W. James Denvil | Washington, D.C. | Hogan Lovells

W. James Denvil

Partner Global Regulatory



Denvil James

W. James Denvil
Denvil James
  • Overview
  • Experience
  • Credentials
  • Insights and events

Throughout the lifecycles of data-driven initiatives and offerings, James helps clients to identify, assess, and mitigate privacy and cybersecurity risks.  As a trusted advisor to clients in the automotive, consumer, technology, and financial sectors he assesses and helps shape emerging regulatory frameworks; he supports the development of practical compliance approaches that align with organizational objectives and cultures; he helps clients navigate the challenges raised by privacy and cybersecurity incidents; and he supports interactions with regulators and policymakers. 

James has extensive experience advising companies and speaking on global solutions for insider threat programs and other enterprise concerns; the privacy issues associated with artificial intelligence (AI), connected vehicles, and highly automated systems; navigating the patchwork of global and US state privacy and breach notification laws; crossborder data transfers; digital marketing; and e-commerce.  He excels at providing clear assessments of risk and practical mitigation approaches to a range of audiences—from the C-Suite to frontline personnel.  And he has a track record of achieving favorable results when interacting with attorneys general, regulators, and other enforcement authorities. 

As a first-generation US citizen, James dedicates much of his pro bono time to supporting minor children obtain lawful status in the United States.  

Prior to entering law school, James was a stage actor, performing at theatres in Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; and elsewhere for over ten years.  And he pursued graduate studies in the philosophy of physics while attending Bowling Green State University and University of Arizona.  During law school, James served as editor-in-chief of the University of Baltimore Law Review and was a clerkship fellow for the MSBA-UB Business Law Clerkship Program.

Representative experience

Assisting Bloomberg LP in reviewing client data privacy and security practices.
Assisting The Home Depot with regulatory issues for the company's response to payment card data breach.
Assisting Uber in conducting a comprehensive review of the company's customer data privacy program.
Assisting Auto Alliance in helping develop privacy principles for connected cars.
Assisting various automotive companies in developing compliance strategies for connected car technologies and services.
Assisting a U.S. financial institution in developing a 62-country survey of requirements for and restrictions on employee monitoring.


  • J.D., University of Baltimore School of Law, summa cum laude; Heuisler Honor Society, 2012
  • M.F.A., University of Alabama, 2005
  • M.A., Bowling Green State University, 1998
  • B.A., Virginia Commonwealth University, magna cum laude, 1996
Bar admissions and qualifications
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member, Section of Antitrust Law, Privacy and Information Security Committee, American Bar Association