Kathleen A. McGee is counsel at Lowenstein Sandler, where she is a member of the firm’s Tech Group and White Collar Criminal Defense practice and focuses primarily on regulatory compliance and investigations.
Kathleen is former Chief of the Bureau of Internet and Technology (BIT) for the New York State Attorney General’s Office, where she directed the enforcement of New York and federal privacy, data security, and consumer protection laws in the online and technology environment. She led groundbreaking investigations into Internet Service Providers in New York state, violations of the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA), and astroturfing and false endorsements in promotions, as well as a successful litigation against Daily Fantasy Sports. Kathleen’s recent policy work has included developing legislation on data security and the use of software bots in ticket sales.
Earlier, Kathleen was Director of the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement for the City of New York, where she focused on the policy and civil enforcement of quality-of-life issues such as illegal hotels and counterfeit trademark activity. She also developed policy and legislative initiatives for the Criminal Justice Coordinator’s Office. During that time, Kathleen co-developed the New Business Acceleration Team, a multiagency initiative that simplified governmental processes and procedures for new businesses and streamlined new business openings.
Kathleen served for over six years as a prosecutor of sex crimes, child abuse, and domestic violence for the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office. She was also a co-developer and program coordinator of the Chicago Public Housing Recycling Buy-Back Program, an economic-environmental initiative she launched as an AmeriCorps VISTA in the 1990s.
Kathleen regularly presents on issues of data security, privacy, consumer protection, and investigations. She is a graduate of Boston University School of Law, the University of Chicago, and Sarah Lawrence College.