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Alston & Bird LLP - Privacy & Data Security Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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, with recent strength in network intrusions, 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 GDPR, in collaboration with the firm's Brussels office.

Strengths According to one commentator, "the Alston & Bird team is a coherent group that provides excellent client service. Their combined years and breadth of experience allow them to understand the business of a global company and to give detailed advice on challenging regulations."

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Cochair of the firm's cybersecurity preparedness and response team Kimberly Kiefer Peretti is "great because she has a background in the government. She has presented out-of-the-box thinking in this new area of law," according to one insider. Another interviewee remarks: "She has very strong functional expertise on incident response planning and the information security program. She is a great external legal resource, business partner and is very focused on adding value to meet the client’s needs."

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP - Privacy & Data Security Department

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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. Possesses strength in cybersecurity and cyber advocacy, and adept at addressing healthcare and infant online privacy concerns.

Strengths "I prefer their attorneys due to their responsiveness, cost control and for making my company’s internal prioritization more important than the firm's. They definitely provide excellent value for money," states an interviewee.

An industry source simply says: "Their client service is excellent."

Work highlights Representing Brooks Brothers in a data breach class action pending in US District Court for the Central District of California.

Advised Sabre in the successful defense of a data breach class action in the West Coast courts.

Notable practitioners

"Excellent lawyer" Ronald Lee practices in areas related to cybersecurity, such as electronic surveillance, computer crime and identity theft. He is known for handling matters with national security implications.

Nancy Perkins "is well informed on issues related to data security and privacy," says a client, continuing: "Nancy’s work is thorough and thoughtful." Her capabilities extend to the healthcare sector and COPPA.

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Baker & Hostetler LLP - Privacy & Data Security Department

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What the team is known for Noted for its strength in litigation and defending regulatory investigations, and 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. Handles matters relating to emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence and blockchain.

Strengths An interviewee explains that "the team's strengths are responsiveness and the quality of their work product. They have a deep bench of expertise in incident-response globally. They have handled hundreds of breaches globally across sectors like healthcare, retail and financial services."

Work highlights Assisted on the payment card aspects of Equifax's breach affecting 143 million US clients.

Advised Hyatt Hotels on a payment card security incident that implicated more than 300 properties globally.

Notable practitioners

Theodore Kobus "is absolutely fantastic" according to a source, who adds that "he is a premier expert in privacy and data security, and always ultra responsive to the needs of our organization." He leads Baker & Hostetler's privacy and data protection team, and a peer highlights that "he is just a tremendous success story in this area. He has handled so many incidents that he has a tremendous breadth of knowledge and experience."

A "go-to lawyer for health privacy," Lynn Sessions wins praise for her expertise in HIPAA investigations and breach responses, and her knowledge of regulatory procedures. A source remarks: "She knows the field well. She is smart, reasonable and great to work with. She has a depth of knowledge on health privacy that is hard to find."

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Baker McKenzie - Privacy & Data Security Department

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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 and regarded for its international privacy practice, with special strength in cybersecurity.

Strengths One enthusiastic commentator says: "They make me feel incredibly prioritized. I get immediate responses and it feels as if I'm top of the list. I'm a big fan. They're making an incredible difference to me as a client."

"In terms of service, they're outstanding," says a source: "We were held in discussion for the plan moving ahead, so we had no surprises. The team gets the highest marks because they are extremely practical and business minded, rather than academic and bookish. They aren't professors or pontificators – rather they see the problem, construct a plan to help the business and then execute with excellence."

Notable practitioners

Lothar Determann specializes in data privacy, and excels in representing growing technology businesses. A source comments: "Working with him is always a great experience. He is very knowledgeable and practical."

Brian Hengesbaugh is experienced in privacy, data security, breach notification, IT and marketing. "It was an outstanding experience working with Brian," says one source, while another mentions his "tremendous expertise about cross-border data flow."

David Lashway is "fantastic. He is effective at working with senior leadership on compliance and incident issues," according to market commentators. He is known for his involvement with data security, crisis management, internal investigations and litigation stemming from cybersecurity concerns.

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Our market-leading practice is best known for its deep, high quality bench focused on global privacy, data protection and cybersecurity. Clients value our unmatched understanding of the global compliance landscape and distinct knowledge of the interplay of privacy/data security issues with consumer protection laws, financial services and health regulations, labor and employment laws and other controls.

The practice covers all aspects of data privacy and protection planning and implementation, and also provides world-class service to clients when data is compromised. Includes:

advisory (covering employee, customer, vendor and other data);

transactional (including sourcing, cloud computing and M&A); and

crisis management, including: data security breach & incident prevention and response (such as external or internal hacking, or accidental data loss); regulatory investigations (FTC, state regulations, data protection authority investigations and dawn raids); internal investigations (compliance investigations, email/computer use review); and disputes arising from cybersecurity matters.

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Cooley LLP - Privacy & Data Security Department

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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 as in the UK and the EU. Sought after for its expertise in privacy litigation, especially class action defense. Closely linked to leading trade groups and government bodies, with a growing client base in emerging technology companies.

Strengths "Cooley is my favorite firm to use for privacy issues and litigation," says a source, explaining that "they understand technology and the start-up atmosphere."

Work highlights Successfully represented Twitter in a class action claiming breach of users' right of privacy.

Notable practitioners

Michael Rhodes " has an outstanding litigation practice representing clients who generate big, interesting and cutting-edge data privacy matters," reports a source. He has extensive experience acting for technology companies.

Randy Sabett "is very technology-oriented and good for getting in the weeds on security issues," remarks an interviewee. Peers rate Sabett for his cybersecurity expertise.

The "terrific" Boris Segalis "is really smart and pragmatic", says a source: "He's a stand-out. He offers not only legal advice, but is very good at translating complicated rules into pragmatic and workable solutions." His practice centers on information law.

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Covington & Burling LLP - Privacy & Data Security Department

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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. Handles the risk assessment of third-party platforms, with compliance expertise regarding COPPA.

Strengths An impressed client reports: "In all cases, each member of the team, and the team as a whole, was very responsive and client oriented. They took time to really get to know our business and legal issues. In every situation, the advice and guidance was helpful and thorough. The firm and its lawyers are of the highest caliber."

Work highlights Representing Facebook before the FTC on privacy and security matters.

Notable practitioners

Kurt Wimmer is described by interviewees as "terrific and a leader in this space. He's a very smart guy." He has extensive experience guiding and counseling technology and media companies.

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DLA Piper LLP (US) - Privacy & Data Security Department

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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 highlight that "the team as a whole is responsive, good at providing advice on complex fact patterns on the fly, and pleasant to work with. They work well across offices and time zones, and communicate with each other to create a seamless experience for the client."

A source reports that "I have been pleased with the efficiency of the team; DLA is very responsive. They are practical in the advice they give and the solutions they help us find to complex issues."

Work highlights Assisted the UK Deputy Home Affairs Minister and UK Mission to the United States by providing input regarding legislation to codify an exception in US surveillance law to enact a bilateral law enforcement information sharing agreement between the two nations.

Defended Eddie Bauer in a class action alleging violations of the California Invasion of Privacy Act.

Notable practitioners

"Superstar" James Halpert chairs the department and handles a range of regulatory and compliance issues in the privacy field, in addition to data breaches. "He has a great reputation as one of the leaders of the Bar," says a commentator, noting that "he is thought of as a go-to person on privacy counseling issues."

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Hogan Lovells US LLP - Privacy & Data Security Department

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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. Additionally capable in a regulatory capacity, especially relating to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), working in conjunction with the firm's European offices.

Strengths One satisfied source reports that "I have benefited from their international footprint and they are able to provide jurisdiction-specific advice to foreign clients. The strength of the team is its comprehensive coverage. I know that I can reach out and the firm will have someone who can answer the question. Hogan Lovells sets itself apart by consistently going beyond, providing a focused, practical business application of the legal analysis."

"Hogan Lovells has developed an impressive team with a physical presence and relationships in multiple jurisdictions, with personnel that have worked in government as well as in-house." states an interviewee.

Work highlights Lead negotiators for 21st Century Fox's global vendor agreements, devising plans to safeguard data when in the possession of third-party vendors and implementing those protections in contracts.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Wolf is "very well known in the industry," says a source, mentioning him as "one of the founders" in this space. A respected veteran of data security, he continues to provide direction on regulatory matters and public policy developments. Peers describe him as "very knowledgeable and a thought leader."

An "excellent healthcare lawyer," Marcy Wilder is known to interviewees as "one of the best" in privacy, cybersecurity and data breaches, with specific emphasis on the health sector. Clients value that she is "very knowledgeable," adding that "she responds quickly with high-quality advice and is approachable."

"Top-notch cyber lawyer" Harriet Pearson "is really one of the best-known in the country," affirms a peer. Head of the firm's cybersecurity practice, her expertise encompasses defensive planning and reactive responses to data breaches, as well as guidance on GDPR compliance.

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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP - Privacy & Data Security Department

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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. Expanding capacity to handle cybersecurity risks associated with blockchain technology and GDPR regulations.

Strengths One client says: "They're our go-to firm for advising on breaches. They offer very good guidance on high-level strategies."

Work highlights Counseling Yahoo! in the aftermath of a cybersecurity attack implicating 3 billion user accounts.

Acts as counsel to UPS on privacy and data security matters globally.

Notable practitioners

Global head of privacy Lisa Sotto is "widely considered the best" and handles cutting-edge data issues for big-ticket companies. "She is a strong leader with fantastic advice. She does great work on advisory boards and her leadership in the industry has really moved it forward," notes one industry insider. Another enthuses: "She's one of the leading privacy experts in the US. She has great connections with wide variety of people in the business community and regulatory parties. She has a good sense of what's going on in the industry and provides good advice."

Brittany Bacon "is excellent. She is very diligent, intelligent and hard-working. She has a good understanding of the forensics of data incidents," says an interviewee. She has cut her teeth on numerous global cybersecurity events. A client enthuses: "Brittany is one of the best individuals I have worked with on privacy-related matters. She is very client-focused, attentive and responsive."

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Kelley Drye & Warren LLP - Privacy & Data Security Department

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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. Experienced in representing clients in privacy, data security and consumer protection litigation.

Strengths A market insider recounts: "They offer good client service, practical advice and good value for money. We use them as our go-to for many matters that affect our business. I appreciate that Kelley Drye & Warren is business minded and does not overcomplicate matters."

Work highlights Advises startup advertising technology company Refinition on privacy considerations.

Notable practitioners

Dana Rosenfeld is described as "extremely helpful in parsing and prioritizing the complicated compliance landscape." Sources explain that "she truly understands the risks and practical limitations that businesses face regarding privacy compliance and provides advice accordingly."

Alysa Zeltzer Hutnik's "expertise in navigating US telecommunication compliance is invaluable to us as we expand our business," says a satisfied client. A market peer notes that she is "very good on privacy and incidence response."

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McDermott Will & Emery LLP - Privacy & Data Security Department

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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. Additional expertise in cyber crises, e-commerce and internal investigations. Called in to handle breaches and ransomware attacks affecting healthcare companies.

Strengths According to a satisfied interviewee, the team "has excellent client service; they are very responsive and even keeled in the face of time pressure."

"We owe a good bit of our success to them," says a client: "They are trusted counselors, not just lawyers. They bring a lot of value and practical guidance to us, which is greatly appreciated ."

Work highlights Represented Pacific Alliance Medical Center, a Los Angeles-based hospital and healthcare provider, in response to a ransomware incident.

Advised Modernizing Medicine on data security issues as part of an ongoing relationship.

Notable practitioners Daniel Gottlieb is a co-head of department and a key contact.

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Morrison & Foerster LLP - Privacy & Data Security Department

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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. Working with notable established and emerging life sciences and technology companies.

Strengths The team is described by sources as "experienced, knowledgeable and practical" and "extremely efficient without compromising on the quality of advice and responsiveness."

Another industry source identifies that "Morrison Foerster's Data Privacy group was one of the early leaders in that developing area, and, as a result has a breadth and depth of expertise globally."

Work highlights Advising Unity Technologies in the defense of a class action regarding the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA).

Acted as independent foreign law expert to the Irish Data Protection Commissioner regarding the 'Schrems II' case , which could impact the policies regarding the transfer of global data.

Notable practitioners

Peers and clients alike say that Miriam Wugmeister "is a very strong lawyer with an excellent reputation in the privacy Bar" and "an industry leader." Her expertise is frequently sought out by multinational corporations for matters relating to national and global privacy concerns, with sources dubbing her "one of the top few people in data privacy in the world."

Richard Fischer is highly regarded in the industry, with a particular focus on consumer finance. He specializes in the intersection of retail finance, data security and privacy, and counts insurers, financial bodies and technology companies among his clientele.

Andrew Serwin sits as cochair of the firm's global privacy practice and is well regarded for his work in cybersecurity, privacy enforcement and litigation. Sources describe him as "a walking encyclopedia on anything data protection related."

Nathan Taylor "is a tremendous lawyer; he is smart and quick on his feet," opines an industry source. He is a notable up-and-coming lawyer in data security and is praised for his knowledge of regulatory policies and bodies.

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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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Perkins Coie LLP - Privacy & Data Security Department

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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 at advising on data breach issues, including matters with national security implications. Represents clients from a range of sectors, including information technology, telecommunication and consumer product manufacturing.

Strengths Clients value Perkins Coie's "very professional team that has their act together. They are very interested in understanding what the client wants and are very flexible to accommodate any requests. They provide clear and concise recommendations. They are supportive and produce a very good work product."

Work highlights Lead counsel for the Democratic National Committee and other Democratic party organizations in their response to the Russian hack during the 2016 presidential election.

Representing Uber Technologies as plaintiff in a lawsuit against a defendant who unlawfully downloaded confidential Uber driver information.

Notable practitioners Michael Sussmann in Washington, DC and Janis Claire Kestenbaum in Seattle are key contacts.

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Perkins Coie’s Privacy & Security group represents some of the world’s leading Internet companies, wired and wireless communications providers, brick-and-mortar retailers and emerging online businesses.

Data and security breaches are increasingly headline news and the current legal climate includes complex and nuanced rules governing the collection, use, storage, and disposal of information that vary by jurisdiction and is continually evolving. We work closely with our clients to help them stay abreast of national and international regulatory and statutory changes and industry initiatives related to mobile applications, online and mobile advertising, means of capturing location information, and cloud computing.

We regularly advise clients on how to implement "privacy by design" principles into their organizations, and how to best respond to law enforcement and civil requests for user information, sophisticated network attacks and other security breaches. Our data breach and network intrusion response team, including several former DOJ cybercrime prosecutors, regularly counsels clients with concerns about data breaches and assists with coordinating incident response and required notifications.

We help our clients respond to immediate issues and understand that it is never too late to address privacy and security matters.

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Ropes & Gray LLP - Privacy & Data Security Department

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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. Notable for increased presence in advisory work, including GDPR compliance.

Strengths An admiring client states that "they are outstanding; available when needed, respond to all inquiries in a timely manner and provide the information necessary to make an informed and sound decision based on their legal advice. Given their expertise in this field, they provide immense value for money. They have been very helpful."

Another interviewee says that the firm's privacy attorneys "truly live up to the stellar reputation of the firm as a whole. The level of professionalism coupled with deep expertise distinguishes this team from the rest."

Work highlights Representing medical laboratory LabMD in its petition to the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit for review of an FTC decision that held LabMD liable for allegedly having “unfair” data security practices in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act.

Serves as lead counsel to Arby's Restaurant Group, defending against all third-party claims arising from a recent payment card breach.

Notable practitioners

Douglas Meal is praised for his hard-nosed approach to handling disputes, with one source describing him as "a wrecking ball litigator. He fights trench warfare in the payment card industry and is excellent at that," remarks an industry insider. He also handles government enforcement matters and incident response.

Heather Egan Sussman is cochair of Ropes & Gray's privacy and cybersecurity group, and "a very good lawyer and good counselor," according to interviewees. An additional source comments: "Heather is an extremely learned and skilled attorney who has a robust privacy experience. Notably, she is generous with her time and endeavors greatly to educate her clients and understand a given client’s risk profile."

About the Team (content provided by Ropes & Gray LLP)

Ropes & Gray’s privacy & cybersecurity practice has long been ranked as a leader by Chambers USA, Chambers Global and The Legal 500, and has been named a “Privacy & Consumer Protection Group of the Year” by Law360 four times. From managing complex global privacy and data protection advisory matters, to responding effectively to litigation and regulatory investigations stemming from security incidents and alleged privacy violations, Ropes & Gray is a leader in helping clients navigate the increasingly complex legal landscape surrounding privacy and cybersecurity.

To learn more about our practice, please visit: https://www.ropesgray.com/practices/Privacy-and-Cybersecurity.aspx

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Sidley Austin LLP - Privacy & Data Security Department

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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. Works with the firm's well-regarded corporate practice, conducting privacy and cybersecurity diligence for M&A.

Strengths A commentator says: "The team is excellent" and praises their "excellent analysis and insight, large network of connections and deep, relevant experience."

Sources explain that the attorneys' "deep knowledge and experience in the privacy space allow us to get excellent advice, tailored to our circumstances."

Work highlights Conducted investigations for Yahoo!'s Board of Directors' Special Cybersecurity Review Committee regarding the 2013 and 2014 data breaches.

Continues to counsel SIFMA on a wide variety of privacy and cybersecurity matters, including policy.

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Alan Charles Raul is known as "a superb lawyer and subject-matter expert" whose practice spans the creation and implementation of cybersecurity policy, including internal investigations. Sources value his "financial institution and regulatory experience handling data security advice."

Edward McNicholas is described as an "excellent lawyer" and is the co-leader of Sidley Austin's privacy and cybersecurity team. His expertise covers congressional litigation and investigations pertaining to cybersecurity and data protection. According to an interviewee: "He's thorough and smart. He's been a part of the landscape and community for a long time. He is both very experienced and hard-working."

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Venable LLP - Privacy & Data Security Department

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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 out for its advice and understanding of the latest developments in the market, and is noted for its regulatory and public policy expertise. Noted for its extensive experience addressing concerns associated with the advertising and marketing industries.

Strengths A client declares: "The team is professional, committed and responsive. I often tell people looking for lawyer recommendations that Venable's team is the best value in privacy. While many of the firms in the privacy & security space have smart lawyers, many of them do not demonstrate an understanding for the practical application of these evolving frameworks as they affect businesses – this is a real key differentiator for Venable's team."

Work highlights Serves as counsel and coordinator the Coalition for Better Ads, responsible for the development and release of Initial Better Ads Standards.

Notable practitioners

Stuart Ingis "has a significant market presence" according to sources, and is best known for handling high-profile data breaches. An enthusiastic customer reports: "He's a big favorite of mine. He's the most amazing human and thinker. He is very smart; a brilliant lawyer. He's head-and-shoulders above other folks."

Emilio Cividanes "has been doing this a long time and is very good," says a commentator. He has deep experience in crisis response, class action litigation and and dealing with regulatory bodies such as the FTC.

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Wiley Rein LLP - Privacy & Data Security Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Frequently called on for advice on regulatory compliance issues, including HIPAA.

Strengths Sources enthuse that "Wiley’s efficiency and practical approach in providing advice make them among the first we tap to assist us with new issues."

Notable practitioners

Interviewees say that Kirk Nahra "is a national expert" in insurance matters related to HIPAA and data privacy matters. Sources appreciate that "he approaches privacy issues from a very practical, pragmatic standpoint. He is extremely intelligent and really knows this area."

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The firm provides clients with an in-depth understanding of the current and potential rules and risks associated with privacy, data security, and cybersecurity principles, along with a broad range of compliance and strategic advice. The firm’s attorneys offer legal solutions that harmonize client needs with policy, best practices, and emerging information access restrictions across a wide range of privacy and security laws. The group provides guidance to businesses ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to small startups, to ensure compliance with data security rules, prevent breaches, and effectively respond if a data breach occurs. The firm has deep experience in the health care, communications, government contracts, insurance, and financial services sectors.

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WilmerHale - Privacy & Data Security Department

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What the team is known for Prominent for counseling high-profile, sophisticated clients on cutting-edge privacy and data security concerns. Demonstrates vast experience and knowledge of the Internet of Things, cross-device tracking and big-data initiatives. Sought after for defensive skill in national and regional investigations and compliance issues.

Strengths "They're a durable and forward-thinking firm," says a source, noting that the "understand the macro constructs of their world while maintaining the human element, which is important."

Work highlights Advised Hasbro on matters of due diligence, drafting agreements and contract review related to the potential acquisition of a well-known online gaming company.

Represented Barclays with respect to a joint venture involving the development and launch of an innovative payment technology platform, and including cross-border work on regulatory concerns, consumer protection and big-data issues.

Notable practitioners

Reed Freeman is known nationally for his top-tier practice and focus on US privacy and security in the advertising space. A satisfied client reports: "Reed consistently provides us with timely, practical advice on privacy and data protection issues, including counsel on the latest best practices. Reed’s ability to distill disparate privacy laws into practical, implementable guidance results in tremendous value to our company."

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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati - Privacy & Data Security Department

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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. Noted for its expertise on issues concerning the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, Video Privacy Protection Act and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. Experienced in matters pertaining to national security, such as handling requests for information under the Foreign Intelligence Act and National Security Letters.

Strengths Clients speak of the team's substantive knowledge and commercial approach.

Notable practitioners

Head of the firm's privacy and cybersecurity group Lydia Parnes is described as a go-to person for FTC matters highlighting her tremendous experience and good client skills.

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ZwillGen PLLC - Privacy & Data Security Department

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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. Particular recent experience in internet gaming and fantasy sports.

Strengths Clients appreciate that "they deliver high-value consistently and efficiently, without fail. ZwillGen provides the quality of advice you get with the biggest and best firms, but with greater consistency because working with them is like handpicking your favorite lawyers at any particular big firm."

A source enthuses: "The firm is one of the best that I've dealt with. I rely on them for any privacy, security and government-related matters. I trust their expertise."

Value for Money "I appreciate their ability to bill with a cap and provide practical advice at all times," says one source, while another states that "their value for money is great because of their efficiency."

Work highlights Successfully represented CNN in the District Court and the Eleventh Circuit in a three-year class action law suit alleging liability for over $1 billion in damages under the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA).

Notable practitioners

Marc Zwillinger is a veteran in privacy, security and cybercrime issues, with specific emphasis on surveillance issues in the private sector. "Marc is fantastic and in the upper echelons of this type of practice," opines one insider.

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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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Senior Statesperson

Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Wolf is "very well known in the industry," says a source, mentioning him as "one of the founders" in this space. A respected veteran of data security, he continues to provide direction on regulatory matters and public policy developments. Peers describe him as "very knowledgeable and a thought leader."

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Star Individuals

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Global head of privacy Lisa Sotto is "widely considered the best" and handles cutting-edge data issues for big-ticket companies. "She is a strong leader with fantastic advice. She does great work on advisory boards and her leadership in the industry has really moved it forward," notes one industry insider. Another enthuses: "She's one of the leading privacy experts in the US. She has great connections with wide variety of people in the business community and regulatory parties. She has a good sense of what's going on in the industry and provides good advice."

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WilmerHale

From the Chambers USA guide

Reed Freeman is known nationally for his top-tier practice and focus on US privacy and security in the advertising space. A satisfied client reports: "Reed consistently provides us with timely, practical advice on privacy and data protection issues, including counsel on the latest best practices. Reed’s ability to distill disparate privacy laws into practical, implementable guidance results in tremendous value to our company."

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

From the Chambers USA guide

"Superstar" James Halpert chairs the department and handles a range of regulatory and compliance issues in the privacy field, in addition to data breaches. "He has a great reputation as one of the leaders of the Bar," says a commentator, noting that "he is thought of as a go-to person on privacy counseling issues."

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Venable LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stuart Ingis "has a significant market presence" according to sources, and is best known for handling high-profile data breaches. An enthusiastic customer reports: "He's a big favorite of mine. He's the most amazing human and thinker. He is very smart; a brilliant lawyer. He's head-and-shoulders above other folks."

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Ropes & Gray LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Douglas Meal is praised for his hard-nosed approach to handling disputes, with one source describing him as "a wrecking ball litigator. He fights trench warfare in the payment card industry and is excellent at that," remarks an industry insider. He also handles government enforcement matters and incident response.

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Wiley Rein LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Interviewees say that Kirk Nahra "is a national expert" in insurance matters related to HIPAA and data privacy matters. Sources appreciate that "he approaches privacy issues from a very practical, pragmatic standpoint. He is extremely intelligent and really knows this area."

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Alan Charles Raul

Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Alan Charles Raul is known as "a superb lawyer and subject-matter expert" whose practice spans the creation and implementation of cybersecurity policy, including internal investigations. Sources value his "financial institution and regulatory experience handling data security advice."

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Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

An "excellent healthcare lawyer," Marcy Wilder is known to interviewees  as "one of the best" in privacy, cybersecurity and data breaches, with specific emphasis on the health sector. Clients value that she is "very knowledgeable," adding that "she responds quickly with high-quality advice and is approachable."

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Miriam Wugmeister

Morrison & Foerster LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peers and clients alike say that Miriam Wugmeister "is a very strong lawyer with an excellent reputation in the privacy Bar" and "an industry leader." Her expertise is frequently sought out by multinational corporations for matters relating to national and global privacy concerns, with sources dubbing her "one of the top few people in data privacy in the world."

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Emilio W Cividanes

Venable LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Emilio Cividanes "has been doing this a long time and is very good," says a commentator. He has deep experience in crisis response, class action litigation and and dealing with regulatory bodies such as the FTC.

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L Richard Fischer

Morrison & Foerster LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Fischer is highly regarded in the industry, with a particular focus on consumer finance. He specializes in the intersection of retail finance, data security and privacy, and counts insurers, financial bodies and technology companies among his clientele.

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Theodore J Kobus III

Baker & Hostetler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Theodore Kobus "is absolutely fantastic" according to a source, who adds that "he is a premier expert in privacy and data security, and always ultra responsive to the needs of our organization." He leads Baker & Hostetler's privacy and data protection team, and a peer highlights that "he is just a tremendous success story in this area. He has handled so many incidents that he has a tremendous breadth of knowledge and experience."

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Kristen J. Mathews

Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kristen Mathews of Proskauer Rose LLP leads the firm's privacy and cybersecurity team and has a broad practice, including crisis management and compliance. A client says: "She's wonderful and has advanced expertise in this area. She makes things easier to understand and has sensible recommendations."

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Edward R McNicholas

Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Edward McNicholas is described as an "excellent lawyer" and is the co-leader of Sidley Austin's privacy and cybersecurity team. His expertise covers congressional litigation and investigations pertaining to cybersecurity and data protection. According to an interviewee: "He's thorough and smart. He's been a part of the landscape and community for a long time. He is both very experienced and hard-working."

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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

From the Chambers USA guide

Head of the firm's privacy and cybersecurity group Lydia Parnes is described as a go-to person for FTC matters highlighting her tremendous experience and good client skills.

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Harriet P Pearson

Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Top-notch cyber lawyer" Harriet Pearson "is really one of the best-known in the country," affirms a peer. Head of the firm's cybersecurity practice, her expertise encompasses defensive planning and reactive responses to data breaches, as well as guidance on GDPR compliance.

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Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Dana Rosenfeld is described as "extremely helpful in parsing and prioritizing the complicated compliance landscape." Sources explain that "she truly understands the risks and practical limitations that businesses face regarding privacy compliance and provides advice accordingly."

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Morrison & Foerster LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Serwin sits as cochair of the firm's global privacy practice and is well regarded for his work in cybersecurity, privacy enforcement and litigation. Sources describe him as "a walking encyclopedia on anything data protection related."

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Marc J Zwillinger

ZwillGen PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Marc Zwillinger is a veteran in privacy, security and cybercrime issues, with specific emphasis on surveillance issues in the private sector. "Marc is fantastic and in the upper echelons of this type of practice," opines one insider.

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jennifer Archie of Latham & Watkins LLP "is a really phenomenal lawyer," says an industry source. She handles work related to FTC investigations, crisis management and defending data breach class action litigation. Clients praise her "high degree of technical knowledge. She has excellent contacts in the IT industry and the government, which is important in this line of work."

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Steptoe & Johnson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stewart Baker of Steptoe & Johnson LLP is well regarded for his experience at the US Department of Homeland Security. A client recalls: "Stewart's perspective and advice has been invaluable. He is a consummate professional, makes time for discussions on short notice and is a great problem solver."

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Luke Dembosky of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has extensive experience with governmental bodies and focuses his practice on cybersecurity. Sources note that he takes a "big-picture view of crisis management and frequently participates in the investigations of extremely complex, technology-facilitated crimes."

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers USA guide

Lothar Determann specializes in data privacy, and excels in representing growing technology businesses. A source comments: "Working with him is always a great experience. He is very knowledgeable and practical."

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Margaret P Eisenhauer

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

From the Chambers USA guide

Margaret Eisenhauer is a sole practitioner with a specialism in data protection, including privacy program management. A peer describes her as "spectacular" due to her "skill, reputation and longevity."

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Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources appreciate that Tanya Forsheit of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz is "very thoughtful and provides tailored advice." She frequently counsels clients in the media, entertainment, consumer products and healthcare industries.

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Robinson & Cole LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Linn Freedman of Robinson & Cole LLP has a broad privacy practice, including data breach response, litigation and HIPAA. Noting her strength in healthcare data matters, a peer says: "In addition to being highly credentialed, Linn is approachable, down to earth and helpful. She is amazing; always spot-on."

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Justine Gottshall

InfoLawGroup LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Justine Gottshall of InfoLawGroup LLP is described by sources as "a top-notch data security lawyer." She is known by peers for her work in the marketing and advertising sectors.

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Brian Hengesbaugh

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers USA guide

Brian Hengesbaugh is experienced in privacy, data security, breach notification, IT and marketing. "It was an outstanding experience working with Brian," says one source, while another mentions his "tremendous expertise about cross-border data flow."

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Alysa Zeltzer Hutnik

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Alysa Zeltzer Hutnik's "expertise in navigating US telecommunication compliance is invaluable to us as we expand our business," says a satisfied client. A market peer notes that she is "very good on privacy and incidence response."

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Kimberly Kiefer Peretti

Alston & Bird LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Cochair of the firm's cybersecurity preparedness and response team Kimberly Kiefer Peretti is "great because she has a background in the government. She has presented out-of-the-box thinking in this new area of law," according to one insider. Another interviewee remarks: "She has very strong functional expertise on incident response planning and the information security program. She is a great external legal resource, business partner and is very focused on adding value to meet the client’s needs."

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers USA guide

David Lashway is "fantastic. He is effective at working with senior leadership on compliance and incident issues," according to market commentators. He is known for his involvement with data security, crisis management, internal investigations and litigation stemming from cybersecurity concerns.

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Excellent lawyer" Ronald Lee practices in areas related to cybersecurity, such as electronic surveillance, computer crime and identity theft. He is known for handling matters with national security implications.

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Pastore of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is well versed in the challenges relating to data breach response and subsequent litigation. Industry sources explain that "as a former assistant US attorney, he knows the technical side of matters and is great at interfacing when there is federal involvement."

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Nancy Perkins "is well informed on issues related to data security and privacy," says a client, continuing: "Nancy’s work is thorough and thoughtful." Her capabilities extend to the healthcare sector and COPPA.

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Cooley LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Rhodes "has an outstanding litigation practice representing clients who generate big, interesting and cutting-edge data privacy matters," reports a source. He has extensive experience acting for technology companies.

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Cooley LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Randy Sabett "is very technology-oriented and good for getting in the weeds on security issues," remarks an interviewee. Peers rate Sabett for his cybersecurity expertise.

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Cooley LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "terrific" Boris Segalis "is really smart and pragmatic", says a source: "He's a stand-out. He offers not only legal advice, but is very good at translating complicated rules into pragmatic and workable solutions." His practice centers on information law.

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Baker & Hostetler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

A "go-to lawyer for health privacy," Lynn Sessions wins praise for her expertise in HIPAA investigations and breach responses, and her knowledge of regulatory procedures. A source remarks: "She knows the field well. She is smart, reasonable and great to work with. She has a depth of knowledge on health privacy that is hard to find."

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Thomas J Smedinghoff

Locke Lord LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

With expertise in information law and electronic business activities, peers say that Thomas Smedinghoff of Locke Lord LLP is "a good lawyer who understands the space well." According to another source, "he's one of the industry thought leaders on blockchain and new issues like identity management."

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Heather Egan Sussman

Ropes & Gray LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Heather Egan Sussman is cochair of Ropes & Gray's privacy and cybersecurity group, and "a very good lawyer and good counselor," according to interviewees. An additional source comments: "Heather is an extremely learned and skilled attorney who has a robust privacy experience. Notably, she is generous with her time and endeavors greatly to educate her clients and understand a given client’s risk profile."

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Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources say that the "terrific" Liisa Thomas of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP "has a broad depth of privacy knowledge and is equally broad on security. She is well known and regarded. If I wanted a second opinion, I would not hesitate to call her." She is also well known for the international reach of her practice.

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Steptoe & Johnson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Vatis of Steptoe & Johnson LLP is highlighted for his "outstanding law enforcement background" at the DoJ and FBI. Specialized in privacy and data security issues, his expertise covers government investigations, incident preparedness and defense, encryption and technology matters.

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kurt Wimmer is described by interviewees as "terrific and a leader in this space. He's a very smart guy." He has extensive experience guiding and counseling technology and media companies.

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Up and Coming

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Brittany Bacon "is excellent. She is very diligent, intelligent and hard-working. She has a good understanding of the forensics of data incidents," says an interviewee. She has cut her teeth on numerous global cybersecurity events. A client enthuses: "Brittany is one of the best individuals I have worked with on privacy-related matters. She is very client-focused, attentive and responsive."

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Up and Coming

Emily S Tabatabai

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Emily Tabatabai of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP handles cybersecutiry and other privacy matters, and is noted for her representation of education companies. Sources describe her as "​an​ ​invaluable​ ​resource​ ​to​ ​have​ ​when​ ​it​ ​comes​ ​to​ ​data​ ​privacy​ ​and​ ​security. She​ ​provides​ ​very​ ​thorough​ ​and​ ​thoughtful​ ​answers​."

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Up and Coming

Morrison & Foerster LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Nathan Taylor "is a tremendous lawyer; he is smart and quick on his feet," opines an industry source. He is a notable up-and-coming lawyer in data security and is praised for his knowledge of regulatory policies and bodies.

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Associates to watch

Hintze Law PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Jared Friend of Hintze Law PLLC is an associate on the rise, specializing on the intersection of emerging technology and privacy, data security and IP. According to an impressed client, "Jared’s maturity and ability to manage matters far exceeded his years of experience. Not only did Jared show the necessary command of the law, but he was able to translate legal and technical issues."

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