Holland & Knight LLP


Mark H. Francis is a New York cybersecurity, data privacy, emerging technology and intellectual property attorney advising clients on a wide array of "tech and data" counseling, transactional and litigation matters.

Counseling and Legal Compliance. Mark focuses on data strategy and information governance, artificial intelligence and machine learning, cybersecurity, technical controls, cross-border data transfers, and data privacy laws. In that capacity, Mr. Francis advises clients on FTC Section 5 requirements, GLBA, HIPAA, FCRA, COPPA, CAN-SPAM, CCPA and other state privacy laws, PCI-DSS, NIST and ISO industry standards and other related guidance.

Agreements and Transactions. Mark regularly advises clients on data and IP transactions, including services agreements, data and software licenses, and SaaS/cloud computing agreements. He also works with deal teams on data and technology risks and representations in corporate transactions.

Incident Response and Legal Disputes. Mark has counseled clients on data breaches and other incidents across a number of industries, including healthcare, financial services, retail, technology, consulting, industrial and telecommunications. He advises clients on internal investigations, notifications and interactions with law enforcement. Mark also represents clients in regulatory and state attorney general investigations, data breach class actions and PCI assessments.

Mark is an IAPP CIPP/US, CIPT and Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP). He is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).


Contributions by Mark Francis

  • Member of CIPP/US Exam Development Board 2020 - 2022