Elliot Katz


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  • Cornell University Law School, JD
  • Vanderbilt University, BS, summa cum laude
  • California

Publications Chair, Privacy and Data Security Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation

Past Board Member, Ingram Scholarship, Vanderbilt University

Elliot Katz has a multi-faceted practice, handling: legal and policy issues pertaining to connected and automated vehicles; privacy, intellectual property, and complex business litigation; and privacy counseling.

As Chair of McGuireWoods’ Connected and Automated Vehicle practice, Elliot counsels automakers, global tech companies, ridesharing companies, and municipalities on policy and legal issues pertaining to these types of vehicles, and the greater mobility ecosystem. An advocate who recognizes the important societal and economic benefit of highly automated vehicles, Elliot regularly speaks at automated vehicle events across the country and throughout the world, and has recently discussed his views with media outlets such as The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, Wired, Forbes, Bloomberg, Yahoo Finance, The National Law Journal, Law360, and TU Automotive. The following is an interview Elliot recently did with Forbes regarding automated vehicles: “Autonomous Vehicles: ‘Zero Human Intervention Is Still Several Years Away ’”.

Recently, Elliot has advised clients on the following:

  • State legislation, regulations, and executive orders pertaining to automated vehicles
  • The Federal Automated Vehicles Policy
  • Proposed state legislation pertaining to automated vehicles
  • Policy and legal issues pertaining to vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-infrastructure, and vehicle-to-pedestrian communications
  • Policy and legal issues pertaining to the implementation of automated public transportation systems
  • All privacy laws, guidance, and best practices pertaining to connected and automated vehicles
  • Policy and legal issues surrounding data ownership and use pertaining to connected and automated vehicles
  • Issues surrounding in-vehicle data collection protocols, given the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation requirements
  • Issues surrounding customer data sharing between automakers and auto dealers

Litigation Practice

Elliot was recently part of a trial team that achieved a complete victory for a tech company in a three-week trial of a shareholder dissenters rights matter. The dissenting shareholders appealed – hiring a former state Senator and Supreme Court Justice as their appellate counsel – but the ruling was affirmed.

Elliot has significant experience with privacy related litigation, including TCPA and California Anti-Spam Act lawsuits. He recently won trial court verdicts in two separate California Anti-Spam Act cases: one for one of the world's largest media and Internet companies, and another for one of the world's largest online dating websites. The latter case was appealed, but the ruling was affirmed.

Privacy Practice

Elliot counsels on state, federal, and international privacy and consumer protection laws, data collection, and privacy strategy. With deep privacy experience pertaining to internet-connected devices and systems — such as issues surrounding the use of mobile location analytics and other sensors within smart cities — Elliot serves as a strategic business advisor to clients navigating the emerging technologies space.

In the News

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Recipient, Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Work

Quoted, "Feds Plan To Take The Wheel On Self-Driving Cars," Law360, August 11, 2017
Interviewee, "Taking a look at the future of next-generation transportation," ReadWrite, March 27, 2017
Author, "Defending TCPA Class Actions in the Wake of Spokeo," Law360, October 20, 2016
Author, "California DMV Is Driving Away Tech Companies," Daily Journal, September 28, 2016
Author, "Unresolved TCPA Issues Could Leave Businesses Liable," Law360, December 7, 2015
Author, "How Private Is That Connected Car? US vs EU," Automotive World, September 23, 2015
Contributor (interviewed by the author as a subject matter expert, and mentioned in the report’s "Acknowledgements" section), "Consumer Perceptions Of Privacy In The Internet Of Things," Altimeter, June 2015
Author, "Spokeo v. Robins: The Case That Has Silicon Valley Buzzing, Even Though Plaintiffs Likely Don't Have A Leg To 'Stand' On," Technology's Legal Edge, May 22, 2015
Author, "The Internet of Automobiles," Westlaw Journal Automotive, January 27, 2015
Author, "Key Data Privacy And Protection Concerns For Consumer And Corporate Clients," Navigating Consumer Data Protection Developments: Understanding Current Laws And Recent Breaches To Enhance Data Security Policies and Practices, June 15, 2014
Speaker, Stanford’s Digital Cities Summit, forthcoming February 26, 2018
Speaker, Singapore’s Future Mobility Conference, forthcoming November 8, 2017
Speaker, Mobility Unmanned Conference, forthcoming November 2, 2017
Speaker, Israel’s Smart Mobility Summit, forthcoming October 31, 2017
Speaker, Smart Cities Summit 2017, forthcoming October 17, 2017
Speaker, "Automated Vehicles: The Rules of The Road," Auto Tech R&D Summit 2017, October 9, 2017
Speaker, Stanford Graduate School of Business’ Policy and Innovation Initiative Roundtable, September 15, 2017
Speaker, "Driving the Future: New Tech, New Opportunities in Automotive," The MoneyShow San Francisco, forthcoming August 26, 2017
Speaker, "Data Sharing," Comet Transportation Lab, June 29, 2017
Speaker, "Security, Safety, and Privacy," ITS America’s Technology Driving Transportation Executive Summit, San Francisco, CA, June 22, 2017
Speaker, "Leveraging Innovation to Solve the Data Sharing Challenge," The Alliance For Transportation Innovation's Autonomous Vehicle Policy Series, June 2, 2017
Speaker, "The Coming of the Autonomous Vehicle," Bridge 2017, San Francisco, CA, June 1, 2017
Speaker, "Autonomous Vehicles: The Legal and Policy Landscape," Stanford's Digital Cities Corporate Affiliate Program, May 31, 2017
Speaker, "The Future of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles," Connected & Autonomous Vehicles USA, Santa Clara, CA, May 18, 2017
Speaker, "The Future of the Bay Area — Creating Smarter Cities," Internet of Things World, May 17, 2017
Speaker, "Developing Intelligent Public Transportation," Internet of Things World, May 17, 2017
Speaker, "AI in Transportation," Comet Labs, May 9, 2017
Speaker, "Autonomous Vehicles: Now To 2020," TiECon 2017, May 6, 2017
Conference Moderator, Connected Car California, Santa Clara, CA, April 25, 2017
Speaker, "Autonomous Vehicle Regulations: Where We Are, And Where We May Be Heading," Predictera's Executive IoT & Cloud Security Summit, April 13, 2017
Speaker, "Smart Cities: Privacy and Security Strategies," Predictera's Executive IoT & Cloud Security Summit, Santa Clara, CA, April 13, 2017
Speaker, "Tech & Torts: Autonomous Vehicles On The Road," US Chamber of Commerce's Emerging Technologies and Torts of the Future Conference, Menlo Park, CA, March 29, 2017
Speaker, "Self-Driving Cars and Society," AI By The Bay Conference, San Francisco, CA, March 7, 2017
Speaker, "Regulating Self-Driving Vehicles," Stanford Technology Law Review Symposium, Stanford, CA, March 3, 2017
Speaker, "The Future of Smart Cities," Worlds Fair Nano, San Francisco, CA, January 28, 2017
Speaker, "Creating a Safe and Secure Smart City," Boston Smart Cities Summit, Boston, MA, December 6, 2016
Moderator, "Fireside Chat with Gillian Gillett, Director of Transportation Policy for the City of San Francisco," ADAS to Self-Driving Vehicles Conference, October 26, 2016
Speaker, "Exploring the Standards and Regulations Surrounding Autonomous Vehicles," ADAS to Self-Driving Vehicles Conference, October 26, 2016
Speaker, "Autonomous Vehicles & Artificial Intelligence," Stanford Digital Cities Summit, Stanford, CA, October 3, 2016
Speaker, "Smart City Privacy," Stanford Digital Cities Summit, Stanford, CA, October 3, 2016
Speaker, "Data and The Future of Mobility," Future of Privacy Forum, San Jose, CA, September 14, 2016
Speaker, "Anatomy Of A TCPA Class Action: Defense Strategies," Lawline CLE Presentation, October 8, 2015
Speaker, "Overcoming The Threats To Connected Car Security, Safety and Privacy," Internet of Things World Conference, San Francisco, CA, May 12, 2015