Stuart L. Pardau Bio

Stuart L. Pardau is the Founding member and Principal of the Los Angeles, California-based, Law Offices of Stuart L. Pardau & Associates, where he advises clients on intellectual property, data security/privacy, general corporate law, and a variety of employment-related issues. Stuart’s law firm also has a strategic alliance focusing on servicing the market research industry, with the law firm of Lev & Berlin, P.C., a Connecticut-based boutique corporate law firm.

Prior to starting his own firm, Stuart was, for close to ten years, the Chief Legal Counsel, at the leading market research firm, J.D. Power and Associates (and for over five of those years, also an Associate General Counsel, at J.D. Power’s parent, McGraw-Hill), where he became a thought leader in intellectual property, technology, data security, privacy issues, advertising law, and regulatory issues confronting the market research industry, including through his work as a member of the Council on American Survey Research ("CASRO") Government & Public Affairs Committee.
 During his time with McGraw-Hill, Stuart worked on a variety of intellectual property licensing, data security/privacy, employment counseling, and corporate (including M&A) for other McGraw-Hill business units such Standard & Poor’s, McGraw-Hill Education and Business Week magazine.

Before joining J.D. Power, Stuart was a Managing Director and Regional Counsel at FedEx Corporation, based in Tokyo, Japan, where he worked on variety of legal and regulatory matters in the region, including in China and the Republic of Korea. Stuart has also worked for several leading international law firms, including the New York-based Weil, Gotshal & Manges, where he began his career.

In addition to his successful career as an attorney, Stuart is an accomplished scholar, writer, and public speaker. Currently, he is a tenure-track Professor at the College of Business and Economics at the California State University Northridge and is also a member of the Leadership Council at the Rand Corporation in Santa Monica and is a Fellow at the Ponemon Institute, the world-leading institute of privacy and data security. Stuart has published widely, including in such publications as the Business Law News (a publication of the California State Bar), the Daily Journal, the Wall Street Journal, International Commercial Litigation, and the Los Angeles Times. Stuart is an active participant in social media, where he comments on topical legal, business and economic issues on his blog and on Twitter at!/slpardau.

Stuart resides in Los Angeles with his wife and three kids. He is conversational in Japanese and has a J.D. from Stanford Law School, a Masters degree in International Politics from Cambridge University in the U.K., and his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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