Tim Sparapani, Principal at SPQR Strategies, PLLC, is a legislative, legal, and strategic consultant who helps companies and consumer and privacy advocates understand and respond to the pressures created for businesses, consumers, and governments by emerging technologies. Tim’s specialties are privacy, online safety, content moderation, and constitutional law. Tim’s clients are a diverse mix of
industry-leading companies, dynamic technology startups, and thought-leading advocacy organizations. He is also a frequent startup founder, key employee, and entrepreneur with numerous successful exits. Tim is the co-founder of Blue Run Spirits, an ultra-premium whiskey company from Kentucky. Tim invested in Mezzobit, acquired by OpenX in 2016, and helped build and lead PrivacyMate, acquired by Aura in 2019. Tim served as outside General Counsel for Smyte, acquired by Twitter in 2018.
Tim is a frequent public speaker on topics related to emerging technologies. He has testified before Congress five times and given more than 500 TV, radio, and print interviews. Tim’s SPQR Strategies clients have asked him to undertake important, ongoing responsibilities. For example, Tim served for 3 years as the Vice President, Policy, Law & Government Affairs for the Application Developers Alliance, a trade association serving more than 30,000 application “app” developers and 200 member companies. Tim has also served as General Counsel for several tech
startups. He advises other start-up tech companies on a range of policy matters including privacy, content moderation, and online safety and security.
Tim was the first Director of Public Policy at Facebook. Tim was responsible for developing and implementing the company’s interaction with the federal, state, local, and foreign governments and with opinions and policymakers. He managed these roles as the company grew from 150 million to more than 1 billion active users. Prior to joining Facebook, Tim was Senior Legislative Counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union, where he helped advance the constitutional principle of the right to privacy, representing the ACLU before Congress, the Executive Branch, and the media. For the more than four years preceding his time at the ACLU, Tim served as an associate at the law firm of Dickstein Shapiro where he helped clients navigate interconnecting constitutional, statutory, political, and policy challenges. Tim holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the law school at the University of Michigan.