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W. James Denvil

Senior Associate
Washington, D.C.

W. James Denvil

James Denvil has a passion for helping companies navigate the complex challenges associated with deploying and managing today's information technologies and systems. He understands that one of the most important elements of client service is listening and once he understands a client's needs, he leverages his analytical training to identify potential issues, dissect alternative approaches, and deliver practical solutions.

James regularly advises clients on a range of technology issues, including developing products and services for the Internet of Things, implementing Big Data technologies, incident response, global data transfers, privacy risk assessments and mitigation, recurring payments, and employee monitoring.

His knowledge of legal and regulatory developments and the positions of academics and advocacy groups allows James to anticipate potential challenges. Whether it is developing policies and procedures, assisting with responses to regulatory investigations or requests, drafting advocacy materials and white papers, digesting global advice, or coordinating risk assessments, James helps solve those challenges.

James' passion for privacy and security developed during his internship at the Department of Homeland Security's Privacy Office. He honed his project management skills while serving as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Baltimore Law Review, and he learned to distill and clearly communicate complex issues while serving as a graduate assistant and adjunct professor. He has masters degrees in philosophy and theater, and has taught university classes in critical thinking, ethics, and theater.

Representative experience

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.

Uber in conducting a comprehensive review of the company's customer data privacy program.

Auto Alliance in helping develop privacy principles for connected cars.

Various automotive companies in developing compliance strategies for connected car technologies and services.

U.S. financial institution in developing a 62-country survey of requirements for and restrictions on employee monitoring.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., summa cum laude; Heuisler Honor Society, University of Baltimore School of Law, 2012
  • M.F.A., University of Alabama, 2005
  • M.A., Bowling Green State University, 1998
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1996


  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member, Section of Antitrust Law, Privacy and Information Security Committee, American Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
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