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.

New developments

The team was engaged by new client Equifax to take on a substantial portion of the regulatory enforcement work stemming from the company's consumer data breach announced in September 2017.

Strengths

"Hogan Lovells' privacy and data security practice is one of, if not the best in the world," says a client. "You know you are getting thorough and dependable guidance."

Sources note: "The whole team is very strong and they are excellent in healthcare privacy."

The firm is hailed by interviewees as having a "very strong global privacy practice."

Work highlights

Continues to advise The Home Depot on a data breach affecting over 56 million payment cards.

Acted for Anthem on its response to a cyberattack affecting the health records of 80 million individuals, advising on the forensic investigation, breach notification, communications and interactions with consumers and customers.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Wolf is hailed as a "real leader and mentor" in the privacy field: "I can't say enough good things about him," enthuses a peer. He continues to advise the firm's high-profile clients on regulatory and public policy matters.

"Leader in the field" Harriet Pearson is esteemed for her "strong command of the cybersecurity space in the US." She draws on her enviable experience as chief of privacy at IBM, and sources regard her as "very business-minded, very practical and very nice to work with."

HIPAA expert Marcy Wilder is regarded as a leader in health privacy, and is regularly called upon to advise healthcare clients on high-profile data breaches and privacy enforcement investigations. "She is top notch," enthuses a source: "I can't say enough nice things about he; she is very sophisticated and her approach from a regulator's perspective is very smart."