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Edward R McNicholas

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Ed McNicholas, a co-leader of Sidley’s Privacy and Cybersecurity practice, represents technologically-sophisticated clients facing complex cybersecurity, information technology, and privacy issues. Recognized by the National Law Journal as a “Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Trailblazer,” Ed spearheads Sidley’s cybercrime focus and has significant experience with investigations and class action litigation related to cybersecurity incidents, as well as enforcement actions by the FTC, state Attorneys General, the SEC, OCR, Data Protection Authorities and other government agencies. His counseling practice focuses on privacy, cybersecurity, data protection and includes other technology law areas such as electronic surveillance, cloud computing, the Internet of Things, trade secrets, online advertising, social media, and big data/data science.


Prior to joining Sidley, Ed served as an Associate Counsel to President Clinton. In that capacity, he advised senior White House staff regarding various Independent Counsel, congressional and grand jury investigations. Ed has developed unique experience representing clients in the midst of media-driven legal challenges. His crisis management skills are particularly useful in coordinating the swirl of complex litigation, congressional hearings, and federal and state investigations that can follow from major privacy and cybersecurity incidents.

Professional Memberships

Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty