Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Privacy & Data Security Department

USA - Nationwide
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What the team is known for Impressive integrated practice offering clients the full gamut of services across privacy and data security from advisory and regulatory compliance to high-profile litigation and enforcement. Growing team with the ability to act for clients on national and international mandates, tapping into the firm's global network. Particularly adept at advising clients in the technology and education sectors in addition to clients in the financial services industry.

Strengths"The Orrick team is one of, if not the preeminent data security litigation practices in the US," remarks a source, citing "their experience representing major corporations in connection with massive data breaches."

Sources report that the firm "is outstanding in helping us understand emerging landscapes and the steps we need to take to comply with regulations and expectations. They are acknowledged as experts, and with good reason."

In an interviewee's experience, "I always feel like I'm the only client they have. They make me feel very important. They always put my needs first."

Work highlights Advocated on behalf of Arby's Restaurant Group in numerous class actions and investigations related to a significant payment card data breach.

Notable practitioners

Antony Kim
frequently handles cybersecurity preparedness, breach responses and regulatory investigations. "He's fantastic," says a commentator. "He takes the time to tend to companies' needs and understands clients' objectives."

Aravind Swaminathan
is formidable in assisting clients with both the noncontentious and litigious elements of cyber attacks and security breaches, including resulting class actions. "He is known as a strong litigator. He has a charming personality and his clients really like working with him," reviews one source.

Market leader
Douglas Meal
receives plaudits for incident response and the subsequent defense of impacted clients, particularly in the payments realm. A source enthuses: "He is the premier expert in this field and knows how to run a breach response process from A to Z."

Emily Tabatabai
's recent work has included cutting-edge data use matters, such as facial recognition, biometrics and geolocation data. A source reports that "she's been an excellent partner. She has a very good understanding of the practical realities of implementing privacy policies for large companies."

Heather Egan Sussman
counsels clients on the full spectrum of transactional concerns pertaining to privacy and data security. One referee reports: "Heather has been a really tremendous partner. She understands all the business issues and the dynamics of how to implement privacy programs. She's extraordinarily thoughtful, very pragmatic and responsive."

Michelle Visser
is equally capable in both compliance and enforcement elements of privacy regulation. A source reports being "very impressed with her; I'm very happy to have her to rely on due to her responsiveness and pragmatic advice."