Cybersecurity, Privacy and Communications REGULATORY AND GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

WilmerHale’s Cybersecurity, Privacy and Communications Practice represents sophisticated, high-profile clients on a wide range of challenges—from routine matters to cutting-edge issues where the law is unclear and the enforcement risks are high. Our internationally recognized team, composed of lawyers from different practice areas and offices, possesses a mix of counseling, regulatory, litigation, enforcement and transactional knowledge.

Our clients include leading companies in nearly every industry—technology companies, communications and Internet providers, financial institutions, media companies, government contractors, healthcare companies, retailers, manufacturers, online service providers, social networks, e-commerce companies and many others. This diversity gives us a broad perspective and enables us to spot and address unique and complex issues. Our practice also leverages WilmerHale’s renowned capabilities in dealing with sector-specific regulatory authorities at the state, federal and international levels. We regularly engage with regulators that—with increasing vigor—are exercising oversight and enforcement powers on the privacy, cybersecurity and communications practices of the companies under their jurisdiction.

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Contacts

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Gorelick, Jamie

Jamie Gorelick

Chair, Regulatory and Government Affairs Department

Chair, Defense, National Security and Government Contracts Practice Group

Co-Chair, Strategic Response Group

+1 202 663 6500 (t)

jamie.gorelick@wilmerhale.com

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D. Reed Freeman, Jr.

Co-Chair, Cybersecurity, Privacy and Communications Practice

+1 202 663 6267 (t)

reed.freeman@wilmerhale.com

Powell, Benjamin A.

Benjamin A. Powell

Co-Chair, Cybersecurity, Privacy and Communications Practice

+1 202 663 6770 (t)

benjamin.powell@wilmerhale.com

Publications & News

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May 22, 2015

Federal Trade Commission Signals Intensified Focus on Security-By-Design and the Internet of Things With New Start with Security Initiative for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

While the FTC's initial focus in the Start with Security initiative has been on providing guidance to small and medium-sized businesses, it also serves to put companies of all sizes on notice that the FTC will be increasingly targeting security practices relating to emerging technologies, apps, connected household devices and the "Internet of Things."

May 19, 2015

WilmerHale Practices, Lawyers Ranked Among Nation’s Best by Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2015 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 46 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale attorneys as leaders in their respective fields.

May 4, 2015

A Primer on FTC Expectations for Your Partner and Vendor Relationship: Enforcement Shows You Are Your Brother’s Keeper

An article by Reed Freeman and Maury Riggan, published in Bloomberg BNA's Privacy and Security Law Report on May 4, 2015.

May 1, 2015

Department of Justice Issues Best Practices Guidance on Cyber Incidents

On Wednesday, April 29, the US Department of Justice released guidance titled “Best Practices for Victim Response and Reporting of Cyber Incidents.”

April 24, 2015

FTC Finalizes First Privacy Settlement Against a Retail Tracking Firm

In a first-of-its-kind enforcement action, the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday voted along party lines to settle deception allegations against Nomi Technologies, a company whose technology allows retailers to track the movement of customers within stores.

April 22, 2015

Jamie Gorelick Honored with Award and Delivers Keynote at Oklahoma City Bombing Anniversary Luncheon

WilmerHale Partner and former US Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick, who assembled and oversaw the prosecution team in the 1995 bombing in Oklahoma City, delivered the keynote speech and was honored at the 2015 Reflections of Hope Award Luncheon on April 20 in Oklahoma City.

April 15, 2015

The SEC’s Two Primary Theories in Cybersecurity Enforcement Actions

An article by Daniel Shubert, Jonathan Cedarbaum and Leah Schloss, published in the April 8, 2015 edition of The Cybersecurity Law Report, Vol. 1, No. 1.

April 13, 2015

Report Highlights Bank Vendor Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

On April 9, the New York State Department of Financial Services released a report on bank vendor cybersecurity that highlights the risk that hackers will use third-party service providers to gain access to bank data.

April 6, 2015

Parameters of Iran Sanctions Relief Announced

On April 2, 2015, the United States and its P5+1 negotiating partners, together with Iran, announced the key parameters of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding Iran’s nuclear program.

April 3, 2015

Executive Order Creates Cybersecurity Sanctions Framework

On April 1, 2015, President Obama issued an Executive Order authorizing the imposition of sanctions against designated individuals or entities found to be engaged in malicious cyber activity, including various forms of commercial espionage and trade secret theft.

Recognition

  • The Legal 500 United States recognized our group in the 2013 edition of its annual guidebook in the technology: data protection and privacy, and telecoms and broadcast: regulatory categories, for our "high-profile litigation, complex transactions and regulatory compliance counseling." Individually, Samir Jain, Benjamin Powell and Heather Zachary are all recognized as leading attorneys.
  • In the 2014 Best Law Firm rankings by U.S. News and Best Lawyers, our communications law practice is ranked in the first tier nationally and in Washington DC.
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Business 2014 recognized our group in the media and entertainment category, and praised us for our "strength in a broad range of matters, including First Amendment litigation, Freedom of Information Act cases, and regulatory compliance and enforcement matters." Individually, Partner Pat Carome is recognized for his "litigation skills in the media sector and his wealth of experience."
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Business 2014 calls out our "strong regulatory practice" with a ranking in the telecom, broadcast and satellite category, citing our work on "a broad range of FCC-related matters and litigation." Individually, Heather Zachary is cited by the guide as a "regulatory communications expert" and praised by clients as "an excellent writer and a clear thinker."
  •  Chambers Global: World's Leading Lawyers for Business recognized our privacy and data security practice in the United States in 2014.