Bar Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California


  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 2007
    Managing Editor, University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform

    Louis Honigman Memorial Award
  • B.A., Yale University, 2002
    with distinction

    Pi Sigma Alpha, Beta Rho: Political Science Honor Society


  • American Bar Association

    California State Bar Association

    District of Columbia Bar Association
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Tara Sugiyama Potashnik


Tara Sugiyama Potashnik serves as Chief Counsel in the eCommerce, Privacy, and Data Security Practice. Ms. Potashnik represents clients in the advertising, automotive, banking and consumer finance, communications, information services, Internet, marketing, media, and retail industries.

Ms. Potashnik counsels clients on legislation and rulemaking proceedings, and advocates on behalf of clients in ongoing regulatory compliance and other matters before the U.S. Congress, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Federal Trade Commission, Federal Communications Commission, U.S. Department of Commerce, and state attorneys general. She has also been involved in crisis management matters and the development of self-regulatory programs.

Ms. Potashnik advises clients on a wide array of regulatory compliance matters and on developments regarding the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act (CAN-SPAM), gift card laws, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), federal and state UDAP laws, Song-Beverly Credit Card Act, state breach notification laws, and EU-U.S. Privacy Shield.

Ms. Potashnik has significant experience as a mediator and with alternative dispute resolution procedures, which informs her approach to organizational management and assisting clients with ongoing compliance matters. 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, Ms. Potashnik served as a judicial extern to the Honorable William H. Alsup in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.


Ms. Potashnik is Co-Vice Chair of the Privacy Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Consumer Financial Services Committee and a past Young Lawyer Liaison to the Committee's Electronic Financial Services Subcommittee. She is also a past co-chair of the Women in Housing and Finance's Legislative Taskforce and a current member of the organization. Ms. Potashnik is active in her community and currently serves on the Board of Directors for a nonprofit childcare center.