Fenwick Expands Privacy and Litigation Practice

Mountain View, CA (June 20, 2016)–Fenwick & West today announced that Hanley Chew has joined the firm as of counsel in its privacy practice.

With more than two decades of privacy and information security investigative and legal experience, Chew advises companies on data breaches and cybercrimes, cybersecurity, and internal investigations. He has served as Assistant United States Attorney in both the Northern and Central Districts of California.

Chew has conducted investigations of hacks involving the theft of personally identifiable information and protected health information in both the private and public sectors, has a broad knowledge of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and understands the complex data migration laws of other countries.

“Hanley is a valuable addition to our growing privacy counseling and litigation practice,” Fenwick’s litigation chair Rodger Cole said. “His deep technical knowledge and experience will be tremendous assets to clients looking to balance complying with the rules and regulations regarding privacy laws, audits, investigations and litigation, while meeting overall business objectives.”

Co-chair of Fenwick’s privacy practice and litigation partner Tyler Newby added, “Proactive cybersecurity planning and responding to cyberattacks are important needs for both our startup and more established clients. We’re continuing to make investments in this practice area to ensure we offer top service to our clients in these areas. Hanley brings deep experience in these areas plus courtroom experience that few can match.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining Fenwick,” Chew said. “Fenwick’s focus on technology and innovation is incredibly appealing to me, given my technology work as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. Companies are starting to consider Fenwick a go-to firm for privacy work, and I’m looking forward to helping expand this fast-growing practice area.”

For ten years, Chew served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of California, in the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Unit. He was responsible for investigating and prosecuting unauthorized computer intrusions, distributed denial of service attacks, trade secret theft, trafficking in counterfeit software and hardware, criminal copyright infringement, child exploitation and online fraud.

Chew also served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California in the General Crimes and Violent Crimes Units. He investigated and prosecuted a variety of federal crimes, including white collar fraud, bank robberies, narcotic and firearm offenses, and theft cases. In addition to his work in government, he has specialized in complex commercial litigation, securities litigation, and intellectual property litigation, appearing in both federal and state courts.

Chew earned his J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University.

Fenwick’s privacy litigation lawyers have represented clients in matters including some of the highest profile consumer privacy litigation in the country. Fenwick’s experienced former federal prosecutors, including computer crime prosecutors, have helped clients navigate data breaches and coordinate with federal law enforcement authorities. Recent representations include:

  • Consumer class actions, including the FCRA and TCPA
  • Violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
  • Privacy rules under the Gramm Leach Bliley Act

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