Lisa A. Hayes is Vice President, Strategy & General Counsel at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), working to champion individual rights and liberties in the digital age. Lisa leads CDT’s litigation practice, helping to inform courts about issues where technological advances are outpacing the law. Her recent work includes efforts to limit government surveillance, advance consumer privacy, protect free expression online, and preserve net neutrality. Lisa also has a passion for fostering opportunity and finding ways to use technology to improve the lives of all people. She is a frequent panelist and public speaker, and her views on technology and the courts have been featured in numerous media outlets including The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, NPR, and Fox News.

Before joining CDT, Lisa was on the leadership teams of the American Constitution Society and the Alliance for Justice, where her legal focus centered on constitutional law and policy. Earlier in her career, Lisa spent a decade in private practice in Seattle, where she was a partner in a law firm and general counsel to a start-up supporting the 1990s internet boom. She has served as lead counsel in more than a dozen trials and appeals, and successfully argued hundreds of motions. Her clients included a library system objecting the government’s seizure of computers to identify patron reading records, major technology companies involved in contractual disputes, and a variety of matters involving the intersection of criminal law and technology.

Lisa completed her J.D. at the University of Washington School of Law, where she was president of the Moot Court Honor Board, and an editor of the Pacific Rim Law & Policy Review. She received her B.A. in political science and communications from Boston University, cum laude.

Sub Specialities: Technology policy, government surveillance, net neutrality, free speech online, internet of things, algorithmic bias, consumer privacy, cross-border data flows

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