John Michels III


Paul Hastings

Associate Attorney

John Michels is a cybersecurity, privacy, and data protection attorney at Paul Hastings focusing on data breach investigation and response, privacy litigation, and regulatory compliance counseling. He advises companies in an array of industries, including aerospace and aviation, electronics and semiconductor manufacturing, finance, health care, and business services. John holds a J.D. from the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, where he served as an Associate Editor of the Northwestern University Law Review.

John's experience includes managing cybersecurity incident investigations, responding to governmental subpoenas and document requests, and advising clients on compliance with privacy laws such as the EU's General Data Protection Directive (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). John has also litigated numerous actions in federal court brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

Prior to law school, John was a combat survival, enemy evasion, interrogation resistance, and captivity escape specialist for the U.S. Air Force. During his eight years of service, he occupied a variety of leadership roles involving operational planning and personnel recovery coordination, including a deployment to U.S. Central Command in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.