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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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.

April 1, 2015

The SEC and FINRA Increase Scrutiny of Regulated Firms’ Cybersecurity

An article by Jonathan Cedarbaum, Yoon-Young Lee, Matthew Chambers and Benjamin Powell, published in April 2015 edition of The Investment Lawyer, Vol. 22, Number 4, pages 26–28.

March 31, 2015

Cybersecurity Collaboration: Routes to Stronger Defenses

An article by Jonathan Cedarbaum and Sean Reilly, published in The Clearing House's Banking Perspective - Q1 2015.

March 12, 2015

WilmerHale Lawyers, Practices Recognized in 2015 Edition of Chambers Global

Thirty-two WilmerHale lawyers are named among "The World's Leading Lawyers for Business" in the 2015 edition of Chambers Global. In addition to these individual accolades, the firm is recognized in 17 practice areas that span six different regions.

February 5, 2015

SEC and FINRA Release Cybersecurity Sweep Reports, Promise Increased Scrutiny of Regulated Firms

Continuing their heightened focus on the information security practices of regulated firms, both the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) released reports Tuesday summarizing the results of their cybersecurity sweeps.

January 20, 2015

Partner Reed Freeman Joins WilmerHale’s Cybersecurity, Privacy Practice

WilmerHale is pleased to announce today that D. Reed Freeman has joined the firm as partner and co-chair of the Cybersecurity, Privacy and Communications practice in WilmerHale’s Washington DC office.

November 4, 2014

FINRA to Intensify Scrutiny of Cybersecurity Practices at Brokerage Firms

Reuters recently reported that the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) "plans to intensify its scrutiny of cybersecurity practices at brokerage firms in 2015 and is hiring technology savvy examiners to help boost its efforts."

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.