Ruth Bro

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Privacy and Cybersecurity Attorney; Co-Chair, ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force (Chicago). Ruth Hill Bro has focused her legal career on advising companies on privacy and information management strategy, cybersecurity, global compliance, e-workplace, and e-business issues. She has been featured as a speaker over 160 times and has over 90 published works on these topics (including two chapters in the 2018 ABA Cybersecurity Handbook, winner of the 2018 ACLEA Best Publication Award, Ruth co-chairs the ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force (, serves on the ABA E-Mail Stakeholder Committee, and is a leader in the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law (SciTech). In SciTech, she is a Senior Advisor for the Privacy, Security, and Emerging Technology Division, a member of the Planning Committee for the ABA’s first five Internet of Things (IoT) National Institutes (2016-2020) and its first Artificial Intelligence and Robotics National Institute (2020), and the Section’s Liaison to the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession. She also served as SciTech’s 2008-2009 Section Chair, Membership and Diversity Committee Chair (2009-2016), and E-Privacy Law Committee Founder and Chair (2000-2005).

Ruth served on the ABA Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems (two terms: 2009-2012, and 2012-2015 as Chair), as a liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education (2012-2015), on the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services (2014-2016), on the ABA Standing Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness (2016-2017), and on the ABA Board of Governors Communications Task Force (2017). After seven years as a major gifts fundraiser at Northwestern University and then a J.D. degree at the University of Chicago, she started her legal career at McBride Baker & Coles (now Holland & Knight) and spent nearly a decade at Baker & McKenzie, where she was a partner (Chicago office) and founding N. American member of the firm’s Global Privacy Steering Committee.


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