Kristen J. Mathews

Kristen J. Mathews


Washington University in St. Louis (B.A., 1995)
Boston College Law School (J.D., 1998)

Bar Admissions

New York


Kristen is a partner in our Global Privacy + Data Security Group. For more than 20 years, Kristen’s practice has focused on advising clients on the full spectrum of the most complex privacy and cybersecurity issues, including regulatory and compliance matters. An early leader in the privacy sphere, Kristen has developed comprehensive knowledge and long-term perspective, cultivated a client base across a broad range of industries, and established herself as one of the top lawyers in her field.

Legal 500 has recognized Kristen for her singular work, inducting her into its Hall of Fame in the category of Cyber Law. Since 2010, Chambers and Partners has also consistently ranked Kristen for her outstanding client service and extensive knowledge of the data privacy and cybersecurity space. She has been accredited by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) as a certified information privacy professional (CIPP) since 2005.

Clients across the technology, financial, retail, consumer goods, health, insurance, media, education, auto, utilities, sports, and hospitality sectors seek Kristen’s counsel for their most complex privacy and cybersecurity matters. Kristen’s cybersecurity experience includes guiding clients on compliance with data privacy laws, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA); protecting data in critical transactional matters, such as M&A deals and important commercial services agreements; and preventing, preparing for, and responding to cybersecurity breaches. She helps financial services and insurance businesses build and mature their cybersecurity programs, and she also provides counsel on direct marketing via text, voice, and e-mail and online, telematics, employee, and workplace privacy.

Prior to joining MoFo, Kristen led a group of 30 lawyers as head of the Privacy & Cybersecurity Group at another major global law firm.

A few examples of Kristen’s recent work include:

  • Assisted a global merchandise business in investigating, responding to, and defending claims brought in relation to a cybersecurity breach that affected a large volume of consumers and other businesses.
  • Assisted numerous consumer businesses in determining and implementing a practical plan of action to comply with the CCPA.
  • Assisted over 100 businesses in varying industries in becoming compliant with Europe’s GDPR.

Kristen continues to be at the forefront of developments in privacy and cybersecurity as ever-changing issues affect businesses around the world.

USA: Privacy & Data Security
Chambers Global (2011-2019)

Nationwide: Privacy & Data Security
Chambers USA (2010-2019)

New York: Technology & Outsourcing
Chambers USA (2013-2016)

Leading Lawyers: Hall of Fame: Cyber Law (including Data Privacy and Data Protection)
The Legal 500 US (2017-2019)

Media, Technology, and Telecoms: Cyber Law (including Data Privacy and Data Protection)
The Legal 500 US (2017-2019)

Media, Technology, and Telecoms: Technology: Transactions
The Legal 500 US (2011-2017)

Media, Technology, and Telecoms: Technology: Data Privacy and Data Protection
The Legal 500 US (2010-2016)

Media, Technology, and Telecoms: Technology: Cyber Crime
The Legal 500 US (2014-2016)

Best of the Best
Expert Guides (2019)

Best of the Best USA
Expert Guides (2019)

Privacy & Data Protection
Expert Guides (2019)

Women in Business Law
Expert Guides (2017)

Data Security
International Who’s Who Legal (2018)

Information Technology
International Who’s Who Legal (2018)

New York
Super Lawyers (2017)

Top 30 Data Protection Lawyers in the United States
Euromoney Expert Guides

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