September 27, 2018

California attorney Pamela Jones Harbour to receive ABA 2019 Spirit of Excellence Award

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2018 — The American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession will honor Pamela Jones Harbour, a senior vice president and legal officer at Herbalife Nutrition in Los Angeles, with its 2019 Spirit of Excellence Award for her commitment to racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession. The award will be presented at a ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at Caesars Palace during the ABA Midyear Meeting in Las Vegas.

The Spirit of Excellence Award celebrates the efforts and accomplishments of lawyers who work to promote a more racially and ethnically diverse legal profession. Awards are presented to lawyers who excel in their professional settings; who personify excellence on the national, state or local level; and who have demonstrated a commitment to racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession.

Also being honored along with Harbour during the ABA Spirit of Excellence Award Luncheon on Saturday, Jan. 26 from noon to 2 p.m. PT are Florida attorney Willie E. Gary, a partner with Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson & Gary PLLC; John Lim, managing partner of California-based LimNexus LLP; and Peter M. Reyes, Jr., judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals in St. Paul.

“Pamela Jones Harbour’s deep regulatory experience and expertise in consumer protection, privacy and data security are extraordinary, and were developed both as a partner in two national and global law firms and as a commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission from 2003-10,” said Helen B. Kim, chair of the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. “She is now bringing her strong leadership capabilities to Herbalife, where she serves as senior vice president, global member compliance and privacy. Pamela exemplifies the highest qualities of a ‘Spirit of Excellence’ awardee, and the commission is proud to honor her.”

Harbour has been senior vice president and global member compliance and privacy at Herbalife since October 2014 and has been its legal officer since February 2016. She leads a compliance team across 94 markets, developing and enhancing policies and infrastructure to ensure effective education, training and mentoring programs for independent Herbalife members worldwide.

She also leads the company’s global privacy and data security efforts. Harbour was a litigation partner in three U.S. law firms, with specialties in antitrust, consumer protection and data security law. She also served as a commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission from 2003-10, where she was instrumental in shaping an ambitious agenda that encompassed a wide variety of competition and consumer protection issues affecting virtually every economic sector. Harbour also served as a deputy attorney general of the New York State Attorney General’s Office. Her duties included oversight of the attorney general’s civil litigation division, which employed more than 350 assistant attorneys general in seven substantive areas of law (antitrust, civil rights, charities, consumer frauds, environmental protection, investor protection and real estate finance).

Harbour earned her J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Her career experience has included frequent speaking engagements, Congressional testimony and publications relating to a wide range of industries and subject areas. She serves as co-chair of the Legal Working Group at Cloud Security Alliance, Inc. and is a member of the advisory board at The Future of Privacy Forum. Harbour is well recognized for her knowledge of evolving areas of competition and consumer protection law, including privacy and data security issues. She was the 2010 recipient of the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s Champion of Freedom Award for her defense of consumer privacy as an FTC commissioner.

She is the co-author with Jon Leibowitz of the book, “Subject Line Labeling as a Weapon Against Spam: A CAN-SPAM Report to Congress.”

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