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James Smith is a corporate associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Privacy & Cyber Practice.
Mr. Smith provides legal advice to multinational corporations and advises clients across multiple industries on compliance with current federal, state, and international privacy and cybersecurity laws and regulations, including those under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), Federal Trade Commission Act, CAN-SPAM, and telemarketing laws, as well as self-regulatory and online behavioral advertising guidelines. In addition, Mr. Smith has particular insight into the privacy, security, and exchange of health information, with a focus on compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the enforcement provisions added to HIPAA by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009.
Leveraging his background in corporate law, Mr. Smith has extensive experience practicing at the intersection of data privacy, cybersecurity, and complex corporate transactions, and frequently creates risk profiles for clients to assess whether companies targeted for acquisition have the necessary safeguards to ensure the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of the information they handle.
Mr. Smith is qualified as a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and as a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals, the largest and most comprehensive global information privacy community.
Mr. Smith is committed to Latham’s pro bono initiatives and is a member of Legal Counsel for the Elderly’s Young Lawyers Alliance. He is also an active leader of the LGBT Bar Association of the District of Columbia, currently serving as its vice president. He is a member of the Business Law Section and the Health Law Section of the American Bar Association.