Chaz Gates currently serves as Legal Counsel at Texas Instruments (TI) where his practice focuses on e-commerce law, data privacy, cybersecurity, advertising law and issues related to the global expansion of TI’s online business. Prior to his legal career, Chaz worked in the U.S. Congress as a policy advisor where he focused on trade, defense/homeland security and foreign affairs (Asia). During that time, he also attained his Master’s Degree at The Johns Hopkins University where his thesis focused on the U.S.-China trade relationship – his thesis is titled “A Study on Why the U.S. Must Be Cautious in Attempts to Accelerate Appreciation of the RMB”. Chaz’s experience in Congress and at Johns Hopkins led him to an opportunity to work in Shanghai, China as a Lecturer at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. During his final year in law school at American University, Chaz studied abroad in Hong Kong at The Chinese University of Hong Kong where he studied China’s legal system and international business law. Chaz currently lives in Dallas, TX with his wife Whitney and French bulldog – Prince.