Data Privacy & Security

As increased threats to company or customer data occur, Latham is at the forefront, providing rapid and discrete legal guidance.

Why Latham

Providing Clients with a Single Point of Expertise

Latham & Watkins' data privacy and security practitioners in Europe, the United States, Asia, and the Middle East not only advise on compliance and best practices for data management and incident preparedness, but also excel at the just-in-time, experience-based legal advice that is needed in the immediate aftermath of cyber incidents.

Named 2013 Privacy Group of the Year by Law 360, Latham’s data privacy and security practitioners defend government investigations and other privacy proceedings, provide compliance advice focusing on cross-border and novel matters and issues, and advise on the privacy and data security aspects of multi-billion dollar transactions and investments. The hallmark of Latham’s Information Data Privacy & Security Practice is the ability to deliver rapid global response capabilities on data protection or cyber security issues, and to develop innovative structures, processes, and arguments to enable global organizations to comply with an increasingly complex (and often conflicting) global regulatory environment.

Scope of Services

Latham lawyers routinely advise on:

  • Collection and use of employee and consumer personal data, including export of personal data to countries outside the EEA
  • Cybercrime and data breach insurance policies and claims
  • Cybercrime incident preparedness, response, breach notifications, and related internal and external investigations
  • Data sharing, including exploitation of big data
  • Direct marketing activities
  • Disclosure of data to law enforcement authorities
  • International data protection compliance programs and audits, and responses to government compliance reviews
  • Payment card association, post-breach penalties and audits
  • Privacy policies, documentation, and procedures as well as privacy impact assessments

Awards & Rankings


  • Eight Latham Partners Recognized as Top Lawyers by Washingtonian - December 13, 2018
  • Latham Earns Top FinTech US and Global Rankings From Chambers - December 12, 2018
  • Latham Named Co-D.C. Litigation Department of the Year - May 30, 2018
  • DC Partner Named to "Incident Response 30" List - April 22, 2018
  • Latham Named Technology Group of the Year - February 08, 2018

The Latham team has “become so well-versed in the emerging — and not always well-understood — realm of cross-border privacy threat response that they are actively sought by corporate officers wanting guidance on the latest legal thinking.” 

Law 360 2013 


Privacy + Security Forum LegalSEC Summit 2017

Media Coverage

Reconciling Innovation and Regulation: Mission Impossible?Network and Information Security (NIS) Regulations: The Need-to-Know PointsD.C. Litigation Departments of the Year: General Litigation Winner - Latham & Watkins


Eight Latham Partners Recognized as Top Lawyers by WashingtonianImplications of Data Privacy Regulations for Fintech in AsiaLatham Expands Global Data Privacy Capabilities with Prominent Hire

Thought Leadership

EDPB Publishes Regulatory Guidance on Territorial Scope of GDPRGerman GDPR Fine Proceedings Conclude Favorably for DefenseFTC Hearings Discuss the State of Data Security in the 21st Century