Ariel S. Wolf

Ariel Wolf
Ariel Wolf leads Venable’s Autonomous and Connected Mobility group, where he counsels clients facing complex legal and policy issues at the intersection of automation, connectivity, safety, privacy, and cybersecurity. Ariel works closely with manufacturers, suppliers, and technology developers to navigate the emerging landscape being transformed by autonomous vehicles (AV) and mobility technology.

Ariel's work includes serving as general counsel to the Self-Driving Coalition, a leading coalition of AV developers to advance federal and state policy priorities for the industry. He also counsels clients in general transportation law and defends companies facing enforcement actions by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and related agencies. Previously, as a senior official in the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Ariel launched the Department's Non-traditional and Emerging Transportation Technology (NETT) Council, oversaw the Department's efforts on spectrum policy, and developed policies governing automated vehicles, drones, hyperloop, and other innovative technologies.

Ariel routinely engages with the U.S. Congress and state agencies to negotiate regulatory frameworks for the testing and deployment of AVs. He has testified across the country on autonomous and connected vehicle legislation and is frequently quoted by national media outlets on transportation developments. Ariel is a member of Venable’s Privacy Group and his work has been recognized by Legal 500.


Government Experience

  • Senior Policy Advisor, United States Senate
  • Counselor to the deputy secretary (Senior Executive Service), United States Department of Transportation
  • Associate Staff, United States Senate, Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations

Representative Matters

  • Counseled clients on the application of the Digital Advertising Alliance's (DAA) Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising, and related and emerging self-regulatory efforts in the online advertising industry
  • Represented companies in investigations by the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and various state attorneys general
  • Prepared responses and negotiated with staff in investigations into the data collection, use, and disclosure practices of companies deemed to be "data brokers," from a variety of different industries
  • Counseled witnesses testifying before the Senate Commerce Committee as part of its investigation and assisted the companies with their public responses to the reports issued by the Senate Commerce Committee and the FTC at the close of their respective investigations




  • J.D. Georgetown University Law Center 2011
  • B.A. Harvard College 2005

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia


  • Legal 500, Media, Technology and Telecoms – Cyber Law (including data privacy and data protection), 2020 - 2021