• Ex-DHS privacy chief Karen Neuman will lead Goodwin Procter LLP's privacy practice
• Goodwin seeks to bolster its privacy practice with partner addition
Sept. 6 — Goodwin Procter LLP has bolstered its Privacy & Security Practice with the acquisition of former Department of Homeland Security Chief Privacy Officer Karen Neuman, the firm announced Sept. 6.
Neuman brings to Goodwin experience as part of DHS' senior leadership team. In that capacity she oversaw and enforced the DHS' privacy and data security programs. She helped implement privacy protocols for the DHS big data and analytics program.
Neuman was also involved in the implementation of the White House's initiative for cybersecurity information sharing. The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) provides protections to companies who share a cybersecurity “threat indicator or defensive measure” with the government. Under CISA, private entities that “promptly” share their data with the government are granted immunity from any public or private cause of action (116 PRA, 6/16/16).
Prior to joining the DHS, she was a co-founder of the law firm St. Ledger-Roty Neuman & Olson LLP in Washington. She counseled clients in the technology, life sciences, retail e-commerce, social media and consumer products sectors on commercial privacy matters.
“Companies of all sizes and across all industries continue to face significant challenges related to data privacy and security, leading them to seek increasingly sophisticated counsel,” Goodwin Procter Chairman David M. Hashmall, said in a Sept. 6 statement. Neuman brings a “deep expertise on issues related to global data protection law, cybersecurity and information governance,” he said.
According to The American Lawyer, Boston-based Goodwin Procter is ranked 35th on the Am Law 100 with $865.5 million in gross revenue.
Neuman obtained her J.D. from Antioch School of Law and B.A. from University of California, Santa Cruz.
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