Former U.S. Department of Defense Cybersecurity Advisor Joins Michael Best
Summary: Michael Best secured the addition of Velvet Johnson, a former U.S. Department of Defense Cybersecurity Advisor.
Michael Best announced the addition of Velvet Johnson to their Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice Group in Washington D.C. Johnson, a former U.S. Department of Defense Cybersecurity Advisor, is joining as senior counsel.
Johnson will focus her efforts in matters such as internet policy, regulatory compliance, privacy and cyber-related issues.
Chair Adrienne Ehrhardt of Michael Best’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice Group said, “Velvet has an incredibly strong background on cybersecurity matters from her time working in the government. Her reputation and breadth of experience in Washington, D.C. will certainly enhance our group’s ability to address client’s needs, particularly as it relates to policy assessment and legal frameworks. Her addition comes at a key period in time as well with the European Union’s enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation beginning later this month.”
Johnson spent roughly ten years in various legal and policy advisor roles with the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Congress. Much of her work during this time involved matters of federal cybersecurity legislation and national security law guidelines.
Office Managing Partner Kevin Barner of the Washington D.C. office added, “We’re thrilled that Velvet has decided to join us here in Washington, D.C. Her addition will help our clients navigate the complex regulatory and compliance challenges they will inevitably face.”
Johnson earned her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law and her B.S. from the University of Richmond.