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The National Law Journal Names Harriet Pearson a Cybersecurity and Data Privacy "Trailblazer"

16 December 2015

WASHINGTON, 16 December 2015 – Hogan Lovells is pleased to announce that Washington, D.C. partner Harriet Pearson was selected as an inaugural 2015 Cybersecurity and Data Privacy “Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal (NLJ).

The NLJ Trailblazers is a special supplement honoring the top 50 legal professionals who have changed the legal world through the use of innovative strategies.

At Hogan Lovells since 2012, Pearson’s practice focuses on cybersecurity and data privacy, areas in which she has decades of cutting-edge global experience as a counselor, strategist, and advocate.

As the former chief privacy officer and cybersecurity counsel of a US$100 billion global technology company, she brings an in house and tech-savvy perspective to her work with clients in the IT, media, communications, energy, financial services, industrial, and other sectors. Pearson has extensive experience with U.S. and other national and international regulatory, legislative, and enforcement processes, appearing before Congress, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Commerce, and other federal and state bodies.

Among her clients are Uber, for which she conducted a high-profile privacy review in 2015, and one of the largest retailers in the United States, which tapped Pearson and her team to help handle the company’s 2014 payment card breach. In 2013-2014 she led a multi-sector coalition to shape a key section of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework focused on the intersection of privacy and cybersecurity. And in 2012 Pearson published an article describing the evolving role of lawyers in a time of heightened cybersecurity, setting forth views that she is regularly asked to share and which have influenced the emergence of a new field of law.

Pearson is a founding co-chair of the Georgetown Cybersecurity Law Institute, serves on the ABA President's Cybersecurity Task Force, and served on the CSIS Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency. She also helped to establish the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), on whose board she served for almost 10 years, and she conceived of and championed the founding of its Pro Bono Privacy Initiative. The IAPP now boasts over 15,000 members.

Pearson’s “Trailblazer” profile can be found here.

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