Melissa J. Sachs joined Thomson Reuters in 2011. For years, she wrote and edited hundreds of articles on privacy, data breaches, the First and Fourth Amendments, social media, insurance and other legal issues. Her work appeared in various Westlaw Journal titles as well as on Practitioner Insights and Practical Law Connect pages.
In 2017, Melissa joined Practical Law’s Privacy & Data Security team in the United States. In her current role, Melissa writes and edits privacy and data security legal know-how resources, including practice notes, checklists, standard documents, and country-specific resources with insight from local practitioners. These resources help attorneys perform effectively and efficiently at firms, government agencies or in-house. She also keeps on top of privacy and data security developments and trends, curating a section on the homepage of Data Privacy Advisor.
Melissa is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) and a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She received a J.D. and a certificate in international law and comparative legal studies from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in English language and literature and a minor in economics.
Before joining Thomson Reuters, Melissa taught a course on blogging for legal professionals while running two websites. She also worked as an attorney recruiter, learning about the business of law and as an associate for a boutique employment law firm in Philadelphia. She’s been featured in a ProfNet online column and spoke as a guest panelist on the This Week in Law podcast. As a new Minnesota resident, Melissa is still in awe with the beauty of the lakes in the summer and the unexpected blizzards in April.