Joshua Galper is co-founder and partner of Trident DMG, and co-founder and partner of the law firm of Davis Goldberg & Galper PLLC. Josh has more than 20 years of experience working at the intersection of business, law, public policy, and communications, including at premier global law firms and as general counsel for a high-profile tech company.
Josh’s counsel and advocacy focus on: crisis management; regulatory, congressional, and other government investigations; communications strategies and interest from grassroots groups and the media; public policy issues, government relations and public affairs campaigns; reputation management; and litigation advice. He also provides emerging and other companies with general corporate and strategic counsel, including for data, privacy and cybersecurity issues, and areas in which regulation can pose threats and opportunities to innovation.
Throughout his career in politics, private practice, and in-house, Josh has been a strategist and counselor to U.S. and international corporations, high net-worth individuals and families, public figures and officeholders, state and local governments, non-profits, boards of directors, national political figures, and Indian tribes. These matters have spanned, among others, the financial, entertainment, privacy and cybersecurity, internet and technology, education, hedge fund, private equity, pharmaceutical, personal genetics testing, hospitality, retail, transportation, automotive, and telecommunications sectors.
Before co-founding Davis, Goldberg & Galper and Trident DMG, Josh served from 2011 until 2016 as the Chief Policy Officer, General Counsel, SVP-Business Development, and Corporate Secretary of the venture-backed tech start-up Personal.com, which is the first and leading cloud platform for helping individuals and teams to store, manage and share data for the office and home. As a senior member of the company’s management team, Josh helped to drive Personal’s corporate strategy and growth in all areas, and he also headed the privacy and security teams.
From 2003-2011, Josh helped to build and later co-chaired the Public Strategies and Crisis Management Practice at Patton Boggs LLP and then at Orrick LLP, where he became partner in 2008.
Josh began his legal career at Sidley Austin LLP in Washington, D.C. in 2000 as one of the first lawyers in the firm’s global privacy and information law group.
Josh’s extensive political background informs his approach to the interplay of law, public policy and communications. He has worked for former U.S. Senator David Boren, former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley on his presidential campaign, Rahm Emanuel on his first congressional primary race, and former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich on his Massachusetts governor’s race, among others. He also served on the speechwriting teams of the Democratic National Conventions that nominated John Kerry (2004) and Barack Obama (2008) as a writer, editor and presentation coach for podium speakers.
In 2014, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson appointed Josh to serve on DHS’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee, which advises DHS on technology, policies and programs. Josh has also been named a “Privacy by Design” ambassador and has been active in data, privacy and data-driven development initiatives at the World Economic Forum and Aspen Institute.
In 2015, Josh was named a top corporate counsel in Washington, D.C. by Legal Bisnow and the Association of Corporate Counsel-National Capital Region as well as a National Law Journal Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Trailblazer. He serves as an expert mentor at 1776, the Washington, D.C.-based global start-up incubator and on the ALM Advisory Board on Cybsersecurity and Data Privacy. He has been an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he created and co-taught a semester-long course on legal crisis management in 2008 and 2010, and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Admitted to practice law in Illinois and District of Columbia, Josh is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.
Select Speaking Engagements:
“Darkness Descends: The General Counsel’s Role in Business Continuity Management,” Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute’s 2nd Annual Corporate Counsel Leadership Forum, panelist, November 16, 2016.
“A Practical Approach to Data Privacy,” Columbia Law School Executive Education Conference (Cybersecurity: What Lawyers and Business Leaders Need to Know, lecturer), October 28, 2016.
“Business and the Next Administration,” American University’s Kogod School of Business, commenter, July 28, 2016.
“Working in the Public Interest – Doing Good from 9 to 5”, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, panelist, July 6, 2016.
“12th Annual Progressive Career Panel,” American Constitution Society Washington, D.C. Lawyer Chapter, moderator, November 19, 2015.
National Law Journal GC Roundtable, panelist, October 21, 2015.
“The Internet on Your Terms,” International Association of Privacy Professionals Privacy Security Risk 2015 Conference, panelist, October 1, 2015.
“Starting at a Start-Up: What Lawyers Need to Know and Do,” Association of Corporate Counsel-National Capital Region, panelist, April 24, 2015.
“Reflections on the 2014 Elections,” Oldest College Daily/Yale Daily News Foundation event at the Washington Post, moderator, November 18, 2014.
“11th Annual Progressive Career Panel,” American Constitution Society Washington, D.C. Lawyer Chapter, moderator, November 6, 2014.
“Community College-Powered Innovation: How Lone Star College-University Park, Personal.com, and the Gates Foundation are Working Together to Personalize Student Learning and Career Journeys,” American Association of Community Colleges 94thAnnual Convention, co-presenter, April 7, 2014.
“Planning our Data Future: Privacy and Innovation in the 21st Century,” Disruptive Competition Project (DisCo)/Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), Disruptive Competition Policy Forum, panelist, December 10, 2013.
“Privacy Regulation 2013,” The 2013 National Law Journal Regulatory Summit, panelist, November 13, 2013.
“Big Data, Apps and Analytics,” Information Management Week, U.S. Department of Education, panelist, May 6, 2013.