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Consumer Data Privacy Legislation: Who’s Stepping Back and Who’s Stepping Up

Speaker(s): Alan Charles Raul, Corban S. Rhodes, Maia T. Spilman
Recorded on: May. 25, 2017
PLI Program #: 215611

ALAN RAUL is the founder and leader of Sidley's highly ranked Privacy and Cybersecurity practice. He represents companies on federal, state and international privacy and cybersecurity issues, including digital governance, global data protection and compliance programs, data breaches, consumer protection issues and Internet law. Alan advises companies regarding their cybersecurity preparedness and helps them manage data security incidents. His practice involves litigation and counseling regarding consumer class actions and investigations, enforcement actions and policy development by the FTC, State Attorneys General, SEC, Department of Justice, financial regulators, EU Data Protection Authorities, and other government agencies.

He regularly represents leading tech, telecom, media, financial services and other companies with respect to their digital governance, compliance and crisis management. Alan has recently represented a special cybersecurity review committee of the Board of Directors of a major tech company in connection with its independent investigation of the company's handling of significant data breaches.

Alan provides clients with perspective gained from extensive government service. He previously served as Vice Chairman of the White House Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, General Counsel of the Office of Management and Budget, General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Associate Counsel to the President.

Alan serves as a member of the Technology Litigation Advisory Committee of the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center (affiliated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce). He also serves as a member of the American Bar Association's Cybersecurity Legal Task Force by appointment of the ABA President, and as a member of the Practicing Law lnstitute's (PLI) Privacy Law Advisors Group.

Alan is a member of the governing Board of Directors of the Future of Privacy Forum. He is a member of the Center for Democracy and Technology's Advisory Committee. Alan also serves on the Executive Committee of the Federalist Society's Administrative Law Practice Group. Alan is a frequent author and speaker on privacy, cybersecurity and related issues. He is overall editor arid a contributing author of The Privacy, Data Protection and Cybersecurity Law Review (Law Business Research Ltd, 5th ed. 2018).

Alan holds degrees from Harvard College (AB magna cum /aude),  Harvard Kennedy School of Government (MPA), and Yale Law School (JD).  He clerked for Judge Malcolm R. Wilkey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Corban S. Rhodes focuses on prosecuting complex securities fraud cases on behalf of institutional investors, as well as consumer data privacy litigation.

Currently, Corban represents shareholders litigating fraud-based claims against TerraVia (formerly Solazyme) and Alexion Pharmaceuticals. He has successfully litigated dozens of cases against most of the largest Wall Street banks in connection with their underwriting and securitization of mortgage-backed securities leading up to the financial crisis.

Corban is also pursuing a number of matters involving consumer data privacy, including cases of intentional misuse or misappropriation of consumer data, and cases of negligence or other malfeasance leading to data breaches, including In re Facebook Biometric Information Privacy Litigation and Schwartz v. Yahoo Inc.

Before joining Labaton Sucharow, Corban was an associate at Sidley Austin LLP where he practiced complex commercial litigation and securities regulation and served as the lead associate on behalf of large financial institutions in several investigations by regulatory and enforcement agencies related to the financial crisis.

In 2008, Corban received a Thurgood Marshall Award for his pro bono representation on a habeas petition of a capital punishment sentence. He also later co-authored "Parmalat Judge: Fraud by Former Executives of Bankrupt Company Bars Trustee's Claims Against Auditors," published by the American Bar Association.

Corban received a J.D., cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law, where he received the 2007 Lawrence J. McKay Advocacy Award for excellence in oral advocacy and was a board member of the Fordham Moot Court team. He earned his B.A., magna cum laude, in History from Boston College.

Corban serves on the Securities Litigation Committee of the New York City Bar Association. Additionally, Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters publication, recognized Corban as a New York Metro “Rising Star,” noting his experience and contribution to the securities litigation field.

Practice Areas


Fordham University School of Law
J.D., cum laude, 2007

Boston College
B.A., History, magna cum laude, 2004


2008, New York

U.S. Court of Appeals
2014, Second Circuit

U.S. District Court
2009, Southern District of New York
2013, Central District of California

Maia is an Information Privacy and Intellectual Property Attorney and a Certified Information Privacy Professional.  She works with corporate clients on the legal obligations connected to the electronic information collected, used and maintained.  She advises on cross-Atlantic data transfers, internal governance issues and, vendor management related to privacy and security.  Maia also works on business to consumer matters such as social media marketing campaigns, APP and website disclosures.

Maia is a seasoned transactional attorney, has headed her own practice for more than a decade and has worked as in-house counsel for a multi-national corporation and a start-up.

Maia co-chairs the Information Technology and Cyber Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association, is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and is the Regional Co-Chair of her law school’s New York alumni chapter.

She received her J.D. from Northeastern University in Boston, her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Fine Arts from Syracuse University.