Mayer Brown lands veteran privacy lawyer from Perkins Coie

Signage is seen outside of the law firm Mayer Brown LLP in Washington, D.C., U.S., August 30, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

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  • Mayer Brown hires partner Dominique Shelton Leipzig in Los Angeles
  • She advises clients on data, advertising technology privacy, Internet of Things

(Reuters) – Privacy and cybersecurity lawyer Dominique Shelton Leipzig, who has advised technology giants Amazon.com Inc, Microsoft Corp and Meta Platforms Inc, is taking her practice from Perkins Coie to Mayer Brown, the Chicago-founded law firm said on Monday.

Shelton Leipzig joins as a Los Angeles-based partner, where she will lead teams focused on global data innovation and advertising technology privacy and data management, as she did at Perkins Coie.

Shelton Leipzig said those will be teams within the firm’s cybersecurity and data privacy practice, which is led by former U.S. National Security Agency general counsel Raj De.

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“What drove the move [to Mayer Brown] is really the inflection point where we are with data right now, with it driving really everything that we do,” including education, work, financial services and healthcare, she said.

Clients need help navigating the ever-growing amount of data, connected devices and points of possible attack, she said. Companies want to leverage data to be competitive and are also grappling with a “minefield” of data protection and security laws globally.

Those factors have also driven many other large law firms to bulk up their privacy and data security practice groups in recent years with both new partners and associates. In 2020 and into 2021, data privacy practice leaders swapped firms at a fast clip.

Shelton Leipzig also cited Mayer Brown’s growth in Northern California, where she has technology clients, as a draw.

She advises clients on privacy and cybersecurity compliance, defends companies in government and regulatory investigations and conducts trainings for corporate boards, the firm said.

Shelton Leipzig also represented the California Chamber of Commerce in a negotiation with California privacy law architect Alastair Mactaggart and others on the California Privacy Rights Act, the firm said.

A Perkins Coie spokesperson didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on her departure.

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Sara Merken

Sara Merken reports on privacy and data security, as well as the business of law, including legal innovation and key players in the legal services industry. Reach her at sara.merken@thomsonreuters.com

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