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Christopher Wolf
Partner, Washington, D.C.
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Christopher Wolf is a director of Hogan Lovells' Privacy and Information Management practice group.

Chris was one of the first lawyers in the U.S. to focus on privacy law for clients, and he remains a leader in the field. MSNBC has called Chris "a pioneer in Internet law." In 1998, a high-profile victory in a pro bono case against the government for its violation of the Electronic Communication Privacy Act brought Chris to national attention as a privacy lawyer after his almost-two decades as a litigator in complex commercial and technology cases. Today, he is known to clients as a practical problem solver on issues arising from the collection, use, retention, sharing, and security of personal data. He is a thoughtful compliance counselor focused on risk management and an effective advocate in federal court, at the Federal Trade Commission, or before state agencies, on the entire range of international and domestic privacy issues.

As the privacy law compliance challenges evolve and as cloud computing, mobile technology, social media, online tracking, cross-border transfers of data, and other technology-related issues present new problems to solve, Chris is at the forefront of lawyers tackling those problems.

In a rapidly changing area of the law, Chris knows that to be effective a privacy lawyer has to stay abreast of developments and "ahead of the curve." In that regard, Chris is the founder and chair of the Future of Privacy Forum, a think tank devoted to advancing responsible data practices that has become a leading platform for discussion and development of best practices.

Chris was the editor and lead author of the first PLI treatise on privacy law and is a frequent author and speaker on privacy and data security issues. He was the first privacy lawyer to testify before the Senate Judiciary Privacy Subcommittee, the only privacy lawyer to speak at the 2011 eG8 Conference in Paris, and he was a member of a group advising the OECD on the OECD privacy guidelines. Chris has been invited by the Government of Alberta to be one of five members of an expert panel reviewing the Province's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act. As a member of the FOIP Review Expert Panel, Chris will provide input on international best practices.

In 2012, Chris was a lead plenary session speaker at the 34th Annual Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Uruguay, and moderated a panel of Data Protection Authorities from around the world at the "Public Voice" civil society conference that preceded the official Uruguay conference. Also in 2012, Chris was elected to the American Law Institute and participated in an invitation-only ALI conference in San Francisco on privacy law; he was asked by the judges of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to help organize and present at its day-long off-site conference on privacy law; he was tapped by the International Association of Privacy Professionals to organize and moderate (with his Future of Privacy Forum co-chair) a "Big Data" program at the IAPP Navigate conference in Mountain View, California; and he presented at Stanford Law School on the EU E-Commerce Directive. He is a featured speaker at the 2013 Computers, Privacy and Data Protection conference in Brussels.

In its recent guide to law firms, Chambers ranked Chris (and the firm's practice) in the top tier, and wrote: "Christopher Wolf is singled out as a trusted adviser with strong international capabilities. Sources note that he is 'always making connections for us above and beyond what you expect — a valued business adviser.'"

Chris is a cum laude graduate of Bowdoin College, and graduated magna cum laude Order of the Coif from the Washington & Lee University School of Law. He participated in the General Course at the London School of Economics. Following law school, he clerked for U.S. District Judge Aubrey E. Robinson, Jr. in Washington, D.C. Chris is active in charitable organizations and serves on the Boards of the Anti-Defamation League where he is chair of the National Civil Rights Committee, WETA Public Broadcasting, Food & Friends (a social services agency), the George Washington University Hospital, and Young Concert Artists.

Hogan Lovells Publications
22 April 2014 "DOJ and FTC Clarify Antitrust Implications of Cybersecurity Information Sharing." Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation Alert, Hogan Lovells

12 March 2014 "Department of Education Clarifies Obligations of Schools When Contracting With Online Service Providers." Education and Privacy Alert, Hogan Lovells

25 February 2014 "New U.S. Cybersecurity Framework Issued: In Wake of Cyberattacks and Lawsuits, How Should Organizations Respond?" Cybersecurity Alert, Hogan Lovells

24 February 2014 "New U.S. Cybersecurity Framework Issued: In Wake of Cyber Attacks and Lawsuits, How Should Organizations Respond?" Cybersecurity Alert, Hogan Lovells

October 2013 "Global Media and Communications Quarterly: Featuring Highlights from the Winnik International Telecoms and Internet Forum 2013." GMC Quarterly, Hogan Lovells

21 September 2012 "Senate Commerce Committee’s Probe of Corporate Cybersecurity is Unprecedented and Poses Many Challenges." Cybersecurity Alert, Hogan Lovells

13 June 2012 "NLRB’s newest report scrutinizes social media policies and provides a sample lawful policy." Employment Alert, Hogan Lovells

10 May 2012 "EU and U.S. Privacy Proposals Converge on Principles, Diverge on Method." GMC Quarterly, Hogan Lovells

10 May 2012 "Global Media and Communications Quarterly, The Future of Television." GMC Quarterly, Hogan Lovells

25 October 2011 "SEC issues guidance on disclosure of cybersecurity risks and cyber incidents." SEC Update, Hogan Lovells

18 October 2011 "Proposed FAR rule would require privacy training for government contractors." Government Contracts and Privacy and Information Management Alert, Hogan Lovells

25 July 2011 "Global Media and Communications Quarterly, Issue 3: Focus on Cloud Computing." GMC Quarterly, Hogan Lovells

25 January 2011 "Red Flag Program Clarification Act exempts certain creditors from Red Flag Rules." Privacy Alert, Hogan Lovells

21 December 2010 "FTC privacy report and Department of Commerce green paper raises important questions on commercial use of information about people." Privacy and Information Management Alert, Hogan Lovells

October 2010 "Global Media and Communications Quarterly, Issue 1: Focus on Graduated Response." GMC Quarterly, Hogan Lovells

22 June 2010 "OMG: What is an Employer to Do? Companies Still Well-Advised to Restrict Expectations of Privacy in the Workplace after the Supreme Court's Limited Decision in Text Messaging Case, City of Ontario v. Quon." Litigation Alert, Hogan Lovells

April 2010 "Media & Communications Briefing: Issue 6." Media & Communications Briefing, Hogan & Hartson LLP

11 March 2010 "Life Sciences: Competition Antitrust Update, Issue 15." Life Sciences: Competition Antitrust Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

14 January 2010 "Media & Communications Briefing: Issue 5." Media & Communications Briefing, Hogan & Hartson LLP

04 November 2009 "FTC Issues Guidance on Blogging-for-Pay, Testimonial Disclaimers, and Celebrity Endorsements in First Revision of Endorsement Guides in 29 Years." Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

02 November 2009 "FTC Issues Guidance on Blogging-for-Pay, Testimonial Disclaimers, and Celebrity Endorsements in First Revision of Endorsement Guides in 29 Years." Privacy Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

October 2009 "Media & Communications Briefing: Issue 4." Media & Communications Briefing, Hogan & Hartson LLP

24 September 2009 "Navigating Social Media in the Business World." IP Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

27 August 2009 "Businesses May be Facing Last Chance to Comply with FTC Identity Theft Red Flags Rule: Extension of Compliance Deadline to 11-1-09." Privacy Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

19 August 2009 "What Do the Second Set of Revisions to the Massachusetts Standards for the Protection of Personal Information Mean for Business?" Privacy Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

18 June 2009 "Privacy & Data Security Briefing: Issue 9." Privacy & Data Security Briefing, Hogan & Hartson LLP

11 June 2009 "Media & Communications Briefing: Issue 3." Media & Communications Briefing, Hogan & Hartson LLP

15 April 2009 "Privacy & Data Security Briefing: Issue 8." Privacy & Data Security Briefing, Hogan & Hartson LLP

Published Works
February 2014 "Delusions of Adequacy? Examining the Case for Finding the United States Adequate for Cross-Border EU-US Data Transfers." Volume 43, Washington University School of Law Journal of Law and Policy

11 July 2013 "Response to those who declare privacy is dead." The Daily Journal

15 April 2013 "Harmonization of Data Privacy in U.S.-EU Trade Talks."

09 April 2013 "Regulators and Plaintiffs' Lawyers Are Ready to Pounce on Privacy and Data Security Missteps: A Guide to Limiting Corporate Risk." Bloomberg BNA, Privacy and Security Law Report, 12 PVLR 586

28 February 2013 "Testimony of Chris Wolf before the U.S. International Trade Commission."

25 August 2011 "Wolf Says Right To Erase Privacy Information Would Be Unwieldy." Bloomberg Law

19 January 2011 "Can Speech Be Policed in a Borderless World?", The Next Digital Decade: Essays on the Future of the Internet

13 December 2010 "Targeted Enforcement and Shared Lawmaking Authority As Catalysts for Data Protection in the United States.", BNA Electronic Commerce & Law Report

4th Quarter 2009 "Smart Grids and Privacy." Communications & Strategies n° 76

21 July 2009 "Recent Federal Developments in Privacy and Information Security." PLI Privacy and Data Security Law Treatise, Practising Law Institute

2008 "A Practical Guide to the Red Flag Rules: Identifying and Addressing Identity Theft Risks." Practising Law Institute

2006 "Proskauer on Privacy: A Guide to Privacy and Data Security Law in the Information Age." Practising Law Institute

29 April 2014 - 01 May 2014
IAPP Europe 2014 Data Protection Intensive

06 April 2014
Chris Wolf to speak at Yale Journal of Law & Technology

04 April 2014
Chris Wolf will be speaking at the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal's Spring Symposium.

01 April 2014
AASA Webinar on Online Data Sharing Policies

05 March 2014 - 07 March 2014
2014 IAPP Global Privacy Summit

10 December 2013 - 12 December 2013
IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2013

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J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Washington and Lee University School of Law, 1980 A.B., cum laude, Bowdoin College, 1976 Attended, The London School of Economics and Political Science, 1975
  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
  • Member, Advisory Board, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, The American Law Institute
  • Advisor, American Law Institute project on Information Privacy Principles
  • Member, American Society of International Law
  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Member, Board of Advisors, Fordham Law School Center on Law and Information Policy
  • Member and Past Chair, Washington, D.C. Regional Governing Board of the Anti-Defamation League
  • Member, National Executive Committee of the Anti-Defamation League
  • Member and Past Chair, International Network Against Cyber-Hate (INACH)
  • Member, Advisory Panel of Experts, The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Working Party on Information Security and Privacy
  • Co-Chair, Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combatting Anti-Semitism Task Force on Internet Hate
  • Member and Past President, Food & Friends Board of Directors
  • Board Member, WETA TV and Radio
  • Board Member, Young Concert Artists
  • Member, Cosmos Club 
  • Member, The Economic Club of Washington, D.C. 
  • Chambers Global, USA - Privacy and Data Security, 2011-2013
  • Chambers USA, Privacy and Data Security, 2008-2013
  • Legal 500 US, Technology: Data Protection and Privacy, 2010-2013; Leading Lawyer, 2013 
  • Who’s Who Legal of Internet & e-Commerce Lawyers (Data Protection), 2012
  • Washingtonian Magazine Tech Titan, 2013 
  • Computerworld, Best Privacy Advisors, 2010
  • Burton Award for Excellence in Legal Writing, 2005
COURT ADMISSIONS U.S. Supreme Court U.S. Court of Federal Claims U.S. Court of International Trade U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit U.S. District Court, District of Columbia U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin U.S. District Court, Northern District of California U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York