The Legal 500 US ranked Baker & McKenzie as a Tier 1 law firm for "Technology: Data Protection and Privacy" and named Partner Brian Hengesbaugh one of 14 "Leading Lawyers" for Data Protection & Privacy in the United States.

In recognizing Baker & McKenzie's top-tier Data Protection and Privacy practice, The Legal 500 US highlights the strength of the team's service to "clients spanning a range of industries including healthcare, aerospace, consumer and financial services."

Drawing on client input, the editorial says "Hengesbaugh ‘adds valuable perspective due to his experience advising numerous major companies and his ability to counsel on legal compliance while keeping in mind business realities.'" Lothar Determann in Palo Alto is credited as being at the helm of the national practice with Hengesbaugh.  Harry Valetk in New York is noted as a "seasoned privacy and data protection lawyer, having previously been director of global privacy for MetLife."  Michael Stoker is acknowledged for his elevation to national partner.  And, Karen Sewell is described as a "rock star" who is "extremely well-versed" in important issues.  The full editorial and complete list of rankings can be accessed here.

"Data privacy and security issues continue to be a significant concern for our clients," said Mr. Hengesbaugh, who chairs the Firm's Global IT/C Data Security Steering Committee and is a leader on the Global Privacy and International Commercial Practice Steering Committees. "This recognition is evidence that our efforts to continue to build our national US data protection and privacy team in the critical markets of New York, Washington, DC, Chicago, San Francisco, and Palo Alto are really benefitting our clients.  We are proud to offer Legal 500 US Tier 1 data protection and privacy assistance across the full range of client concerns from cutting-edge online and mobile app issues, to thorny industry-specific issues, to data privacy and security assistance in the event of a data incident, and everything in between."

Baker & McKenzie's Global Privacy & Information Management Practice advises US domestic and multinational companies on all aspects of privacy, data protection and cybersecurity at the global and local level. Our practice covers all stages of data privacy and protection planning and implementation including advisory, transactional and crisis management, including data security breach & incident response, and regulatory investigations. Our team is a close-knit network of privacy lawyers in 77 offices worldwide.  The integration of domestic and international privacy advice helps produce seamless cross-border privacy solutions for our clients, a critical factor in today’s wired (and wireless) economy where technology issues are inherently global. 

The Legal 500 US is relied upon by buyers of legal services worldwide when they need to instruct outside counsel. The Legal 500 US highlights only a small number of firms in the US having a truly national presence coupled with the capability to handle sophisticated and complex work.

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