National cybersecurity professional Joshua Snavely joins McAfee & Taft

Attorney Q&A with Joshua Snavely

Joshua M. Snavely, an attorney, educator, homeland security policy analyst, and national cybersecurity and data protection professional, has joined the Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Group at McAfee & Taft, the state’s largest law firm. His practice is devoted to advising clients with business and technology strategy, privacy law 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.

“The rapid evolution of technology, combined with heightened consumer privacy concerns and an onslaught of ransomware attacks, data breaches and other cyber-incidents against companies and organizations of all sizes, has pushed cybersecurity law from the shadows to the forefront,” said Michael Lauderdale, the firm’s managing director. “With his exceptional credentials, specialized training and education, and professional contacts in government, law enforcement, and the technology industry, Josh brings to us a level of expertise that we believe is unique to the state of Oklahoma.”

The Oklahoma native holds a Juris Doctor and M.B.A. from Oklahoma City University, a master of laws degree in national security and foreign relations from The George Washington University Law School, and an Executive Master in Cybersecurity (EMCS) from Brown University. His career experience, extensive study in the fields of cybersecurity and homeland security law, and service on the American Bar Association’s Cybersecurity Legal Task Force and Homeland Security Law Institute, have earned him a national reputation as a thought leader and made him a sought-after speaker and trainer at national and global events, including RSA Conference, the world’s largest information security conference.

Prior to joining McAfee & Taft, Snavely served as dean of the School of Business at Langston University for five years. His career experience also includes serving as assistant dean for external relations at Oklahoma City University School of Law, inaugural executive director of the Judge Alfred P. Murrah Center for Homeland Security Law and Policy, adjunct professor of cybersecurity law at the University of Oklahoma, and law clerk in the Government Appellate Division of the U.S. Army.

McAfee & Taft is one of the nation’s 250 largest law firms as ranked by National Law Journal.