Ryan McKenney


Washington, D.C.

Ryan McKenney is a member of Orrick’s internationally recognized Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation practice group. His practice focuses on the intersection of technology, privacy, and data security, with particular experience in emerging policy issues in quantum computing and artificial intelligence.

Ryan leverages his experience in quantum computing and privacy advocacy to help clients assess and mitigate the legal, regulatory, and ethical risks associated with the development and use of quantum technologies, AI and Machine Learning, and other emerging technologies. He also helps clients create privacy programs and policies to navigate the patchwork of global laws impacting privacy and cybersecurity and to reduce the risk of cybersecurity incidents.

Ryan is a co-founder of the Law and Quantum Computing Committee under the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C) where he is working on programming and scholarship related to the legal and ethical issues related to quantum computing and quantum technologies. Ryan previously worked at Milbank LLP where he focused on complex commercial litigation and privacy compliance programs.

During law school, Ryan was the Symposium Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. He graduated from Vanderbilt University cum laude where he was an Ingram Scholar. Ryan is currently an adjunct professor of law at Loyola Law School where he teaches a class entitled "Technology & Privacy". 

Ryan is a Certified Information Privacy Professional for both the U.S. and Europe (CIPP/E and CIPP/US) through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and holds certificates from MIT xPRO in Quantum Computing Fundamentals and Blockchain and from Wharton Online in Artificial Intelligence for Business. He is an active member of the American Bar Association.