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They’ve Got Next: Five Fresh Faces to Know in Privacy and Cybersecurity

Oct. 29, 2021, 9:00 AM

Welcome to our ninth installment of “They’ve Got Next,” our series highlighting the work of rising stars of the bar across a range of practice areas. Since we launched the series in September 2020, we’ve highlighted the work of young attorneys in labor & employment, intellectual property, bankruptcy, tax, environmental law, appellate, healthcare & life sciences and banking and finance.

Today, Jake Holland and Andrea Vittorio highlight five young lawyers to know in the world of privacy and cybersecurity — those lawyers Fortune 500 corporations and state attorneys general call when cybersecurity incidents strike or when privacy issues loom in daily business operations or on social media platforms.

The attorneys we highlight — Kristin Hadgis of Morgan Lewis, Whitney Lee of Morrison & Foerster, Eli Wade-Scott of Edelson, Veronica Glick of Mayer Brown, and Elliot Golding of Squire Patton Boggs — are tackling some of the weightiest privacy and cybersecurity issues of the day.

Left to Right: Elliot Golding of Squire Patton Boggs; Whitney Lee of Morrison & Foerster; Eli Wade-Scott of Edelson; Veronica Glick of Mayer Brown; Kristin Hadgis of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
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For instance, Eli Wade-Scott, a Chicago-based partner at Edelson, is the firm’s lead lawyer representing the District of Columbia in a lawsuit filed in 2018 against Facebook over a data privacy scandal involving political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. The suit alleges that the social media company’s oversight processes for third-party applications violate consumer projection law.

“Are they a platform that really serves the user?” Wade-Scott asked. “Or are they essentially the world’s biggest data mining operation that focuses on profits over people?”

And Philadelphia-based Morgan Lewis partner Kristin Hadgis’ briefing helped to secure dismissal of a proposed class action filed against Fortune 500 food services provider Aramark, after it was accused of violating the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act. The complaint alleged that one of its stores allegedly printed more than the allowed number of digits of credit card numbers.

In Washington, D.C., Morrison & Foerster associate Whitney Lee, applies her legal knowledge to CYREIN, a pro bono consulting and educational service for cyberstalking victims, that she founded the same year that she graduated from Columbia Law School. The aim? To address an uptick in spyware and home surveillance used by stalkers and domestic abusers. Since then, the organization has helped about 120 victims of cyberstalking and cyber-harassment, most of whom were women or people of color, Lee said.

Read more about these young privacy and cybersecurity stars in the stories of “They’ve Got Next: Five Fresh Faces to Know in Privacy and Cybersecurity” below. Just click on the lawyers’ names. Then circle back in December for our last installment of the year featuring fresh faces to know in antitrust.

To contact the reporter on this story: Lisa Helem at lhelem@bloombergindustry.com

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