Privacy and Data Protection
, Co-Global Head, U.S.
, Co-Global Head, U.S.
The compliance challenges and business risks related to personal and other sensitive data are significant and growing. With advances in technology, personal information is increasingly collected, stored, used, and shared. At the same time, the regulation of data use and security is increasing worldwide.
We have had a team specialising in privacy and data protection for over 25 years. Today Hogan Lovells has one of the largest and most experienced Privacy and Information Management practices in the world, spanning the United States, Europe, and Asia. We assist clients with all of their compliance challenges, creating international transfer agreements, drafting policies and contracts, and providing advice. With our global reach, we are able to provide a 24-hour global hotline to respond to data emergencies. In addition:
- We are among the very few law firms that can help you achieve compliance both globally and in regard to specific national laws.
- Our lawyers are conversant with local regulations, the laws affecting cross-border data transfers, and the laws regulating sectors that collect sensitive personal information, such as finance and health.
- We represent clients in investigations and adversarial matters concerning the use of data, whether at the level of the EU data protection authorities, or before the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Department of Health and Human Services, state attorneys general, or in private party litigation.
- We play an important role in the development of public policy regarding the future regulation of privacy.
Awards and Rankings
Current and Former Leadership Positions
- Recognized as a Band 1 Global Privacy and Data Protection practice, Chambers Global (2013)
- U.S. practice is ranked in the first tier and recognized for its client service: "Outstanding client service and scope of knowledge," Chambers USA (2013)
- Ranked as a tier one practice, “Clients value privacy and information management practice group for providing ‘pragmatic, business-relevant advice with minimal legalese’”, Legal 500 US (2013)
- Recognized as a leading data protection practice, Chambers UK (2013)
- "They have an excellent understanding of data privacy law combined with a completely commercial approach," Chambers UK (2011)
- "Clients value its ‘deep specialization’ and its ability to offer multinational entities global privacy counseling," Legal 500 US (2012)
- "Excellent lawyers. They have the ability to step into our shoes and tell us what we should do at a practical level," Chambers Global (2012)
- Six partners recognized as leading data protection lawyers by Who Who’s Legal (2012)
- Christopher Wolf, Founder and Co-Chair, The Future of Privacy Forum; Member, American Law Institute; Founder, Coalition for Privacy and Free Trade
- Marcy Wilder, former Deputy General Counsel, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Harriet Pearson, former Vice President, Security Counsel, and Chief Privacy Officer, IBM Corporation
This team enters the top band this year having earned widespread praise for the calibre of its global practitioners. Sources are also struck by the team's continued international expansion.