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Demand increasing for privacy and cybersecurity attorneys

August 19, 2013

​Fenwick & West client Cisco Systems’ general counsel Mark Chandler mentions Fenwick's ongoing privacy work for Cisco Systems in a Daily Journal article titled “Demand increasing for privacy and cybersecurity attorneys.”

According the article, despite a rising need for privacy and cybersecurity attorneys, general counsel say there remains a “dearth” of qualified legal practitioners at law firms. However, Cisco Systems general counsel Mark Chandler says that he “looks to” Fenwick attorneys as Cisco Systems’ go-to “outside counsel for strategic advice on regional and international regulations” related to cybersecurity and privacy in California.

Fenwick’s dedicated Privacy and Information Security Group is co-headed by Tyler Newby, a former U.S. Department of Justice trial attorney in the Criminal Division's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, and nationally-recognized electronic information advisor Robert Brownstone. Other clients include Shutterfly, Deutsche Bank and Virgin America.

Newby, a prolific author and recognized leader in the privacy space, stays on top of the evolving issues in privacy law, most recently authoring a Fenwick alert on the Federal Trade Commission rules implementing the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which went into effect July 1. USA Today also invited him to write an article summarizing the new COPPA rules and their effect on technology companies. After the DOJ filed its first lawsuit under California’s Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA) against Delta Air Lines, Newby authored an alert on the privacy concerns involved and was featured in two Fenwick videos on CalOPPA and app development (“Tips for Mobile App Privacy Compliance” and “Unique Privacy Concerns for Mobile Apps”).