For more than 25 years, Judy Selby has served as a trusted advisor to insurers across a wide variety of industries. Focused primarily on insurance coverage matters, Judy represents clients in all phases of large scale, complex first and third party insurance issues. She has extensive experience handling insurance coverage trials in the U.S. and international arbitrations in London. Judy also helps clients navigate insurance due diligence in connection with mergers and acquisitions, as well as run off and adverse development cover transactions.

Operating at the intersection of cyber, privacy, and insurance, Judy's practice concentrates on coverage for exposures arising out of emerging technology, digital, and compliance risks. She also counsels insurers on cyber insurance product development, policy wordings, and silent cyber issues.

Judy has in-depth knowledge of insurance coverage in many areas, including:

  • Cyber
  • Technology Errors & Omissions (Tech E&O)
  • Bermuda
  • Commercial general liability (CGL)
  • Commercial property
  • Crime
  • Directors & Officers (D&O)
  • Employment practices liability insurance (EPLI)
  • Fidelity
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

Judy further advises clients concerning best practices and compliance with privacy and cyber laws and regulations.

In addition to her law degree, Judy has completed advanced courses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard Business School in the areas of big data, crisis management and business continuity, cybersecurity, and finance, as well as the Internet of Things (IoT).

An unapologetic insurance coverage geek, Judy is also a prolific author and sought-after speaker on insurance, cyber, technology, and compliance issues. She has been quoted in a number of news publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and Forbes.

Prior to joining Hinshaw, Judy was the principal of Judy Selby Consulting LLC, where she advised clients on all things insurance, focusing particularly on emerging privacy, cyber, and technology risks. Her background further includes serving as the managing director of technology advisory services for one of the nation's leading professional services organizations and nearly a decade of handling insurance coverage and class action defense with AmLaw 100 and UK Top 100 law firms.

Professional Affiliations

  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
    • Cyber Committee, Former Co-Chair
  • Law360 Insurance Editorial Advisory Board, Former Member
  • NY Metro InfraGard

Honors & Awards

  • #1 Author in Insurance, JD Supra Readers' Choice Awards, 2021
  • Top Author in Cybersecurity, JD Supra Readers' Choice Awards, 2021
  • Insurance Law Trailblazer, National Law Journal, 2021
  • Finalist, CLM Outside Counsel of the Year Award, 2015
  • LXBN Leader, LexBlog Network, 2015
  • Law Job Star, LawCrossing, 2014
  • Leading STEM Woman, Law Technology News, 2014


  • Panelist, "Cyber and Privacy Insurance Coverage Exposures for Lawyers and Law Firms Working Remotely," LMRM Conference, Virtual Event, March 3, 2021
  • Co-Presenter, "Cybersecurity in the Post-Pandemic World: Not Another Dystopian Tale?" Claims and Litigation Management (CLM) 2020 Conference, Virtual Event, December 2, 2020
  • Co-Presenter, "Privacy and Cross-Border Jurisdictions," Columbia University, Webinar, November 18, 2020
  • Co-Presenter, "Cyber Snare? The Insurability of Regulatory Fines," ARIAS U.S. 2020 Virtual Fall Conference, November 6, 2020
  • "Selecting the Right Kind of Cyber Insurance," McAfee Roundtable, Virtual Event, October 22, 2020
  • Co-Presenter, "Compliance in a Post-COVID-19 World," NYSCA and Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Webinar, September 15, 2020
  • Co-Presenter, "Liability, Coverage, and Underwriting Issues Related to Biometric Privacy Laws," NAMIC Webinar, September 17, 2020
  • "Cyber Resiliency in a Defining Moment in History," ISF 30's CxO Webinar Series, August 11, 2020
  • Panelist, "Using new technologies to help achieve your legal governance, risk and compliance objectives," Lexology Webinar, July 7, 2020
  • Panelist, "Current Litigations: An Understanding of Where We Are to Prepare for Where Things are Going," COVID-19 Insurance Litigation Virtual Summit, June 25, 2020
  • Panelist, "CCPA's Unintended Consequences: The Use of Privacy Laws to Steal Identities and other Risks to Law Firms," LMRM Conference, Chicago, Illinois, March 5, 2020
  • Panelist, "Cybersecurity: Are You and Your Firm Compliant? A Checklist for Lawyers," Nassau County Women's Bar Association, Mineola, New York, March 3, 2020
  • Panelist, "Building e-disclosure and privacy compliance from the ground up," Exterro and Lexology, Webinar, February 12, 2020
  • Co-Presenter, "A Vision for 2020: Cybersecurity Compliance for the New Year," National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC), New York, January 28, 2020
  • "Cyber Insurance: The Devil is in the Details," Northern Florida Risk Management Society (RIMS), Jacksonville, Florida, December 10, 2019
  • Panelist, "NIST Cyber Security Framework," New York Metro InfraGard Members Alliance NIST Cyber Security Framework, Incident Response, and Crisis Communications Planning Summit, Long Island, New York, November 18, 2019
  • Panelist, "Best Practices for Privacy Management in the U.S.," In:Confidence USA Conference, New York, New York, November 14, 2019
  • Moderator, PrivSec NY 2019 at Columbia University, New York, New York, November 5 – 6, 2019
  • Panelist, "HIPAA, Healthcare Privacy, and Digital Health," PrivSec NY, New York, New York, November 6, 2019
  • Panelist, "Navigating Complex International Regulatory Landscape," PrivSec NY, New York, New York, November 5, 2019
  • Co-Presenter, "Cyber Insurance," Wall Street Journal's Pro Cybersecurity Small Business Academy, Dana Point, California, October 15, 2018
  • Co-Presenter, "Cyber Insurance: The Basics & Beyond at OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project)," Open Security Summit, England, June 2018
  • Co-Presenter, "A Procrastinator's Guide to GDPR Compliance," IAPP KnowledgeNet, April 2018
  • Co-Presenter, "Cyber Insurance for Law Firms," ABA TechShow, Chicago, Illinois, March 8, 2018
  • Co-Presenter, "Managed Security Service Providers for Law Firms," ABA TechShow, Chicago, Illinois, March 7, 2018
  • Panelist, "Understanding & Managing the Challenges of GDPR," LegalTech NY, New York, New York, January 2018
  • Panelist, "From Ashley Madison to the eBay Hack: Cybersecurity Best Practices, Information Governance Initiative webinar, April 27, 2016
  • Panelist, "Mitigating Risk with Information Governance and Insight," LegalTech 2016 Conference, New York, New York, February 2, 2016


  • Co-Author, "Insurance & Reinsurance – USA Trends and Developments," Chambers and Partners Global Practice Guides, February 2021
  • Co-Author, "2020 Cyber And Privacy Coverage – A Year In Review," Mealey's Litigation Report: Emerging Insurance Disputes, Vol. 26, No. 1 (January 2021)
  • Co-Author, "Commercial Property Policies Are Hardly A Panacea For COVID-19 Business Interruption Losses," Mealey's Litigation Report: Catastrophic Loss, Vol. 15, No. 12 (September 2020)
  • Co-Author, "COVID-19 Related Business Interruption Coverage Claims in the Age of Zoom," Mealey's Litigation Report: Insurance, Vol. 34, No. 40 (August 2020)
  • Co-Author, "Property Coverage For Riot-Related Claims Is Not Automatic," Law360 Expert Analysis, June 18, 2020
  • Co-Author, "An Overview Of COVID-19 Related Legislative, Regulatory, & Litigation Activity & The Potential Impact On Insurer Solvency," Mealey's Litigation Report: Insurance Insolvency, Vol. 31, No. 12 (April 2020)
  • Co-Author, "Tracking The Flurry Of COVID-19 Related Legislative & Regulatory Activity Impacting Insurers," Mealey's Litigation Report: Catastrophic Loss, Vol. 15, No. 7 (April 2020)
  • Co-Author, "The Legal Trends Behind 'Social Inflation' in Insurance," Law360 Expert Analysis, February 21, 2020
  • Co-Author, "Setting the Record Straight on Cyberinsurance Claim Denials and the War Exclusion," IAPP's The Privacy Advisor, June 25, 2019
  • "Personal Branding for Service Professionals: Create an Effective Online Brand to Reach Your Client Audience," eBook, May 4, 2019
  • "A Closer Look at Cyber Insurance: Exploring New Coverages, Including for GDPR and Other Regulations," eBook, February 3, 2019
  • "Cut Through the Confusion: 5 Steps to the Right Cyber Insurance Coverage," LegalTech News, March 16, 2018
  • "Demystifying Cyber Insurance," eBook, January 22, 2018
  • "Double Jeopardy: Don't Jeopardize Your Cyber Insurance Claim," LegalTech News, December 12, 2017
  • "The (Somewhat) Good & Bad News of Corporate Cyber Readiness," LegalTech News, November 30, 2017
  • Co-Author, "Compliance Deadline Looms on State Cybersecurity Regulation," NACD Directorship Magazine, July 1, 2017
  • Co-Author, "Urgent Need on ‘Silent’ Cyber Risks," Insurance Though Leadership, January 4, 2017
  • Co-Author, "Three Ways Cybersecurity Can Put Your Firm Out of Business," Bloomberg Big Law, November 17, 2016
  • "A Case for Reviewing Cyber Coverage at the Onset of M&A Activity," Property Casualty 360, August 2, 2016
  • "Why Managing Partners “Own” Law Firm Cybersecurity & 3 Steps to Take Control Now," Thomson Reuters' Legal Executive Institute, August 18, 2016
  • Co-Author, "A Starter Kit for Solving the Cybersecurity Problem," The Relativity Blog, June 24, 2016
  • Co-Author, "Three's Company: How Attorney-Directed Information Governance Projects with Clients and Consultants Can Protect the Attorney-Client Privilege," Corporate Disputes, January 2016
  • "Maximize the Value of Data," Issuu's Ethical Boardroom, Winter 2016
  • Co-Author, "The Problem with Email: The Security and Challenges of Corporate's Favorite Communication Method," LegalTech News, December 8, 2015
  • Co-Author, "5 Guidelines for Making Good Big Data Decisions," LegalTech News, November 4, 2015
  • "Transferring Risk Through the Right Cyber Insurance Coverage," The Cybersecurity Law Report, October 28, 2015
  • Co-Author, "SEC Potentially Targets CCOs for Cybersecurity Lapses," LegalTech News, October 19, 2015
  • Co-Author, "Combating the Insider Threat," BloombergBNA, October 2, 2015
  • Co-Author, "The Privacy Paradox: The Ethical Implications of Big Data," The European Financial Review, October 20, 2015
  • Co-Author, "Ethical Considerations in Using Social Data," BloombergBNA, September 22, 2015
  • Co-Author, "4 Methods for Analyzing Social Data," BloombergBNA, September 11, 2015
  • Co-Author, "Mining Social Data and Putting it to Work," BloombergBNA, September 2, 2015
  • "Smart Companies Include Governance in Big Data Strategy," LegalTech News, August 19, 2015
  • "Being Compromise Ready: Cyber Insurance is a Key Component of a Strong Defense Plan," Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, July 17, 2015
  • Co-Author, "'C' is for Cybersecurity," LegalTech News, June 5, 2015
  • Co-Author, "The Impact of Big Data Decisions on Business Valuations," LegalTech News, April 14, 2015
  • Co-Author, "12 Issues that Threaten Info Security and Governance Programs," LegalTech News, April 3, 2015
  • "What is Synthetic Identity Theft and How to Detect It," LegalTech News, February 2015

Media Mentions

  • "Coronavirus Business Loss Bills Face Constitutional Hurdles," Law360, March 26, 2020
  • "Hinshaw Hires Experienced Insurance Partner For NY Office," Law360, January 17, 2020
  • "Data Privacy Laws, Hackers Put Cyber Insurance In Spotlight," Law360, November 1, 2019
  • "Canceled 'Roseanne' highlights reputation risks," Business Insurance, June 5, 2018
  • "Ransomware attacks covered under multiple insurance policies," Business Insurance, March 6, 2017
  • "Containing reputational fallout," Business Insurance, April 3, 2017
  • "New Cyber Regulations Are in Force Today: What You Need to Know," Fortune, March 1, 2017
  • "Change In Corporate Mindset Needed To Combat Cyber Attacks," Forbes, February 13, 2017
  • "Cybersecurity, Cross-Border Data Weigh Heavily On GCs," Law360, January 19, 2017
  • "Law Firms Increasingly Questioned Over Cybersecurity," The Wall Street Journal, December 29, 2016
  • "Crisis highlights inadequate process," Business Insurance, November 14, 2016
  • "Look Out Companies, Here Come the Cyber Regulations," Fortune, September 25, 2016
  • "The Weakest Link In Cybersecurity," Forbes, February 27, 2015

Hinshaw Publications

Community/Civic Activities

  • Cyber Risk Underwriters, Advisory Board Member

J.D., Brooklyn Law School, 1992

B.S., College of Mount Saint Vincent, 1980