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Business Email Compromise During the Pandemic: Training, Technology, and Other Tools


Speaker(s): Gail Gottehrer, Shehzad Mirza
Recorded on: Aug. 19, 2020
PLI Program #: 306266

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.


Shehzad Mirza is the Director of Operations for Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to eliminate cyber risks around the globe. Prior to joining GCA, Shehzad was a manager in the Advisory Services practice, as part of the security monitoring group, of Ernst & Young LLP. He also served as Senior Director of Security Operations at the Center for Internet Security (CIS), an internationally recognized not-for-profit organization that provides cybersecurity services and support to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments throughout the United States.  He was responsible for managing the security operations, which included a 24x7 security operations center (SOC) consisting of security analysts and Intel analysts providing cybersecurity and detection/notification services to all state and local governments across the United States for the Multi-State Information-Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC). Shehzad started his career in cybersecurity as a consultant with Symantec working and managing a 24x7 security operations center (SOC) for the State of New York.  He started as an analyst and within four years managed the SOC.  Over time, the SOC was responsible for monitoring members of the MS-ISAC.