Samantha Laufer is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm’s Litigation & Trial Department. She advises a broad range of clients across all market sectors on data privacy and consumer protection issues.

Ms. Laufer advises clients on various state and federal laws governing data privacy and consumer protection, including state-level privacy and consumer protection statutes, the FTC Act, Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act (ROSCA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), CAN-SPAM, and telemarketing laws, as well as self-regulatory and online behavioral advertising guidelines.

Ms. Laufer frequently represents clients in regulatory investigations before the FTC and state attorneys general, and other US government agencies and self-regulatory bodies.

Ms. Laufer maintains an active pro bono practice. Her pro bono work has included advising an independent panel of experts charged with investigating the circumstances surrounding the 2019 death of Elijah McClain in Aurora, Colorado and representing a class of incarcerated people with mental illness in a lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Prisons. She was also part of a team of Latham attorneys who challenged the living conditions at a Washington, D.C. halfway house at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in the federal Bureau of Prisons ending its contract with the facility.

Bar Qualification

  • District of Columbia


  • JD, Georgetown Law School, 2018
  • M.Sc. in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies, London School of Economics, 2014
  • BA in Anthropology & History, Washington University in St. Louis, 2010
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January 10, 2024 Client Alert

FTC Proposes Updates to COPPA Rule

The proposed amendments are expansive and would significantly affect how companies comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.