James Smith is an associate in Dechert’s Washington, D.C. office and is a member of the privacy and cybersecurity practice.
Mr. Smith advises multinational clients across all industry sectors on matters relating to technology and data, including global data privacy, cybersecurity, digital marketing, product development, data breach response, consumer protection, and regulatory compliance. He routinely counsels clients on compliance with the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography And Marketing Act (CAN-SPAM); the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA); the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA); the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act); the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act (GLBA); the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA); the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), as amended, and similar state data privacy laws; state breach notification laws; and advertising and payment card processing self-regulatory frameworks. He has deep expertise in advising clients on privacy and information security matters in the context of corporate transactions and has counseled clients on over 1,000 corporate transactions to date.
Moreover, Mr. Smith has particular insight into the privacy, security, and exchange of health information, and advises clients on compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the enforcement provisions added to HIPAA by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009.
Mr. Smith is qualified as a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and as a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals, the largest and most comprehensive global information privacy community.
In addition, Mr. Smith also has a broad consumer protection practice and counsels clients on advertising substantiation, sweepstakes and marketing promotions, retail sales and e-commerce platforms, including matters involving state and federal consumer protection statutes and the Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act (ROSCA).
Mr. Smith is committed to Dechert’s pro bono initiatives and is a member of Legal Counsel for the Elderly’s Young Lawyers Alliance. He is also an active leader of the LGBT Bar Association of the District of Columbia and previously served as its vice president. He is a member of the Business Law Section and the Health Law Section of the American Bar Association.
Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Smith was an associate at a prominent global firm where he devoted a substantial portion of his practice towards supporting its leading capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity practices from a privacy and security standpoint.
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- New York University, B.A., History and English, 2007, Dean's Scholar
- New York University, M.A., World History, 2010, Albert Gallatin Scholar
- Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2014, CALI Award in Takeovers, Mergers, and Acquisitions (highest grade in class)
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