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Tim Tobin has focused on privacy, data security, and cybersecurity law since the beginning of his legal career nearly 20 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 is a trusted counselor for how they can lawfully collect, use, and share personal information. Whether the issue relates to state laws such as the California Consumer Privacy Act, federal laws such as the Children's Online Privacy Act; the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act; and the Telephone Consumer Privacy Act, or international laws such as the EU General Data Protection Regulation, Tim provides practical, risk-based advice so clients can focus on the bottom line.
Tim is always at the 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 clients prepare before a data breach happens; he has helped numerous companies with incident response preparedness plans and exercises. He 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 U.S. Department of Justice.
Tim helps clients from a broad array of industry sectors that includes automotive, financial services, defense, education, retail, technology, and entertainment.
- J.D., George Mason University School of Law, magna cum laude, 2001
- B.A., Michigan State University, 1991
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
- U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
- Member, American Bar Association
- Member, Federal Communications Bar Association
- Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)