April 28, 2017
Latham & Watkins has been recognized as one of seven law firms “leading the charge on privacy and cybersecurity issues” in an independent survey BTI Consulting Group conducted of more than 300 corporate counsel. According to the report, the leading cybersecurity firms are distinguishing themselves from the pack by, “proactively taking a ground-up approach. They are starting with hosting client-specific briefings educating clients on the business implications and risks—and then focusing on the legal details.”
“Clients are placing heavy focus on cybersecurity issues, and Latham & Watkins is among a select group of law firms that best understand the needs of their clients and communicate cybersecurity risk in business terms,” said Michael Rynowecer, President of BTI Consulting Group.
In a Law360 article about the recognition, Jennifer Archie, co-head of Latham's Data Privacy, Security and Cybercrime Practice, said, “Cybersecurity issues are starting to be better understood by general counsel and by boardrooms, so what they’re starting to really value is that depth of expertise that firms like ours can provide.”
As noted by Law360, the firm's decades of experience in tackling cybercrime matters and related issues, coupled with recent additions such as New York partner Serrin Turner, who was the lead cybercrime prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, and former U.S. Department of Energy general counsel and current Washington, D.C. partner Steven Croley, have helped the firm earn recognition from clients who value their expertise and ability to draw up timely and relevant cybersecurity playbooks.
"What in-house counsel need are outside counsel who have been through a few battles and bring experience to incidents that the company has never seen before," said Archie.
The hallmark of Latham’s Data Privacy, Security & Cybercrime 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.