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Ransomware During the Pandemic: Recent Trends and Continuing Risks


Speaker(s): Gail Gottehrer, Mary Kavaney
Recorded on: Jul. 10, 2020
PLI Program #: 302141

After practicing law at law firms for over 20 years, Gail recently founded her own firm, where her practice focuses on emerging technologies-related litigation and counseling, including autonomous vehicle regulation, drones, robots, artificial intelligence, AI ethics, biometrics, facial recognition, the IoT, data privacy, and cybersecurity.  She is one of the few defense lawyers to have been involved in the trial of a class action to verdict before a jury.

Gail teaches Law for Knowledge Innovation at Columbia University, and is a member of the Advisory Board for Rutgers University’s Leading Disruptive Innovation Program, and a Fellow at the Center for Legal Innovation at Vermont Law School.

In addition to being appointed to the State of Connecticut’s Task Force to Study Fully Autonomous Vehicles, Gail serves as Co-Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Technology and the Legal Profession Committee, and is a member of NYSBA’s Transportation Committee.  She is the New York Regional Co-Chair for the ABA’s Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, Co-Chair of the Programming Committee of the ABA’s Woman Advocate Committee, Vice-Chair of the ABA-TIPS Automobile Litigation Committee, Co-Chair of the National Association of Women Lawyers’ IP & Technology Affinity Group, Editor of the ABA’s Pretrial Practice and Discovery Newsletter, and a member of the Sedona Conference Working Group 1.

Gail was selected as one the Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 2017 Women Worth Watching in STEM and one of the Connecticut Technology Council’s 2016 Women of Innovation.  She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Murray C. Goldman, in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas.  Gail is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.


Ms. Kavaney serves as the Chief Legal and Administrative Officer for the Global Cyber Alliance. Her responsibilities include strategy, personnel, legal and work with the cyber risk task forces. Prior to GCA, Ms. Kavaney worked at the Center for Internet Security. She developed relationships with law enforcement and other partners around the state.

From 2007 to 2015 Mary served as the Assistant Deputy Secretary for Public Safety for the New York State Governor’s Office working towards the passage of the state’s first anti-human trafficking law, all crimes DNA law and New York’s gun control law, the Safe Act.

Prior to working in the Governor’s Office of Public Safety, she was appointed as General Counsel at DCJS, the Division of Criminal Justice Services and for eight years she ran the Poughkeepsie Regional Office for the New York State Attorney General. Ms. Kavaney served as an Assistant District Attorney for four and half years at the Orange County District Attorneys’ Office.