Named among The National Law Journal’s “100 Most Influential Lawyers,” Lisa Sotto chairs Hunton Andrews Kurth’s top-ranked Global Privacy and Cybersecurity practice and is the managing partner of the firm’s New York office. She also serves on the firm’s Executive Committee. Lisa has received widespread recognition for her work in the areas of privacy and cybersecurity. She was voted the world’s leading privacy advisor in all surveys by Computerworld magazine and has received top rankings for privacy and data security by Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500. Lisa serves as the Chairperson of the Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee.
Nicknamed both the “Priestess of Privacy” and “Queen of Breach,” Lisa assists clients in identifying, evaluating and managing risks associated with privacy and data security practices. She advises clients on GLB, HIPAA, COPPA, CAN-SPAM, FCRA, VPPA, security breach notification laws, and other U.S. state and federal privacy and data security requirements (including HR rules), and global data protection laws (including those in the EU, Asia and Latin America). More recently, Lisa and her team have assisted more than 100 clients in developing strategies for complying with the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, and the California Privacy Rights Act of 2020.
Lisa also provides extensive advice on cybersecurity risks, incidents and policy issues, including proactive cyber incident readiness. Since 2005, she has advised clients on more than 1,900 cybersecurity and data breach incidents in the U.S. and abroad, including many of the seminal events. Lisa is the editor and lead author of the legal treatise entitled Privacy and Cybersecurity Law Deskbook, published by Aspen Publishers, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business.
Lisa is chair of the New York Privacy Officers’ Forum and a former member of the Board of Directors of IAPP. She received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was an editor of the Law Review. She received her B.A. from Cornell University, with Distinction in All Subjects. Lisa is admitted to practice in New York.
Paul is a partner in Hunton & Williams LLP’s Washington office. He co-chairs the firm’s multi-disciplinary Cyber and Physical Security Task Force and its Energy Sector Security Team. He assists clients from a wide range of sectors with security, law enforcement, electronic surveillance and privacy issues. Paul regularly advises companies on risk management, preparedness, cyber incident response, compliance, litigation, policy and legislation.
Prior to joining Hunton & Williams, Paul served as Special Counsel and then Senior Counselor for Cybersecurity and Technology to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In that position, he advised the FBI Director on programmatic, policy and legal issues relating to cyber, counterintelligence and counter-terrorism. He also represented the FBI in senior-level discussions with other agencies, the White House, Congress and industry.
Paul previously served on the US Senate Judiciary Committee as Counsel to the Senate Assistant Majority Leader, where he wrote legislation and provided advice on criminal and national security issues. He is a former Assistant US Attorney in the District of Maryland. At the US Attorney's Office, Paul investigated and prosecuted cyber intrusions, intellectual property violations, white collar fraud, organized crime, drug trafficking, and violent crimes. He also served as the coordinator of computer hacking and intellectual property cases.
Paul began his career as a law clerk for the Honorable Mary Schroeder of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and then served as a trial lawyer in the honors program of the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. In between stints in the government, he was in private practice at a large law firm handling civil and criminal litigation matters involving complex technology.
Paul is an adjunct professor of cybersecurity law and policy at George Washington University, a guest lecturer on cybersecurity and privacy at various universities, and an instructor at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. He is a member of the Virginia Cyber Security Commission, appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe; a member of the Maryland Cybersecurity Council, appointed by Attorney General Brian Frosh; and Chair of the Montgomery County Criminal Justice Coordinating Commission, appointed by County Executive Ike Leggett.