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Andrew B. Serwin

Serwin, Andrew B.


San Diego, (858) 720-5134


University of San Diego (B.A., 1992)
University of San Diego School of Law (J.D., 1995)

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
New York

Andrew Serwin is an internationally recognized thought leader in the fields of privacy, cybersecurity, information governance, and information sharing. He provides global advice to a number of emerging and Fortune 500 companies, and handles some of the highest-profile data security incidents and privacy enforcement and litigation matters. He has a unique understanding of cybersecurity through his role in several organizations. Mr. Serwin serves on the Board of Directors of the private sector of federally funded National Cyber Forensic Training Alliance (NCFTA), an entity that functions as a conduit between private industry and law enforcement, with a core mission to identify, mitigate and neutralize cybercrime. In addition, he serves an advisor to the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Asymmetric Warfare, and is the CEO and Executive Director of the Lares Institute, a think-tank focused on privacy, information superiority, and national security issues.

Mr. Serwin provides global regulatory advice regarding privacy, security, and technology transactions, with particular emphasis on: international compliance; health care; security incidents; forensic investigations; remediation of security issues; government requests for information; COPPA; CAN-SPAM; mobile; behavioral advertising; ECPA and wiretap issues; electronic marketing concerns; social media; HIPAA; and compliance with FTC requirements. He has provided advice to companies in a diverse set of industries, including: technology; social media; financial services; health; retail; data brokers; online businesses; hospitality; utilities; and insurance. Mr. Serwin also has extensive global enforcement experience, having handled numerous high-profile enforcement matters. He also frequently represents companies in consumer protection and privacy litigation matters.


Mr. Serwin was the only law firm lawyer ever to be named to Security Magazine's prestigious “25 Most Influential Industry Thought Leaders.” He was also ranked second in the most-recent Computerworld survey of top global privacy advisors. He is also recognized by Chambers USA and Chambers Global as one of the top privacy and data security attorneys. Chambers USA 2013 notes that Mr. Serwin “attracts praise for his consultative and strategic approach to complex matters.” He was described by clients as “a tireless worker, holding onto the ever-shifting puzzle pieces of the law in this area in a way that other privacy lawyers cannot,” and noted as “an excellent privacy lawyer, a real expert in the field,” by Chambers Global 2012. The Legal 500 has recognized him as a Leading Lawyer in data protection and privacy, and clients stated that he “understands business concerns and provides practical, to-the-point advice.” He was selected for inclusion in the San Diego Super Lawyers lists (2007–2013), including being ranked in the Top 50 lawyers of 2012. Mr. Serwin was selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America in the field of information technology law (2010–2015), where he was noted to be “one of the top privacy lawyers able to focus not only on the complexity of the laws in the United States, but also globally, including European data protection laws and the APEC privacy framework.”

Selected Publications

Mr. Serwin is a noted public speaker and author, and has written the leading treatise on privacy and security, “Information Security and Privacy: A Guide to Federal and State Law and Compliance,” and “Information Security and Privacy: A Guide to International Law and Compliance,” (West 2006-2013), collectively a 5,000-page, three-volume global treatise that examines all aspects of privacy and security laws, published by Thomson-Reuters. The treatise has been called “the best privacy sourcebook,” “an indispensable resource for privacy professionals at all levels” and “a book that everybody in the information privacy field should have on their desk.” He is also the author of numerous other books, as well as several leading law review articles on privacy, the Federal Trade Commission, and privacy litigation.