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Timothy P. Tobin

Washington, D.C.

Timothy P. Tobin

Tim Tobin has focused on privacy, data security, and cybersecurity law since the beginning of his legal career more than 15 years ago.

Whether in marketing and advertising, contracting and deals, the development of new products and technologies, cross-border data sharing, or within the workplace, he helps clients understand their obligations to protect data and advises on how they can lawfully collect, use, and share personal information. Tim does this effectively by providing practical risk-based advice so clients can focus on the bottom line.

Tim also helps clients prepare before a data breach happens; he has helped numerous companies with incident response preparedness plans and exercises. He is also ready to help when a business experiences a security incident, having counseled companies on hundreds of data breaches since the early implementation of data breach notification laws.

Tim also helps companies with regulatory investigations, having represented clients across a range of consumer protection issues, including privacy, data security, and advertising, as well as in investigations before the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Department of Justice.

Tim helps clients from a broad array of industry sectors that includes automotive, financial services, defense, education, retail, technology, and entertainment.

Representative experience

Counseled the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers on groundbreaking industry-wide connected car privacy principles.

Assisted a large Fortune 50 financial institution with the development of a comprehensive vendor risk assessment program.

Assisted a large global consulting firm with the development of strategies to process and transfer personal data globally for various client services.

Assisted a large global data broker with multi-country assessments of market practices and legal obligations.

Assisted a large multi-national bank with Big Data assessment.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., Magna Cum Laude, George Mason University School of Law, 2001
  • B.A., Michigan State University, 1991


  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia


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