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James Ottavio Castagnera, Ph.D.

Of Counsel

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Jim Castagnera heads up the AI-governance practice at Wilftek. He counsels clients on human relations (HR), privacy, security and AI compliance.


Jim holds a J.D. and Ph.D. (American Studies) from Case Western Reserve University. Following a decade with Saul Ewing, he served as Rider University's associate provost and legal counsel for more than two decades.


Jim is also president of Dr. Jim's One-Stop HR Shop, a freelance writing, training and consulting firm in the HR space, and CEO of the International Artificial Intelligence Association, a think tank devoted to AI governance and policy.


In addition to his 30-plus years of experience as a large-firm and in-house attorney, specializing in HR and intellectual property law, he has worked as a law professor at the University of Texas-Austin, and at Drexel and Widener universities.


He has 25 published books, primarily on HR, data-privacy and cybersecurity law.

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