Hogan Lovells

Privacy & Data Security Department

USA - Nationwide
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What the team is known for Remains one of the country's preeminent privacy and data security practices. A highly talented roster of attorneys advising clients on major data breaches and complex policy matters across a multitude of industries, including retail, automotive and media. Particular expertise in healthcare privacy issues such as HIPAA compliance, wearable technology and medical data cyberattacks. Additionally capable in a regulatory capacity, especially relating to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), working in conjunction with the firm's European offices. Skilled at representing clients in investigations conducted by the FTC and other enforcement bodies.

Strengths An interviewee notes the team's "superior knowledge on data privacy and security issues and what the expectations of different regulatory bodies are. The strength of the firm has been its direct experience in managing data breach response for many high-profile cases."

"They have international capability but are also strong in the USA. Clients benefit from their reach," reports one source.

The firm is hailed by clients for its "subject matter expertise and being very familiar with the legal impact on companies. They are very responsive and always willing to talk and be helpful."

Work highlights Advised Salesforce on a vast array of privacy and data security concerns including those related to the California Consumer Privacy Act and other cross-border and international compliance issues.

Represented LabCorp on matters related to ransomware and data breaches, including the impact of LabCorp’s breach in 2019 on the American Medical Collection Agency.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Wolf is "one of the premier people in the space. He has continued to be a real force in terms of leading new law both in privacy and cybersecurity," according to one interviewee. Another notes that he combines "being an absolutely first-rate lawyer with being an absolutely first-rate human being."

Harriet Pearson heads the firm's cybersecurity group and is particularly lauded for her handling of data incidents. Interviewees commend her "deep expertise" and an "understanding of how businesses operate; she gives useful and pragmatic advice."

Marcy Wilder is well-versed in representing clients in regulatory investigations, with a particularly strong reputation in the healthcare sector. A source says: "She's certainly experienced in HIPAA and healthcare privacy, and has a very good reputation."