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Privacy & Data Security


Privacy & Data Security - Nationwide

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC. 

What the team is known for Market-leading group of esteemed practitioners with expertise spanning the full spectrum of privacy, data security and cyber security work. Singled out for its public policy experience, working closely with policymakers at a national level and able to update clients on key developments. Also possesses strong health privacy capabilities, including considerable knowledge in HIPAA and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH).

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Offer the gold standard in privacy."  

"A tremendous team who are broad-based in terms of privacy knowledge."

Work highlights Led a multi-firm group in defending The Home Depot following a major data breach incident involving over 50 million payment cards.

Retained by UBER to undertake an in-depth review of its data privacy policies and practices.

Notable practitioners  

Preeminent attorney Christopher Wolf is considered a "global expert on privacy," with considerable expertise across domestic and international matters, including connected car privacy to mobile application privacy and big data. He is particularly well-regarded for his in-depth understanding of public policy.

"Standout lawyer" Marcy Wilder specializes in health-related privacy and data security law, aided by her previous post as Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. According to sources, she has "unparalleled expertise and a very practical, solution-oriented approach to regulatory compliance." 

Significant clients Future of Privacy Forum, General Electric, HSBC Bank USA, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, WebMD.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York. 

What the team is known for Offers impressive privacy expertise and frequently retained by multinationals from a diverse range of industries. Acts on international compliance matters, incident prevention plans and cyber security-related regulatory investigations. Couples this with substantial knowledge in handling high-profile global data breaches.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have established themselves as real leaders in this area." 

"Their performance was outstanding because of their depth of knowledge and accessibility."

Notable practitioners  

"Phenomenal lawyer" Lisa Sotto is global chair of the privacy and cybersecurity group and is described by one source as the "queen of privacy." She tackles large-scale data breaches for clients in sectors including retail, healthcare and financial services, in addition to advising on privacy law compliance and international data transfer restrictions.

Significant clients MasterCard Worldwide, Google, General Electric, The Estée Lauder Companies, Michaels Stores. 

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, San Francisco, San Diego, and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Prominent practice highly regarded for its work in class action litigation, data breaches and privacy issues relating to advertising. Skilled in assisting clients from highly regulated industries such as healthcare and financial services, supported by an extensive global network of offices and experience in FTC investigations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It is always such a pleasure and relief to find talented, service-oriented counsel in whom you have absolute confidence."

"A broad-based practice with financial sector strengths."

Work highlights Represented Sears and K-Mart in multiple class actions concerning the unauthorized use of Flash cookies on the websites of national retailers.

Advised Target on consumer class actions and a multistate investigation following a data breach involving the credit card information and other personal details of up to 70 million customers.

Notable practitioners  

Miriam Wugmeister handles significant breach incidents and also advises multinationals on the creation of global compliance plans. Clients are quick to praise her "deep understanding," with one source stating that she "is the finest adviser in the country for US-based multinationals looking at global programs."

"Extremely well-regarded" practitioner Andrew Serwin is a "rock star lawyer" with a broad practice. He advises on healthcare matters, FTC compliance and enforcement and wiretapping issues, and has significant breach incident experience.

Richard Fischer is sought out by financial institutions, retailers and technology companies for financial services and payment system matters. Peers deem him a "leading voice" who is "always at the forefront" of developments in the market.

Significant clients Adobe Systems, eBay, CVS Caremark, LexisNexis, Pacific Dental Services.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Palo Alto, Denver, Chicago, New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Adept privacy advice for both domestic and multinational companies. Impressive grasp of global privacy law and its impact on the international collection, transfer and disposal of data, combined with strength in network breaches. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have strong knowledge of the subject matter in general and also excellent knowledge in relation to international operations." 

"They have people on the team who have been working on these issues for 20 or so years, so they have a lot of valuable experience to draw on."

Notable practitioners  

Brian Hengesbaugh helps companies navigate issues arising from the collection, use and transfer of data, developing privacy programs and advising on contractual arrangements. Clients are quick to highlight his ability to draw on his government and private practice experience to find the best solution to complex matters.

The "very practical" Lothar Determann offers guidance on the commercial, regulatory and privacy law implications of cross-border transactions involving data and IP. He garners praise for his in-depth understanding of domestic and international privacy matters and, according to clients, "has a very good understanding of where the European regulators are coming from."

Significant clients Workday, Citrix, Trend Micro, Yelp, Nevro.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Accomplished group of privacy and data security practitioners, attracting a variety of clients, including multinationals, medium-sized companies and trade associations. Wide array of expertise, from international data transfers and data processing to the effect of privacy laws on new technologies, bolstered by a strong regulatory practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are a very strong group thanks to the quality and conciseness of their advice. They really get to nub of the matter."

"We give them top marks. They are uniformly very responsive and provide us with sophisticated guidance."

Work highlights Advised Expedia on a range of data security and privacy issues relating to mobile marketing, online advertising, cross-border data transfers and employee privacy.

Advised Microsoft on privacy considerations relating to aspects of Office 365 and the Windows operating system.

Notable practitioners  

David Fagan maintains an impressive and diverse client roster, including financial institutions, technology multinationals and media companies. He is regularly retained to assist companies with preparation for and response to major cyber security attacks.

Mark Plotkin focuses on the intersection of national security, financial services and privacy. He is frequently looked to by major companies for representation in CFIUS and The Software Alliance (BSA) proceedings, as well as advice on privacy law compliance.

Andrew Smith primarily works on financial privacy matters for a broad range of financial institutions. He is particularly well known for representing clients in complex FTC and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proceedings.

Significant clients American Express, CBS, Facebook, Proctor & Gamble, UnitedHealth Group.

第二等 |

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Well versed in handling the full gamut of privacy and data security matters for an excellent client roster ranging from large multinationals to start-ups in the social media and health IT spaces. Particularly skilled in class action litigation, regularly defending companies in Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and breach incident cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They take a very practical approach to complex issues." 

"They have shown great depth of knowledge and a good ability to communicate and distill complex issues."

Work highlights Acted for Apple in a case brought by a single plaintiff alleging call recording without knowledge or consent. Extensive discovery led to voluntary dismissal by the plaintiff.

Notable practitioners  

The "highly regarded" James Halpert is praised for his cyber security expertise at a national and international level. He regularly advises clients operating at a global scale on the changing legal requirements and public policy issues arising in different jurisdictions.

Thomas Boyd provides deep expertise in e-commerce and privacy and is frequently retained by banks, insurance companies and credit card issuers. He offers guidance on significant privacy considerations faced by entities in heavily regulated industries.

Significant clients Comcast, ESPN, NBC Universal, AOL, QUALCOMM.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Strong regulatory expertise, representing major companies in highly-sensitive FTC and state attorney general investigations. Additional notable expertise in telemarketing-related privacy issues, as well as the implications of evolving data security regulations on emerging technology.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"This is a difficult area to navigate and they navigate those gray areas really well." 

"A responsive, practical and creative team." 

Work highlights Represented DISH Network in litigation relating to violations of the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule, the TCPA and multiple state laws. 

Acted for TinyCo in an FTC investigation into the COPPA compliance of its mobile applications.

Notable practitioners  

Alysa Zeltzer Hutnik has considerable experience in privacy-related proceedings before the FTC, state attorneys general and other significant regulatory bodies, and also advises on TCPA matters for a significant client list. 

Head of department Dana Rosenfeld has considerable FTC-related experience, aided by her background in the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. Her broad practice also encompasses privacy issues relating to marketing, advertising and data collection from students and children.

Significant clients Sprint, Burger King, Kohl’s, Foot Locker, TripAdvisor.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Seattle, Palo Alto and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Maintains an excellent reputation for advising leading service providers in the telecommunications and internet space on responding to third-party requests for user information. Also possesses considerable expertise in e-commerce. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their client service is unparalleled. They are so responsive and understand what is being asked of them the first time around."

"They are specialists in every field in privacy." 

Work highlights Advised Twitter on legal compliance issues leading up to highly-publicized federal court proceedings relating to the company's right to publicize third-party requests for information.

Acted for Sprint in a declaratory judgment action concerning cell phone interdiction in Florida state prisons.

Notable practitioners  

Albert Gidari is considered "one of the top practitioners in the field," providing clients with "very balanced, business-savvy advice." He is particularly sought out by an impressive client roster for advice on government and third-party access to information. 

Significant clients Google, Outerwall, Limited Brands, REI, T-Mobile.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Boston, Chicago, New York and San Francisco. 

What the team is known for Climbs the rankings after an active year working on some of the most high-profile data breaches and cyber attacks. Noteworthy litigation capabilities, representing companies challenging data breach penalties brought by payment card companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They were top notch and really displayed a level of thinking that is much more analytical and strategic than I have seen elsewhere."

"They know every in and out of their areas of the law and provide solid practical advice as well."

Work highlights Advised Neiman Marcus following a criminal cyber attack which potentially made consumers' payment card details visible.

Retained by Target to advise on complaints filed by consumers, credit unions and banks, stemming from a significant 2013 data breach.

Notable practitioners  

"Truly brilliant litigator" Douglas Meal works on many high-profile breach incidents and is particularly highlighted for his "core expertise in the payment card area." One client notes that "he came in when we needed him very badly and he took control. It felt like he grasped the issue and listened to our concerns."

Significant clients Genesco, Sony, The Home Depot, Stanford University.

第二等 |

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC. 

What the team is known for Recognized for defending retailers and other companies in significant privacy-related litigation and investigations stemming from data breaches and privacy violations. Accomplished compliance advice on global privacy program development for multinationals, as well as guidance on government access to data. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are rock solid in the advice that they give and are very practical in their approach."

"They help you weigh up the risks and help with the business imperative, which is the most important thing." 

Work highlights Represented Michaels Stores in several overlapping class actions brought in US District Courts for alleged privacy violations and data breaches.

Defended Neiman Marcus in putative class action proceedings during which the company was accused of negligently failing to protect the credit card details of 350,000 customers.

Notable practitioners  

Edward McNicholas cochairs the firm's privacy, data security and information law group and has substantial experience in investigations and contentious matters. Sources praise his "keen eye" and note that he "can help you to put any issue quickly into context, allowing you to then weigh up the risks and make decisions accordingly."

"Pillar of the field" Alan Raul is highlighted for his expertise across privacy work, notably in matters relating to the False Claims Act. Clients laud his "very engaged and tremendously thoughtful" approach and find his "unique ability to anticipate changes an invaluable skill." 

Significant clients Apple, KPMG, Bloomberg, SIFMA, Edward Jones.

Band 2 | Venable LLP

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Proficiency in litigation and regulatory matters, with experience representing major multinationals in investigations by the FTC and state and federal entities. Offers extensive understanding of the evolving policy landscape due to key government contacts.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a deep understanding of our business and how proposed legislation and policy initiatives will impact us." 

"They are completely practical in terms of dispensing legal advice. The advice you are going to get you could literally put into practice at that very moment."

Work highlights Advised the Association of Global Automakers on the development of voluntary privacy policies in relation to consumer information gathered through in-vehicle technologies.

Provided counsel to the Digital Advertising Alliance on the development and implementation of a set of principles for matters including the collection and use of data from mobile applications and websites.

Notable practitioners  

Highly experienced practitioner Emilio Cividanes is flagged up by market sources for his "strong knowledge of key privacy and data security laws" and "excellent connections with the Federal Trade Commission." 

According to clients, Stuart Ingis "not only knows where privacy is today but where it will be tomorrow." He represents companies before state and federal entities, including the FTC and US Congress, and "has good political instincts that help in guiding our political strategies on Capitol Hill."

Significant clients Direct Marketing Association, Experian, Oracle America, Amazon.com, Time Warner.

Band 2 | ZwillGen PLLC

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Privacy boutique with strength in class action litigation, FTC and state attorneys general investigations, and surveillance. Frequently retained by leading technology and internet companies to advise on the collection and use of user data.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have deep technical and substantive expertise but are also practical and can translate advice into policy that we can then implement."

"Their client service is incredible." 

Work highlights Defended Cartoon Network in a putative class action involving accusations of VPPA violation. 

Acted for Yelp in FTC proceedings in relation to children under 13 registering on its site.

Notable practitioners  

Sources state that Marc Zwillinger is an "unquestionably brilliant" attorney. He frequently represents companies in class action litigation and investigations involving the FTC, and is highlighted for his expertise in foreign intelligence surveillance.

Significant clients Yahoo!, LeaseWeb USA, FanDuel, Turner Broadcasting System, Zynga Game Network.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC. 

What the team is known for Strong track record in advising multinationals on the implementation and use of new technologies in a privacy compliant way, including mobile platforms and online behavioral advertising. Deep cyber security expertise, especially in breach incidence response, along with class action and FTC investigation experience.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"With its expertise, Alston & Bird meets and exceeds expectations in finding feasible and business-friendly solutions compliant to applicable law." 

Work highlights Advised eBay on the development of its national and global privacy policy and compliance framework for several websites and mobile applications.

Provided mobile and advertising privacy counsel to Scripps Networks Initiative, including Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) and TCPA compliance advice.

Notable practitioners

Department heads Jim Harvey and David Keating are key contacts at the firm.

Significant clients UPS, AutoTrader, McDonald’s, Cox Enterprises.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Litigation expertise, especially in relation to privacy-related consumer class actions, and compliance advice for a broad range of clients, from financial institutions to healthcare providers. Offers specialist counsel on the interaction between national security, emerging technologies and privacy law.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They offer very thoughtful and practical advice." 

Work highlights Represented Leidos in seven class actions concerning the theft of back-up data tapes by an employee, with 31 of 33 plaintiffs dismissed due to lack of injury. 

Defended Adobe in seven consolidated putative class actions following an alleged data breach in 2013.

Notable practitioners  

Ronald Lee attracts praise for "his willingness to dig in and understand his clients' issues." He has deep expertise in national and cyber security and according to one client "looks at the details of an issue and applies his experience and skill."

Washington, DC-based Nancy Perkins advises large healthcare providers and pharmaceutical companies on issues relating to HIPAA, EU data protection compliance and the collection of data during clinical trials. She is also active in the financial services sector, helping companies to develop privacy policies for websites and online services. 

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Longstanding expertise in major data breaches, acting on behalf of retailers, healthcare providers and state governments and providing extensive counsel on proactive breach policy development. Couples this with a significant regulatory practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A collection of very smart and conscientious lawyers who think things through in a very meticulous way."

"What we noticed early on is that they put the right people on the team. They were also very responsive and really listened to us."

Work highlights Advised the State of Montana on notification obligations and crisis management resulting from a HIPAA data breach.

Retained by Seagate Technology following an international data breach resulting in the theft of credit card information. 

Notable practitioners  

Theodore Kobus handles significant data breaches and garners praise for his proactive approach, advising clients on comprehensive breach response strategies. Sources state that "he's one of the best around and has a great and expanding team."

Significant clients Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Whole Foods Market, Toyota Motor Sales, GameStop, Hyatt Hotels. 

Band 3 | Cooley LLP

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and San Francisco. 

What the team is known for Comprehensive privacy and data security offering, spanning litigation, breach response and regulatory compliance. Particularly adept in litigation and major class action proceedings, with an excellent track record in representing global technology companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I have been very, very pleased with their work on all levels. They have been very proactive, the results have been great and they really are a delight to work with."

"Exceptional in the way they have gotten inside the challenges we face as a new organization."

What's new? Randy Sabett joined the firm from ZwillGen.

Work highlights Represented Facebook in a highly-publicized class action relating to the company's 'Beacon' feature.

Represented LinkedIn in four consolidated class actions concerning a systems breach leading to 6.5 million member passwords being released on a hacker's website.

Notable practitioners  

Randy Sabett "provides clients with outstanding legal representation" and is frequently retained by companies dealing with data breaches, privacy policy and compliance issues.

Significant clients Instagram, Google, Sony, Goldman Sachs, Time.

Band 3 | Locke Lord LLP

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Chicago, New York and Boston.

What the team is known for Wide scope of privacy and data security expertise, spanning compliance programs, data breach management and breach incident response, in addition to contentious matters. Additional niche guidance on identity management and online authentication.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We have been able to get legal counsel grounded in a global perspective." 

Work highlights Advised Alta Bike Share on privacy policies in connection with the collection and use of customer data.

Retained by Open Identity Exchange and OpenID Foundation to advise on issues arising from the implementation of cross-border identity management and authentication systems.

Notable practitioners  

Chicago-based Thomas Smedinghoff advises clients on a diverse range of e-commerce, privacy and data security issues. He is singled out as "a subject matter expert on the convergence of privacy, security and identity."  

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Boston, Chicago and Washington, DC. 

What the team is known for Diverse client base, including domestic and global companies in the food and beverage and technology sectors, and experience across the full spectrum of privacy and data security issues. Well known for its work in the healthcare area, advising clients on HIPAA compliance and potential breaches.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have very deep knowledge of state breach notification laws."

"The entire team was very knowledgeable." 

Work highlights Advised Northwestern Memorial Healthcare on the development of an Organized Health Care Arrangement, involving key HIPAA considerations.

Represented TD Bank in investigations by ten US state attorneys general following the loss of two back-up tapes in 2012.

Notable practitioners 

Global privacy and data security cochair Heather Egan Sussman is a key contact at the firm.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Los Angeles.

What the team is known for Regulatory compliance work for clients from an array of sectors, from retail and sports to financial services and technology. Looked to by companies offering products and services in multiple jurisdictions and also possesses substantial privacy-related litigation experience.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They provide top-notch client service and are very knowledgeable about the relevant industries." 

"They give sound, practical advice grounded in commercial realities."

Notable practitioners  

"Very talented lawyer" Kristen Mathews heads the department and has a notable practice encompassing compliance, breach response and the creation of privacy programs. She receives accolades for her awareness of new developments in technology.  

Band 3 | Wiley Rein LLP

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Seasoned privacy and data security group singled out in the market for its significant healthcare sector experience. Advises entities on the full range of privacy and security issues, including global policy programs, investigations, risk assessments and data breaches.

Notable practitioners  

Kirk Nahra chairs the firm's privacy group and offers clients pragmatic advice on complex issues. He is active in the healthcare industry, advising on data breaches, investigations and compliance program development.

Significant clients PwC, Healthcare Leadership Council, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, State Farm Mutual, IMS Health.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Palo Alto, San Francisco and Washington, DC. 

What the team is known for Noted for its work on government investigations, representing companies before US federal and state entities, including the FTC, FCC and state attorneys general. Demonstrates litigation prowess in ably handling significant class action lawsuits. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They do a great job providing substantive advice and do so in a timely manner."

"Smart, on the ball and incredibly dedicated."  

Work highlights Advised Spotify on domestic and international privacy matters, including compliance and data use issues.

Acted for a retail analytics client in an FTC investigation.

Notable practitioners  

Practice cochair Lydia Parnes is singled out as "particularly good at advising startups and larger companies on how to avoid privacy issues at the state and federal level." She garners praise for bringing a "regulatory eye" to her practice following a previous position at the FTC.

Significant clients Ghostery Enterprises, Google, Mylan, The Nielson Company, Salesforce.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Joseph DeMarco of DeVore & DeMarco LLP has longstanding cyber crime expertise. He exhibits further knowledge in breach incidents and the interaction between new technologies and privacy laws.

Boris Segalis cochairs Norton Rose Fulbright's privacy practice and is looked to for a wide scope of data security matters. He is notably expert in big data, marketing-related matters and regulatory investigations and actions.

Well-regarded litigator Ian Ballon of Greenberg Traurig LLP has a broad practice involving disputes relating to IP, behavioral advertising and privacy incidents. He is regularly retained to defend clients in class action suits.  

Justine Gottshall of InfoLawGroup LLP attracts client praise for her extensive privacy experience, particularly at a global level, and notable expertise in digital marketing and advertising.

Françoise Gilbert of IT Law Group advises both small startups and large companies on compliance, the use and transfer of data and government requests for access to data.

Jenner & Block LLP's Mary Ellen Callahan has a broad privacy practice, advising clients on compliance and the use and transfer of data. She has a "unique skillset mix of understanding private sector privacy issues, but also the connection between government use of data and cyber security issues." 

Cynthia Larose is based at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC and "has very significant knowledge in the area of privacy, both domestically and internationally." She frequently advises on the laws and regulations surrounding the collection, use and transfer of data globally, as well as compliance, risk assessments and data breach response.

Commentators deem sole practitioner Margaret Eisenhauer a "standout" attorney. She advises companies involved in the collection, use and disposal of data on an array of compliance issues.

Linn Freedman of Robinson & Cole LLP focuses on healthcare privacy and is sought out for her extensive HIPAA knowledge. She is lauded by clients for her "extremely knowledgeable, very thorough, very straightforward" approach.

Reed Freeman of WilmerHale is singled out for his expertise in the advertising and direct marketing space. He is highly regarded for his vast experience in the representation of clients before the FTC and state attorneys general.

Liisa Thomas of Winston & Strawn LLP counsels major companies on compliance issues, breach preparedness and the notification process. Clients are also quick to highlight her in-depth expertise in advertising-related privacy issues.

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