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McDermott Nabs Former Cybercrime Prosecutor From King & Spalding

Aug. 12, 2021, 7:10 PM

McDermott Will & Emery has snagged former federal cybercrime prosecutor Scott Ferber from King & Spalding as a partner in its Washington office where he will focus on privacy oversight and cyber risk such as ransomware attacks and credential harvesting schemes.

Ferber had worked at the U.S. Department of Justice, as an associate deputy attorney general, where he advised the deputy attorney general and attorney general on a range of matters, with an emphasis on cyber and national security. He was a partner in King & Spalding’s data privacy and security practice.

“Privacy oversight and cyber risk present ever-increasing challenges for today’s businesses, and I am excited to be joining such an impressive group of lawyers to help clients address these and other complex legal issues, ” Ferber said in a statement of his jump to McDermott’s global privacy and cybersecurity group.

In a hot overall market for lateral attorney hiring, data privacy-related practices have been especially busy building this year, in no small part due to the massive shift towards remote work and increased regulatory demands on clients. Data from Decipher, which provides lateral hiring due diligence services for law firms, showed the number of associates hired in data privacy practices in the first half of 2021 was up 118% over the previous four-year average for that period.

Ferber’s government experience includes serving as the DOJ’s lead on White House and interagency policy groups addressing cyber incident response, cyber legislation, public/private partnerships, election integrity, and nation-state cyber threats.

He also was counsel for cyber investigations at DOJ’s National Security Division, where he advised federal prosecutors, law enforcement agencies, and the intelligence community on cyber matters affecting national security and foreign relations.

Prior to that, Ferber was an assistant U.S. attorney in Atlanta, and assistant district attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

“Cybersecurity and data privacy risks are a top concern for business leaders, which recent events have shown can be critically disruptive and significantly impact corporate value, data and infrastructure, Scott is a veteran, strategic-minded practitioner who is widely recognized for his experience and pragmatic approach in helping companies identify, manage and mitigate these risks,” Todd McClelland, global head of McDermott’s privacy and cybersecurity practice, said in a statement.

To contact the reporter on this story: Elizabeth Olson in Washington at egolson1@gmail.com
To contact the editor on this story: Rebekah Mintzer in New York at rmintzer@bloomberglaw.com
Chris Opfer in New York at copfer@bloomberglaw.com