Lawyer, Cybersecurity Expert Mercedes Tunstall April 4-8

Mar. 3, 2016

Mercedes Tunstall

Woodrow Wilson Fellow April 4-8

Webster will host its second Woodrow Wilson Fellow from the Council of Independent Colleges during the week of April 4-8. This year’s fellow is Mercedes Tunstall, an attorney practicing in Washington, D.C., who focuses on e-commerce, privacy and cybersecurity issues, and the use of social networking sites for marketing and crowdsourcing purposes. Tunstall served as a staff attorney at the Federal Trade Commission and has testified on the subject of virtual currencies before U.S. Senate.

Throughout the week, Tunstall will be visiting classes across campus to talk about social media, privacy and a range of subjects during her week at Webster. She will also be meeting with the wider community at events highlighting developments in e-commerce and consumer protection for local leaders from the banking and financial services industries.

Contemporary Conversations for a Connected World April 5

Additionally, Tunstall will be the featured speaker at the Contemporary Conversations for a Connected World event on Tuesday, April 5, at 5:30 p.m. She will present Cybersecurity: Its Impact on Daily Life and Privacy, which will examine the ongoing battle to secure our digital information. Before Tunstall’s talk in the East Academic Building, room 253/262, a reception will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in room 262.

The Contemporary Conversations for a Connected World series celebrates Webster’s great heritage of bringing to campus thought leaders who are progressive, bold, entrepreneurial, provocative and inclusive.

“Cybersecurity: Its Impact on Daily Life and Privacy” with Mercedes Tunstall
Tuesday, April 5
4:30 p.m. Reception
5:30 p.m. Talk
East Academic Building, room 253/262

Parking is available in the Garden Park Plaza. RSVP to Nancy Higgins at 314-968-6959 or

About Mercedes Tunstall

Mercedes Kelley Tunstall is a partner at Ballard Spahr, where she is practice leader of the privacy and data security group and member of the mortgage, bank regulatory, and software and business design patent groups. A graduate of DePauw University with an undergraduate degree in music, Tunstall went on to get her JD from University of Michigan Law School. She made her mark as a staff attorney at the Federal Trade Comission, where she investigated and litigated the commission’s first internet hijacking case, among other early Internet fraud matters. Tunstall also served as in-house attorney for Bank of America, where she oversaw e-commerence, and at HSBC, where she managed consumer financial services litigation. In her role at Ballard Spahr, Tunstall works with clients to develop new financial products and services, including mobile wallets and virtual currencies. This intersection of technology, customer protection, and regulatory and privacy concerns is an increasing public concern. She has testified before two subcommittees of the U.S. Senate on the legality of the virtual currency bitcoin.

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