Melissa Van Buhler

Melissa Van Buhler

Melissa is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on cybersecurity, privacy, and regulatory compliance. Before joining Newman LLP, she served more than fifteen years as a Judge Advocate General officer in the United States Army where she supported top-secret operations at the National Security Agency (NSA), Defense Department’s Cyber Command, and United States Army Special Operations. During her tenure, Melissa gained unique insights into worldwide vulnerabilities to cyberattacks and helped develop best practices to combat them. She advised the top United States national-security officials on data missions. She also oversaw federal-government initiatives to secure data storage and sharing.

At Newman LLP, Melissa establishes best practices to protect against data breaches, computer fraud, and system hacks. She counsels organizations on ongoing “cyber resiliency” and cyber/privacy legal compliance. She drafts and reviews corporate and government contracts and policies relating to data storage or sharing and cybersecurity. And she supports our litigation teams in lawsuits over privacy and data breaches.

Bar/Court Admissions

  • Virginia


  • University of Colorado, Boulder, School of Law, LL.M., Information Technology & Intellectual Property, 2013
  • The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, LL.M., Military Law, 2010
  • University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2001. Manuscripts Editor, Journal of Law & Technology
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School, B.S. Business Administration, 1998. Commission, U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps.