Tanya L. Forsheit is one of the Founding Partners of InfoLawGroup LLP. Tanya founded InfoLawGroup in 2009 after 12 years as a litigator and privacy/data security counselor at Proskauer where, most recently, she was Co-Chair of the firm’s Privacy and Data Security practice group. In 2009, Tanya was named one of the Los Angeles Daily Journal’s Top 100 women litigators in California. Tanya is President-Elect of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA) and is a Trustee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA).
Certified as an information privacy professional by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Tanya works with clients to address legal requirements and best practices for protection of customer and employee information. She regularly advises clients regarding legal restrictions on information-sharing and data retention, and provides guidance regarding state laws requiring notification in the event of data security breaches. Tanya frequently speaks and writes on recent developments in federal and state privacy laws, and launched Proskauer’s popular Privacy Law Blog in early 2007.
Tanya also has extensive experience handling complex commercial and appellate litigation for corporate and individual clients before federal and state courts at all levels. Tanya’s commercial litigation experience includes defense of a wide variety of commercial disputes including breach of contract, business tort, trademark infringement, fraud, employment, and antitrust claims, as well as the prosecution of claims for cybersquatting, copyright infringement, unfair competition, and misappropriation of trade secrets. In June 2008, Tanya obtained summary judgment on behalf of online entertainment company GoPets Ltd. in a trademark infringement and cybersquatting case, resulting in an award of statutory damages and transfer of www.gopets.com and 18 other domain names to GoPets. Tanya was part of the Los Angeles-based Proskauer team that successfully petitioned the United States Supreme Court to grant certiorari, and obtained a landmark decision, in Johnson v. California, 125 S. Ct. 1141 (2005), resulting in a historic settlement with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation calling for the desegregation of California's prison system.
Tanya is Vice Chair of the ABA Special Committee on Promotions and Marketing Law, an active member of the Information Security Committee (ISC) of the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law and a former Co-Chair of its Cloud Computing Working Group. She was a contributor to the second version of the Cloud Security Alliance's (CSA) guidance on legal issues.
* Privacy and data security counseling, compliance, and policies
* Security breach notice, incident response, and litigation
* Marketing counseling and compliance
* Commercial litigation, including intellectual property (copyright and trademark)
* E-commerce, outsourcing, cloud computing, software as a service
Tanya is a member of the Bar of the State of California, and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and Fourth Circuits, and the United States District Courts for the Central, Northern, and Southern Districts of California.
* University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D.
* Duke University, AB Political Science and English, cum laude
Professional Associations & Memberships
* President-Elect, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
* International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP): Los Angeles KnowlegeNet Co-chair
* Executive Committee, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Section (ELIPS)
* American Bar Association, Science & Technology Law, Intellectual Property, and Litigation Sections: Vice Chair, Special Committee on Promotions and Marketing Law; active member of the Information Security Committee
Honors and Awards
* Los Angeles Daily Journal’s Top 100 women litigators in California, 2009
* Super Lawyers Southern California Rising Stars, 2005-2010