Katherine L. Kwong

Katherine L. Kwong

Washington, D.C.

Email katherine.kwong@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +1 202 637 3569

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupGlobal Regulatory

Katherine Kwong advises clients on how to leverage legal frameworks for privacy and cybersecurity to solve problems and create opportunities. With a background in life sciences and technology, she understands the underlying issues and can explain how they interact with legal considerations.

Katherine counsels clients on privacy and cybersecurity issues at every stage, from policy development to incident response, government investigations, and enforcement actions. She builds on her experience with multiple regulatory frameworks for health care, research, and data protection to answer novel questions at the evolving edge of health, science, law, and technology.

Katherine helps clients create policies and processes that comply with regulatory requirements and manage risk exposure without hindering innovation. She regularly advises clients on security incidents, breaches, investigations, and government inquiries. Katherine resolves the immediate issues they are confronted with while addressing underlying needs with long-term solutions.

In addition to her regulatory counseling, Katherine works with cross-disciplinary teams to provide subject matter knowledge for privacy- and security-related litigation and commercial transactions. Her pro bono work includes cases advocating for health policy groups and advising nonprofit clients on data sharing and compliance.

While in law school, Katherine was active as a student attorney in the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society Cyberlaw Clinic. She was a member of the executive board of the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, including serving as head of the article selection process.

Katherine has a Master of Public Health in public health genetics from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Minnesota. She clerked for Justice Natalie E. Hudson of the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Education and admissions


J.D., Harvard Law School, 2017

M.P.H., University of Washington, 2014

B.S., University of Minnesota, 2011


Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals

Member, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia


Representative experience

Advised on breach affecting tens of millions of individuals, including investigation, notification, responses to government inquiries, and subject-matter support for litigation

Conducted privacy- and cybersecurity-related diligence for numerous mergers and acquisitions involving large health care and life sciences companies

Advised multiple clients on privacy-related HHS OCR and state attorneys general investigations and enforcement actions

Developed compliance programs and materials to address HIPAA and state law requirements for policies, procedures, and training for technology, health care, and life sciences companies

Advised life sciences and health care companies on innovative uses and sources of data for research and business cases

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