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.

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 cybersecurity 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


  • Latham Earns Top Fintech Rankings Globally - February 10, 2021
  • For Second Consecutive Year, Latham Honored Among Top Cybersecurity & Privacy Groups - December 22, 2020
  • Latham Named 2020 Law Firm of the Year - November 30, 2020
  • Two Partners Honored as California Trailblazers - October 06, 2020
  • Fifteen Partners Receive 2020 MVP Honors - October 04, 2020

Latham is praised for its "notably strong privacy breach and litigation shop with additional compliance capabilities," with clients appreciating their ability to treat the firm "as an extension of our in-house legal function. Their deep understanding of our business and business environment and the willingness to leave no detail unattended sets them apart."

Chambers USA 2020


Webcast – A Look Ahead at the Biden Administration’s Regulatory and Enforcement Priorities

Media Coverage

Cybersecurity & Privacy Group of the Year: Latham & WatkinsTop Cyber Lawyers in California 2020: Michael Rubin Cybersecurity & Data Privacy MVP: Michael Rubin


Latham & Watkins Advises Joby Aviation on its deSPAC combination with Reinvent Technology PartnersProminent Data & Technology Transactions Partner Joins Latham in the Bay AreaLatham Advises Underwriters in Leslie’s, Inc.’s Secondary Offering

Thought Leadership

Data Protection in InvestigationsGerman Court: CJEU Must Clarify Whether GDPR Provides Materiality Threshold UK Government Publishes Full Response to Online Harms White Paper

Webcasts & Podcasts

Podcast – Has the Tide Turned for Transatlantic Data Transfers Post-Schrems II?A Look Ahead at the Biden Administration’s Regulatory and Enforcement PrioritiesPodcast – CCPA and the Next Wave of Data Privacy Regimes