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Privacy and Data Security Law Institute 2014 (Fifteenth Annual)

Speaker(s): Adam Miller, Beth Givens, Cathy Bump, Christine E. Lyon, D. Esther Chavez, Dr. Lothar Determann, Fran Smallson, Francoise Gilbert, Holly K. Towle, Ian C. Ballon, James G. Snell, Jeff Rohlmeier, Jill A. Phillips, John F. Hyland, Jonathan D. Avila, Kathryn J. Fritz, Laura D. Berger, Merri A. Baldwin, Peter M. McGoff, Randy V. Sabett, Rodrigo Bustamante, Rudy Guyon, Stacy Martin, Susan Lyon-Hintze, Thomas J. Smedinghoff, Todd M Hinnen
Recorded on: May. 19, 2014
PLI Program #: 51899

Lothar Determann practices and teaches international technology, commercial and intellectual property law.

At Baker & McKenzie LLP in San Francisco and Palo Alto, he has been counseling companies since 1998 on data privacy law compli-ance and taking products, business models, intellectual property and contracts international. He is admitted to practice in California and Germany. He has been recognized as one of the top 10 Copyright At-torneys and Top 25 Intellectual Property Attorneys in California by the San Francisco & Los Angeles Daily Journal and as a leading law-yer by Chambers, Legal 500, IAM and others. For more information see

Prof. Dr. Determann has been a member of the Association of German Public Law Professors since 1999 and teaches Data Privacy Law, Computer Law and Internet Law at Freie Universität Berlin (since 1994), UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall, annually since 2004), Hastings College of the Law (since 2010), Stanford Law School (2011) and University of San Francisco School of Law (2000-2005). He has authored more than 120 articles and treatise contributions as well as 5 books, including Determann’s Field Guide to Data Privacy Law (3d Edition, 2017) and California Privacy Law - Practical Guide and Commentary (2nd Ed. 2017).


Peter McGoff is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Box, where he leads the Box legal, compliance, security and real estate departments. He also works closely with the senior management team and Board of Directors on any legal, regulatory or compliance matter affecting the Company. Prior to Box, Peter was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Informatica, where he managed legal, real estate and license-compliance functions.

Peter earned his LLM in Intellectual Property Law from the London School of Economics, J.D. from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and a B.S. degree in Finance/Economics from California State University, Sacramento.

Randy V. Sabett, J.D., CISSP, is Vice Chair of the Privacy & Data Protection practice group at Cooley LLP and has over 20 years of both technical and legal cybersecurity experience.  A former crypto engineer from the NSA, Mr. Sabett’s practice focuses on data protection, privacy, licensing, and IP, dealing with such issues as risk assessment, corporate liability for privacy and data security, identity management, EU data privacy issues, active defense, electronic signatures, state and federal information security laws, and security breaches.  Mr. Sabett has counseled numerous clients on a variety of data breach incidents, involving major commercial retailers, large financial institutions, on-line service providers, and health care organizations.  He served as a Commissioner for the Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency and has been recognized as a leader in Privacy and Data Security in the 2007-2014 editions of Chambers USA.  He was also named as the 2013 Information Security Professional of the Year by Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) International.  Mr. Sabett is an adjunct professor at GWU, a member of the Boards of Directors for the Georgetown Cybersecurity Law Institute and the Northern Virginia chapter of ISSA, and a frequent lecturer and author.  Selected works include:

  • “A Fine-Grained Approach for Analyzing Active Cyber Response by the Private Sector” (Co-author) PLI Fifteenth Annual Institute on Privacy and Data Security Law (2014)
  • “Adequate Attribution: A Framework for Developing A National Policy for Private Sector Use of Active Defense” (Co-author) Univ. of Maryland Jr of Business and Technology Law (2013)
  • “The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook” (Contributing Author) (2013)
  • “Sabett’s Brief”Monthly column in the ISSA Journal (2008 – present)
  • “Information Security and Privacy: A Practical Guide for Global Executives, Lawyers and Technologists” American Bar Association (Contributing Author) (2011)
  • “The Third-Party Assurance Model: A Legal Framework for Federated Identity Management” (Co-author) Jurimetrics, Vol. 50, No. 4 (2010)
  • “Beautiful Security” (Contributing Author) O’Reilly Publishing (2009)
  • “Foundations of Digital Evidence” (Contributing Author) (2008)
  • “Metadata: Savior or Pariah?” Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (Sep 2006)
  • “Encyclopedia of Cryptography and Security” (Contributing Author) Springer Publishing (2005)
  • “Internet X.509 PKI Certificate Policy and Certification Practices Framework” [RFC 3647] (Co-author) (2003)
  • “Internet Law and Practice” (Contributing Author), West Group (2002)
  • “Financial Services PKI Policy and Practices Framework” (Co-author) ANSI X9.79 (2001)
  • “Effects of Technology Convergence and PKI on the Practice of Law” UB IP Law Jrnl. (1999)
  • “Key Recovery in a Public Key Infrastructure” (Co-author) Jurimetrics, Vol. 38, No.3 (1998)
  • “PGP:Securing Privacy of Electronic Information” Elec. Banking Law and Rpt. (1997)
  • “Digital Signatures: Next Step in Integrity of Electronic Commerce” Daily Record (1997)
  • “International Harmonization in Electronic Commerce and EDI: A Proposed First Step Toward Signing on the Digital Dotted Line” The American University Law Review (1996)
Mr. Sabett holds two U.S. patents, one in information security and the other in active noise cancellation.  He has appeared on or been quoted in a variety of national media sources. - See more at:

Merri Baldwin is a shareholder at Rogers Joseph O’Donnell in San Francisco, where her practice focuses on attorney liability and commercial litigation. She handles claims of legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty, as well as motions to disqualify and for sanctions. She regularly counsels lawyers and law firms on legal ethics and law practice management issues. She represents attorneys in disciplinary matters before the State Bar of California, and has extensive experience handling attorney-client fee disputes. Ms. Baldwin is a past chair of the State Bar of California Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct. She is a co-chair of the Legal Malpractice subcommittee for the American Bar Association Litigation Section Committee on Professional Services Litigation. Ms. Baldwin served as the President of the Bar Association of San Francisco for 2017. Ms. Baldwin frequently lectures to attorneys and professional organizations on issues related to litigation, legal malpractice and ethics issues, and she is a lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, where she teaches professional responsibility. Ms. Baldwin co-edited The Law of Lawyers’ Liability (ABA/First Chair Press 2012) and has served as a consulting editor for the Attorney Fee Agreement Forms Manual, published by Continuing Education of the Bar, California. Prior to law school, Ms. Baldwin was a Fulbright Scholar at the London School of Economics.


J.D., University of California at Berkeley,
School of Law (Boalt Hall)

B.A., Smith College
Magna Cum Laude with high honors

Beth Givens is founder and executive director of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (PRC), established in 1992. The PRC is a nonprofit consumer education and advocacy organization, based in San Diego, California. Its mission is to engage, educate and empower individuals to protect their privacy. Givens and her organization represent the interests of consumers in public policy proceedings at the state and federal levels. She and her colleagues are often interviewed by the media on consumer privacy issues.

The PRC’s many consumer guides cover a broad range of informational privacy topics, including: credit reporting, identity theft, data breaches, online privacy, medical records, workplace issues, online data brokers, employment background checks, computer security, debt collection, education, telemarketing, and smartphones.

Givens has participated in numerous task forces and commissions including: California Attorney General Do-Not-Track Working Group, Consumer Federation of America Identity Theft Services Best Practices Task Force, Consumer Federation of America Cloud Computing Working Group, California Judicial Council Working Group on Personal Information and Court Outsourcing, California Real ID Act Privacy and Security Work Group, and California Radio Frequency ID Advisory Committee.

Givens co-authored a chapter on identity theft in Protection, Security and Safeguards (2nd ed,, 2013). She contributed a chapter on consumer and privacy rights to the 2006 book, RFID: Applications, Security and Privacy.  She authored the encyclopedia entries on identity theft for Encyclopedia of Privacy (2007), World Book Encyclopedia (2004) and Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment (2002). Givens is author of an early book on informational privacy, The Privacy Rights Handbook (Avon, 1997), and is co-author of another early guide, Privacy Piracy: A Guide to Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft (1999), with Mari Frank, Esq.

Prior to her work as a consumer advocate, Givens was a librarian specializing in library network development and resource sharing.  Givens has a master’s degree in Communications Management from the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication, and a master’s degree in Library and Information Services from the University of Denver. She is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Cathy Bump serves as Global Privacy Director of Expedia, Inc. She oversees global compliance with privacy and data security laws across Expedia’s subsidiary brands, including,, Hotwire, Orbitz, Travelocity, HomeAway, and Egencia Corporate Travel.  Cathy is responsible for Expedia’s implementation and maintenance of best practices in connection with privacy as well as compliance with data protection laws globally.  She works closely with Expedia’s Information Security Team to implement both internal and third party data security safeguards, and also guides the shaping of Expedia’s positions on privacy issues and legislation.

Cathy serves as Co-chair of the Bay Area Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Privacy & eCommerce Committee.

Prior to joining Expedia, she held the position of Vice President of Policy & Legal for TRUSTe, the leading online privacy standard-setting and seal organization.  An attorney with diverse experience – encompassing business, litigation, and policy issues -- she initially began specializing in privacy and data security while serving as in-house privacy counsel for Intuit Inc.

Cathy holds a J.D. from Hastings College of the Law and a B.A. in political science from Stanford University.  She has been a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) since 2004.

Christine Lyon advises organizations on cutting-edge issues related to the collection, use, sharing, and safeguarding of data, including personal information of customers and employees. She serves as a trusted advisor, working with clients to develop global strategies to comply with U.S. and international privacy and data protection laws.

Christine’s practice spans a variety of industry sectors, from information technology services to consumer products, and covers clients ranging from start-ups to large multinationals. She advises technology companies on building privacy protections into their offerings, including connected products and services (Internet of Things), cloud-based and mobile services, and social media initiatives, as well as on managing the related “Big Data” implications. She also assists clients in evaluating and managing privacy risks, including in strategic transactions such as IT outsourcing, and mergers and acquisitions.

Legal 500 US recognized Ms. Lyon as a “rising star” in the area of privacy and data protection and recommended her for cyber law, and she received The Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing. She frequently writes and speaks on the topics of global data protection laws, workplace privacy issues, and data security laws. She is a co-editor of Global Employee Privacy and Data Security Law (BNA Books) and a member of the editorial board of the World Data Protection Report.

D. ESTHER CHAVEZ currently serves as Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton where her work encompasses a broad range of consumer protection concerns with a focus on civil enforcement cases relating to privacy and data security.

 Ms. Chavez’ current professional activities include service as Chair of the Texas State Bar’s Consumer & Commercial Law Council and as Course Director of the State Bar’s 2018 Advanced Consumer & Commercial Law Conference. 

Ms. Chavez is a frequent speaker at national and state continuing legal education seminars on a variety of privacy and consumer protection topics and most recently has been a presenter at the 22nd Annual Health Care Compliance Institute and the National Association of Attorneys’ General Consumer Protection Spring and Fall 2018 Seminars.

Ms. Chavez obtained her undergraduate and legal education at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas School of Law.

Francoise Gilbert focuses her practice on U.S. and global data privacy and cybersecurity in a wide variety of markets, including, among others, compliance with the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other EU data protection laws, big data, cybersecurity, connected devices, intelligent vehicles, artificial intelligence, robots and other emerging technologies.

She counsels clients on complex issues related to evaluating and strategically managing privacy, security, and e-business risks. She assists in the design of product and services to help meet the company’s objectives within the constraints of compliance requirements; the development of compliance programs to meet data protection laws in a variety of markets, including the EU, Asia/Pacific, Middle East / Africa, and the Americas. She also advises clients in the development of internal programs to help drive a culture of privacy across entire organizations; product development strategies aimed at meeting the privacy-by-design and security-by-design principles; and addressing privacy and security in mergers and acquisitions, and other corporate and commercial transactions.

A sought-after speaker, Francoise Gilbert has been featured on numerous panels throughout the United States and internationally on privacy, security, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), global privacy programs, cloud computing, connected objects, smart cities, robot law, risk management, outsourcing, information technology, and e-business law by industry groups, bar associations and trade associations.

In addition, Ms. Gilbert is the author of the leading two-volume treatise "Global Privacy and Security Law" which covers in depth the privacy and data protection laws of 68 countries on all continents. She has written numerous chapters in collective works and has published hundreds of articles in peer-reviewed publications, professional journals and magazines on privacy, security, emerging technologies, compliance, cybercrime, outsourcing, workplace privacy, information law, data governance, Internet law, eCommerce, children protection, and comparative law.


  • Information privacy and security, US and international
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Big data, data analytics
  • Interest-based advertising
  • Internet of Things, connected objects, intelligent vehicles, smart cities
  • Complex technology licensing; cloud computing; outsourcing
  • Blockchain

Jeff Rohlmeier is Director of Privacy in the law and public policy department at Motorola Mobility, a Lenovo company.  He also serves as coordinator of the Lenovo and Motorola privacy programs.  In this capacity, he serves as leader of company-wide privacy compliance-related efforts, including issues arising under various global privacy and related data protection laws and standards.  In particular, he provides guidance to product development, information technology, marketing and others on the privacy implications of their personal information handling and use activities; software and applications; websites; product features; marketing campaigns; third party relationships; employee data practices; and related areas.

Prior to rejoining Motorola (where he earlier held the role of Privacy Compliance Lead with Motorola, Inc.), Mr. Rohlmeier was Chief Privacy Officer at Thomson Reuters.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Rohlmeier served as Associate Director of the Office of Technology and Electronic Commerce within the United States Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration in Washington, DC.  While at the Commerce Department, he served as point-person for implementation and interpretation of the U.S.-European Union Safe Harbor Privacy Framework; project manager for implementation of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Privacy Framework; and was responsible for monitoring developments and coordinating interagency policy on privacy and related e-commerce policy issues around the world.

Mr. Rohlmeier has authored several articles on international privacy compliance and related topics. While in government, Mr. Rohlmeier earned two Silver Medals for Meritorious Federal Service, presented by Secretaries Evans and Gutierrez respectively.  He also completed a six-month detail to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Privacy Office.

Mr. Rohlmeier received his Juris Doctor from The Chicago-Kent College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Purdue University.

John F. Hyland has primarily focused his practice to employment law since his admission to the Bar in 1995.  Prior to forming Rukin Hyland LLP, John held an Of Counsel position with Paul Hastings, LLP in the firm's San Francisco office where he advised and represented companies in State and Federal court actions covering all areas of employment law, including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, disability law, employee privacy, employee leaves, and wage and hour issues.  John has represented clients in jury trials and arbitrations, and has argued cases before the California Court of Appeal.  He continues to advise and represent clients in all areas of employment law and in commercial and business disputes. 

John serves as an editor and contributing author for the CEB Publication, Employee Leave Laws: Compliance and Litigation (2016).  John also serves as a contributing author to the Thompson Reuters Inside the Minds publications.   John regularly conducts training seminars and presents on a wide array of employment law issues.  He serves as an instructor for the Sonoma State University Human Resources Certification Program.

Law & Politics Magazine selected John as one of its Northern California Super Lawyers each year from 2006 through 2012, and again in 2014-17.  San Francisco's Best Lawyers named John in its 2012 edition, and The Best Lawyers in America selected John for inclusion in each edition since 2012.

In addition to his litigation and counseling practice, John devotes a significant part of his practice to serving as a mediator.  John obtained certification as an employment law mediator from Cornell University’s School of Industrial Relations.  He served as a mediator for the Sonoma County Superior Court ADR Program in which he mediated a wide array of civil cases, and he continues to serve as a panelist for the Court’s settlement conference program.  John is also a member of the Early Neutral Evaluation Program for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California for which he serves as an evaluator.

John received his B.S. degree from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He earned his J.D. degree from Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, where graduated in 1995 with highest honors and first in his class.  While at Golden Gate, John served as a contributing author and associate editor for the Golden Gate Law Review.

Jonathan Avila joined Walmart Stores, Inc. as Vice President, Chief Privacy Officer in October 2012.  Mr. Avila is responsible for the worldwide data privacy and records management program for Walmart’s operations involving 11,000 retail locations with more than two million employees in 27 countries, as well as Walmart’s e-commerce websites in ten countries.  Mr. Avila previously served as Vice President -- Counsel, Chief Privacy Officer of The Walt Disney Company.  Mr. Avila initiated the data privacy program at Disney in 2001 and led the development of Disney's enterprise privacy compliance program covering all of Disney's online and offline business activities in the nearly 50 countries in which Disney operates.

Mr. Avila has been active in the international data privacy community, having served for five years on the board of directors of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, including serving as President of the IAPP in 2009.  Mr. Avila has spoken at numerous conferences on data privacy issues, including conferences of the international data privacy commissioners sponsored by the governments of Spain and Mexico.  Mr. Avila is a co-author of Privacy Compliance and Litigation in California (CEB 2014).  Mr. Avila served on the advisory committee to the California Office of Privacy Protection on the development of its guidance on California's "Shine the Light" law relating to business' information sharing practices.  Mr. Avila also has taught on the subject of privacy law as an Adjunct Professor of the School of Law of the University of Arkansas.

Mr. Avila began his career as a law clerk to Judge W. Eugene Davis of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  Mr. Avila later was an associate with Latham & Watkins, and Litigation Counsel with the CBS television network.  Before joining Disney, Mr. Avila served as General Counsel Chief Privacy Officer of, Inc., a venture capital funded Internet company.

Mr. Avila graduated with a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.  Mr. Avila also holds a diploma from the University of Salamanca (Spain) and holds the Certified Information Privacy Professional credential issued by the IAPP.

Kathryn J. Fritz is a partner in the Litigation, Intellectual Property and Privacy Groups of Fenwick & West, a law firm focusing on technology and life sciences matters. Ms. Fritz is resident in the firm’s San Francisco office. She served as the firm’s Managing Partner from 2006 through 2017.

Ms. Fritz’s practice concentrates on business and intellectual property litigation, with an emphasis on trademark, right of publicity and copyright, especially as applied to new technology areas. She has represented and advised software publishers, computer hardware manufacturers, gaming and digital media companies, entertainment companies, traditional media publishers and consumer products companies on commercial and intellectual property issues.


Ms. Fritz writes and speaks regularly on intellectual property issues to groups that include the Federal Judicial Center and Practicing Law Institute, and since 1999 has taught an advanced trademark law seminar at UC Berkeley School of Law.

She was named to The National Law Journal’s 75 Outstanding Women Lawyers in 2015; has been named to The Recorder’s list of Top 50 Women Leaders in Tech Law and, in 2015, was additionally designated as one of 10 “Power Players.”

Ms. Fritz has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Santa Clara County Bar Association and the Board of Directors of the Bar Association of San Francisco, and she is active in diversity initiatives in the profession.


Ms. Fritz has been actively involved in pro bono, representing documentary filmmakers in intellectual property matters, a client on California’s death row in this federal habeas corpus petition, ultimately achieving a reversal of his death sentence, and clients in political asylum petitions.

Ms. Fritz is also active in the greater pro bono community. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Equal Justice Works and the Board of Directors of Bay Area Legal Aid, and a member of the Pro Bono Institute’s Law Firm Advisory Board. She previously served the Legal Service Corporation’s Pro Bono Task Force and was co-chair of its Subcommittee on Technology Best Practices. She was recently honored by OneJustice for her pro bono leadership.


Ms. Fritz received her B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a University of California Regents’ Scholar. She received her J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was Research Editor of the American Criminal Law Review. She is a member of the State Bars of New York and California, and numerous federal courts.

Susan Lyon-Hintze, founder of the Law Office of Susan Lyon-Hintze, has provided legal counsel to tech and e-commerce clients for over 15 years over a decade of which has been focused exclusively on the area of privacy and security.  She advises clients from small start-ups to major Internet, technology, advertising, and mobile companies on a wide range of U.S. and international privacy and data security issues. Representative areas of expertise include CAN-SPAM, FTC Act, Children's Online Privacy Protections Act (COPPA), telemarketing laws, data security and data breach notice obligations, behavioral targeting and advertising, online and mobile tracking and monitoring using automatic tracking technology, facial recognition and biometrics, cloud computing strategy, and legislative and regulatory policy and outreach.

Ms. Lyon-Hintze formerly served as co-chair of Cooley LLP's privacy group and co-lead of Perkins Coie's privacy group.  She also gained valuable in-house experience as privacy counsel with Microsoft Corp., where she was the lead attorney responsible for global privacy law compliance for all sales and marketing activities and legislative policy in the area of privacy, data security, and online safety.  Prior to Microsoft she served as lead privacy counsel at Dell, Inc

Thomas J. Smedinghoff is Of Counsel in the Privacy & Cybersecurity practice group in the Chicago office of Locke Lord LLP.  His practice focuses on the developing field of information law and electronic business activities, and he has been actively involved in developing e-business, e-signature, identity management, and data security legal policy both in the U.S. and globally. 

He currently serves as a member of the ABA’s Cybersecurity Legal Task Force, and is Chair of the Identity Management Legal Task Force and Co-Chair of the Cybersecurity Subcommittee in the Business Law Section’s Cyberspace Committee. He is also an advisor to the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), and in that capacity he helped to negotiate the international e-commerce treaty known as the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contract. He is currently working with UNCITRAL to address international electronic identity management issues. He also serves as an Advisor to the Uniform Law Commission Study Committee on Identity Management in Electronic Commerce.       

Tom is co-editor and contributing author of the Guide to Cybersecurity Due Diligence in M&A Transactions (ABA, 2017), and a contributing author to the 1st and 2nd editions of The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook - A Resource for Attorneys, Law Firms & Business Professionals (ABA, 2013 and 2018).  He is also the author of the book titled Information Security Law: The Emerging Standard for Corporate Compliance, (2008), and editor and primary author of the e-commerce book titled Online Law: The Legal Guide to Doing Business on the Internet (1996). He can be reached at

Ian C. Ballon is Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig LLP’s Global Intellectual Property & Technology Practice Group and represents internet, mobile, entertainment and technology companies in defending data privacy, security breach and TCPA class action suits and in other intellectual property and technology litigation. A list of recent cases may be found at

He is also the author of the leading treatise on internet and mobile law, E-Commerce and Internet Law: Treatise with Forms 2d edition, the 5-volume set published by West (, which includes extensive coverage of security breach and data privacy issues. In addition, he is the author of The Complete CAN-SPAM Act Handbook (West 2008) and The Complete State Security Breach Notification Compliance Handbook (West 2009). He also serves as Executive Director of Stanford University Law School’s Center for E-Commerce, which hosts the annual Best Practices Conference where lawyers, scholars and judges are regularly featured and interact.

Ian was named the Lawyer of the Year for Information Technology Law in the 2019, 2018, 2016 and 2013 editions of Best Lawyers in America and was recognized as the 2012 New Media Lawyer of the Year by the Century City Bar Association. In both 2018 and 2019 he was recognized as one of the Top 1,000 trademark attorneys in the world for his litigation practice by World Trademark Review. In addition, in 2019 he was named one of the top 20 Cybersecurity lawyers in California and in 2018 one of the Top Cybersecurity/Artificial Intelligence lawyers in California by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal. He received the “Trailblazer” Award, Intellectual Property, 2017 from The National Law Journal and he has been recognized as a “Groundbreaker” in The Recorder’s 2017 Litigation Departments of the Year Awards. In 2010, he was the recipient of the California State Bar Intellectual Property Law section's Vanguard Award for significant contributions to the development of intellectual property law (

Mr. Ballon was listed in Variety's "Legal Impact Report: 50 Game-Changing Attorneys" and has been named by the LA Daily Journal as one of the Top 75 intellectual property litigators in California in every year that the list has been published (2009 through 2018) and as one of the top 100 lawyers in California. He is also listed in Legal 500 U.S., The Best Lawyers in America (in the areas of information technology and intellectual property) and Chambers and Partners USA Guide in the areas of privacy and data security and information technology. Mr. Ballon also holds the CIPP/US certification from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Ian can be reached at:, 310-586-6575 or via leading social media platforms (IanBallon).

Jim Snell is a partner in the Privacy & Security Group at Perkins Coie.  He represents clients in a broad range of complex commercial matters, including Internet and privacy issues, security issues, IP, false advertising, and class actions.  Jim’s experience includes, among other things, IoT, unmanned vehicles, wiretap and surveillance matters, AI and machine learning, the Communications Decency Act, biometrics, web scraping, data breach, and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Jim is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) as designated by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Laura D. Berger is an attorney in the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection at the Federal Trade Commission. She enforces federal laws that protect consumer privacy. Recently, her law enforcement work has focused on the privacy and security standards applicable to social media and to the Internet of Things. She also has worked on the agency's efforts to educate app developers about privacy, including the recent guide “Marketing Your Mobile App: Get it Right from the Start.” In addition, she was author of the Commission's Safeguards Rule. She received a B.A. from Tulane University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. She works from the FTC's Regional Office in San Francisco.

Holly K. Towle is a partner with K&L Gates LLP, an international law firm. Ms. Towle's practice focuses on payment systems, privacy and data security, electronic business issues such as e-contracting structures for consumers customers and for business processes, and software licensing and other issues relating to information assets as distinguishable from “goods” or “services”. She is the author of two treatises, The Law of Electronic Commercial Transactions (2003-2015 LexisNexis), an information rich treatise explaining the legal landscape of commercial law when electronics or electronic settings are used, and also of Data Privacy, Protection, and Security Law (LexisNexis).

RUDY GUYON is the Director, Legal at McAfee, LLC. Rudy is Silicon Valley-based technology attorney for global cybersecurity products.  Rudy has expertise in technology products development; licensing, commercial, and Internet transactions; and data protection and regulatory compliance.  Previously Rudy practiced in-house at Intel, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and the Fujitsu America group.  Rudy worked in private practice at Silicon Valley Law Group and Matsubara Muraki International Patent Law Office.  Rudy is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), and former chair of Privacy and E-Commerce, IP Licensing and International Committees of the Bay Area chapter of Association of Corporate Counsel.  Rudy graduated from the UCLA School of Law and UC Berkeley.  Rudy lived and worked abroad in Japan and Eastern Europe, speaks pretty good Japanese, and has taught law at universities in Japan and Romania.

Todd Hinnen is the co-chair of Perkins Coie’s Privacy and Security Group and a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School.  Prior to joining Perkins Coie, Todd served as head of the National Security Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, Chief Counsel to then-Senator Joseph R. Biden, and Director for Combatting Terrorism at the National Security Council.  Todd began his career as a computer crime prosecutor with the Department of Justice, during which time he served as the Rapporteur for the G8 Subgroup on High-Tech Crime and the Head of the U.S. Delegation to the Organization of American States Cybercrime Experts Group.  He clerked for the Honorable Richard Tallman for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Amherst College.