Kathleen Benway concentrates her practice on government investigations and corporate compliance related to consumer protection issues, including privacy, security, advertising, and FinTech. She supports clients in policy and rulemaking proceedings tied to the California Consumer Privacy Act, Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, and Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act’s Safeguards Rule.
Kathleen’s experience makes her uniquely positioned to represent clients before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and other government agencies. She has over 12 years of senior-level experience with the FTC, including chief of staff to three directors of the Bureau of Consumer Protection (BCP), senior advisor to a former FTC commissioner, and counsel to two BCP directors, providing legal and policy advice across a range of investigations and litigation, rulemaking, and other consumer protection matters. Kathleen led investigations and prosecuted privacy, data security, and unfair and deceptive business practice cases.
Kathleen served two details as counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, staffing investigations and hearings and providing advice to senators, staff, and other stakeholders on proposed legislation and policy issues. She was assistant chief in the Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau.
Kathleen has extensive experience in higher education. In addition to serving as a financial aid director at a college in Boston, she conducted Title IV compliance audits of post-secondary schools across the country for the U.S. Department of Education.