Thomas J. Smedinghoff is Of Counsel in the Privacy & Cybersecurity Law practice at Locke Lord LLP, in Chicago. He is internationally recognized for his leadership in addressing emerging legal issues regarding identity management, e-transactions, data security, and digital signature authentication from both a transactional and public policy perspective. He is Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Identity Management Legal Task Force and a member of the ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force. He is also a member of the US Delegation to the UN Commission on International Trade Law, where he helped to negotiate the UN Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts. He also wrote the Illinois Electronic Commerce Security Act.