Hank Dempsey serves as Chief Counsel to the Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee within the California Legislature. The committee handles a wide variety of professional licensing and consumer protection-related legislation, and is one of a small number of committees which hear bills related to privacy and technology. Prior to his current position, Hank has served in a variety of governmental staff roles in the Assembly and with the Department of Toxic Substances Control, and in those capacities often worked on matters related to consumer protection, privacy, trade secrets and technology. He was also formerly an associate with Fenwick & West LLP in Mountain View, CA, where he practiced corporate law primarily on behalf of technology clients.
Hank is a three-time graduate of U.C. Berkeley, holding a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, a Master's Degree in Public Policy, and a J.D. He is also the author of two published works: a co-authored chapter on structuring transactions involving intellectual property for a 2008 CEB publication, and a California Law Review article on campaign finance that won the 2007 Thelen Marrin Prize.