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Jody Westby




J.D., magna cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center

B.A., summa cum laude, University of Tulsa, Oklahoma

Admitted to practice law in Washington, D.C., Colorado and Pennsylvania




Drawing upon a unique combination of more than twenty years of technical, legal, policy, and business experience, Jody Westby brings a seasoned, multidisciplinary perspective to the many issues facing businesses and governments today in the areas of privacy, information security, outsourcing/offshoring risks, cybercrime, and IT business risk management. She regularly consults with governments, private sector executives, and operational personnel on the development of enterprise security programs that dovetail the technical, legal, operational, and managerial considerations.

Speaking and Teaching

Ms. Westby serves as Adjunct Distinguished Fellow to Carnegie Mellon CyLab.

She has commented on and/or drafted e-commerce legislation for Armenia, Bangladesh, and Bulgaria. Ms. Westby has advised government officials and industry in Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Romania, Armenia, Serbia, Russia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Trinidad, Dominica, St. Lucia, Grenada, South Africa, and India.


Ms. Westby was chair, co-author and editor of the American Bar Association International Guide to Combating Cybercrime, International Guide to Cyber Security, International Guide to Privacy, and Roadmap to an Enterprise Security Program (endorsed by the Global CSO Council). She is also the author of numerous articles on information security and is invited to speak globally on privacy, security, cybercrime, outsourcing, Homeland Security, and legal issues pertaining to the use of technology.

Board Memberships

Jody serves on the advisory board of The Intellectual Property Counselor and Eruces, Inc.

Awards and Recognition

Ms. Westby is a member of the World Federation of Scientists’ Permanent Monitoring Panel on Information Security. She represents the American Bar Association on the Board of the National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists, and is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

She has been invited to participate in Fortune magazine’s and the Aspen Institute’s Brainstorm 2006 and the Louise T. Blouin Foundation’s Global Creative Leadership Summit.

Selected Activities

Jody chairs the ABA's Privacy and Computer Crime Committee.

Bar Admissions

Ms. Westby is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia, Colorado, and Pennsylvania.

Past Experience

Ms. Westby has served as senior managing director for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), specializing in outsourcing and cyber security/privacy issues. Before that, she was president of The Work-IT Group, launched an IT solutions company for the CIA, managed the domestic policy department for the world's largest business organization, was senior fellow and director of information technology (IT) studies for one of the nation's leading think tanks, practiced law with two top-tier New York firms, and spent ten years in the computer industry specializing in database management systems.

Ms. Westby helped launch PwC’s outsourcing practice and led numerous outsourcing engagements focusing on IT offshore and BPO activities. She was also responsible for information security, privacy, information sharing, and critical infrastructure protection issues across the federal government.

Before joining PwC, Ms. Westby launched and operated The Work-IT Group, specializing in the legal/regulatory framework for IT and using technology as an economic driver and booster of competitiveness and outsourcing opportunities for developing countries. In January 2003, she developed a methodology and approach for USAID to determine reform priorities for growth of e-commerce and development using ICTs.

Before founding The Work-IT Group, Ms. Westby was Chief Administrative Officer and Counsel of In-Q-Tel, Inc., a non-profit corporation devoted to finding unclassified, commercial solutions to IT problems facing the U.S. intelligence community. As a practicing attorney, Ms. Westby practiced international trade, technology, and intellectual property law with the New York firms of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and Shearman & Sterling. As Senior Fellow and Director of Information Technology Studies for The Progress & Freedom Foundation, she directed and managed IT projects on an array of cutting-edge issues.

Previously, Ms. Westby was Director of Domestic Policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where she was responsible for a wide range of business policy issues under her purview. Her department was responsible for influencing national policy in both the legislative and regulatory arenas in each of these areas. Ms. Westby organized and managed national coalitions and supervised U.S. Chamber involvement in 33 industry coalitions.

IT Law Group

Jody Westby is of counsel to the firm.


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