The Tony Awards for the best in Broadway will be handed out in New York on Sunday. This week, the "Tony Awards for Privacy Law" were handed out by Chambers, a leading guide to law firms and practices that conducts client surveys. The performance of the Hogan Lovells privacy lawyers yielded the top ranking in Band 1, with the practice leaders also personally highly ranked. Here are some editorial excerpts from Chambers:
The Hogan Lovells merger has strengthened the reach and capabilities of this group…
The team is widely praised for its expertise in state, federal and EU privacy laws and operates across a wide range of sectors including media and healthcare.
Christopher Wolf is widely regarded as an expert in the field. His practice revolves around data security breach notification, behavioral marketing and e-commerce. Clients describe him as “practical and knowledgeable. The advice he provides is always thoughtful and considered.”
Marcy Wilder is a healthcare privacy specialist. She counsels clients on HIPAA and HITECH legislation compliance and is admired for her "pragmatic approach and great network of contacts." Both attorneys are based in Washington, DC.
Client quotes in the Chambers guide:
“From a client service perspective, this team is really outstanding.”
“The team has an excellent understanding of the politics and PR issues surrounding privacy law.”
Last month, another law firm guide, Legal 500, also ranked the Hogan Lovells privacy law practice as a "first tier firm":
The [Hogan & Hartson] merger with Lovells has significantly extended the group’s global reach, creating the largest privacy practice in the US, which advises high-profile clients … on topical issues including behavioral advertising, the Smart Grid, health information privacy and security, and mobile applications.
Hogan Lovells US LLP’s privacy and information management practice group is led by the ‘smart, knowledgeable’ Christopher Wolf and healthcare privacy expert Marcy Wilder in Washington DC.
They ‘are always timely, have good industry knowledge and helpful contacts, and provide practical advice’.
The practice remains at the forefront of FTC enforcement work and privacy work, handling prominent FTC investigations.
Wolf represents leading privacy think tank the Future of Privacy forum, which is focused on emerging privacy challenges in FTC, FCC and NIST regulatory proceedings.
International data transfer privacy specialist Lynda Marshall is recommended.
The group maintains a market-leading position in healthcare-related privacy work, advising on HIPAA-related matters and the implications of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) Act 2009, which addresses privacy and security concerns associated with the electronic transmission of health information. Wilder, who has ‘good contacts with regulators and helps manage incidents’.
The lawyers in the Hogan Lovells privacy practice appreciate the recognition, especially as it reflects client satisfaction with the work we do for them. Having taken a moment to bask in the glow of the awards, now it is back to work!
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