Dechert's global Privacy & Cybersecurity practice is second to none. It includes a deep, global bench of senior partners with decades of experience, several of whom are pioneers in the space. They include a former Chief Privacy Officer of the Department of Homeland Security in the Obama/Biden administration, partners who are top ranked in The Legal 500 for Cyber Law/Data Protection, including a “Leading Lawyer” (one of only 17 in the country), the founder of one of the first Privacy and Cybersecurity practices in the AmLaw50, a former United States Attorney and several former assistant U.S. attorneys, among others. Our partners are top, sought-after, thought leaders with unparalleled expertise and experience. They have advised at the most senior levels of the government, testified before Congress, prosecuted cyber criminals, handled some of the largest, high-profile data breaches, litigation and enforcement actions in the space, negotiated data sharing terms with the EU on behalf of the U.S., and taught one of the first cyber law school classes in the country.

Our world-class practice covers all aspects of privacy and cybersecurity, including:

  • Strategic privacy counseling
  • Transactional diligence
  • Breach response/ransom negotiation
  • Class action litigation defense
  • Defense of regulatory actions

Dechert’s deep bench of experienced partners and associates, global footprint and industry-specific experience are true differentiators. We provide seamless, holistic service to clients in any type of matter, including strategic counseling and advice, incident response enforcement defense and litigation. Our work with clients in the financial services, asset management and investment funds, advertising and media emerging technology, telecommunications, health care, life sciences, and real estate, among others, have earned Dechert top rankings in leading publications, including Chambers and The Legal 500.

2020 was a transformative year for Dechert’s practice with the onboarding of two internationally recognized, top-ranked partners as well as the addition of top associate talent. In the past year alone, we advised on matters involving the U.S., the UK, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Belarus, China, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, Japan, Singapore, France, Brazil and the European Economic Area (EEA). 

Our Experience

We provide seamless, one-stop shopping across the globe, utilizing our 21 offices worldwide to provide holistic, pragmatic advice. We have litigated some of the earliest landmark privacy cases, handled data breach investigations, defended hundreds of regulatory enforcement actions brought by U.S. and global regulators, advised the world’s top companies (including marquee, global public companies, and Silicon Valley household names) on the most cutting-edge, sensitive matters of strategic importance to them. We provided privacy and cybersecurity deal diligence on hundreds of transactions last year alone, and we help our clients get ready for a sale or an IPO through our innovative “reverse diligence” product.

Our matters are featured in front page headlines, but our best work is often on matters that no one ever hears about, such as the regulatory inquiry that quietly goes away, or the creative, sophisticated strategic counseling advice that solves a company’s thorniest cross-border data transfer issue.