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Darren J. Abernethy is a data privacy attorney with more than a decade of experience, including in AmLaw 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 advertising technology, privacy, data breach management, and FTC best practices.

Darren’s concentrations include the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)/ePrivacy, digital advertising, direct marketing, and IP-related transactional matters.

Jonathan Becker is a Shareholder in the firm’s Government Law & Policy practice. He has nearly two decades of experience working at the intersection of law, policy, and politics. With a deep understanding of privacy and antitrust policy, Jonathan helps his clients develop and execute complex public policy advocacy strategies in Congress and in executive branch agencies including the FCC, the FTC, and the Department of Justice. He also guides clients through congressional investigations and the process of testifying before congressional committees.

Viola Bensinger co-chairs the firm’s Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice and she chairs the Technology Practice as well as the Litigation Practice in Germany. She advises clients from the technology, media, health care and other industries.

Within the technology sector, Viola advises international internet, technology and healthcare companies in the areas of digital products, IT outsourcing, e-commerce, electronic payment, data protection, software licensing as well as digital media.

Kate Black’s practice focuses on data privacy, information protection, and commercial transactions in consumer technology, digital health, life sciences, and genetics. Kate provides companies with comprehensive, practical strategies for meeting their regulatory obligations while building and maintaining public trust and advancing innovative and emerging models of health care research and delivery. She’s managed every aspect of global privacy programs, including supervising privacy assessments, providing product strategy and counseling, managing complex vendor and partner agreements, and overseeing security policy audits for leading health technology companies. She regularly advises on proposed regulatory and legislative changes that will impact the health technology environment and has been a featured speaker and frequent lecturer on data privacy and cybersecurity, data analytics, digital health, mobile medical applications, and privacy issues related to genetic and health research.

Prior to joining the firm, Kate served as 23andMe’s first Global Privacy Officer in Mountain View, CA and worked in the Office of Policy and Planning in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C.

Ed Chansky focuses his practice in the areas of intellectual property (particularly development, selection, protection and licensing of trademarks worldwide) and advertising, sales promotion, and trade-regulation law, including charitable promotions, cause-related marketing, sweepstakes, contests, gift cards, eCommerce, substantiation of advertising claims, social gaming, social media, and all aspects of unfair or deceptive trade practices in a wide variety of industries.

A trusted advisor to many national companies, Ed is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences on advertising and promotion law topics, including sweepstakes, premium production, coupon and rebate offers, charitable promotions, social gaming, and social media, and has helped shape state legislation affecting sales promotion matters. He also works with clients on a wide range of contract and licensing matters, including agency-client agreements in the advertising and sales promotion industries, software and website development, privacy policies and terms of use, and other matters affecting intellectual property, marketing and electronic commerce. For many years, he worked as a part-time musician (trombone) playing everything from grand opera to rhythm and blues.

Gareth Hall has a range of experience representing clients throughout special investigations and criminal litigation. He has represented individuals subject to investigations conducted by the National Crime Agency (NCA), Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) for a range of matters including complex conspiracies, fraud, money laundering and bribery. Gareth also has higher rights of audience and has appeared as an advocate, representing individuals in the Crown Court.

Willeke Kemkers is an associate in the IP / Tech department of Greenberg Traurig’s Amsterdam office. She focuses on a broad range of intellectual property issues, including proceedings, drafting of (commercial) contracts and providing of advice regarding transactions (mergers and acquisitions). Willeke also has deep knowledge of EU e-commerce regulations and regularly counsels clients with respect to the interpretation and application of the relevant laws.

Furthermore, Willeke counsels clients on a wide range of privacy issues such as data processing agreements, cross-border transfers of data, privacy policies and data breaches. With respect to the coming into force of the GDPR, Willeke prepared clients from many different industries (transport, medical, legal) to be GDPR compliant.

Willeke also has experience with drafting and reviewing of IT contracts including hosting (cloud), outsourcing (SaaS, Iaas and Paas) and IT development contracts.

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.

Ewen Mitchell is an intellectual property and data protection consultant based in the London office. He advises clients on all aspects of IP and data protection law, with a focus on IP dispute resolution, strategic IP advice, and the IP aspects of international transactions. He has practised in England and France.

Anne-Marie Ottaway focuses on white collar and economic crime and government and internal investigations. Acknowledged for her criminal defence work, Anne-Marie provides clients with advice on all aspects of investigations relating to allegations of fraud, bribery, and corruption, as well as providing advice in respect of the implementation of effective anti-fraud, bribery and corruption compliance programmes and related anti-money laundering issues. She is recognized by Chambers & Partners for her “growing reputation for defending corporate clients subject to fraud and bribery allegations.”

Gretchen A. Ramos is Co-Chair of the Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice and focuses her practice on privacy, cybersecurity, and information management. A creative problem-solver with a long track record of success in commercial disputes, she never loses sight of the simple fact that she works in a service industry. Clients appreciate not only her legal skills, but also her direct, no-nonsense approach to client service, including her bullet-pointed emails, snapshot executive summaries, and creativity in finding ways to streamline communications for in-house counsel with dozens of other projects—and little time—on their hands.

Gretchen’s clients come from diverse industries, including technology (SaaS), health care and life sciences, consumer products, manufacturing, academic institutions, and non-profits. She provides clients with practical business advice on compliance with state and federal U.S. laws, GDPR, APEC, and other global privacy laws in relation to their external and internal privacy and security procedures, product and app development, and advertising practices. Gretchen also regularly drafts and negotiates contracts concerning data-related vendors, assists clients in assessing privacy risks in corporate transactions, and provides guidance on and conducts privacy and security assessments. She has managed dozens of data breaches, and helps clients prepare for and immediately respond to security incidents and breaches.

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, PCI and more. Mr. Snukal’s clients range from large multi-nationals to emerging growth companies.

Mr. Snukal is both a frequent speaker and author of numerous articles on topics related to technology, advertising, media and the law.

^ Attorneys in the Tel Aviv office do not practice Israeli law.

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 cyber risks associated with mergers and transactions. 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.
Jena is a passionate advocate of diversity and inclusion. She currently serves as a board member of the Chicago chapter of Women in Law Empowerment Forum.

Barry Vitou is Co-Chair of the Global White Collar Criminal Defense Practice and head of London’s White Collar Defense & Special Investigations Practice, advising corporations and individuals in connection with compliance, pre-investigations, investigations, and prosecutions conducted by numerous law enforcement agencies. Barry frequently represents clients under investigation by U.K. and U.S. law enforcement agencies and prosecutors, including the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the Financial Conduct Authority, the Information Commissioner’s Office, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Barry regularly appears on television and radio, discussing the topics of corruption, money laundering, and the UK Bribery Act.