Chris is of counsel.

Chris J. Hoofnagle
Of Counsel
Silicon Valley
P+1 650 321 2400

Chris practices in the  Strategic Transactions & Licensing group, focusing on advising start-up and emerging companies and venture capitalists on information privacy, cybersecurity, and compliance issues. Chris is a nationally recognized expert on privacy law and an elected member of the American Law Institute.

Since 2006 Chris has been a full-time faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley, with joint appointments in the Schools of Law and of Information. He has taught cybersecurity, privacy and security forensics, computer crime law, internet law, privacy law, and a seminar on the Federal Trade Commission. He is the author of Federal Trade Commission Privacy Law and Policy (Cambridge University Press 2016).

Chris co-chairs the annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference. He is a member of the San Francisco Electronic Crimes Task Force, Palantir's Council on Privacy and Civil Liberties, and InfraGard.

Chris received his B.A. from the University of Georgia and his J.D. from University of Georgia School of Law. He is admitted to practice in California and Washington, D.C.


  • University of Georgia School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Georgia, B.A.


  • California
  • District of Columbia