Lucy L. Thomson

 

 

 

 

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1. Industry Experience:

Information Technology—Senior Principal Engineer and Privacy Advocate at CSC, a Fortune 200 global technology company.
 

Legal—Founder and principal of a law firm focused on law and technology. Counsel to private sector companies in health care, information technology, and education. U.S. Department of Justice, senior litigator in the Criminal and Civil Rights Divisions
 

Bankruptcy—Consumer Privacy Ombudsman in 15 of the largest federal bankruptcy cases involving the retail, financial, and health care sectors.
 

International—Counsel to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Data Privacy Pathfinder project. Legal advisor to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Single Window trade facilitation project. Legal advisor to the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (a body of the UN Economic Commission for Europe).
 

Education and Non-Profit Associations—Alumni Trustee of Phillips Academy, Andover, MA. American Bar Association, House of Delegates (400,000 member association, largest in the world); District of Columbia Bar, Director; Women’s Bar Association of D.C., President and Director, ABA Section of Science & Technology Law, Chair (2012-2013)
 

Government—U.S. Department of Justice, senior litigator in the Criminal and Civil Rights Divisions Also served in or as legal consultant to key government departments and agencies, including the U.S. Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, Treasury, State, Education, and Health and Human Services (Office for Civil Rights, then-HEW).
 

U.S. States—Uniform Law Commission, ABA Advisor.

 

2. Functional Experience:

Senior Litigator in the Criminal and Civil Rights Divisions of the U.S. Department of Justice, the world’s largest “law firm;” legislative counsel; and managed the $1.5 million Justice Department Task Force on the FBI Laboratory.
 

Founder and Principal of Livingston PLLC, a Washington, D.C. law firm that focuses on law and technology for government and private sector clients, both domestic and international. Areas of practice include preventing data breaches and breach response, compliance with federal, state and international laws and regulations such as HIPAA-HITECH
 

Privacy Advocate and Senior Principal Engineer at CSC, a Fortune 200 global technology company with more than $15 billion of business.
 

Education and Non-Profit Associations—Alumni Trustee of Phillips Academy, Andover, MA. Assisted as an Alumni leader of annual fund and capital campaigns at Connecticut College and Andover.
 

Elected by the District of Columbia Bar to the House of Delegates (policy-making body) of the 400,000 member American Bar Association (ABA); elected Director of the District of Columbia Bar; elected President and Director of the Women’s Bar Association of D.C., and appointed President the Women’s Bar Association Foundation. Chair 2012-2013 of the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law.
 

Author—Editor of the ABA best-selling Data Breach and Encryption Handbook; Editor of Symposium on Homeland Security in JURIMETRICS: THE JOURNAL OF LAW SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (2007); author of book chapters on information security, privacy and related issues in ABA Cybersecurity Handbook; Health IT: The Essential Lawyer’s Guide to Health Care IT and the Law; and Bioinformatics Law: Legal Issues for Computational Biology in the Post-Genome Era.
 

Government—U.S. Department of Justice senior attorney with responsibility for litigation of complex white collar crime and civil rights cases; legislative counsel for major Justice Department initiatives in Congress. Managed one of the most sensitive and high-profile Justice Department projects, the Task Force on the FBI Laboratory.
 

Also served in or as legal consultant to key government departments and agencies, including the U.S. Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, Treasury, State, Education, and Health and Human Services (Office for Civil Rights, HEW).

 

 

3. Key Business Transactional Experience:

Litigated major consumer fraud cases (consumer and procurement fraud, health care, Medicare fraud, tax, foreign corruption, and misconduct at the highest levels of a federal agency); and civil rights cases involving health care institutions and public schools that resulted in landmark federal court decisions.
 

As Chair of the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law, lead an organization of 10,000 attorneys, technology experts, scientists and students that is widely considered the global authority on science and technology law. Developed and directed a year-long exploration of the opportunities, challenges and risks of the explosion of mobile technology in global e-commerce, health care, financial services, and among large governments and developing nations around the world.

 

Bankruptcy—Consumer Privacy Ombudsman in 15 of the largest federal bankruptcy cases; evaluated the privacy and information security practices of companies in the retail, financial, and health care sectors.
 

Managed one of the most sensitive and high-profile Justice Department projects, the $1.5 million Task Force on the FBI Laboratory, that addressed numerous problems with forensic evidence in thousands of explosives, terrorism and violent crime cases raised by the Inspector General’s investigation of the FBI Laboratory
 

Addressed a wide range of legal, technical and policy issues on two of the government’s largest technology modernization projects—Customs and Border Protection (CBP-ACE) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Devised strategies to safeguard sensitive information and combat terrorism globally by enhancing security of the nation’s ports, as well as the government’s key financial systems. Served as an Information System Security Officer (ISSO) for several enterprise operations.
 

Developed privacy programs that included the conduct of Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA) for complex information systems containing vast amounts of personally identifiable information, identification of privacy risks and strategies for mitigation, and management of information sharing and data transfer to ensure that all network systems comply with federal law and policy, and with privacy and security best practices.
 

As counsel to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Data Privacy Pathfinder project, evaluated the privacy frameworks and provided technical assistance to six member countries: Peru, Chile, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. As legal counsel to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), prepared legal and technical analyses for the Workshops on Legal Matters for the ASEAN Single Window trade facilitation project.

 

 

4. What are the most important skills you bring to a corporate board?

 

Broad legal background with an emphasis on compliance and governance (federal, state and international laws, regulations and policies); a law and technology orientation with experience in cybersecurity and global data privacy (protection of critical infrastructure, preventing data breaches as well as reporting them, security best practices); and a strong analytic background and seasoned approach to addressing complex board-level issues in corporate governance, policy and planning.
 

Manage interdisciplinary teams, bring together different perspectives on cutting-edge issues in law, science and technology, e.g. business executives, lawyers, engineers, technology experts, financial experts.
 

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Lally School of Management and Technology, M.S. Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.

Connecticut College, B.A. Political Science