Thomas J. Smedinghoff is Of Counsel in the Privacy & Cybersecurity practice group in the Chicago office of Locke Lord LLP. Named as a Top 50 Intellectual Property Trailblazer and Pioneer by the National Law Journal, he is internationally recognized for his leadership in addressing emerging legal issues regarding electronic transactions, identity management, privacy, cybersecurity, and online authentication issues from both a transactional and public policy perspective. He has been retained to structure and implement first-of-their-kind e-commerce initiatives, electronic transactions, and identity management and information security legal infrastructures for the federal government and national and international businesses including banks, insurance companies, investment companies, and certification authorities. He has also been actively involved in developing legislation and public policy in the area of electronic business and identity management at the state, national, and international levels.
Tom is currently Co-Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Cybersecurity Legal Task Force, as well as Chair of the Identity Management Legal Task Force and Co-Chair of the Cybersecurity Subcommittee in the ABA Business Law Section. Previously he also served as chair of ABA Section of Science & Technology Law, as well as chair of its Electronic Commerce Division. He also served as chair of the Illinois Commission on Electronic Commerce and Crime, and as an ABA Advisor to the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) Study Committee on Identity Management in Electronic Commerce and the ULC Drafting Committee on the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act.
Tom is also an advisor to the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), and in that capacity he helped to negotiate the international e-commerce treaty known as the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts. He is currently working with UNCITRAL to develop international legal rules to govern electronic identity management issues.
He is a contributing author to the 1st and 2nd editions of The Aba Cybersecurity Handbook - A Resource For Attorneys, Law Firms & Business Professionals (ABA, 2013 and 2018), and co-editor and contributing author of the Guide To Cybersecurity Due Diligence In M&A Transactions (ABA, 2017). He is also the author of the book titled Information Security Law: The Emerging Standard For Corporate Compliance, (2008), and editor and primary author of the e-commerce book titled Online Law: The Legal Guide To Doing Business On The Internet (1996). He can be reached at Tom.Smedinghoff@lockelord.com