Harriet Pearson

‘Leader in the field’ Harriet Pearson is esteemed for her ‘strong command of the cybersecurity space in the US.’ [S]ources regard her as ‘very business-minded, very practical and very nice to work with.’

Chambers and Partners

Internationally recognized as a corporate data privacy and cybersecurity pioneer, Harriet Pearson brings to her practice decades of leading-edge experience advising companies and boards on cyber and data risk management and governance, breach preparedness and response, crisis management, global data privacy compliance, and public policy strategies.

The Financial Times recognized Harriet as North America Legal Innovator of the Year, Lawdragon named her as one of the 500 "Leading Lawyers in America," and the National Law Journal recognized her as a Cybersecurity and Privacy Trailblazer. She is ranked Band 1 by Chambers and Partners for Privacy and Data Security in the U.S.

Harriet joined Hogan Lovells in 2012 from the IBM Corporation, where in addition to executive leadership roles in human resources, communications, and government relations, she served as Vice President Security Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) from 2000-2012.

She currently leads Hogan Lovells' global multi-disciplinary Cybersecurity practice and for several years also served as the firm's first Innovation and New Ventures partner, a role in which she was responsible for sparking and supporting ideas for new client solutions.

Harriet co-founded and co-chaired the Georgetown Cybersecurity Law Institute from 2012 to 2018 and serves on a number of advisory boards. She helped found and served for a decade on the board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, an organization that recognized her longstanding leadership in the privacy field in 2007 by awarding her its Vanguard Award.

Awards and recognitions


Acritas Star
Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers


Privacy & Data Security (USA)
Chambers Global


Privacy & Data Security (Nationwide)
Chambers USA

2015, 2017

Privacy & Data Security Team of the Year
Chambers USA


North America Legal Innovator of the Year
Financial Times

2016, 2018-2020

Media, Technology, and Telecoms: Cyber Law (Including Data Privacy and Protection), Leading Lawyer
Legal 500 US


Woman of Influence Award
Executive Women's Forum, Information Security, Risk Management & Privacy


One of 500 Leading Lawyers in the United States


IAPP Privacy Vanguard Award
International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)


Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Trailblazer
National Law Journal

Education and admissions


J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, with honors, Order of the Coif, 1990

B.S.E., Princeton University, cum laude, 1985


Advisory Council, American Ditchley Foundation

Advisory Board, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)

Advisory Board, Future of Privacy Forum

Advisory Board and Founding Co-chair, Georgetown University Cybersecurity Law Institute

Founder, IAPP Pro Bono Privacy Initiative

Founding Board Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals

Founding Board Member, UCLA Law Women LEAD Initiative

Member, ABA President's Cybersecurity Legal Task Force

Member, Standing Committee on Law and National Security, ABA

Steering Committee Emeritus, Executive Women in Privacy

Bar admissions and qualifications

Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP)

District of Columbia

New York

U.S. Top Secret Clearance (inactive)

Related knowledge

Cybersecurity FIS Horizons

Representative experience

Represented Equifax with respect to FTC, CFPB, and other actions stemming from its 2017 cybersecurity incident including negotiation of a coordinated settlement announced in 2019.

Serve as privacy outside counsel for multiple data-intensive companies including a number of global technology, consumer, and media and entertainment companies.

Successfully resolved multiple investigations by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission into privacy and security practices of consumer technology and online company clients.

Oversee and coordinate GDPR, CCPA, and privacy and data security compliance assessments and programs for technology, media, and professional services industry clients.

Conducted a comprehensive review of Bloomberg LP's client data privacy and security practices, with resulting report published by client.

Conducted a high-profile review of customer data practices for Uber in a compressed timeframe, with resulting findings published by client.

Led cross-industry business coalition to advocate successfully on key aspects of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework.

Led investigation of sophisticated cyberattack and briefed Fortune 250 insurance and financial services company's board of directors about legal issues and options.

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