Reade Jacob advises corporate clients, including senior-level executives, in-house counsel and board members of companies in technology, data analytics, fintech, money transmission, healthcare and the sharing economy, as well as financial services and institutions, on matters related to privacy, investigations, data breach and incident response, regulatory and transactional privacy and data security, and litigation. He assists clients with addressing GDPR and CCPA compliance obligations, drafting privacy policies and terms and conditions, and negotiating data sharing and SaaS agreements. He also provides risk mitigation strategies concerning data processing laws and represents clients on data security incident remediation, response and investigations. Additionally, Mr. Jacob performs privacy and data security due diligence related to mergers and acquisitions and negotiates privacy and data security representations and warranties for clients engaging in mergers and acquisitions.

In addition to working as an associate at international law firms prior to joining WilmerHale, Mr. Jacob completed an in-house secondment with a nationally charted bank, where he advised business lines on TCPA, CAN-SPAM, GLBA, and state and federal data breach laws and negotiated data sharing and SaaS agreements with third-party service providers and fintech companies on behalf of the bank.

Mr. Jacob also has a wealth of experience counseling clients on the applicability of federal and state laws governing internet gambling, fantasy sports, social and mobile gaming, and e-sports. His representative experience includes advising gaming businesses on both gaming and data security and incident response issues. Mr. Jacob has represented gambling and non-gambling, gaming companies (social casino, freemium, skill and others) in litigation and government investigations. He has also advised some of the world’s largest media companies and gaming companies in connection with licensing issues and due diligence for some of the industry’s largest acquisitions, partnerships and public offerings. 

While pursuing his legal education, Mr. Jacob was a summer clerk for the Honorable David J. Novak of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. 

Professional Activities

Mr. Jacob is a Certified Information Privacy Professional in the United States. He serves as the communications chair for the Administrative Law Section of the Virginia Bar Association.


Privacy and Data Security

  • Represented a technology company in an investigation by New York, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts Attorneys General.
  • Counseled numerous clients on privacy and data security issues in corporate transactions. 
  • Seconded in the privacy and data security section of a major nationally chartered bank. Provided legal advice to bank on CAN-SPAM, TCPA, GLBA and GDPR issues.
  • Counseled numerous clients on legal obligations under state laws related to data security incidents.   

Gambling and Sports Betting 

  • Advised tribes and sports betting companies concerning federal and state gaming and tribal gaming issues in connection with sports gambling legalization campaigns in New York and California.
  • Counseled social media companies, multimedia platforms on legality of “Freemium Games” and similar quasi-gambling games in all 50 states.
  • Represented social casino company in Federal class action suit alleging violations of Washington State gambling and consumer protection laws.
  • Advised clients in a range of industries on the laws governing contests, sweepstakes, and other types of promotions.
  • Counseled major marketing, television and media companies on state sports wagering licensure issues. 
  • Provided compliance advice to lottery service providers on lottery licensing and other issues, including interstate transmission of lottery information.
  • Advised multinational gambling company on compliance with the Federal Wire Act.
  • Advised accounting firm on sports betting, casino, lottery, and sweepstakes laws in all 50 states. 

Consumer Protection

  • Represented an online software company in consumer protection investigations conducted by more than two dozen state attorneys general.
  • Represented an online software company in consumer protection investigations conducted by the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Represented retailer in state Attorneys General action over deceptive trade practices allegations.  Reached a successful mediation resolution resulting in a settlement agreement with 50 state Attorneys General and the District of Columbia.
  • Represented payment processor trade group in filing amicus brief in action brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. 

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  • Education

    • JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 2014

      Senior Articles Editor, Virginia Law & Business Review
    • BA, Political Science, Davidson College, 2010

      Presidential Fellow, Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress
  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia

    • Virginia

  • Clerkships

    • The Hon. David J. Novak, US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 2012