Jonathan V. Gallo

Office Location: Norfolk, VA.

  • B.S., Environmental Science, Rutgers University
  • J.D., University of New Hampshire Law School
Jurisdiction Licensed
  • Virginia
  • New Hampshire
  • Massachusetts
Courts & Administrative Bodies
  • Federal District of New Hampshire
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
Professional & Community Activities
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association
  • American Bar Association – Section of Science and Technology Law
  • Virginia Ship Repair Association, Cybersecurity Committee
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Virginia State Bar Special Committee on Technology and the Future of Law Practice, Co-chair
  • Subject Matter Expert – 757 Accelerate Program
  • Nauticus Foundation, Member – Board of Directors
Notable Accomplishments
  • Graduate, LEAD Hampton Roads – Class of 2020
  • Virginia Business “Legal Elite” – Intellectual Property/Information Technology (2020)
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine, “Top Lawyers” – Intellectual Property (2020); Civil Law Litigation (2021)
Recent Presentations
  • Cybersecurity from a Legal Perspective, Hampton Roads Association for Financial Professionals, August 2021
  • What Hat To Wear, When: An introduction to the ethics of practicing law in the cannabis industry, International Cannabis Bar Association, August 2021
  • Virginia’s New Data Privacy Law, April 2021
  • Cultivating a Cannabis Business Under Virginia’s New Marijuana Law, May 2021
  • It’s Almost 4:20 in Virginia: What Employers Need to Know About Marijuana Laws, March 2021
  • The Current State of the Law Concerning Marijuana in Virginia, March 2021
  • Legal Ways to Help You Grow Parts I and II, June 2020
  • Evolving Risks and Coverages, ABA National Legal Malpractice Conference, September 2019
  • What Lawyers Should Know About Cyber Risk and Protecting Client Data, NPBA, September 2019
  • Cybersecurity from a Legal Perspective, Hampton Roads Association for Financial Professionals, June 2019
  • What Attorneys Should Know About Cyber Risks and Cyber Insurance CLE – March 2019, Virginia CLE

Jonathan is a member of the firm’s Cannabis Law Group, the Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Group, and the Government Contracts Practice Group. Jonathan advises businesses in the emerging hemp and medical cannabis industries as well as businesses in various technology-related fields, advising clients on a range of matters related to hemp and cannabis regulations, contract negotiations, data privacy and security, data breach planning and response, cyber risk liability and compliance, software development and licensing, and other technology-related matters. Jonathan has also advised businesses and individuals concerning federal firearms laws.


Before joining Vandeventer Black, Jonathan was an attorney in state government at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. Jonathan was a member of the Department’s team responsible for the development and implementation of the State of New Hampshire’s first therapeutic cannabis program which continues to this day. That three-year effort included the development of the program model, program regulations, the dispensary applications process, selection of dispensaries, and the eventual licensing of four therapeutic cannabis dispensaries that are the first of their kind in the state. Presently, Jonathan assists businesses in these emerging industries, including advising clients on state and federal laws concerning these industries, contract negotiations, and licensing issues.


Before joining the Firm, Jonathan also helped develop and implement New Hampshire’s strategic plan to address cybercrime. He currently assists his clients in resolving issues related to cybersecurity, data privacy, and information management, ransomware, wire transfer fraud, and cyber breach response. He provides clients with guidance on all aspects of data privacy and security including compliance with laws such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Gramm-Leach Bliley Act, the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), as well as state data privacy and security laws and unlawful computer use statutes.

Jonathan also negotiates contracts for clients involving software development and implementation, Software as a Service, Platform as a Service, and Infrastructure as a Service and represents clients in legal disputes involving all types of technology-related and technology licensing contracts. Utilizing his unique background and experience both in the government and private sectors, Jonathan helps clients navigate the complexities of data privacy and security, information technology and software development contracts, health care law, state and federal contracting, and grant compliance issues.


Jonathan also managed the procurement bureau of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services where he was responsible for overseeing the contracting processes of New Hampshire’s largest state agency. Jonathan advises clients on a wide variety of government contracting issues at both the state and federal level, including contract disputes and issues related to cybersecurity, data rights, and intellectual property.


Jonathan spent years as a criminal trial attorney, both as a prosecutor and a defense attorney. He was an adjunct instructor at the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Academy, where he trained law enforcement officers on various subjects including expert testimony regarding computer forensics, criminal law, motor vehicle law, and constitutional issues involving search and seizure. He was also a strategic planning consultant for the national network of Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces. Jonathan has significant courtroom experience, including conducting trials both before the bench and juries, and has argued appellate cases before the New Hampshire Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston.


Jonathan presently teaches business law online for Southern New Hampshire University and has taught college-level courses on constitutional law, criminal law, criminal procedure, white-collar crime, and critical thinking, and has presented on such topics as, cannabis and industrial hemp law, identity theft, cybersecurity, cyber liability insurance, ethics, computer forensics, data privacy and security laws, and other technology-related topics.

Jonathan is originally from New Jersey and attended Rutgers University, where he received his undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and was a George H. Cook Scholar. He attended the University of New Hampshire Law School and lived in New Hampshire for over 25 years before moving to Virginia.

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