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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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)


D. Reed Freeman, Jr.

Co-Chair, Cybersecurity, Privacy and Communications Practice

+1 202 663 6267 (t)

Powell, Benjamin A.

Benjamin A. Powell

Co-Chair, Cybersecurity, Privacy and Communications Practice

+1 202 663 6770 (t)

Publications & News


September 18, 2015

SEC Issues Cybersecurity Examination Risk Alert 

On September 15, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a Risk Alert re-emphasizing the careful scrutiny it will give to the data security practices of broker-dealers and investment advisers and describing areas of particular interest.

August 17, 2015

WilmerHale explains Federal Trade Commission's "Start with Security" Guidance

An article by Jonathan Cedarbaum, Benjamin Powell, Reed Freeman, Leah Schloss and David Levine, republished on Columbia Law School's Blue Sky Blog on August 17, 2015.

July 14, 2015

Bisnow Names Privacy Partner Heather Zachary Among Top 40 Under 40

Bisnow named WilmerHale Partner Heather Zachary to its Top 40 Under 40 Attorneys list, a selection of Washington DC-area lawyers under 40 who have distinguished themselves within the industry.

July 6, 2015

Reed Freeman Recognized as a Regulatory & Compliance Trailblazer

Partner Reed Freeman has been selected as one of 45 lawyers on The National Law Journal’s list of Regulatory & Compliance Trailblazers.

July 6, 2015

TCPA Do’s and Don’ts: Lessons Learned From the Recent Litigation Wave and FCC Order

An article by Bradley Baglien, Heather Zachary and Reed Freeman, published in Bloomberg BNA's Privacy and Security Law Report on July 6, 2015.

July 1, 2015

Federal Trade Commission Issues “Start with Security” Guidance

On June 30, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued its first guidance document as part of its Start with Security initiative.

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.”


  • 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.