Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Section

  • Explores the intersection of technology with the law specifically in the areas of computer security and the protection of sensitive information
  • Programs and format will be flexible in order to remain relevant, but will focus on computer security laws, data breach repercussions, Constitutional privacy implications, and the legal aspects of current or future technologies

Lawrence  Montle, Co-Chair

Lawrence Montle is currently the chief information security officer and privacy officer at the New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF). He is responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive information security plan to improve and insure agency security levels. In this role, Mr. Montle oversees the recommendation and design of targeted strategies and initiatives to effectively assess risks, maintain the security of NYSIF’s proprietary data, and ensure its protection from unauthorized use. He also functions as a liaison to the Office of Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Coordination, administering security training for agency staff and ensuring NYSIF's compliance with statewide security policies, privacy standards and controls.

Prior to joining NYSIF, Mr. Montle served as internal audit director for the Department of Financial Services, where he oversaw audits conducted by the New York State Comptroller’s office and other external entities, and monitored compliance and adherence to policy review and internal controls. Among other achievements, he implemented a comprehensive internal audit internship program to train and mentor students.

Mr. Montle’s previous positions include serving as information technology director at the New York Liquidation Bureau and working at Verizon as an IT auditor, systems engineer, and network engineer for over a decade. He holds certifications in information privacy (CIPP/US), fraud examination (CFE), information systems auditing (CISA) and is licensed to practice law in N.Y. and D.C. Mr. Montle received his MBA in finance and management from Fordham University and his JD from New York Law School. He obtained his undergraduate degree from New York University.

Taa Grays, Co-Chair

Jacques Sexton, Vice-Chair

Jacques is an eData attorney, certified in data protection and M&A, that integrates multi-business line corporate experience to provide growth- and risk- calibrated advice reflecting the responsibilities and opportunities of elite data stewardship.
He is admitted to practice law in New York and certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (CIPP/US). He has also been previously certified as a Mergers and Acquisition Advisor (CM&AA) by the Alliance of Mergers and Acquisition Advisors. Subject matters include Data Privacy and Cybersecurity, Anti-Money Laundering/Bank Secrecy Act compliance, and Cost of Insurance litigation (COI). Experience includes investigations, class-action defense, regulatory inquiry response, and compliance program assessment and development.
In addition to serving as Vice-Chair of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Section, Jacques volunteers in numerous leadership capacities including the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) Fellows Board Co-Chair and CUP Convening Faculty Member; My Brother’s Keeper My Sister’s Keeper (MBK/MSK) Steering Committee Member; and the Urban Assembly School of Law and Justice Volunteer and Advocate. Past service includes Advisor to the Executive Director, Board Member, and Committee Chair roles in the areas of governance, finance, and development for non-profit organizations on both coasts. In all roles, Jacques has developed and/or implemented strategic and tactical plans with measurable goals and concrete timelines.
Jacques received his J.D. from Howard University School of Law where he was a member of the Huver I. Brown Trial Advocacy team, and his B.A. from Morehouse College. He is a CUP Fellow and member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.