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MELISE BLAKESLEE, ESQ., CIPP/E
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Melise Blakeslee, ESQ.,CIPP/E, Founder & CEO,
Melise has over 20 years’ experience in commercializing and protecting data. She has advised numerous companies in technology and IP law as the founder of Sequel Technology Law, a Washington DC based law firm established in 2009. Previously, Melise served as the head of the Internet and IT-transactions group for the international law firm, McDermott Will & Emery. Her practice routinely involves counseling global companies, particularly in the financial and IT sectors, about data protection and compliance.
After years of counseling clients about data protection and commercialization Melise understood that small and mid-tier businesses required a compliance solution tailored to their unique needs. In Achieved Compliance, Melise seeks to empower companies with an in-house approach to compliance that is easy and cost-effective, and offers the high-quality advice, resources and guidance she provides to her clients.
Melise is a noted authority and speaker on protection of personal data and cybercrime. Oxford University Press published her first book on cybercrime, investigation and litigation in 2015. Her second book on enforcing intellectual property and data rights, was published in April 2017 by Lexis Nexis.
Prior to her tenure at Intel, she served as Vice President for Global Policy at the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP, a pathfinding privacy and information policy think tank located in Washington, D.C. addressing cross-border data flows, emerging technologies, and cyber security issues. She was counsel for the Center for Democracy & Technology; Senior Attorney Advisor for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the Department of Commerce; and Senior Analyst for the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment. Paula has extensive experience working on information policy issues in developing countries and with international organizations such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and APEC. She is a graduate of John Carroll University and received her law degree from Case Western Reserve University.
Shawn Curtis, Chief Technology Officer
Shawn brings a wealth of practical technology and management experience to Achieved Compliance. He has over 20 years of experience in programming and management with companies such as; Wal-Mart, Inc., Dial Corp., WeightWatchers.com, Nike and many others. At Achieved Compliance, Shawn uses his knowledge of web development, cyber security, and data privacy to lead our company’s technology department in developing secure, leading edge software and services for our users. In addition to his vast knowledge of business technologies, Shawn also has a Juris Doctorate from The George Washington University Law School and has practiced in technology law for many years.
Jeff Berkman, General Counsel
Jeff has 25 years of experience in business law. He has deep experience in new business and corporate structuring, partnership/joint venture relationships, corporate transactions, business purchases, and private equity/venture capital deals. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of a NASDAQ traded company, and is a director of several private companies.
James Woods, Consultant
James Woods PMP®, PMI-ACP® is a certified Project Manager and Agile Practitioner / information security professional with over 25 years of deep experience building software products and infrastructures that adhered to the highest levels of quality and security. As Vice President of Productions Systems Management at The Clearinghouse Corporation/Intercontinental Exchange in Chicago, James managed the data center infrastructure and operations for the Clearing House. He ran operational processes that protected the Clearing House’s data center information and assets, including data center monitoring, incident management, business continuity planning/testing, and facilities operations. In partnership with the Futures Industry Association, James helped build the first industry-wide disaster recovery exercises designed to protect the financial sector’s infrastructure against disaster events. As the Chief Technology Officer of FIA Technology Services, Inc., James established the legal/operational/IT framework for cybersecurity audit requirements, which not only helps global brokerage firms greatly reduce operational costs, but also launched FIA’s startup project into a global, multimillion-dollar suite of web-based services.
James has extensive experience creating and managing corporate information asset protection programs, including: Cybersecurity audit programs, Disaster recovery/business continuity design/testing, Risk Management and Incident Management. He has also designed organizational information system security processes using ISO, NIST, and other standards that satisfied clients’ vendor due diligence requirements driven by financial services regulators.
Marilyn Lamar, Consultant
Marilyn Lamar is an attorney, author, and speaker with more than 20 years of experience in corporate and information technology law including data privacy and security issues, data use agreements for multi-party databases, software development, and cloud computing services. Marilyn helps Achieved Compliance clients navigate the intersection between the GDPR and US laws governing the protection of health-related data.
Marilyn is the current President of the American Health Lawyers Association.
After a clerkship with the Seventh Circuit Court, Marilyn began her private practice career at McDermott Will & Emery LLP where she rose to the position of capital partner. During her tenure, she chaired the Health Law Information Technology practice group and co-chaired its HIPAA practice group. She also represented pharmaceutical, logistics, banking, and other clients in mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, reorganizations, software licensing, and regulatory matters.
Marilyn received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a J.D. degree from the University of Chicago Law School.
Ella E. Sesay, Customer Service and Technical Manager
Ella has worked in the Customer Service industry for over 7 years and is extensively trained in information systems and technical support. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from the Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria, is currently working towards an AAS in Cybersecurity at the Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria, Virginia; and CIPP/US certification.