Miriam H. Wugmeister

Miriam H. Wugmeister

Partner

New York, (212) 506-7213

Education

Brandeis University (B.S.)
Boston University School of Law (J.D.)

Bar Admissions

Connecticut
New York
California

Few lawyers in the world have Miriam Wugmeister's breadth and understanding of privacy and data security laws, obligations, and practices. In the words of her clients, she is “extremely practical and phenomenally smart. Just about one of the best privacy advisers there is” (Chambers USA). Co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s market-leading Global Privacy and Data Security Group and ranked among the top in the profession by all major directories, Ms. Wugmeister is regularly called upon by some of the world’s largest and most complex multinational organizations to confront their most difficult U.S. and international privacy challenges. “Tremendous at helping you come up with practical solutions to real problems” (Chambers USA), she develops cutting-edge solutions for clients that marry legal compliance with business realities.

Having helped hundreds of clients respond to data security incidents, Ms. Wugmeister has worked on several of the most noteworthy and largest data security incidents over the past few years. She has been praised as “a hugely enthusiastic individual who clearly loves what she does” by her clients to Legal 500, which recently named Morrison & Foerster as the 2015 Cyber Crime Firm of the Year. Ms. Wugmeister also works with dozens of companies to develop comprehensive customized incident response plans, training staff, conducting extensive table top exercises, and addressing key issues with Boards of Directors and executive management.

Ms. Wugmeister advises organizations on the planning and execution of complex global compliance efforts, assists in the negotiation of strategic deals, and defends regulatory and litigation matters relating to privacy and data security in the U.S. and internationally. She regularly provides advice on data security breach issues; the global collection, use, sharing of employee, customer, vendor, and consumer personal information; ediscovery and monitoring conflicts; social media issues; and cloud computing deals, as well as on developing data security policies and procedures and cybersecurity preparedness and response plans. She also advises clients on cutting-edge consumer privacy issues surrounding emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), telematics, and big data.

As leader of the Global Privacy Alliance (GPA), Ms. Wugmeister encourages the rational development of privacy laws around the world and monitors privacy practices, laws, and regulations globally. On behalf of the GPA’s members, she takes an active role in anticipating upcoming privacy legislation and educating regulators on the commercial implications of proposed regulations. Ms. Wugmeister developed the firm’s Privacy Library and the MoFoNotes subscription database so that organizations can keep apprised of privacy and data security compliance requirements in jurisdictions around the world. She is also co-editor of Global Employee Privacy and Data Security Law, Second Edition (BNA Books, 2011).

Chambers USA and Chambers Global recommend Ms. Wugmeister in the top tier of privacy and data security lawyers worldwide, and Legal 500 US recognizes her as a leading lawyer for her “professionalism and strong international presence.” For her work in data protection and privacy, Ms. Wugmeister is an inaugural inductee into the 2017 Legal 500 Hall of Fame, which is comprised of outstanding U.S. lawyers who have been recommended as Legal 500 “Leading Lawyers” for the last six consecutive years. In 2016, she was named one of Financial Times’ “Top 10 Innovative Lawyers in North America” and a National Law Journal “Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Trailblazer” for her cutting-edge work in this space.  Ms. Wugmeister was previously designated an Ethisphere “Attorney Who Matters,” and a BTI Client Service All-Star, and has been featured in Best Lawyers in America every year since 2008.

Chambers USA

2016 – Band 1, Nationwide Privacy & Data Security
“The ‘very highly regarded’ Miriam Wugmeister is ‘incredibly knowledgeable and experienced’ and draws a raft of praise for her strengths on international data and security issues. She is well versed in advising on global compliance plans and frequently works on matters including collection use and the transfer of personal information.”

2015 – Band 1, Nationwide Privacy & Data Security
“Miriam Wugmeister handles significant breach incidents and also advises multinationals on the creation of global compliance plans. Clients are quick to praise her ‘deep understanding,’ with one source stating that she ‘is the finest adviser in the country for US-based multinationals looking at global programs.’

2014 – Band 1, Nationwide Privacy & Data Security
“The ‘awesome’ Miriam Wugmeister is the chair of the global privacy and data security practice and maintains an active practice advising clients on the collection, use and disposal of personal information. Clients applaud her pragmatic approach and report that ‘she is tremendous at helping you come up with practical solutions to real problems.’

2013 – Band 1, Nationwide Privacy & Data Security
“Global privacy and data security chair Miriam Wugmeister advises high-profile clients on the collection, use, disclosure and transfer of information. Sources attest that she is a ‘great’ attorney and ‘a real force’ in the privacy and data security Bar.”

2012 – Band 1, Nationwide Privacy & Data Security
“Miriam Wugmeister is singled out for the global scope of her practice. According to clients, she is ‘terrific and very responsive.’


Chambers Global

2016 – Band 1, USA Privacy & Data Security
“Clients are quick to praise her ‘deep understanding,’ with one source stating that she ‘is the finest adviser in the country for US-based multinationals looking at global programmes.’

2015 – Band 1, USA Privacy & Data Security
“The ‘awesome’ Miriam Wugmeister is the chair of the global privacy and data security practice and maintains an active practice advising clients on the collection, use and disposal of personal information. Clients applaud her pragmatic approach and report that ‘she is tremendous at helping you come up with practical solutions to real problems.’

2014 – Band 1, USA Privacy & Data Security
“Sources attest that she is a ‘great’ attorney and ‘a real force’ in the privacy and data security Bar.”

2013 – Band 1, USA Privacy & Data Security
“Practice chair Miriam Wugmeister is singled out for the global scope of her practice. According to clients, she is ‘terrific and very responsive.’

2012 – Band 1, USA Privacy & Data Security
“Miriam Wugmeister is lauded as ‘extremely practical and phenomenally smart – just about one of the best privacy advisers there is.’


The Legal 500 U.S.

2017 – Legal 500 Hall of Fame
Ms. Wugmeister is an inaugural inductee into the Legal 500 2017 Hall of Fame, which is comprised of outstanding U.S. lawyers who have been recommended as Legal 500 “Leading Lawyers” for the last six consecutive years.

2016 – Leading Lawyer, Media, Technology and Telecoms: Data Protection and Privacy
“Regulated industries with online aspects is the team’s niche, and team heads Andrew Serwin in San Diego and Miriam Wugmeister in New York have strengths in cybersecurity and privacy class actions respectively.”

2016 – Recommended, Media, Technology and Telecoms: Cyber Crime
“[C]ommended for…‘sensible privacy program counseling, and data breach expertise in both domestic and international matters.’

2015 – Leading Lawyer, Media, Technology and Telecoms: Data Protection and Privacy
‘Morrison & Foerster LLP’s privacy leader Miriam Wugmeister is well known for privacy class actions; with ‘deep expertise in international privacy,’ she provides ‘practical advice.’

2015 – Mentioned, Media, Technology and Telecoms: Cyber Crime
“New York-based Miriam Wugmeister at Morrison & Foerster LLP has developed a longstanding reputation with many of the most high-profile clients in the cyber crime field...Wugmeister provided lead counsel to Target after it experienced one of the biggest data breaches in recent history, involving the theft of personal and credit card information of up to 70 million individuals.”

2014 – Leading Lawyer, Media, Technology and Telecoms: Data Protection and Privacy
“[W]ell-respected practice chair Miriam Wugmeister in New York [is] advising various companies on their cybersecurity policies and responses to data security breaches as well as compliance with existing and new obligations.”

2013 – Leading Lawyer, Media, Technology and Telecoms: Data Protection and Privacy
“Clients recommend practice chair Miriam Wugmeister in New York for her ‘professionalism and strong international presence.’

2012 – Leading Lawyer, Media, Technology and Telecoms: Data Protection and Privacy
“Preeminent’ practice chair Miriam Wugmeister in New York wins the respect of the market, particularly for her international work.


Financial Times


National Law Journal


BTI

2012 Client Service All-Star


Ethisphere

Featured, 2011-2013, “Attorneys Who Matter”


Best Lawyers in America

Featured, 2008-2015
"Miriam Wugmeister is a go-to subject matter expert. She provides in-depth, thoughtful, and, very importantly, practical advice and counseling against an ever changing legal landscape that can be difficult to navigate."

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