Biran Hengesbaugh

Brian Hengesbaugh

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Brian Hengesbaugh is chair of Baker McKenzie's Global Data Privacy and Security Business Unit, chair of the North America IPTech Practice Group, and a member of the Firm's Global IP Tech Steering Committee. Brian is listed in The Legal 500 Hall of Fame and was recognized as a Regulatory & Compliance Trailblazer by the National Law Journal. He is also listed as a Leading Lawyer for Cyber law (including data protection and privacy) in The Legal 500 and is listed in Chambers. Formerly special counsel to the general counsel of the US Department of Commerce, Brian played a key role in the development and implementation of the US Government’s domestic and international policy in the area of privacy and electronic commerce. In particular, he served on the core team that negotiated the US-EU Safe Harbor Privacy Arrangement (Safe Harbor), and earned a Medal Award from the US Department of Commerce for this service. In addition, Brian participated on behalf of the United States in the development of a draft Council of Europe Treaty on Cyber Crime, and in the negotiation of a draft Hague Convention on Jurisdiction and the Recognition of Foreign Judgments. Brian has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, CNET, Slate Magazine, Compliance Weekly, BNA Bloomberg, PCWorld and other news publications on global privacy and security issues.

Practice Focus

Brian provides advice on global data privacy, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, ad tech/social media, and other data-related legal and regulatory issues. He focuses on these issues in the context of: (i) advisory matters, such as data privacy, cybersecurity, and emerging AI laws and regulations (e.g., GDPR, CCPA, State Privacy Laws, NY DFS Cybersecurity Regulation, HIPAA, GLBA NIST AI Framework, EU AI Act, NIS2 and others), as well as technology transformations related to artificial intelligence, IoT, blockchain, synthetic data, mobile, cloud, data monetization, and other initiatives; (ii) transactional matters, such as mergers and acquisitions, sourcing, distributor, business partner and other third-party arrangements; and (iii) crisis matters such as cybersecurity incidents, regulatory and governmental inquiries related to privacy and security issues, internal investigations and litigation-related matters.

Professional Honors

  • Legal 500 Hall of Fame
  • Leading Lawyer in Technology: Cyber law (including data protection and privacy), Legal 500 USA, 2009-2017
  • Regulatory & Compliance Trailblazer, National Law Journal, 2015
  • Recognized in Privacy and Data Security Law, Best Lawyers in America, 2016-2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association - International Law Section
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) - Former advisory board member


  • Illinois~United States (2004)
  • Indiana~United States (1995)


  • University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., cum laude) (1995)
  • Central European University (Budapest) (Certificate) (1993)
  • Washington University (A.B. Economics) (1991)


  • English
  • German