Beth Burgin Waller is a cybersecurity and data privacy attorney who uses her significant experience in technology to counsel clients on a broad range of issues.

As chair of the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Practice at Woods Rogers, Beth advises clients both on cybersecurity concerns and privacy regulatory compliance. Beth is a Certified Information Privacy Professional with both U.S. and Europe designations (CIPP/US & CIPP/E) from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Beth’s experience on the intersection of technology and the law is extensive. Her clients range from Fortune 200 companies to municipalities and universities, and span industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, banking, and energy. Beth also advises clients in high tech fields such as biotechnology and software development and has experience with clients pioneering new technologies such as blockchain and IoT devices.

Beth has been on the frontlines when an organization’s worst security fears are realized. From managing cybersecurity incidents to board of director briefings, these experiences have made her a proponent of all organizations becoming cyber resilient. She uses her knowledge to guide organizations on cyber preparedness and cyber insurance needs. Further, Beth has developed supplier vetting programs and often negotiates cyber and privacy risks associated with contracting. Beth has helped companies build privacy programs from the ground up and been at the helm of major regulatory compliance rollouts. She also helps companies protect intellectual property rights associated with the technology they develop.

Beth is a frequent contributor to the national online cybersecurity journal Dark Reading, where she authors articles on cybersecurity’s legal risks. She has been named a Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star in multiple categories including Intellectual Property. Virginia Business magazine has ranked her in their legal elite listings. In 2017, she was named a Virginia Lawyers Weekly “Up & Coming Lawyer,” one of 15 attorneys selected across the Commonwealth for this distinction.

Beth’s reputation as a leader in technology and the law in the Commonwealth is evidenced by her appointment and election to leadership positions in both of the major bars of the Commonwealth: the Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Bar Association. In particular, in 2019, Beth was appointed to serve as Vice-Chair of the Virginia State Bar’s Special Committee on Technology and the Future Practice of Law. She has previously chaired the Committee’s subcommittee on cybersecurity. In 2021, she was named to the Virginia Bar Association’s Intellectual Property and Information Technology Section Council. She is also an adjunct professor of law at Washington and Lee University Law School, teaching technology-focused classes to law students.

Beth is a passionate supporter of technology companies and innovation. She served on the executive committee of the board of the Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council and Valleys Innovation Council. She’s also previously served the community through service on the board of Restoration Housing and on the board for the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia.

Beth graduated magna cum laude from Hollins University with honors in creative writing where she was also student body president. Beth attended the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia before earning her law degree from the College of William & Mary.

Affiliations

American Bar Association

Virginia Bar Association
Intellectual Property and Information Technology Section Council

Virginia State Bar
Special Committee on the Technology and Practice of Law

Certified Information Privacy Professional with a European designation (CIPP-E)

Certified Information Privacy Professional with a U.S. designation (CIPP-US)

Washington and Lee Law School
Adjunct Professor

Thought Leadership

Published Articles


Teaching Engagements

Electronic Discovery – W&L Law – Fall 2018

Featured Posts

Speaking Engagements

Sycom Technologies & Woods Rogers | Ransomware Readiness and Response | February 9, 2021

Virginia Bar Association | Blockchain: The Intersection of Emerging Technology and an Evolving Legal Landscape | January 22, 2021

Women in E-Discovery Richmond Chapter | Cybersecurity & E-Discovery | January 27, 2021

HIMSS Virginia Chapter | What Healthcare Executives and Board Members Must Know About Enterprise Cyber Risk Management | January 26, 2021

Innovate Lynchburg | Real World Cyber… what’s REALLY going on? | November 17, 2020

Virginia Chapter of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management | Cybersecurity & Privacy 2020: A Quick Look at Current Concerns | December 17, 2020

AICPA Employee Benefit Plans Conference | Cybersecurity Incident Response: A Walk Through A Data Breach | November 10, 2020

Virginia Bar Association Intellectual Property and Information Technology Section | Attack of the IoT Zombies: Confidentiality, Cybersecurity, and a Lawyer’s Duty | October 29, 2020

RVATech Talks | Richmond Technology Podcast | August 9, 2020

RVA Tech Data Summit | Cybersecurity & Data Privacy | March 11, 2020

2019 FireEye Cyber Defense Summit | Navigating the Labyrinth: A Guide to Board of Director Cybersecurity Legal Risk | October 9, 2019

HalfMoon Education Inc. | Cybersecurity Issues for Engineers | September 25, 2019

Kentucky Credit Union League | Cybersecurity Risk from a Legal Perspective: Top 10 Tips | July 17, 2019

Dark Reading Virtual Summit | Panel: The First 24 Hours: Advice to First Responders in a Critical Data Breach | June 26, 2019

2019 IG3 Mid-Atlantic Conference | Panel: Cybersecurity, Privacy & Data Protection | June 23, 2019

Virginia Information Technology Agency (VITA) | Cybersecurity & Data Privacy | June 5, 2019

Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia | Higher Education Legal Update | May 22, 2019

Annual VA Health Information and Management Systems Society | H.I.T. Advocacy Day | March 14, 2019

Virginia Credit Union League | Cybersecurity | Regulations & Compliance | November 6, 2018

Charlottesville Chamber of Commerce | Mission Possible: Cybersecurity Education & Defense for the Rest of Us | October 25, 2018

ACEC HR Forum | The Role of Human Resources in Securing the Workplace | October 16, 2018

General Counsel Roundtable | Cybersecurity | September 26, 2018

VT Roanoke Center Facts & Snacks | Cybersecurity and Privacy | August 30, 2018

CICV Conference for Chief HR Directors & Chief Financial Officers | Top Challenges in Cybersecurity Facing Higher Education in the 21st Century | June 14, 2018

CICV Technology Conference for Chief Information Officers | Cybersecurity | May 18, 2018

Virginia Community College System Information Security Officer Conference | General Data Protection Regulation | May 17, 2018

Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys—Spring Sections Seminar | Advances in Electronic Medical Records: Key Tactical Issues | May 10, 2018

Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center | European Union General Data Protection Regulation | April 24, 2018

Commonwealth of Virginia Information Security | Privacy and Security from a Legal Perspective | April 13, 2018

Virginia State Bar CLE: Annual Real Estate Seminar | Cybersecurity, Ethics and Real Estate Law | March 2, 2018

12th Annual VA Health Information and Management Systems Society H.I.T. Advocacy Day | Cybersecurity Planning: Insurance & Working with Outside Legal Counsel | January 25, 2018

Virginia Bio | Cybersecurity Incident Response (Webinar) | January 16, 2018

SEMINARS + EVENTS

2019 Labor and Employment Seminar Series | October 2 - November 5

37th Annual Labor & Employment Seminar Series | September 20, 2018

Key Legal Issues in Higher Education | March 1, 2018

Recognition

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