Privacy Bar Section Forum

Wednesday, May 1
9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Privacy lawyers are as busy as ever, with no end in sight to the growth of the field as new data protection and consumer privacy laws are adopted with increasing regularity around the world.

Brought to you by the IAPP’s Privacy Bar Section and held in conjunction with Summit 2019 Active Learning Day sessions, the Privacy Bar Section Forum is an information-packed, full-day program presented by a distinguished and diverse panel of legal and data protection lawyers with deep experience in the field. As an opportunity for legal minds throughout the industry to come together and focus on the profession, the forum is a way to network, learn and look to the future.

Two registration options:

  • Available as a standalone event
  • Add it to your main conference registration with the Conference Plus+ Pass (3-Day)


This May event follows up the well-attended debut of the Privacy and Data Protection Law Forum at the IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2018 this past November in Brussels, Belgium, which focused on the future of the data protection lawyer of the GDPR era.

Schedule and Program

  • local_dining8 - 9 a.m.
    Registration and Breakfast
    Breakfast will be served in Archives, Level M4.
  • expand_more9 – 10 a.m.
    Working Across Borders: Partnering and Vetting

    Chantal Bernier, National Practice Leader, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Dentons
    Bret Cohen, Partner, Privacy and Cybersecurity Group, Hogan Lovells
    Eija Warma-Lehtinen, CIPP/E, Country Leader, Nordics, IAPP; Partner, Data Protection and Privacy, Castrén & Snellman

    Whether you’re working internally or externally, there comes a time in every lawyer’s work where you encounter a jurisdiction with which you’re simply not familiar. Beyond knowledge of the law, there’s an understanding of process, personalities and culture that only a local can have. And that local knowledge can be vital to a successful outcome. In this panel discussion, we offer tips on identifying when to bring in help, how to find a great partner, and how to know whether the relationship is not going as planned.

  • expand_more10 – 10:30 a.m.
    Case Study: How Working Across Borders Worked for Me

    Bret Cohen, Partner, Privacy and Cybersecurity Group, Hogan Lovells
    Andrew Graziani, CIPP/US, Senior Legal Director, Commercial, Operations, Vistaprint

    In this 30-minute deep dive, we examine international cross-border issues and take a look at how pulling in local counsel helped ensure a successful outcome.

  • local_cafe10:30 – 11 a.m.
    Networking Refreshment Break
  • expand_more11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    When Regulators Work Together

    Moderator: Janis Kestenbaum, Partner, Perkins Coie
    Brent Homan, Deputy Commissioner, Compliance, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
    Eitan Levisohn, Attorney Advisor, Federal Trade Commission

    While the consistency mechanism of the General Data Protection Regulation ensures that regulators across the EU work collaboratively and have a process for working out their differences, it’s also true that organizations like the Global Privacy Enforcement Network and the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners have arisen to provide a platform for the world’s regulators to work together and team up on guidance and enforcement actions. How do regulators set up lines of communication? What triggers an international investigation? How do regulators navigate varying penalties for varying offenses in varying jurisdictions? Our panelists will explore these areas while referencing their agencies’ experiences in collaborating with each other.

  • local_dining12 - 1 p.m.
    Networking Lunch
    Lunch will be served in Archives, Level M4.
  • expand_more1 – 5:30 p.m.
    You Make the Call: Strategic Privacy War Game

    Dan Caprio, Co-Founder, The Providence Group
    Jonathan Litchman, CEO, Co-Founder, The Providence Group
    Marylynn Stowers, Managing Director, The Providence Group

    What’s the most common phrase in privacy law? “It depends.” Learn from this interactive three-hour game how “it depends” can impact strategic thinking. Attendees will be presented with a series of scenarios and asked to address them in character with fellow players reporting out decisions and findings. From evaluating risk to anticipating harm, practicing privacy law requires any number of judgment calls and strategic thinking. Here’s your chance to see how strategic play in a privacy war game imitates the real world.