Shannon Togawa Mercer

Senior Associate

Shannon Togawa Mercer advises clients on matters and investigations related to cybersecurity, privacy, and US and European data protection laws. She joined WilmerHale from the London location of a large global law firm and previously worked as a national security, technology, and law associate for the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. She also served as the managing editor of the prominent US national security blog, Lawfare

During law school, Ms. Mercer completed legal internships for the US Department of Justice, Civil Division, Appellate Staff; the United States Trade Representative, Office of the General Counsel; and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. 

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Mercer was an associate at a management consulting firm and a management associate in the research department and the department of corporate counsel at the world’s largest hedge fund.

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  • Education

    • JD, Georgetown University Law Center, 2017

      cum laude Dean’s List, Exceptional Pro Bono Pledge Honoree, Editor in Chief, Georgetown Journal of International Law, President, International Law Society, Global Teaching Fellow
    • AB, Politics, Princeton University, 2011

      cum laude

      Certificates in Near Eastern Studies and Arabic Language

      Near Eastern Studies Senior Thesis Prize, Bobst Center for Peace and Justice Award

  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia

    • New York