Stephanie K. Pell, the founder of SKP Strategies, LLC, provides legislative, policy and government relations consulting across the cluster of communications privacy issues found at the nexus of law enforcement, national security, commercial and consumer interests, including: electronic surveillance and wiretapping; location-based information and services; cloud computing; cybersecurity; information sharing; data breach and data retention. She also writes about privacy and surveillance law, most recently publishing an article entitled, Systematic Government Access to Private Sector Data in the United States, International Data Privacy Law (Oxford University Press 2012) and co-authoring another with Christopher Soghoian entitled, Can You See Me Now?: Towards Reasonable Standards for Law Enforcement Access to Location Data That Congress Could Enact, 27 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 117 (2012). Prior to starting SKP Strategies, Stephanie served as Counsel to the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives (on detail from the Department of Justice), where she was the Democratic Majority’s lead counsel on Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) reform and PATRIOT Act reauthorization during the 111th Congress.
Prior to leaving DOJ in January 2011, Stephanie had been a federal prosecutor for over fourteen years, working as a Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General, as a Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General of the National Security Division, and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida. She was a lead prosecutor in U.S. v. Jose Padilla (American Citizen detained as an enemy combatant prior to criminal indictment and trial) for which she received the Attorney General’s Exceptional Service Award, and in U.S. v. Conor Claxton (IRA operatives who purchased weapons in South Florida and smuggled them into Belfast, Northern Ireland during peace process negotiations). Stephanie received her undergraduate, master’s and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.