Tenaya Rodewald is Special Counsel in the Privacy and Cybersecurity and Litigation practices, and divides her time between the firm’s Palo Alto and Brussels offices.

Areas of Practice

Tenaya advises clients of all sizes on legal issues related to privacy and online content distribution, including state and federal privacy laws, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, data breach response, and responding to private litigant and government demands for information. Tenaya’s recent work has focused on helping US companies and non-profit organizations comply with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Tenaya’s litigation practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, consumer class action defense, defamation defense and First Amendment litigation. She has represented online music and video distributors, computer hardware manufacturers, publishers, nonprofits, and studios in litigation in state and federal court. 

Prior to joining Sheppard Mullin, Tenaya was an associate at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan LLP and at a boutique litigation firm in Los Angeles. Tenaya was a judicial intern for the Honorable Naomi Reice Buchwald, Southern District of New York, and an intern in the United States Attorney’s Office, Civil Division, Southern District of New York. Tenaya earned a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego in 2003.



Social Media Law Blog Posts

Venture Law and Video Game Law Blog Posts

Speaking Engagements

  • "Privacy Issues and GDPR," Santa Clara Law In-House Counsel Institute, June 25, 2018


J.D., New York University School of Law, 2006, cum laude

Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 2003

B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1997, highest honors


  • Intern to the Honorable Naomi Reice Buchwald, United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • Intern in the United States Attorney’s Office, Civil Division, Southern District of New York


  • California
  • Northern and Central Districts of California
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