Shaq Katikala

privacy counsel
Shaq Katikala



Partial Graduate Certificate, Mining Massive Data Sets, Stanford University, 2015
J.D., Law Review, New York Law School, June 2013
B.A., Philosophy/Economics, New College of Florida, June 2010

Bar Admissions and Certifications

New York
Washington D.C.
Certified Information Privacy Professional/US
Certified Information Technologist
IAPP Fellow of Information Privacy

Shaq Katikala is a privacy attorney with extensive experience in technology and entertainment law. He has reviewed over 10,000 privacy policies, teaches artificial intelligence, and has worked with both Fortune 100 companies and garage startups. His practice areas include intellectual property, advertising, regulatory compliance, telecommunications, business, gaming, First Amendment, and cybersecurity law. Fluent in the language of lawyers, technologists, and business people, Shaq is a well-rounded, diligent counsel for your business.

Before joining Morrison / Lee, Shaq was Counsel and Assistant Director of Technology at the Network Advertising Initiative, the premier self-regulatory trade group for privacy in online advertising. While there, he conducted in-depth privacy assessments on over 100 major technology companies, including Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn, and Oracle. He led several working groups, drafting guidance and codes of conduct affecting multi-billion dollar industries. He then represented those groups to regulators, including the Federal Trade Commission, on issues relating to Smart TVs, location data, and other emerging technologies. Before NAI, Shaq trained under prominent First Amendment appellate litigators at the Media Coalition, where he defended free speech on behalf of the entertainment industry with respect to COPPA, NSA wiretapping, and more. He previously interned with entertainment lawyers, helping navigate complex and global intellectual property issues. In law school, he served on Law Review, placed nationally in an intellectual property negotiation competition, and served as Vice President of the Media Entertainment Fashion Law Association.

In addition to being an experienced technology attorney, Shaq has a long history in programming and data science that helps him present practical, implementable solutions to legal problems. He’s built software to flag compliance issues including privacy policy scanners and data collection analysis tools. Using statistical techniques, he decoded a secret messaging system used by Anonymous and other hacker groups in the Bitcoin blockchain. He won a national hackathon hosted by Uber, is co-founder of RenterPeace (a web app to help tenants with landlord issues), and is currently a lead data science instructor at General Assembly.

Shaq Katikala is barred in DC and NY, where he helps bridge the gap between regulators and the business world in the same way that he bridges the gap between lawyers and developers.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • International Association of Privacy Professionals Privacy Bar
  • New York Bar Association
  • DC Bar Association
  • DC Tech Policy Happy Hour
  • General Assembly, Lead Instructor
  • Data Science Association

Articles, Publications and Lectures

Data Compliance Workshop – Connected TV World Summit – 2017
FTC Smart TV Industry Panel – Federal Trade Commission’s Smart TV Workshop – 2016
Inspired Speaker: Tutorial on Testing Opt-Outs and Understanding Online Tracking – IAPP Global Summit – 2016
Emerging Technologies: Addressable TV, Programmable TV, and DOOH, NAI Summit, 2016
Winner – Uber & Department of Transportation’s Hack the Last Mile Hackathon – 2016
Practical De-Identification Workshop – Future of Privacy Forum – 2015
Using Privacy by Design to Manage Your Cross-Device Platform – NAI Summit – 2015
“Mobile Choices” – NAI – 2015
“Guidance for NAI Members: Determining Whether Location is Imprecise” – NAI – 2015
What You Can Learn from a Privacy Policy Scanner – IAPP Practical Privacy Series – 2014
“Looking Toward the Future: NAI’s New Compliance Software” – NAI – 2014
“The Hacker’s Code: Finding Bitcoin Thieves Through the Similarity and Status Claims Between Users” – Stanford University – 2013
“Inside the U.S.’s Ridiculous Plan to Make Sure ‘Made in China’ Doesn’t Mean ‘Stolen From America'” – Mic – 2013
TV Interview on Google Glass Privacy – Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln (WRK) – 2013
“3 New Ways Google Glass Invades Your Privacy” – Mic – 2013
“Supreme Court’s FISA Decision is Trashing the First Amendment” – Mic – 2013