Darren J. Abernethy is an ad tech, data privacy and cybersecurity attorney with more than a decade of experience, including in Am Law private practice in Washington, D.C. and as in-house counsel at startups and a leading privacy technology vendor. He advises clients on matters related to digital advertising, privacy law compliance, data breach management, M&A, and FTC best practices.
Darren’s concentrations include data-driven marketing campaigns, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and other U.S. state privacy laws, the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)/ePrivacy, direct marketing, and IP-related transactional matters.
Ian Ballon is an intellectual property and Internet litigator who is the Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig LLP’s Global Intellectual Property & Technology Practice Group. He represents clients in copyright, DMCA, trademark, trade secret, right of publicity, privacy, security, software, database and Internet- and mobile-related disputes and in the defense of data privacy, security breach, behavioral advertising, TCPA and other Internet-related class action suits. Please click here to view a list of some of his recent cases.
Viola Bensinger is Global Co-Chair of the Greenberg Traurig’s IP & Technology Practice Group and the Global Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice, and also chairs the Technology Practice in Germany. She advises clients from the technology, media, health care, automotive and other industries.
Philip E. Bryans advises clients on matters relating to U.S. and international data privacy and cybersecurity issues including navigating the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), UK GDPR, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, Children’s Online Privacy Act, Telephone Consumer Privacy Act, CAN-SPAM, Federal Trade Commission Act and state security and breach notification laws. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US). Philip also has experience with corporate mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, and securities, which he utilizes to better serve corporate clients in the privacy and cybersecurity areas. Philip also advises companies in drafting and negotiating technology agreements.
Jannis Dietrich advises national and international companies on issues concerning the internet, technology, data protection, digitization and litigation. He combines his legal experience with his technical knowledge as a certified electronic technician for IT systems and consequently is now skilled in the interface of law and technology. The key areas of his practice are IT, copyright and licensing law, advice on digital and blockchain-based business models, as well as data protection, competition and consumer protection law.
Carsten Kociok focuses his practice on the technology industry. He has broad experience in the areas of Internet, information technology, electronic and mobile payments and new media, as well as regulatory and data protection law issues.
Carsten advises national and international companies from the Internet, payments and technology industries on the commercial and regulatory side of their business, in particular in the areas of e-commerce and e-business, electronic and mobile payments, service distribution, franchising, outsourcing and technology transactions. This includes all aspects of e-money and payments law, financial services law, data protection and data security regulations, money laundering obligations as well as marketing, unfair competition, consumer protection and general contract law.
Prior to joining the firm, Carsten worked at Olswang for eight years and in the Capital Transaction Practice Group of an international law firm in New York.
Andrea C. Maciejewski designs and implements privacy and security programs for clients of all sizes – from Fortune 500s to start ups – and in all sectors, including digital entertainment, marketing, online education, retail, and consumer goods. Andrea helps companies navigate the intricacies of multi-jurisdictional compliance programs as well as compliance with sector-specific data privacy and security laws. Andrea offers clients practical legal counsel, striving to understand the underlying business model and provide strategies that manage costs and risks, while attempting to maintain the businesses operations.
Her practice includes international data privacy laws and regulations, including the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) and China’s Personal Information Protection Law (“PIPL”), as well as U.S. federal and state data privacy laws, such as the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”), the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”), and the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”). Some of the specialized documents Andrea drafts include data processing addendums, intracompany agreements, cross-border transfer mechanisms, privacy policies, privacy impact assessments, and data inventories. She has experience in U.S. and multi-national record retention practices, and frequently counsels on updating those practices for compliance with new privacy laws.
Additionally, Andrea provides expert counsel on data concerns unique to video games, eSports, and mobile gaming.
Jessica Pedersen advises businesses on complex data privacy and cybersecurity issues. Jessica has experience counseling a diverse range of companies on compliance with both existing and emerging privacy and security laws, including the E.U.’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). In addition, she assists clients in preparing for and responding to cybersecurity threats, including designing data breach tabletop exercises, managing data breach response, and defending privacy and data breach litigation. Jessica also represents clients in related regulatory investigations. She is a certified privacy professional through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (CIPP/US).
Gretchen A. Ramos is Global Co-Chair of the Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice. Gretchen is a creative problem-solver that various large tech clients rely on to handle their most challenging data protection issues. Clients appreciate not only her legal skills, but also her direct, no-nonsense approach in providing advice. She works closely with her clients to manage data and leverage its value in ways to meet compliance obligations, as well as deliver value to the business and instill consumer trust.
Kevin Scott counsels small and large entities, including merchants, medical providers, financial institutions, and educational institutions on the identification, evaluation, and management of first- and third-party data privacy and cybersecurity risks. Kevin advises on data privacy, cybersecurity breach response, and payment card industry standards and investigations. He has handled hundreds of breaches, often reducing public and regulatory scrutiny and protecting clients’ reputations. Kevin’s practice also includes advising clients on compliance with state, federal, and international laws and regulations.
Adam Snukal’s practice is primarily focused around the centrality of technology across many verticals and industries, with an emphasis on health care, FinTech, privacy, cyber-security, Ad-Tech, entertainment, IT/cloud infrastructure, outsourcing and Aerospace/ New Space. Mr. Snukal also regularly counsels clients on their global privacy and data security compliance obligations, such as GDPR, HIPAA, CCPA, PCI, and more. Mr. Snukal’s clients range from large multi-nationals to emerging growth companies.
Jena M. Valdetero serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s U.S. Data, Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice where she advises clients on complex data privacy and security issues. She has led more than 1,000 data breach investigations. A litigator by background, Jena defends companies against privacy and data breach litigation, with an emphasis on class action lawsuits. She has designed and conducted dozens of data breach tabletop exercises to empower clients to respond effectively to a data security incident. She also counsels companies on data privacy and security compliance programs and advises on privacy and cyber risks associated with mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, and securities. Jena also advises a diverse array of clients on compliance with existing and emerging privacy laws, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the Gramm Leach Bliley Act (GLBA), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). She is a certified privacy professional through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (CIPP/US), for which she is a former KnowledgeNet Co-Chair.
Sherry Xiaoxuan Ding is a member of the Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice in Greenberg Traurig’s San Francisco office. Sherry advises clients with creative strategies in addressing cross-border privacy and data security compliance issues under regulatory regimes in EU, U.S., and APAC regions, with a focus on international data transfer.
David Zetoony, Co-Chair of the firm’s U.S. Data, Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice, focuses on helping businesses navigate data privacy and cyber security laws from a practical standpoint. David has helped hundreds of companies establish and maintain ongoing privacy and security programs, and he has defended corporate privacy and security practices in investigations initiated by the Federal Trade Commission, and other data privacy and security regulatory agencies around the world, as well as in class action litigation.