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The Privacy Advisor | Kirk Nahra joins WilmerHale Related reading: How I got my start in privacy

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WilmerHale announced Kirk Nahra, CIPP/US, has joined the law firm as co-chair of its Cybersecurity and Privacy Group. Nahra comes to WilmerHale from Wiley Rein, where he was a partner for the last 31 years.

"We are thrilled to have Kirk join WilmerHale. He brings an unparalleled knowledge of privacy and cybersecurity law together with many years of experience, which will make him a terrific addition to our cybersecurity and privacy practice," said WilmerHale Cybersecurity and Privacy Practice Group Partner D. Reed Freeman, CIPP/US.

While on his first day on the job, Nahra spoke to how he felt about his new place of employment.

"It’s a great opportunity with an incredibly prestigious global firm that has a really strong existing privacy and cybersecurity practice where I can just blend in with an additional set of expertise in some areas they haven’t really had," Nahra said.

Kirk Nahra, CIPP/US

He already has plans for what he hopes to accomplish at WilmerHale. The privacy group co-chair said he will continue to work with the clients he has brought over to the law firm and wants to help WilmerHale grow its practice in areas where he brings a wealth of experience, particularly in health care privacy.

"One of the more interesting things for me personally is that they have a whole bunch of good young associates and young counsel-level lawyers who I’m going to help guide and train," Nahra said. "That’s a really nice opportunity for me. I’ve been doing some teaching of law students, but this is a chance to work with folks who are a little more experienced, but who could definitely use some additional guidance."

When asked about what drew him to the new firm, Nahra said the larger platform WilmerHale offers is one of the reasons why he accepted the new position. Nahra said WilmerHale believed he was a good fit due to his work within the privacy community and that the law firm also took a shine to Nahra's work with the IAPP.

"It was important to Wilmer that I’ve been a visible IAPP leader for so many years. They are really interested in the organization," Nahra said. "They realize how important the IAPP has been in building the privacy profession and growing knowledge about privacy globally, and that’s a really important element for them."

The newest addition to WilmerHale hit the ground running on his first day on the job, as Nahra said partners from around the country have already reached out to their freshly minted colleague. 

While Nahra is excited to start his tenure at WilmerHale, he acknowledges that it was not easy to leave the firm where he spent his entire career. Even with that initial trepidation, Nahra is ready for his next chapter.

"I was there my whole career. It’s where I grew up as a lawyer and where I was able to get into an area that basically didn’t exist when I started in it," Nahra said. "I’m looking forward to working on a bigger platform with a global reach and with some support areas that I didn’t have before. It’s sort of terrifying to start a new job after 31 years, but once I get beyond that basic terror, I think it’s going to be great."

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