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Hogan Lovells US LLP - Privacy & Data Security

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

What the team is known for Remains one of the country's preeminent privacy and data security practices. A highly talented roster of attorneys advising clients on major data breaches and complex policy matters across a multitude of industries, including retail, automotive and media. Particular expertise in healthcare privacy issues such as HIPAA compliance, wearable technology and medical data cyberattacks.

Strengths "It is a real pleasure working with the Hogan Lovells team. They are knowledgeable, responsive and dedicated. The team goes above and beyond to understand our business, our operations and our internal structure to ensure that the advice is tailored and ready to implement in our specific business. The team is able to provide exactly what we need, when we need it," remarked one client.

Another client valued the team's responsiveness: "They are a fantastic, go-to firm for privacy counseling. They will drop everything when something is pressing and their work product is top-notch."

Work highlights Continue to counsel The Home Depot following a high-profile data breach affecting over 56 million payment cards.

Advised Anthem on a number of government investigations, civil litigation matters and customer liaison issues arising from the cybertheft of approximately 80 million health records.

Significant clients National Association of Broadcasters, Uber Technologies, Verizon, Salesforce.com, NASDAQ.

Notable practitioners

Marcy Wilder is praised by peers for the strength of her health privacy and cybersecurity practice. She provides advice on HIPAA compliance, data breaches and government investigations. One client enthused: "Marcy is the person you want in your team if you've had a major breach that you need to manage. I can't say enough about her."

Head of the firm's cybersecurity group, Harriet Pearson is singled out for her experience handling both proactive and reactive privacy and data matters. She has experience leading the response to some of the country's most significant breach incidents. "Harriet marries her expert knowledge of the law with her previous background in-house to deliver practical, timely, on-target advice that is customized for our business," comment clients.

Julie Brill is praised by clients for her "extremely valuable and unique insights into the world of privacy regulation." She joined Hogan Lovells in 2016 having served for six years as a commissioner at the FTC. She now advises clients on issues relating to data breaches, government policy and privacy initiatives.

"Policy guru" Christopher Wolf is a senior figure in the national privacy Bar and continues to advise clients on data and technology issues. He is commended for his foresight and innovative work in the internet space. Sources describe him as "incredibly well rounded," adding: "He knows the history of privacy."

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Morrison & Foerster LLP - Privacy & Data Security

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

What the team is known for Market-leading data security and privacy firm, offering the full suite of privacy law services, including data breach notification and enforcement. Well versed in creating tailored privacy policies for clients. Possesses significant experience advising on FTC and state privacy regulatory compliance matters.

Strengths "When you work with MoFo, you know what you are getting - the best advice possible, a deep bench of talented lawyers working together as one team and a strong relationship with people you would want to spend time with after work. The last isn't a requirement, but it does make the work a lot more fun and rewarding, and probably encourages better results, too."

Another added: "They work well together, and have high-caliber and knowledgeable attorneys."

Work highlights Has continued to represent Target in ongoing government investigations arising from a major data breach affecting 70 million consumers.

Updated CVS's privacy policies and provided it with HIPAA counsel.

Significant clients 21st Century Fox, Adobe Systems, AIG, Visa, Wyndham Worldwide.

Notable practitioners

Clients single out Miriam Wugmeister as a leader in the security incident and privacy regulation fields. As cochair of the practice group, she has coordinated the team's response to many of the firm's clients' most significant breaches. Commentators say: "Miriam is clearly operating at the top of her profession. At this point, Miriam's preeminence in her field is well recognized - but it's her passion, ability to relate to clients and practical business-minded advice that distinguishes her in my view."

Richard Fischer specializes in consumer finance and is described by market sources as a "big name in financial services." He handles privacy and data security issues that arise from retail banking, payment systems and e-commerce. He is widely regarded as a "subject matter expert in this space."

Andrew Serwin cochairs the firm's privacy and data security group. His expertise lies in cybersecurity and information governance. He is described by clients as a "thinker and a problem solver." Market sources praise the "wonderful results" he has provided, as well as his "practical commercial sense."

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Morrison & Foerster’s market-leading Privacy + Data Security team includes more than 60 experienced lawyers across the U.S., Europe, and Asia providing seamless, integrated global service. Our extensive experience, familiarity with global data protection laws, and geographic reach position us to handle virtually any privacy or data security issue, anywhere in the world. From big data to cybersecurity, user-generated content to interest-based advertising, and cloud computing to the Internet of Things, our lawyers are at the forefront of issues involving cutting-edge technologies.

Our team assists many multinationals in developing their cross-border compliance strategies and we are familiar with the data protection laws in every jurisdiction in which they exist. We also know that our clients seek solutions that balance legal compliance with commercial realities, and employ innovative strategies to solve their most complex challenges.

We have also worked with countless organizations to design and strengthen their data security policies and practices to prevent data security breaches, minimize the risks associated with them, and comply with the ever-growing landscape of national and state data security requirements. A prominent aspect of our practice is advising clients when a material breach actually occurs. We are at the forefront of helping clients respond to emergency situations and have provided counsel on several of the most noteworthy security incidents of recent years.

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Baker McKenzie - Privacy & Data Security

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Chicago and Palo Alto.

What the team is known for Continues to provide clients with high-caliber cybersecurity and data protection services both domestically and globally. Singled out for its specific focus on crisis management, performing advisory roles and privacy policy. Known for its excellent handling of privacy matters in the healthcare and financial services industries. Also offers advice on data issues arising during complex transactions.

Strengths Clients value the firm's international scope: "When it comes to issues that we have both here in the USA and abroad they are just really, really good."

Another added: "I was pleased with the total performance of the team," describing its lawyers as "knowledgeable, responsive and practical."

Significant clients Citrix Online, Geotab, Nevro, Raytheon, Wells Fargo.

Notable practitioners

Lothar Determann possesses expertise in a wide range of regulatory compliance and contractual issues. He offers privacy guidance to technology companies at every stage of their life cycle. Clients praise his "phenomenal expertise in privacy," adding: "He has a high profile, is very persuasive and great to work with," commending the "excellent results" he achieves.

Brian Hengesbaugh's practice concentrates on cybersecurity, breach notification and compliance. He chairs the firm's global IT and data security steering committee.

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Covington & Burling LLP - Privacy & Data Security

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

What the team is known for Well versed in domestic and cross-border privacy and data security issues. An adept team providing tailored and sophisticated privacy counsel for clients in industries that include food and drug, IT, telecom and healthcare. Possesses additional expertise in big data, digital marketing and financial services.

Work highlights Advised American Express on an incident response plan and a number of other privacy issues.

Provided counsel to American Airlines on a range of cybersecurity matters.

Significant clients Amazon, CBS, Equifax, Instagram, WhatsApp.

Notable practitioners

Mark Plotkin is recommended for his knowledge of government security and privacy matters. He is acknowledged as "very strong in financial services work" and is commended by sources for his solution-oriented approach.

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DLA Piper LLP (US) - Privacy & Data Security

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

What the team is known for Prominent data security and privacy practice acting for a broad array of clients from emerging growth entities to Fortune 500 companies. Maintains a fine reputation for its work on consumer class actions, defending matters related to data breaches and issues concerning the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Particularly strong in the communications, financial services and insurance sectors, among others.

Strengths Clients value the firm's full-service approach: "DLA has been great to work with. The global presence in virtually all practice areas is invaluable as a one-stop shop."

Another client values the team's "comprehensive coverage," adding: "They have an expert on every topic."

Work highlights Continues to act as general counsel to the State Privacy & Security Coalition, a technology and media industry group that includes Amazon, Facebook and Google, advising on a wide range of legislative issues.

Represented Midland Credit Management in a series of class actions over alleged violations of the TCPA.

Significant clients Avid Life Media, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Eddie Bauer, Hyundai America, Comcast.

Notable practitioners

Chair of the firm's US privacy and cybersecurity practice group, James Halpert is a much-admired adviser on regulatory issues, privacy compliance and transactions. He is experienced at handling data incidents. "Jim is terrific. He provides the legal support and the strategy, which have been a wonderful success," remarks one client.

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Hunton & Williams LLP - Privacy & Data Security

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Dedicated data breach group with a wealth of experience handling high-stakes cyber events. Maintains an excellent reputation for its information governance expertise and data breach practice. Also sought after for international data transfer, privacy compliance and regulatory investigations expertise. Operates across numerous industries including technology, consumer products, healthcare, retail and financial services.

Strengths Clients value the team's hands-on approach: "Hunton & Williams produces excellent alerts and provides practical, easy-to-use roadmaps for complicated compliance issues."

Work highlights Advised Google on US and EU privacy law, FTC matters and data strategy.

Counseled MasterCard on privacy and data protection compliance and government investigations.

Significant clients Tiffany & Co, UPS, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase, Rite Aid.

Notable practitioners

Lisa Sotto is widely recognized as a "market leader" and the preeminent data security expert in the USA. She advises major clients on breach response and cross-border privacy issues. Clients remark: "She is incredibly smart and understands the challenges of a business. She is also a pleasure to deal with, even in the toughest situations."

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Ropes & Gray LLP - Privacy & Data Security

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

What the team is known for Continues to be a powerhouse in privacy litigation and breach response work. Challenges major FTC decisions, defends indemnification claims and is well known for its fine track record in dealing with privacy violations linked to the payments industry. Recognized for its strength in matters pertaining to the healthcare sector.

Strengths The team is praised for its subject matter expertise and pragmatic approach: "They have an in-depth knowledge of the privacy landscape globally, and give very practical and actionable guidance," adding: "They understand our company and its culture."

Another adds: "They came highly recommended and lived up to it. They are very strategic, creative and keep commercial interests in mind."

Work highlights Represented LabMD in its petition of an FTC liability decision relating to an alleged patient information hacking incident.

Acted for Target in multiple class actions brought in connection with a major data breach in 2013.

Significant clients Under Armour, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Supervalu, Hilton Worldwide, The Weather Company.

Notable practitioners

Douglas Meal is regarded by market sources as the leading privacy litigator in the USA. He defends companies against privacy violation lawsuits following data breaches. Clients say: "Doug is extremely strategic, very quick on his feet and sees the big picture."

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Sidley Austin LLP - Privacy & Data Security

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

What the team is known for Excellent practice recognized for its litigation strengths and compliance expertise, maintaining a respected incident response and data breach team. Offers advice to clients on a wide array of issues, including big data, cybersecurity and cross-border information flow matters. Broad-ranging sector expertise includes consumer products manufacturing, financial services, retail, technology and transportation. Also highly regarded for its work in the healthcare and pharmaceutical arenas.

Strengths The group is commended for its full-service offering: "The team provides an integrated client experience and a range of talents to draw upon."

Work highlights Represented AT&T in a number of privacy litigation matters, including a high-profile Stored Communications Act (SCA) matter that was heard in the Court of Appeals.

Assisted Colgate-Palmolive in the development of a new data protection compliance program.

Significant clients Disney, Gannett Company, ICANN, Michael Stores, Microsoft.

Notable practitioners

Alan Charles Raul leads the firm's privacy, data security and information law group, and provides proactive and reactive counsel to a diverse client base. Respondents appreciate his technical knowledge: "Alan's natural fluency with technology issues is impressive - this combined with uncannily precise instincts, a deep knowledge of the complex legal landscape, and thorough legal analysis makes him a natural counselor."

Edward McNicholas co-leads the practice group and is noted by market commentators for his strength as a litigator. He represents companies in the aftermath of data incidents and provides ongoing counsel. "I tell people that he is an oracle who is incredibly connected in the privacy industry. He is very easy to work with, very personable and across the board shows a genuine interest in the work we are doing," enthused one client.

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Venable LLP - Privacy & Data Security

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

What the team is known for Distinguished privacy group handling a diverse range of complex matters across an array of sectors, including retail, financial services and communications. Continues to be sought for its advice and understanding of the latest developments in the market, and is noted for its regulatory and public policy expertise.

Strengths One source indicated: "Their work product is admirably concise and clear," while others note that "they are very good at looking at what the practical effect of something is."

Another client remarked: "We receive great client service and they work really well together, all the way up to the practice head."

Work highlights Has coordinated the Coalition for Cybersecurity Policy & Law, which investigates market and policy trends on behalf of AT&T, Intel, Microsoft and other members.

Represented Warner Bros. in an investigation by the FTC over online marketing campaign disclosures.

Significant clients RELX Group, DMA, Experian, Time Warner Cable, TiVO.

Notable practitioners

"Notable coalition builder" Stuart Ingis is described by clients as a "very practical lawyer." He is highly respected for his work appearing before the FTC and other government agencies. Alongside his privacy and information technology practice, he also specializes in advertising matters.

Emilio Cividanes has an "excellent understanding of the evolving laws and regulations around privacy," according to one interviewee. He is called upon by clients to respond to cyber crises and privacy litigation. He has a wealth of experience working on federal and state regulatory matters, including FTC rulings.

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ZwillGen PLLC - Privacy & Data Security

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

What the team is known for Boutique privacy law firm that offers the full range of information security advice. Comes recommended for its class action work, acting for prominent internet, technology and media companies. Also well versed in FTC and state attorney general investigations, and maintains a fine reputation for its work on data protection, surveillance and cybersecurity issues.

Strengths Clients rely on the team for its effective counsel: "This firm has given us on-point, reasonable and practical advice." They add: "They provide excellent client service."

Another adds: "They are excellent. They give the highest caliber advice, understand the technology and the regulators, as well as the internal client dynamics."

Work highlights Represented Apple in its challenge of a DOJ order requiring the company to gain access to the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter.

Settled a class action litigation brought against Yahoo! regarding the illegal scanning of e-mails for advertising purposes.

Significant clients Time Warner, WhatsApp, Elliott Management Corporation, Twilio, Mozilla.

Notable practitioners

Founding member Marc Zwillinger is a "top-notch" attorney who is sought after for his strengths in data privacy, law enforcement and consumer protection. He is frequently called upon to act in major class action lawsuits.

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ZwillGen has built a strong practice counseling the nation’s leading internet companies and handling their highest profile online legal issues. Through this work, ZwillGen attorneys have been leaders and significant contributors shaping the ongoing evolution and future landscape of the field of internet law. 

Following years of running practice groups at the nation’s largest law firms, ZwillGen was created with the intention of delivering thoughtful and practical solutions more efficiently. Today, ZwillGen offers unique services from a team of highly specialized attorneys, some of whom have spent the last 20 years developing their knowledge and experience with leading clients, firms, and issues. In addition, ZwillGen makes legal advice more accessible to its clients by replacing the traditional hourly law firm model with innovative approaches that directly align firm incentives with client success.


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Alston & Bird LLP - Privacy & Data Security

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

What the team is known for Expertise in advising multinational companies on a variety of data and privacy issues, and demonstrates a sophisticated approach to compliance and data protection. Highly adept in issues regarding cybersecurity and maintains a fine track record for its work in class action suits and FTC investigations. Also advises US companies on European privacy law, especially on compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), in collaboration with the firm's Brussels office.

Work highlights Advised Johnson Controls on the implementation of the Binding Corporate Rules and other data transfer matters.

Counseled UPS on cross-border data transfer issues and compliance issues regarding the EU's GDPR initiative.

Significant clients The Home Depot, McDonald's, eBay, Cox Enterprises, Bank of America.

Notable practitioners

Kimberley Kiefer Peretti is described as "the real deal" by market commentators, who highlight her experience as a cyber prosecutor at the DOJ. She cochairs the firm's cybersecurity response team and is involved in data breach preparation and response. Sources say: "She is very smart and very strong on incident response."

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP - Privacy & Data Security

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

What the team is known for Recognized for its substantial and far-reaching practice, which includes advising on national security issues, privacy and other security aspects for government departments and agencies. Well versed in managing data breaches and also noted for its strengths in consumer class action defense in breach litigation. Post-merger, the team has consolidated its strength in cybersecurity and cyber advocacy.

Strengths Client service is repeatedly highlighted as a strength: "We've had a lot of things with short turnaround times. They are super-responsive and I've been really happy with the work."

The team's "client service and commerciality have been exceptional," remarked another client.

Significant clients Barnes & Noble, Leidos, Adobe, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.

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Ronald Lee is a national security specialist with experience advising on cybersecurity, digital crime and data matters. Clients praise "his knowledge, experience, practical advice and insight," adding: "On a personal level he is a really good person to work with. A fantastic person and lawyer."

Nancy Perkins's practice spans privacy, data protection, internet communication and breach notification issues. She leverages her deep knowledge of government policy and legislation for a variety of clients. One commentator remarked: "She is super detail-oriented" adding that they always "feel comfortable that she is doing a great job."

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Baker & Hostetler LLP - Privacy & Data Security

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Cincinnati, Houston and New York.

What the team is known for Noted for its strength in litigation and defending regulatory investigations, and is sought after for its wide-ranging compliance advice. Maintains a strong reputation for its standout breach response practice. Represents clients in hospitality, financial services, retail, IT and healthcare. Held in high regard for its payment card security expertise.

Strengths One client highlighted the team's "responsiveness and in-depth understanding of incidents from the technical, legal, risk and business impact perspectives," noting: "This ability to gauge incident impact is extremely helpful for incident management, business understanding and risk evaluation."

Another client spoke of the team's "great service," commenting: "They are real experts in the field, which is essential when dealing with a cybersecurity or data breach."

Work highlights Counseled Hyatt Hotels following a payment card data breach incident and defended the company in a subsequent class action.

Advised Kimpton Hotels & Resorts on the forensic investigation, customer notification and class action lawsuit in the aftermath of a payment card cyber incident.

Significant clients Southwest Airlines, Procter & Gamble, State of Montana, QVC, Whole Foods.

Notable practitioners

Team leader Theodore Kobus assists companies following the theft of personal and financial information. He is particularly sought after for work on credit card breaches, health data and class action litigation. Clients value his levelheaded approach to cyber incidents: "Ted is very responsive. He strikes the right balance between urgency and the rationality of calm."

Clients single out Lynn Sessions as an expert in health privacy issues, with sources indicating: "She does a good job of defending her clients" in disputes. She handles cyber incidents, HIPAA compliance and post-breach investigations.

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Cooley LLP - Privacy & Data Security

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Key offices include San Francisco and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Robust practice with particular skill in handling privacy and data security matters linked to mobile, online and health technology. Enjoys a global presence that allows an integrated network of attorneys to assist clients nationally, as well in the UK and the EU. Sought after for their expertise in privacy litigation, especially class action defense. Closely linked to leading trade groups and government bodies.

Strengths "The firm is client first in every interaction I've had. They provide good value for the extensive and broad services they provide," noted one client.

Work highlights Successfully defended Facebook in a consolidated class action lawsuit alleging privacy violation regarding third-party advertisements.

Defended Twitter against allegations of privacy infringement and breaches of California's Invasion Privacy Act brought in a class action lawsuit.

Significant clients Google, Golden State Warriors, Niantic, Signal360.

Notable practitioners

Michael Rhodes is described by market commentators as an "excellent litigator" who "comes up with unique and creative ways of defending clients." He represents companies in class action suits relating to right of publicity, user information and social marketing. Recent highlights have included defending Facebook, Google and Twitter in significant privacy cases.

Randy Sabett primarily works on cybersecurity strategy, compliance and incident response concerns. He has a respected IP practice and works on behalf of internet and technology companies. Clients say: "I found his expertise and professionalism to be consistent with the excellent quality of other Cooley partners."

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Kelley Drye & Warren LLP - Privacy & Data Security

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Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Comes recommended for its expertise in privacy and data issues affecting emerging technology companies. Well equipped to provide counsel on government investigations into issues concerning consumer data and marketing practices. Also known for its proactive engagement with key policy bodies.

Strengths Market commentators praise the team's "incredibly deep bench and strong skill sets."

Work highlights Counseled Disney on an array of privacy and marketing concerns, including mobile application and texting issues within its resort properties and theme parks.

Represented DISH Network in litigation brought by the FTC regarding an alleged violation of its Telemarketing Sales Rule.

Significant clients Sprint, TripAdvisor, Take-Two Interactive, Burger King, American Cable Association.

Notable practitioners

Dana Rosenfeld heads the firm's privacy and information security practice group and is a well-known participant in the consumer protection arena. Her practice encompasses FTC investigations, big data and cyberattacks. "Dana is excellent," remarks one client, adding: "She is very responsive and knowledgeable. She provided me with a very heavy level of help in an area where I had little experience."

Data specialist Alysa Hutnik has a good reputation among peers and clients alike for her work defending companies before the FTC and FCC. She is involved in privacy and security issues relating to digital advertising and has also developed a niche in TCPA matters. Clients describe her as "very responsible and intelligent," adding: "She always has the client's interests as her priority."

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McDermott Will & Emery LLP - Privacy & Data Security

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

What the team is known for Continues to display impressive strength in the healthcare sector. Renowned for its excellent HIPAA practice, with a strong US base and key locations nationally to provide an expansive service. Also advises clients on privacy-related matters concerning M&A and other transactions. Recent hires have expanded the firm's additional expertise in cyber crises, e-commerce and internal investigations.

Strengths Client service was frequently highlighted by interviewees as a strength, with one commenting: "They were responsive and very knowledgeable in the area."

Work highlights Successfully argued a US Supreme Court case on behalf of Liberty Mutual, in which the Court ruled that Vermont cannot force health insurers to release medical claim payment data.

Has continued to act as privacy and data security counsel for healthcare company Premier.

Significant clients Willis Towers Watson, Radware, TD Bank, The American Registry for Internet Numbers, Steward Health Care.

Notable practitioners

Mark Schreiber, Michael Morgan and Daniel Gottlieb are co-leaders of the firm's global privacy and cybersecurity practice and are key contacts for the firm.

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Perkins Coie LLP - Privacy & Data Security

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

What the team is known for Experienced group that excels in matters pertaining to cross-border data transfer and also provides counsel on global strategies for compliance with data protection laws. Maintains particular expertise in requests for information work and is also adept in advising on data breach issues. Represents clients from a range of sectors, including information technology, telecommunications and consumer product manufacturing.

Strengths Other clients concur: "In terms of privacy work, the lawyers are wonderful. They all know the space; they all know the technology. The folks we have interacted with there have been thoughtful."

Work highlights Represented the Democratic National Committee following alleged Russian hacking during the 2016 US Presidential election campaign.

Has continued to represent Facebook in litigation matters and provide counsel on violations of its terms of use.

Significant clients Amazon, Google, Hasbro, Spotify, Sprint.

Notable practitioners

Todd Hinnen and Thomas Bell are key contacts at the firm.

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Wiley Rein LLP - Privacy & Data Security

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

What the team is known for Acknowledged for its impressive work in healthcare privacy matters and considered highly adept at handling data breaches. Serves hospitals, pharmacies, insurers, advertisers and accountancy firms within the healthcare space. Experts in tax privacy, international and EU data transfer matters, as well as electronic surveillance and law enforcement.

Significant clients PwC, Privacy Analytics, Wolters Kluwer, Primary Care Coalition, Verisign.

Notable practitioners

Kirk Nahra is described by clients as "one of the best in the industry. He can balance reality and risk very well." They add: "He is pragmatic and practical." He is highly regarded for his work on healthcare privacy and data matters, including HIPAA, health technology, data breaches and risk management. He advises insurers on a variety of issues, defends companies against government investigations and facilitates internal investigations.

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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati - Privacy & Data Security

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

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

What the team is known for Demonstrates impressive capabilities in class actions and government investigations. Regularly advises clients on implementing privacy policies and data security compliance. Also well regarded for its expertise in M&A activity with data transfer requirements and transactions in which data is considered an asset. Also noted for its expertise on issues concerning the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, Video Privacy Protection Act and Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act.

Strengths Clients describe Wilson Sonsini as a "go-to DC firm when you need answers or access at the highest level of government agencies. They are unbelievably respected."

Significant clients Epsilon, Ghostery Enterprises, Mylan, Salesforce, Turn.

Notable practitioners

Lydia Parnes is a former director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection. She represents clients in FTC privacy and data security investigations, counsels technology companies on compliance issues and manages data incident responses. One client remarked: "My respect for her is enormous," while another commended her "great experience and insights, and deep subject matter expertise."

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Senior Statesmen

Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Policy guru" Christopher Wolf is a senior figure in the national privacy Bar and continues to advise clients on data and technology issues. He is commended for his foresight and innovative work in the internet space. Sources describe him as "incredibly well rounded," adding: "He knows the history of privacy."

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Hunton & Williams LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lisa Sotto is widely recognized as a "market leader" and the preeminent data security expert in the USA. She advises major clients on breach response and cross-border privacy issues. Clients remark: "She is incredibly smart and understands the challenges of a business. She is also a pleasure to deal with, even in the toughest situations."

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Mary Ellen Callahan

Jenner & Block LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mary Ellen Callahan chairs Jenner & Block LLP's privacy and information governance team. She is considered one of the leading privacy lawyers in the USA, advising on compliance, data incident response and data transfer matters. Clients value her high level of client service: "She is amazing - intelligent, informed, practical and accessible. I can't identify any weaknesses. She is one of my favorite lawyers to work with and runs an incredible practice group."

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WilmerHale

From the Chambers USA guide

Reed Freeman of WilmerHale cochairs the firm's cybersecurity, privacy and communications practice. He specializes in consumer data matters, international data flows, regulatory compliance and FTC investigations. "He is a thinker. He can decipher the future - he is our go-to guy," enthused one client.

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

From the Chambers USA guide

Chair of the firm's US privacy and cybersecurity practice group, James Halpert is a much-admired adviser on regulatory issues, privacy compliance and transactions. He is experienced at handling data incidents. "Jim is terrific. He provides the legal support and the strategy, which have been a wonderful success," remarks one client.

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Venable LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Notable coalition builder" Stuart Ingis is described by clients as a "very practical lawyer." He is highly respected for his work appearing before the FTC and other government agencies. Alongside his privacy and information technology practice, he also specializes in advertising matters.

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Ropes & Gray LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Douglas Meal is regarded by market sources as the leading privacy litigator in the USA. He defends companies against privacy violation lawsuits following data breaches. Clients say: "Doug is extremely strategic, very quick on his feet and sees the big picture."

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Wiley Rein LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kirk Nahra is described by clients as "one of the best in the industry. He can balance reality and risk very well." They add: "He is pragmatic and practical." He is highly regarded for his work on healthcare privacy and data matters, including HIPAA, health technology, data breaches and risk management. He advises insurers on a variety of issues, defends companies against government investigations and facilitates internal investigations.

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Alan Charles Raul

Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Alan Charles Raul leads the firm's privacy, data security and information law group, and provides proactive and reactive counsel to a diverse client base. Respondents appreciate his technical knowledge: "Alan's natural fluency with technology issues is impressive - this combined with uncannily precise instincts, a deep knowledge of the complex legal landscape, and thorough legal analysis makes him a natural counselor."

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Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Marcy Wilder is praised by peers for the strength of her health privacy and cybersecurity practice. She provides advice on HIPAA compliance, data breaches and government investigations. One client enthused: "Marcy is the person you want in your team if you've had a major breach that you need to manage. I can't say enough about her."

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Miriam Wugmeister

Morrison & Foerster LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients single out Miriam Wugmeister as a leader in the security incident and privacy regulation fields. As cochair of the practice group, she has coordinated the team's response to many of the firm's clients' most significant breaches. Commentators say: "Miriam is clearly operating at the top of her profession. At this point, Miriam's preeminence in her field is well recognized - but it's her passion, ability to relate to clients and practical business-minded advice that distinguishes her in my view."

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Emilio W Cividanes

Venable LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Emilio Cividanes has an "excellent understanding of the evolving laws and regulations around privacy," according to one interviewee. He is called upon by clients to respond to cyber crises and privacy litigation. He has a wealth of experience working on federal and state regulatory matters, including FTC rulings.

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L Richard Fischer

Morrison & Foerster LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Fischer specializes in consumer finance and is described by market sources as a "big name in financial services." He handles privacy and data security issues that arise from retail banking, payment systems and e-commerce. He is widely regarded as a "subject matter expert in this space."

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Theodore J Kobus III

Baker & Hostetler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Team leader Theodore Kobus assists companies following the theft of personal and financial information. He is particularly sought after for work on credit card breaches, health data and class action litigation. Clients value his levelheaded approach to cyber incidents: "Ted is very responsive. He strikes the right balance between urgency and the rationality of calm." 

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Kristen J. Mathews

Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kristen Mathews of Proskauer Rose LLP heads the firm's privacy and cybersecurity group, where her practice encompasses data assessments, incident response, and online advertising. Clients rate her broad range of expertise, with one commenting: "Kristen is a go-to resource for all matters relating to privacy and data security. She provides practical legal advice geared toward business goals." Another source comments: "She is very knowledgeable across the full breadth of privacy issues, not just in the legal issues, but she has a sense of how others in the industry are practically dealing with issues."

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Edward R McNicholas

Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Edward McNicholas co-leads the practice group and is noted by market commentators for his strength as a litigator. He represents companies in the aftermath of data incidents and provides ongoing counsel. "I tell people that he is an oracle who is incredibly connected in the privacy industry. He is very easy to work with, very personable and across the board shows a genuine interest in the work we are doing," enthused one client. 

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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

From the Chambers USA guide

Lydia Parnes is a former director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection. She represents clients in FTC privacy and data security investigations, counsels technology companies on compliance issues and manages data incident responses. One client remarked: "My respect for her is enormous," while another commended her "great experience and insights, and deep subject matter expertise."

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Harriet P Pearson

Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Head of the firm's cybersecurity group, Harriet Pearson is singled out for her experience handling both proactive and reactive privacy and data matters. She has experience leading the response to some of the country's most significant breach incidents. "Harriet marries her expert knowledge of the law with her previous background in-house to deliver practical, timely, on-target advice that is customized for our business," comment clients.

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Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Dana Rosenfeld heads the firm's privacy and information security practice group and is a well-known participant in the consumer protection arena. Her practice encompasses FTC investigations, big data and cyberattacks. "Dana is excellent," remarks one client, adding: "She is very responsive and knowledgeable. She provided me with a very heavy level of help in an area where I had little experience."

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Morrison & Foerster LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Serwin cochairs the firm's privacy and data security group. His expertise lies in cybersecurity and information governance. He is described by clients as a "thinker and a problem solver." Market sources praise the "wonderful results" he has provided, as well as his "practical commercial sense."

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Marc J Zwillinger

ZwillGen PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Founding member Marc Zwillinger is a "top-notch" attorney who is sought after for his strengths in data privacy, law enforcement and consumer protection. He is frequently called upon to act in major class action lawsuits.

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Steptoe & Johnson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

A former general counsel of the National Security Agency (NSA), Stewart Baker of Steptoe & Johnson LLP is an expert in cybersecurity, cyber war, law enforcement and government policy. He provides data protection and privacy advice to technology companies as well as industry coalitions and other organizations. Clients say: "He is deeply connected. He is a very pragmatic adviser and someone whose opinion I trust greatly."

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Arnall Golden Gregory LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Belair is managing partner of Arnall Golden Gregory LLP's Washington, DC office and leads the firm's privacy and consumer regulatory practice. Clients say: "Bob is responsive and knowledgeable. He is succinct and masterful at pulling in subject matter experts to handle targeted assignments."

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Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Julie Brill is praised by clients for her "extremely valuable and unique insights into the world of privacy regulation." She joined Hogan Lovells in 2016 having served for six years as a commissioner at the FTC. She now advises clients on issues relating to data breaches, government policy and privacy initiatives.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers USA guide

Lothar Determann possesses expertise in a wide range of regulatory compliance and contractual issues. He offers privacy guidance to technology companies at every stage of their life cycle. Clients praise his "phenomenal expertise in privacy," adding: "He has a high profile, is very persuasive and great to work with," commending the "excellent results" he achieves.

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Margaret P Eisenhauer

Privacy & Information Management Services—Margaret P. Eisenhauer, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Solo practitioner Margaret Eisenhauer is a data protection specialist who has particular expertise in large data processes. Her diverse client base includes pharmaceutical, financial services and hospitality companies.

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Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

From the Chambers USA guide

Tanya Forsheit of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz is recognized by interviewees for her strength in litigation, data breach and cloud agreements. She attracts clients from a range of industries including the media, data analytics and healthcare. "I have very much enjoyed working with Tanya," stated one source, adding: "She is hard-working, organized, and dedicated to her clients. I would not hesitate to recommend her."

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Robinson & Cole LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Linn Freedman of Robinson & Cole LLP chairs the firm's privacy and security group. She handles significant health data breaches and is highly regarded for her work on HIPAA, electronic medical records, information exchange, government investigations and class action litigation. "She travels to the end and back for her clients," commented one interviewee.

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Françoise Gilbert

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Françoise Gilbert of Greenberg Traurig, LLP acts on behalf of established and emerging companies on data protection, data analytics, privacy strategy and transactional matters. Clients value her expertise, noting: "Her reputation is well deserved and she knows her subject extremely well."

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Justine Gottshall

InfoLawGroup LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Justine Gottshall of InfoLawGroup LLP is "responsive and thorough" according to clients who seek counsel on international privacy matters, data management and Fair Credit Reporting Act compliance. "Justine's made an effort to understand the nuances of our business," remarked one interviewee: "She is proactive and raises issues in ways that allow us to address them before they become a problem."

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Brian Hengesbaugh

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers USA guide

Brian Hengesbaugh's practice concentrates on cybersecurity, breach notification and compliance. He chairs the firm's global IT and data security steering committee.

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Alysa Zeltzer Hutnik

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Data specialist Alysa Hutnik has a good reputation among peers and clients alike for her work defending companies before the FTC and FCC. She is involved in privacy and security issues relating to digital advertising and has also developed a niche in TCPA matters. Clients describe her as "very responsible and intelligent," adding: "She always has the client's interests as her priority."

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Kimberly Kiefer Peretti

Alston & Bird LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kimberley Kiefer Peretti is described as "the real deal" by market commentators, who highlight her experience as a cyber prosecutor at the DOJ. She cochairs the firm's cybersecurity response team and is involved in data breach preparation and response. Sources say: "She is very smart and very strong on incident response." 

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ronald Lee is a national security specialist with experience advising on cybersecurity, digital crime and data matters. Clients praise "his knowledge, experience, practical advice and insight," adding: "On a personal level he is a really good person to work with. A fantastic person and lawyer."

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Nancy Perkins's practice spans privacy, data protection, internet communication and breach notification issues. She leverages her deep knowledge of government policy and legislation for a variety of clients. One commentator remarked: "She is super detail-oriented" adding that they always "feel comfortable that she is doing a great job." 

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Plotkin is recommended for his knowledge of government security and privacy matters. He is acknowledged as "very strong in financial services work" and is commended by sources for his solution-oriented approach.

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Cooley LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Rhodes is described by market commentators as an "excellent litigator" who "comes up with unique and creative ways of defending clients." He represents companies in class action suits relating to right of publicity, user information and social marketing. Recent highlights have included defending Facebook, Google and Twitter in significant privacy cases.

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Cooley LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Randy Sabett primarily works on cybersecurity strategy, compliance and incident response concerns. He has a respected IP practice and works on behalf of internet and technology companies. Clients say: "I found his expertise and professionalism to be consistent with the excellent quality of other Cooley partners."

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers USA guide

Boris Segalis cochairs Norton Rose Fulbright's data protection, privacy and cybersecurity team. His practice is rooted in information law, advising clients from the advertising, energy and retail sectors, among others. Market commentators note his "good insights," adding: "He gets sensible results quickly and does not over-theorize. He is a thorough lawyer and I think highly of him."

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Baker & Hostetler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients single out Lynn Sessions as an expert in health privacy issues, with sources indicating: "She does a good job of defending her clients" in disputes. She handles cyber incidents, HIPAA compliance and post-breach investigations.

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Thomas J Smedinghoff

Locke Lord LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Smedinghoff of Locke Lord LLP frequently advises companies on cybersecurity, information law and identity management. Peers highlight his expertise in e-commerce and technology transactions. Market sources describe him as "one of the most thoughtful and creative minds in the privacy field."

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Winston & Strawn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Liisa Thomas of Winston & Strawn LLP is called upon by clients to handle data breaches, information collection and privacy policy development. She is based in Chicago and London, and is commended for her expertise in EU privacy law. "I have her on speed dial. She is particularly strong in this area. She has the theoretical knowledge but it's more her practical approach which is very helpful for our business," reports one interviewee.

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