Here’s a list of the movers and shakers in the privacy profession within the last month or so. Have a move or a shake of your own you’d like mentioned? Email Joe Duball at email@example.com.
Cybersecurity, privacy and data protection lawyer Aaron Charfoos joined Paul Hastings as a partner, based in Chicago. Charfoos brings experience litigating data breach and trade secret theft cases, as well as guiding clients through data breaches and regulatory investigations by various U.S. and international regulatory bodies. He has also helped companies develop global privacy and data security programs and ensure compliance with U.S., EU and Asian regulations. “Cybersecurity is a top priority for our clients. Adding impressive talent like Aaron has helped us build a leading Privacy and Cybersecurity practice to address our clients’ mission-critical needs,” Paul Hastings Chairman Seth Zachary said.
Data privacy, cybersecurity and data protection attorney Erin Locker joined Koenig, Oelsner, Taylor, Schoenfeld & Gaddis (KO Law Firm) as part of its commercial and data privacy and security practices. Locker’s experience includes several years at two international law firms, helping companies navigate the evolving landscape of global privacy regulation and develop strategic compliance approaches. “As businesses face the complexities of global privacy regulation and compliance and navigate working remotely and digitally now more than ever, Erin’s data privacy expertise and international law firm experience will be invaluable,” KO Partner Ben Oelsner said.
Privacy and data security litigator Spencer Persson joined Davis Wright Tremaine’s Los Angeles, California, office as a partner in its Technology + Privacy & Security practice. Persson has handled more than 20 data privacy matters in the past three years, 11 of them class-action cases related to data security. The firm said Persson's arrival is the latest step in “systematic growth in 2020 focused on California and the firm’s portfolio of market-leading industry practices.” Persson said California Consumer Privacy Act provisions increase civil litigation in privacy and security matters. “As states across the country move towards enacting CCPA-type provisions, it is incredibly valuable to have these national teams to support our clients,” he said.
Jeewon Kim Serrato is joining BakerHostetler’s San Francisco office as a partner, co-leading its newly formed Digital Transformation and Data Economy practice team alongside partners Janine Anthony Bowen and Chad Rutkowski. Serrato was most recently the U.S. head of data protection, privacy and cybersecurity at Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, and also served as chief privacy officer for Fannie Mae and as head privacy executive of RELX Group. The DTDE team will provide counsel through the life cycle of data, assisting clients with identifying and managing digital risks as well as building opportunities. “Digital transformation and data strategies will be especially critical in a post-COVID-19 world as companies are constantly shifting to adjust to new ways of operating and dealing with market disruptions,” Serrato said.
The Pinsent Masons law firm promoted data protection specialist Kathryn Wynn to partner in its Edinburgh team. Wynn, who has a focus on the financial services and fintech sectors, has helped businesses plan for Brexit and COVID-19-related issues and is membership secretary of the Data Protection Finance Group. A career highlight, Wynn said, was being part of the team that wrote the state of Qatar’s privacy law. “It was a real privilege to be involved in drafting law which created new rights for the citizens of Qatar,” she said.
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