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I'm a lawyer, writer and environmental science nerd.

I currently work as an in-house lawyer at a tech company. Before entering tech I spent almost a decade in the energy industry, and a short time as a Law Fellow at the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL). After the Deepwater Horizon accident, I managed Natural Resource Damage Assessment investigations and the $1 billion early environmental restoration program at BP. 

I've written articles for print and publication appearing in TechCrunch, Bloomberg Law, LegalTech News, Above the Law, SCCE Magazine, Ethikos and the Suffolk University Law Review. I've commented on pieces on cybersecurity and women in technology in The Wall Street Journal and Politico.


I co-wrote the chapter on Sustainable Development in The Oxford Handbook of International Environmental Law (1st ed., 2007). I'm currently working on a fiction project.

I was a Board Member and Vice Chair of Women in Security and Privacy and am currently a Board Member of the Information Security Leadership Foundation. I'm also a member of the Women's Fiction Writers Association.

When I'm not working, I'm usually reading, writing or birding. 

Past Media & Events

21st Century Legal Profession Course, Suffolk University Law School 

Guest Lecturer, November 16, 2020

NCSA Small Business Cybersecurity Summit 2020 (Watch the video)

Session Speaker: Putting the Plan Into Action: Data Breach Response, October 15, 2020

Podcast: ITSP Magazine's Common CyberSecurity Misconceptions And Conversations 

Compliance with industry standards is sufficient for a security strategy (misconception), July 8, 2020

Podcast: The Hitch Cast (Listen here)

How the pandemic has affected the CISO's role in building and managing the company's  business continuity plan (click link above), May 9, 2020


Webinar: CCPA Compliance Beyond Deadline Day (View webinar)

BrightTalk Panel Discussion, Recording Available (click link above), March 10, 2020

Heavybit: DevGuild Enterprise Security (Watch the video)

Session Speaker: Passing Enterprise Security Reviews, November 14, 2019 

Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI) Startup Pitches and Panel Discussion

Moderator, VC Panel, November 13, 2019 

San Francisco Day of Shecurity

Keynote Speaker, Real Life in Security GRC, October 11, 2019 (Presentation recap here)


California Lawyers Association Annual Meeting

Panelist: Big Data, Big Concerns, October 10, 2019


FedRAMP Small Business & Startup Meetup (Recap here)

Industry Panelist at Code for America, September 25, 2019

Webinar: Getting Ready for CCPA (View webinar)

BrightTalk Panel Discussion, Recording Available (click link above), September 17, 2019

California's New Privacy Regulations: What Marketers Need to Know Now

[Panel] AMA SF at General Assembly, September 11, 2019

a16z Podcast: What to Know about FedRAMP (Listen here)

Steven Sinofsky & Lisa Hawke (click link above), August 28, 2019


Deflect 2019

Privacy Track: Compliance Upcycling: applying federal guidance to privacy and security programs

Salesforce Security Team: Guest Speaker 2019

[Internal Talk] Security Landscape: opportunities, challenges, and finding support 


LegalTech New York 2019

Illuminating Dark Data: Risk Mitigation in the Era of Big Data [Ethics CLE]

a16z Podcast: What to Know about GDPR (Listen here)

Steven Sinofsky & Lisa Hawke (click link above), April 12, 2018

San Francisco CyberTalks 2018

General Data Protection Regulation Panel

Women in Security and Privacy + Dropbox Panel 2017

   Breaking into Security: Panel Discussion

A Discussion on AI and Government Regulation 2017

Panel Discussion

TheBridge, Dcode42 and The U.S. Chamber of Commerce C_TEC

Lisa Hawke WISP Panel
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