Group Retains Top Ranking in the United States, Notches New Belgium Group Ranking and Recognition for Several Individual Lawyers
Morrison & Foerster’s market-leading Privacy + Data Security Group was again recognized in the recently released Chambers USA and Legal 500 EMEA 2018 guides. The group continues to have the deepest bench of highly sought-after, practical privacy practitioners of any firm worldwide.
Morrison & Foerster’s team is one of only two data protection practices ranked “Band 1” in Chambers USA’s Nationwide Privacy and Data Security table. One source told Chambers that the group “was one of the early leaders in that developing area, and, as a result has a breadth and depth of expertise globally,” while others hailed it as “extremely efficient without compromising on the quality of advice and responsiveness” and “experienced, knowledgeable and practical.”
Miriam Wugmeister, Andrew Serwin, and Rick Fischer continue to be ranked among the leading practitioners in this area in the United States. Chambers’ sources describe Miriam as “one of the top few people in data privacy in the world” and “an industry leader,” and dub Andrew “a walking encyclopedia on anything data protection related.” Rick, the guide reports, is “highly regarded in the industry, with a particular focus on consumer finance.”
On the heels of negotiating the largest multistate attorney general settlement following a data breach in U.S. history on behalf of Target, Nathan Taylor was recognized for the first time this year as an “Up and Coming” practitioner in the Nationwide Privacy and Data Security category. Nathan is “praised for his knowledge of regulatory policies and bodies,” and client references commend him as “a tremendous lawyer; he is smart and quick on his feet.” With four of its attorneys recognized, Morrison & Foerster counts more ranked lawyers in this category than any other firm.
The group’s strategic investment in Europe—its presence in the region has nearly doubled in the last three years—was recognized with a new ranking in Legal 500 EMEA’s Belgium: EU Regulatory: Privacy and Data Protection category. The publication notes that “Alex van der Wolk’s team at Morrison & Foerster LLP advises on the full spread of EU privacy and data protection matters, but data breaches and cybersecurity stand out as particular sweet spots. Among other matters, the group advised a global logistics company on various compliance and breach response issues.”
Morrison & Foerster also remains ranked in the Germany: Information Technology and Outsourcing: Data Protection table, where Hanno Timner draws particular praise for providing “extraordinarily good, quick and practical advice.” According to the guide, MoFo’s German team, “advises on data protection in the context of digital business models in the telecoms sector with particular expertise in connection with transactions, the development of digital platforms and cloud computing.” Its integration with the global team is also praised: “Also noteworthy is the strong international orientation of the practice, which as part of the firm’s global privacy and data security group regularly handles cross-border data protection matters.”
Morrison & Foerster’s Privacy + Data Security Group includes more than 60 lawyers seamlessly collaborating across the United States, Europe, and Asia to advise clients on the full range of issues related to their collection, use, disclosure and security of personal information. A hallmark of the practice is counseling on compliance with international privacy laws and regulations, including the forthcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In 2017, the group launched its GDPR Readiness Center, the most comprehensive online resource to assist global companies in their compliance efforts. The team has also handled many of the most significant data breaches in recent history, and is uniquely positioned to advise companies across industries on cybersecurity preparedness and incident response. Its Cybersecurity Resource Center is a repository of tools to enhance companies’ cyber resilience.