients comply with privacy and data security laws in their business operations. Julia advises clients in a range of industries – including financial services, information services, online and mobile ad tech, and retail – on compliance in the areas of financial privacy, marketing and advertising, consumer protection, e-commerce, children's privacy, health privacy, and other legal and self-regulatory regimes. In addition, she represents clients facing inquiries or enforcement actions by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), members and committees of Congress, state attorneys general, and other agencies, including under laws prohibiting "unfair or deceptive" business practices. 

Julia’s practice also includes:

  • Preparing privacy policies and advising on contract provisions related to privacy and data security
  • Performing assessments of privacy practices, including for companies responding to or carrying out due diligence in a potential acquisition
  • Guiding clients through all phases of responding to a data security incident, from the initial forensic investigation through issuing any required notifications and handling inquiries from regulators, customers, and the media
  • Advocating on behalf of clients concerned about the potential impact of proposed agency regulation or legislation, including by monitoring policy developments and drafting comments on rulemakings

Julia advises clients on matters arising under various U.S. and international standards, including the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), California’s Financial Information Privacy Act (FIPA), the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act (CAN-SPAM), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), and the Telemarketing Sales Rule. She is proficient in the Digital Advertising Alliance’s (DAA) Self-Regulatory Principles and other self-regulatory frameworks. Julia guides clients through all phases of responding to data breach incidents, including conducting initial forensic investigations; issuing required breach notifications; and handling inquiries from regulators, customers, and the media.

Prior to joining Venable, Julia served as Judiciary Committee Counsel to U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), where her portfolio included privacy, data security, consumer protection, child Internet safety, and foreign intelligence surveillance issues.

Experience

Government Experience

  • Judiciary Committee Counsel, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY)

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Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. Yale Law School
  • M.P.A. Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
  • B.A. Swarthmore College
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • District of Columbia