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Ice Miller Welcomes Veteran Cybersecurity Law Enforcement Agent James Watson Ice Miller Welcomes Veteran Cybersecurity Law Enforcement Agent James Watson

Ice Miller Welcomes Veteran Cybersecurity Law Enforcement Agent James Watson

Ice Miller LLP is pleased to announce that James Watson has joined the firm’s Indianapolis office as a partner in the Data Security and Privacy Practice Group.

An experienced federal law enforcement officer with the FBI, Watson has over 20 years of experience in cyber security and data privacy. His experience in information security, data protection, privacy, crisis management, ethics, compliance, cryptocurrency, internal investigations and emerging technologies allows him to ready companies for cyber events through cyber risk assessment, incident response preparedness and data breach response, to assess the privacy issues with emerging technologies, and to utilize his investigative skills in sensitive matters.

Watson is an FBI Certified Cyber Instructor and holds Global Information Assurance Certifications (GIAC) in the Law of Data Security & Investigation (GLEG) and Security Essentials (GSEC).  His work has been recognized by the FBI with its Medal of Excellence and by the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association with the National Award for Investigative Excellence.  He was also recognized by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children with a Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jim to the firm,” said partner Reena Bajowala, chair of the firm’s data security and privacy practice group. “His federal law enforcement experience in these areas is an asset to the firm and to our clients as businesses continue to face growing threats of cybercrimes.”

Prior to joining Ice Miller Watson served as Chief Division Counsel for the FBI where he advised on cyber and technology matters associated with both criminal and national security investigations. In addition, as general counsel for the Indianapolis Division of the FBI (INFBI), Watson managed all internal investigations within the office.

Previously, Watson served as Associate Division counsel and cybercrime supervisor for the INFBI. He has also worked as a legal advisor, Special Agent and Supervisory Special Agent in Washington, D.C., Indiana, Florida, Illinois and Missouri. In Washington, D.C., he served in the Cyber National Security Section at the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force, which involved managing cyber counterterrorism and global counterintelligence matters, and serving as team leader of a cyber terrorism threat focus cell.

Watson earned his juris doctor from Washington University in St. Louis and his Dual Master’s in Advanced Cyber Security and Information Security Management from Villanova University.


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This press release is intended for general information purposes only and does not and is not intended to constitute legal advice.

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