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Internet of Things 2021: Everything is Connected


Speaker(s): Andrea Arias, Anya Ryjkova, Cheryl A. Falvey, Christine E. Lyon, Emily E. Frascaroli, Farah Y. Zaman, Heather J. Meeker, Leonard T. Nuara, Peter Simshauser, William A. Tanenbaum
Recorded on: May. 19, 2021
PLI Program #: 306597

Anya Ryjkova is a Senior Corporate Counsel at Uber specializing in complex technology transactions and product counseling. Anya previously served as legal counsel at Uber ATG (in the Autonomous Vehicles space), Argo AI (in the Autonomous Vehicle space), Shell Oil, and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. As a former computer scientist, Anya naturally gravitates to legal work associated with technology and is enthusiastic about new legal challenges associated with technological developments. She has a JD from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, and is also CIPP/EU and CIPP/US privacy certified.


Cheryl A. Falvey is a partner in the firm’s Mass Tort, Product and Consumer Litigation Group, a member of the firm's Management Board, and the former general counsel of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. An experienced trial lawyer, she defends class actions, product liability and mass tort claims with a science or technology focus.

Using her knowledge from the courtroom, she helps clients avoid liability by building safety and security into their products with science-based risk assessment so that they can launch innovative new products, particularly wireless consumer products on the Internet of Things, while protecting their brand and reputation.  She has helped several clients successfully navigate product safety challenges in IoT products with rapid response to meet US and global regulatory requirements. 

She represents clients on litigation and counseling matters regarding statutes and regulations enforced by the CPSC, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). She handles product recalls conducted in cooperation with NHTSA, CPSC, and FDA, and defends clients in agency enforcement actions.


Christine Lyon is a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s Privacy + Data Security practice.  Chris helps companies develop privacy and data protection strategies for new products and services, as well as privacy compliance programs for their customer and employee data. A trusted advisor, Chris works collaboratively with her clients to develop practical approaches that leverage data while complying with evolving global privacy and data protection laws.

Based in Silicon Valley, Chris’ clients span various industries for which data are vital to operations or business models, including technology service providers, hardware and software companies, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and consumer product manufacturers.  She has extensive experience navigating privacy risks from design through production and beyond, regularly counseling startups and large multinationals alike throughout the lifespans of their products and services.  Chris has particularly extensive experience advising technology companies on building privacy protections into cutting-edge offerings including connected products and services (Internet of Things), artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics, and cloud-based services, as well as on managing the related “Big Data” implications.  She also frequently conducts privacy assessments of new products and services and helps clients structure and negotiate the privacy aspects of M&A and other strategic transactions to both achieve compliance and manage data risks.

By addressing emerging data protection laws, including the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), Chris helps clients achieve efficiency and cross-jurisdictional coordination in their privacy programs. Chris also has experience implementing a variety of mechanisms to facilitate international data flows and transfers, including EU Binding Corporate Rules, Privacy Shield certification, and international data transfer agreements. She has coordinated projects spanning privacy law requirements in dozens of countries, consolidating this information into practical, actionable privacy programs for clients.

Legal500 US has recognized Chris as a “rising star” in the area of privacy and data protection, and she has received The Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing.  She frequently writes and speaks on U.S. and global data protection laws, particularly on technology-related privacy issues.


Emily Frascaroli is Managing Counsel of the Product Litigation Group for Ford Motor Company, including the Product Litigation, Consumer,  Asbestos, and Discovery teams.  She also advises globally on automotive safety, regulatory, and product liability issues, including a focus on autonomous vehicles and mobility.  She has extensive experience handling complex product litigation cases, regulatory matters with NHTSA and other governmental entities, and product defect investigations.  She is also a lecturer at the University of Michigan Law School where she teaches a class about the legal issues involved with autonomous vehicles, and she is co-chair of the Legal and Insurance Working Group of MCity at the University of Michigan.  In 2020, she was appointed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer to the Michigan Council on Future Mobility & Electrification, and in 2019 she was appointed by Governor Kasich to the DriveOhio Expert Advisory Board.

She earned her JD, cum laude, from Wayne State University and was an editor of the Wayne Law Review. She received her BS in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California and her MEng in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan. Prior to practicing law, she worked in engineering at both Ford and NASA.


Farah Zaman is Chief Privacy Officer of Meredith Corporation, responsible for leading Meredith’s privacy and first-party data strategy, as well as its compliance, education, and protection planning and procedures across all businesses and locations. Meredith is a top brand-led media company engaging audiences with trusted content across multiple platforms, including digital, video, print, and broadcast television.

Prior to joining Meredith, Zaman served as Senior Global Data Privacy Counsel for Colgate Palmolive, where she led the global data privacy program and advised the company's global legal team, stakeholders, and senior leadership on data privacy matters. Previously, she was Senior Counsel of Privacy for Nielsen. Zaman began her career in New York City government, serving as a post-graduate legal fellow in the Mayor's Office for International Affairs and subsequently as an Agency Attorney in the Office of Data Privacy for the Department of Social Services.

Zaman's passion for data privacy extends to her volunteerism. She serves on the advisory boards of the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ Women Leading Privacy section, the Future of Privacy Forum, and The Resolution Project, an organization that aims to develop socially responsible young leaders. She is also a member of the Carnegie Mellon Board of Advisors for the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and she served as chair of the International Women's Rights Committee of the New York County Women's Bar Association earlier in her career.

Zaman is an adjunct faculty member of Albany Law School and serves as a member of CHIEF, a private network focused on connecting and supporting women leaders.


Heather Meeker is a partner in O’Melveny & Myers’ Silicon Valley office in the Mergers and Acquisitions practice group and a Founding Portfolio Partner at OSS Capital.

Meeker advises technology clients on intellectual property matters, including licensing and collaboration arrangements, software copyright and patent issues, technology procurement, open source licensing strategies, and intellectual property issues in investments, mergers and acquisitions.  She is an internationally-known specialist in open source software licensing.  Her latest book, Open Source for Business, is a definitive handbook for lawyers, engineers, and businesspersons on open source licensing in business.  Her Technology Licensing: A Primer, is a widely used handbook for technology licensing specialists.

In 2019, Meeker was named by Business Insider as one of the ten people transforming the way the technology industry does business, along with the CEOs of Salesforce, Stripe, and Microsoft.  She was the only lawyer on this list.

Meeker is widely recognized for her leadership in intellectual property licensing law, with Chambers USA, the Legal 500, Best Lawyers in America, and SuperLawyers naming her among the industry’s top lawyers in multiple years. She received the prestigious IP Vanguard Award for private practice from the Intellectual Property Section of the California state bar for 2016.  In 2012, Best Lawyers named her its “San Francisco Information Technology Law Lawyer of the Year.”  In 2018, she was named one of the top Women Leaders in Tech Law by The Recorder.  The Daily Journal named Meeker to its list of “Top 100 Women Lawyers in California” in 2013, and has named her twice to its list of “25 Top IP Portfolio Managers (Licensing) In California.” Managing IP named her to its “IP Stars - Top 250 Women in IP” list in 2013.

She is a member of the Advisory Council for the American Law Institute’s projects on Principles of the Law of Software Contracts (2010) and Restatement of Law, Copyright (ongoing).


Peter Simshauser is General Counsel and Secretary of Motional, a joint venture between Aptiv PLC and Hyundai Motor Group devoted to developing and commercializing autonomous vehicles.  Headquartered in Boston, Motional employs over 1,000 team members across the world with the goal of making self-driving vehicles a safe, reliable, and accessible reality.  This team, which was behind the launch of the first robotaxi pilot, is now working toward deploying driverless vehicles in partnership with Lyft on the Lyft network in 2023.  Peter serves as the team's principal legal officer, with overall responsibility for the vision and leadership of Motional's global legal strategy and services as well as the management of legal risk throughout the organization.

Peter joined Motional at its formation in early 2020, following a 20+ year career as a partner of Skadden Arps, where he litigated complex commercial disputes across a broad range of subject matters, many involving cutting edge technology and engineering issues.  Peter graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, and holds undergraduate degrees with honors from the University of Illinois and Augustana College.


Lennie is a nationally recognized authority on technology and internet law and co-author of Drafting Internet Agreements, a practical legal treatise with annotated forms on internet and computer law published by the Aspen Publishers division of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. Lennie formerly was a partner at several prominent law firms and served as the Chair of the Technology & Intellectual Property Practice of Thacher Proffitt & Wood, LLP, and was a partner in the Intellectual Property and Technology Practice at Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Known for his high energy and unique blend of practice-legal knowledge, technology expertise and skills, Lennie serves as trusted advisor to dozens of multinationals and smaller corporates, hospitals and healthcare providers, financial institutions, startups and venture firms across industries including, E-business, retail, hardware and software, communications and energy, frequently involving the development and deployment of breakthrough and best-of-show technologies. His recognized technology law expertise coupled with his IT education and experience gained while operating technology companies provide unique insights that benefit clients who engage Lennie for strategic guidance and counseling.

Lennie also advises clients on privacy, cyber security and compliance. He offers specialized expertise in the creation of dynamic workflows and incident recovery solutions to manage and mitigate risk exposures. Clients engage Lennie regularly as a special counsel or to manage complex litigation in areas requiring his unique skill set and knowledge.

Lennie gained recognition as a “go to” technology expert and problem solver following the tragic destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, home to Thacher Proffitt & Wood’s main office. Miraculously, no employees of the firm perished, but the destruction of the Twin Towers resulted in a complete loss of all of the firm's technology infrastructure and backup systems. On that day, Lennie interrupted his practice of law and became the CIO of the firm for the following six months. He was responsible for all decisions for the interim survival and ultimate rebuilding of the firm's technology infrastructure, including: equipment specification and acquisition, conversion of the firm's applications palette; extensive outsourcing of such IT functions as help desk and infrastructure management. The experience of losing everything, rebuilding everything from scratch, being the buyer instead of “representing the buyer” has given Lennie valuable insights that inform his practice even today. He has published and spoken on the lessons that he learned from this experience at seminars throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Prior to joining Flatiron, Lennie was Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for ICF Mercantile, a technical textile distributor of medical, aerospace and construction yarn where he managed the transformation from a distribution to manufacturing business in a new state of the art manufacturing, research and development center. While at ICF he was responsible for all aspects of business operations, legal and IT, including creating the financial and production models to support the financing for transition; negotiations of the lease, construction, engineering, and architectural services agreements; and on-site management of construction resulting in an on-time and on budget startup.

Before ICF, he was the co-founder, President and Chief Operating Officer of Tera Group and TeraExchange. Lennie and his co-founder developed and managed the strategic evolution of the first and only multi-asset, Central Limit Order Book and RFQ based Swap Execution Facility and multi-asset execution management system from inception into a Dodd Frank Act - CFTC regulated institutional exchange for cleared derivatives, equities, futures, fixed income and options markets. Derivatives assets include IRS, CDS, NDF, and the first regulated Bitcoin derivative based on the TeraBit Bitcoin Price Index. While at Tera he managed the firm's operation including fundraising, client/investor presentations and relationships, operations, legal, regulatory, financial, marketing, business development and technology development and implementation.

An experienced commercial litigator, Lennie has handled high-stakes disputes in involving IP infringement, engineering and construction, IT systems and Internet businesses, including the successful resolution of several multi-hundred million dollar matters.

With over 250 articles and presentations, Lennie is one of the most sought-after lecturers in the country on Technology, Internet Law, Cybersecurity, Privacy, Cloud Computing, Social Media, Intellectual Property, Licensing, Techno-Entertainment, Negotiations, Identity Theft, Technology and Intellectual Property Litigation, E-Discovery, Online Child Safety and Law Practice Management.


Andrea V. Arias is an attorney in the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection in the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission, focusing on enforcement and policy matters involving consumer privacy and data security under Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act.  Ms. Arias has worked on a number of high profile matters for the FTC, including United States v. MyLife, FTC v. InfoTrax, FTC v. ClixSense, FTC v. ruby Corp. (Ashley Madison), FTC v. Oracle, FTC v. Wyndham, and FTC v. TRENDnet.  In addition to her litigation work, Ms. Arias is involved in policy and outreach activity related to privacy and data security, including as one of the lead attorneys in the FTC’s Data Brokers and Big Data reports, and the FTC’s 6(b) studies into ISPs and social media and video streaming companies, as part of the team responsible for the Start With Security initiatives, and as the key liaison in the Cybersecurity Forum of Independent and Executive Agencies.  Prior to assuming her current position, Ms. Arias was a trial attorney in the Litigation I section of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She also served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Allyson K. Duncan in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and for the Honorable Cecilia M. Altonaga in the Southern District of Florida.


William A. Tanenbaum is ranked in top tiers by Chambers: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and in its Global Edition, Who's Who Legal, and Best Lawyers in America in technology, outsourcing, IP, AI and Data Law and recognized for his strength in healthcare technology.  He works closely with clients to bring actionable, industry-informed solutions to their business needs.

Bill has “expertise in technology transactions that puts him at the very top of the market” (Who's Who Legal) and "his technology approach and understanding of healthcare - his domain expertise - is a winning combination.” (Chambers)  According to Chambers, Bill “brings extremely high integrity, a deep intellect, fearlessness and a practical, real-world mindset to every problem.”  Bill is recognized as one of the “leading names” in AI and as a “go-to expert [on] data.” (Who's Who Legal/Global Data Review)  He was named as the “Lawyer of the Year” in IT in New York in 2013 by US News & World Report and one of the Top 30 IT lawyers in the U.S. (Best of the Best/Expert Legal Guide), and as one of the “IAM Strategy 300 - The World's Leading IP Strategists,” as an “IP Star” and as a “Life Sciences Star.” (Managing IP; LMG Life Sciences) Bill was President of the International Technology Association and is the Contributing Editor of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Digital Health 2020

Chambers also finds that Bill has a “solid national reputation,” “is a “prominent figure in technology and outsourcing,” “provides savvy representation,” and “uses his expertise to help [clients] successfully navigate negotiations.”  Bill also “has strong litigation experience” with patent victories in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Who's Who Legal).  He was appointed by peer review to the “List of the World’s Leading Neutrals [Arbitrators]” and is Board Member of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center.  He is also a past Vice President of the Society for Information Management, an  industry CIO association (New York Chapter). 

Prior to joining Moses & Singer, Bill was the Chair of IP and Technology Transactions at a Wall Street firm, a partner in an international IP firm, and the Practice Co-Chair of Healthcare Technology Transactions at an Am Law 100 firm.