Joshua M. Snavely

Of Counsel, Industry Group Leader

(405) 270-6027
joshua.snavely@mcafeetaft.com
Oklahoma City

Joshua Snavely is an attorney, Ivy League-trained cybersecurity and privacy expert, and homeland security policy analyst whose practice is devoted to advising clients across a broad range of industries with business and technology strategy, compliance and risk assessment, crisis management, and incident response. His work in these areas focus on business continuity, disaster recovery, and resilience planning, with a special focus on the impacts and risks associated with data protection and cybersecurity. Joshua’s experience includes proactively identifying and addressing internal and external threats to data, managing privacy and cybersecurity issues related to business transactions, and developing and implementing response plans for data breaches, ransomware attacks, and other cyber-incidents. He currently co-leads the firm Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Group.

In the fast-paced and emerging fields of artificial intelligence, blockchain, and cryptocurrencies, Joshua’s expertise includes technology assessment, compliance, and strategy.

Joshua’s career experience and extensive study in the fields of cybersecurity, privacy, and homeland security law have earned him a national reputation as a thought leader and made him a sought-after speaker and trainer at regional, national and global events, including RSA Conference (the world’s largest cybersecurity conference), American Bar Association’s Homeland Security Law Institute, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education Conference, The National Summit on Homeland Security Law, the Oklahoma Small Business Development Network, and Roundtables at the Aspen Institute and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. 

Prior to joining McAfee & Taft, Joshua served as the dean of the School of Business at Langston University, the western-most Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the United States, for five years. As dean and a senior administrator, Joshua also led the University’s crisis and emergency leadership team and recently directed all COVID-19 pandemic operations and response, including cybersecurity, physical security, technology management and operations. His career experience also includes service on the American Bar Association’s Cybersecurity Legal Task Force, the National Initiative on Cybersecurity Education Working Group, and the inaugural Oklahoma Justice Commission. Joshua served as assistant dean for external relations at Oklahoma City University School of Law, the inaugural executive director of the Judge Alfred P. Murrah Center for Homeland Security Law and Policy, and as a law clerk in the Government Appellate Division of the U.S. Army. Joshua has also now launched inaugural cybersecurity courses and programs at three Oklahoma universities, including as an adjunct professor of cybersecurity law at the University of Oklahoma.

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized with the Outstanding Service Award by the students at the Langston University School of Business (2018)
  • Selected by the New York University Center for Cybersecurity as a national finalist and presented with the CSAW Policy Competition Award for efforts in election security (2018)
  • Named to The Journal Record’s Achievers Under 40 list of outstanding young professionals (2014)
  • Eagle Scout

Professional Organizations and Memberships

  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • American Bar Association (Member, Science & Technology Section; Former Member, Cybersecurity Legal Task Force; Former Co-Chair, Homeland Security & National Defense Committee; Former Co-Chair, Homeland Security Law Institute; Former Co-Chair, Homeland & National Security Committee, Young Lawyers Division)
  • Harvard Business Review Advisory Council (Member)
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education Community Coordinating Council (Member)
  • Oklahoma Economics Club

Civic Involvement and Leadership

  • Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum (Former Member, Board of Trustees)

Speaking Engagements

  • 2023 Tenth Circuit Year in Review: Ethical Issues Surrounding Artificial Intelligence

    Federal Bar Association - Oklahoma City Chapter CLE

    December 27, 2023
    | Online
  • Navigating the Regulations and Risks of AI, Cybersecurity and Privacy

    2023 Corporate Counsel Seminar

    December 7, 2023
    | Oklahoma City, OK
  • Navigating the Regulations and Risks of AI, Cybersecurity and Privacy

    2023 Corporate Counsel Seminar

    December 6, 2023
    | Tulsa, OK
  • We Don’t Negotiate! Navigating Ethics and Compliance with Ransomware

    2022 Corporate Counsel Seminar

    December 8, 2022
    | Oklahoma City, OK
  • We Don’t Negotiate! Navigating Ethics and Compliance with Ransomware

    2022 Corporate Counsel Seminar

    December 7, 2022
    | Tulsa, OK
  • Phight the Phish: A Program to Build Cyber Hygiene and Security Awareness

    OMAG Informational Technology Expo

    July 28, 2022
    | Oklahoma City, OK
More speaking engagements

Healthcare

  • Oklahoma, 2010
  • Executive Master in Cybersecurity, Brown University, 2019
  • LL.M. (National Security and U.S. Foreign Relations), The George Washington University, 2013
  • J.D., cum laude, Oklahoma City University, 2010
    • Order of the Barristers; Phi Delta Phi; Executive Editor, Oklahoma City University Law Review; President, Student Bar Association; National Finalist and Regional Champion, American College of Trial Lawyers’ National Trial Team
  • M.B.A., Oklahoma City University, 2010
  • B.B.A. (Business Management), University of Central Oklahoma, 2007