Vincent I. Polley holds a degree in mathematics from Harvard and in law from the University of Michigan.
In 2006 and 2007 Vince co-chaired the Information Technology and Security Law practice group at the law firm Dickinson Wright PLLC, where he helped clients prevent, plan for, and effectively manage IT security/privacy problems (e.g., security breaches), and implement effective internal controls and procedures. Under Vince’s supervision the firm also provided specialized IT law assistance (e.g., privacy, e-contracting, IP protection and licensing, record retention programs).
Earlier, Vince spent 20 years at Schlumberger Limited, and was its Deputy General Counsel from 1998 through 2004, with substantive responsibilities for computer, privacy, and security law. In his role at Schlumberger, Polley was the driving force in planning, developing and deploying the Schlumberger legal KM initiative, the LawHub, bringing together lawyers in twenty countries, who are expert in a dozen areas of substantive law, and enabling them to work together, sharing their expertise and more efficiently serving their clients. The Schlumberger LawHub represented seven years of KM practice, and was the most sophisticated KM deployment in the legal arena. It became the leading model for fully-realized KM systems in in-house legal departments. In 2004, Polley retired from Schlumberger to form KnowConnect.
Polley was co-chair of the ABA Commission on Second Season of Service, and served on the Advisory Commission for the ABA World Justice Project and the Council of the ABA’s Section of Business Law. He’s a former member of the ABA’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security, former chair of ABA’s Standing Committee on Technology & Information Systems, and the immediate-past chair of the ABA’s Standing Committee on CLE. Polley currently co-chairs the ABA Content Convergence Working Group, and is a member of the Editorial Board for the ABA Journal.
In August 2013 the ABA published his book The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook: A Resource for Attorneys, Law Firms, and Business Professionals. Earlier, he co-authored the earliest, definitive examination of corporate Internet/e-mail policies — Employee Use of the Internet and E-Mail (ABA Press, 2002). Since 1997 he has continuously published the Internet Law blog MIRLN .
Polley was a founding member of the Internet Law & Policy Forum (1996), and is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an arbitrator on the AAA’s Commercial Panel, and a member of the American Law Institute.