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David C. Shonka

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David Shonka brings his prior knowledge of the FTC to investigations and litigation, making him the counsel of choice for significant companies seeking advice on information governance and e-discovery.
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David Shonka, Partner at Redgrave LLP, is widely recognized and respected in both the government and private sector as an authority on privacy, cybersecurity, eDiscovery, cross-border data transfers, government civil law enforcement investigations, and information governance. With his outstanding record as a trial and appellate litigator and legal strategist, David is considered a thought leader in the broader legal community. He is a sought after speaker on the topics of consumer finance, competition, privacy, data security, and eDiscovery topics both in the U.S. and abroad.

Prior to joining Redgrave LLP, David served three terms as the Acting General Counsel at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and ten years as the agency’s Principal Deputy General Counsel. In both roles, he oversaw the Office’s Litigation, Legal Counsel, Opinions, and Analysis Groups and led FOIA, Employment Law, and Energy Counsel Teams. Before becoming the Principal Deputy General Counsel, David was the agency’s Assistant General Counsel for Litigation. David also served as the first chair of the FTC’s eDiscovery Steering Committee.

Over the course of his career, David has received multiple recognitions for his work and service, including the Electronic Discovery Institute Leadership Award (2014), the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive (2015), and the FTC’s Brandeis Award for excellence in litigation (1988). Before joining the FTC, David was an associate at a Washington, D.C. law firm, and a litigator in the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice.

Professional Memberships

Featured Professional Memberships

•Senior Fellow, Administrative Conference of the United States

•Member, Advisory Council for the Institute for Advertising Ethics

•Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals (“IAPP”)

•Board Member, Journal of Law and Cyberwarfare Editorial

•Chair, Steering Committee for The Sedona Conference® Working Group on International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure Working Group 6

•Member, The Sedona Conference® Working Group on Data Security and Privacy Liability Working Group 11

Publications

Selected Publications

•“The Sedona Conference, Commentary on the Enforceability in U.S. Courts of Orders and Judgments Entered Under GDPR” (22 Sedona Conf. Journal 277, 2021)

•“Pandemics, Privacy, and Confidential Data Security: Managing Information Risk is Critical” (Legaltech News, 2020)

•“The Sedona Conference® Commentary and Principles on Jurisdictional Conflicts over Transfers of Personal Data Across Borders” (21 Sedona Conf. Journal 393, 2020)

•“Cybersecurity and Due Diligence: Avoiding Liability for Someone Else’s Mistakes” (The Legal Intelligencer, 2020)

•“Federal Trade Commission Investigations” (The General Counsel’s Guide to Government Investigations, Chapter 9, 2019, Upcoming Edition 3.0)

•“Responding to the Government’s Civil Investigations” (15 Sedona Conf. Journal 1, 2014)

•“The Sedona Conference® International Principles for Addressing Data Protection in Cross-Border Government and Internal Investigations: Principles, Commentary & Best Practices” (19 Sedona Conf. Journal 557, 2018)

•“The Sedona Conference® Practical In-House Approaches for Cross-Border Discovery & Data Protection” (17 Sedona Conf. Journal 398, 2016)

•“The Sedona Conference® Commentary on Privacy and Information Security: Principles and Guidelines for Lawyers, Law Firms and Other Legal Services Providers” (17 Sedona Conf. Journal 1, 2016)

Recent Speaking Engagements

•Panelist, “Coordination of Multiple Litigation and Regulatory Fronts Arising out of Major Privacy and Cybersecurity Events,” The Sedona Conference Working Group 11 Annual Meeting (April 26, 2022)

•Panelist, “Scope and Limits of Government Investigations of a Data Breach,” Practicing Law Institute, Government Investigations 2022: Investigations Arising from Data Breach and Privacy Concerns and Parallel Proceedings (January 26, 2022)

•Panelist, “The FTC Prepares to Make Its Mark on Tech Law,” Practicing Law Institute (November 17, 2021)

•Moderator, “Privacy, eDiscovery & IM,” Electronic Discovery Institute’s 11th Annual Leadership Summit (October 14, 2021)

•Panelist, “Cross Border Mergers & Acquisitions: Data Protection, Privilege and Other Conflicts,” ABA Cross-Border Institute (July 21, 2021)

•Panelist, “So, Who’s Keeping Track of Our Data Privacy & Security Compliance? Navigating the IG of PII,” MER Conference 2021 (May 24, 2021)

•Panelist, “Cyber and Privacy Litigation and Government Investigations,” Sandpiper Partners’ 2nd Annual Cybersecurity and Privacy Midwest Conference (May 20, 2021)

•Panelist, “Privacy and Data Protection,” Sandpiper Partners’ 2nd Annual Cybersecurity and Privacy Midwest Conference (May 20, 2021)

•Panelist, “International Litigation Principles, Second Edition” (with Denise Backhouse, Kevin Brady, Oliver Brupbacher, and Lesley Weaver), The Sedona Conference® Working Group 11 Annual Meeting 2021 (February 17-18, 2021)

•Panelist, “Scope and Limits of Government Investigation of a Data Breach” (with Kathleen A. McGee, Elizabeth Roper, Christine M. Ryall, and Edward L. Stanton III), Practising Law Institute Program (January 27, 2021)

•Panelist, “Privacy & Data Security Regulation: Implications for RIM & IG” (with John Isaza and Martin Tully), ARMA – Boise Valley Meeting (October 22, 2020)

•Panelist, “State Regulatory Developments” (with Steven Mitchell, James Trilling, and Christine Wilson), The Cleveland-Marshall College of Law 2020 Online Cybersecurity & Privacy Protection Conference (September 17, 2020)

•Moderator, “2020 ABA Cross-Border Virtual Institute: Regulators Panel” (with Alexander Filip, Fleur O’Shea, and Ralf Sauer), ABA Cross-Border Virtual Institute Series (August 5, 2020)

•Panelist, “Commentary on the Enforceability in U.S. Courts of Orders and Judgments Entered under GDPR” (with Robert Cattanach, Starr Turner Drum, and Meredith Schultz), The Sedona Conference® Working Group 11 Webinar (July 30, 2020)

•Panelist, “Artificial Intelligence, Predictive Analytics, and Unlawful Discrimination” (with Katherine B. Forrest, Mikhail Reider-Gordon, Robin L Nunn, and Cathy O’Neil), ABA 2020 ILS Virtual Annual Meeting (June 19, 2020)

•Panelist, “Back To The Future of Online Data Privacy” (with Eric Goldman, Michael L. Whitener, Travis LeBlanc, and Lourdes M. Turrecha), Knowit 2020 (May 13, 2020)

•Panelist, “U.S. judicial enforcement of orders entered under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)” (with Robert Cattanach, Starr Turner Drum, Alex M. Pearce, and Meredith Schultz), The Sedona Conference® Working Group 11 Annual Meeting 2020 (Denver, Colorado; March 18-19, 2020)

•Moderator, “Data Protection and Privacy” (with Debra R. Bernard, David Glockner, Brian Hengesbaugh, Jade R. Lambert, Willian Ridgway, Cuyler Robinson, and Liisa M. Thomas), Sandpiper Partners LLC Cybersecurity and Privacy Conference (Chicago, Illinois; March 5, 2020)

•Panelist, “WG6 Town Hall: The second editions of the International Litigation Principles and Practical In-House Approaches for Cross-Border Discovery & Data Protection” (with Denise E. Backhouse, Hon. James C. Francis, Natascha Gerlach, Taylor Hoffman, and Jeanne A. Thomas), The Sedona Conference® Working Group 6 Annual Meeting 2020 (New York, New York; February 10-11, 2020)

Education

University of Maine Law School

Juris Doctor, with honors

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University of Nebraska

Bachelor of Arts

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