Cybersecurity and Privacy
Consumer Data Protection
We have advised many of the world's most sophisticated companies on sensitive investigations and forensics related to data breaches, regulatory requirements and enforcement at the federal, state and international levels, compliance, public policy developments, congressional, state attorney general and regulatory investigations, incident planning, critical infrastructure protection, and interaction with law enforcement, as well as a variety of other data security issues.
Cybersecurity and Privacy Litigation
We have litigated many significant cases before the federal and state courts, adjudicatory agencies and private arbitrators. Our lawyers have appeared before the Supreme Court and the federal appellate courts in dozens of appeals of Federal Communications Commission and other agency decisions.
The strength of our practice extends to both sides of the Atlantic. In Europe, we litigate matters for clients before the European Court of First Instance and Court of Justice, and also handle litigation and appeals to national courts from regulatory authorities.
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For one of the world’s largest technology companies, we handled an extensive Federal Trade Commission investigation of its data security practices related to development of consumer software.
We assisted a US corporation with breach notification obligations in connection with its contractor’s improper disclosure of retiree health information.
We helped a large equipment manufacturer with all stages of a worldwide roll-out of a new content-streaming device and software, from designing product features to drafting country-specific consumer privacy notices.
- The Legal 500 United States recognized our group in the 2019–2020 editions for cyber law, including data privacy and protection. We were also recognized in the 2015 edition of its annual guidebook in the technology: data protection and privacy, and telecoms and broadcast: regulatory categories. Benjamin Powell has been individually recognized in recent editions as a Leading Lawyer in the data protection and privacy space.
- Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers in Business has recognized our group in the media and entertainment and telecom, broadcast and satellite categories for several years, dubbing us “a solid media law practice with recognized expertise in IP, antitrust and defamation litigation” and “a very strong firm in telecommunications” in recent editions. Partner Pat Carome is individually recognized as “a highly regarded media law litigator with experience at both trial and appellate level."
- Chambers Global: World’s Leading Lawyers for Business recognized WilmerHale as a leading law firm in the area of privacy and data security in the United States and globally in its 2020 edition. In addition, Kirk Nahra was individually recognized for his privacy and data security practices in its 2020 edition. Sources site Mr. Nahra's experience in insurance matters related to HIPAA and data privacy matters and appreciate that "he approaches privacy issues from a very practical, pragmatic standpoint. He is extremely intelligent and really knows this area."
- U.S. News – Best Lawyers Best Law Firms list ranked our advertising law practice in the second tier nationally and in Washington DC in 2021. Past editions have also recognized our advertising law and general communications law practices.