Thomas Smedinghoff

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Thomas J. Smedinghoff is Of Counsel in the Privacy & Cybersecurity practice group in the Chicago office of Locke Lord LLP.  His practice focuses on the developing field of information law and electronic business activities, with an emphasis on electronic transactions, identity management, data security, privacy, and corporate information governance issues. 

Mr. Smedinghoff has been actively involved in developing e-business, e-signature, identity management, and data security legal policy both in the U.S. and globally.  He is a member of the ABA President’s Cybersecurity Legal Task Force, Chair of the Identity Management Legal Task Force of the ABA Section of Business Law, and Co-Chair of its Cybersecurity Committee.  He was chair of the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law (1999-2000,) and chair of the ABA Electronic Commerce Division (1995-2003).  Mr. Smedinghoff is also a member of the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), where he participates in the Working Group on Electronic Commerce and helped to negotiate the international e-commerce treaty titled the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts and the UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Signatures.  He served as an ABA Advisor to the Uniform Law Commission committee that drafted the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act. 

Mr. Smedinghoff is co-editor and contributing author of the book: Guide to Cybersecurity Due Diligence in M&A Transactions (ABA, 2017) and a contributing author to the 1st and 2nd editions of the book: The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook - A Resource for Attorneys, Law Firms & Business Professionals (American Bar Association, 2013 and 2018).  He is also the author of the book titled Information Security Law: The Emerging Standard for Corporate Compliance, (2008), and the editor and primary author of the e-commerce book titled Online Law: The Legal Guide to Doing Business on the Internet (Addison Wesley, 1996).


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