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7 Qs with Lisa Miller, Esq.

Featuring Tanya Forsheit



WLALA recently asked Tanya Forsheit seven questions.  Here are her responses:

What is your favorite technology device? Why?

My iPhone 6 Plus. I can do everything on it. E-mail; map my commute; check weather; buy coffee; monitor my exercise and diet; track flights; search Google; and update my Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter feeds. And I do all that in just 10 minutes, while sitting on a plane. It’s amazing. We take that stuff for granted.

What is/was your dream vacation? Why was it the best ever?

I don’t think it has happened yet. I have had some wonderful vacations, but I hope to travel the world with my husband someday.

Name the person you admire the most, and the quality that impresses you the most.

I don’t have a single person that I admire the most. There are many people for whom, for a variety of reasons, I have a tremendous amount of admiration. They include people who have shaped who I am as mother, wife and lawyer, and I admire them for their strength of character and unconditional support, including my mother, my mentors at prior law firms, and the peer group of women that I have been fortunate to call my friends and colleagues throughout the years; and  high-profile people who are not afraid to use their positions of power to either make the world a better place or to speak unpopular truths and make them socially acceptable, like Malala Yousafzai, Tina Fey, and John Stewart.

What is your most significant accomplishment, and what impact did it have?

I am torn on this one. I might say starting my own law firm in 2009, because it allowed me to establish my reputation in the legal community on my own terms. But I might also say practicing law for 18 years non-stop while raising two kids, now 12 and 2, because it has made my life incredibly rich intellectually, personally, and professionally. 

If you could “fix” one global challenge, what would it be? How would you fix it?

Probably the continuing violence against women and girls around the world. How would I fix it? I don’t know, but it would probably start with raising awareness and helping to put other women into positions of power so that those abuses can eventually be reduced.

If you could have a career different from the one you are now pursuing, what would it be? Why is this your alternate choice?

I might be a writer. I love to write and tell stories when I have the time to get lost in it.

What do you hope to accomplish after you retire? Why is this meaningful to you?

I hope to do some kind of public interest legal work (and spend time with family and friends, of course). I am not sure what form the public interest work will take, but that was my passion at the very beginning of my career (I worked for the California and US Public Interest Research Groups while in college and was very active in my law school’s student-run Food Stamp Clinic), and I hope to return to it. Even better if it allows me to incorporate my experience with technology and privacy law.

Tanya Forsheit works with clients to address legal requirements and best practices for protection of customer and employee information. She advises organizations across disciplines, from multinationals to start-ups, in compliance, transactions, and litigation matters involving the use, sharing, and protection of sensitive information, and serves as outside privacy counsel to a number of organizations. She negotiates cloud computing arrangements on behalf of enterprise customers and service providers and has advised on more than 100 data security breaches. She was the 2011-12 President of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles; in 2009 and 2015, she was named one of the Los Angeles Daily Journal's Top 100 Women Litigators in California.  She blogs at

Lisa Miller is a member of the WLALA Board of Trustees, where she works on the legal implications of domestic violence and homelessness.  Ms. Miller is a civil litigator with the Los Angeles-based Marcin Law Firm, LLP.  Ms. Miller teaches 1st Amendment / Law of Mass Communication at the University of Southern California, writes and speaks on free speech and related subjects, and consults on trials and appeals.  She is a hearing officer for numerous California agencies, municipalities, and bar association fee dispute programs.  She serves as a commissioner with the County of Los Angeles Small Business Commission.

Ms. Miller writes the “7 Qs” column for the WLALA newsletter and is always seeking interesting interview subjects.

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