Robin Campbell, CIPP/US, CIPM, and Elliot Golding, CIPP/US, have both transitioned from their roles on Crowell & Moring’s privacy and cybersecurity team to new positions at Squire Patton Boggs’ Washington office.
Campbell, formerly a co-chair of Crowell’s cybersecurity and privacy group, is now co-chairing the Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Group at SPB, where she will focus specifically on automotive issues. Golding, a counselor at Crowell & Moring, took on the role of partner, with a health care speciality.
SPB’s vast network of global offices and perspectives was a draw for both privacy pros. “In this day and age, you need experts on the ground in different jurisdictions,” Campbell said. Of additional interest was the firm’s representation of many different disciplines. “They have a very expansive automotive industry practice, a privacy and cybersecurity space, a product liability space, a strong policy practice space…” she continued, trailing off. These options were hard to resist.
Golding agreed. “I wasn’t running away,” he said, speaking of Crowell & Moring. “They’re wonderful people.” It just so happened that the opportunity at SBP was the perfect fit. Echoing Campbell, he emphasized the importance of that “global presence,” something he believes provides the best service for clients. After all, “they’re not just thinking about the U.S.,” he said.
The dual move was a serendipitous one. "We weren't a package deal,” Golding said. It just so happened that the six-year-long colleagues were both looking for a new move at the same time, and both ended up landing at SPB. The rest is history.
While the Campbell and Golding have only been with the firm a month, they’ve already begun working hard. “We’ve hit the ground running,” Golding said. “This place is really fantastic. Our colleagues are very excited to be here, and we’re really excited to be here.”
That verve isn’t just trite emotion; it’s already translated into actionable plans for both Campbell and Golding as they consider their future with SPB.
Campbell is particularly focused on expanding her work with autonomous vehicles. “These issues touch on everything in the future of privacy and cybersecurity,” she said. “How are these devices going to change the insurance industry? How are they going to affect the auto industry?” There are additional questions surrounding protecting connected cars from hackers, how to make these vehicles' privacy statements more readable for users, and on and on. “Autonomous vehicles are going to be a huge change in the face of our comer interaction, putting privacy and cybersecurity [in the forefront],” she said. “All these issues I find fascinating.”
For Golding, health care has his interest. “It’s an overstatement to say it’s a rapidly developing area,” he said. “As technology increases, the privacy and cybersecurity issues are changing every day.” He knows he’ll have his hands full.
As to what they’ll bring to the table, Campbell added that beyond their experience and passion, their “east coast perspective” will shed new light on the seemingly countless General Data Protection Regulation issues, which SPB is also working on in earnest. “They need folks here who know how to bring that home,” she said.
Their work will complement Monika Kuschewsky, CIPP/E, who recently joined Squire Patton Boggs as a partner in its Brussels office.
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