Squire Patton Boggs has picked up three attorneys from BakerHostetler, beefing up its data privacy and cybersecurity practice on both coasts of the U.S. as client needs in the space accelerate.
The additions include Kyle Fath, a New York-based counsel focused on compliance and product counseling; Kyle Dull, a senior associate with advertising and regulatory enforcement experience who will be working in New York and Miami; and Niloufar Massachi, a Los Angeles-based associate specializing in California laws and data protection.
The Big Law lateral market has been very active in 2021, especially for midlevel to senior associates who are in high demand to handle surging workloads at firms that have weathered Covid-19 far better than they anticipated. Firms will likely look to invest in data security hires as more states pass consumer privacy legislation and cyberattacks continue to rise.
The trio of new attorneys at Squire Patton Boggs follows former BakerHostetler colleague Alan Friel, who made the same jump last month.
While BakerHostetler has a “great shop,” Squire Patton Boggs has a more global platform, with offices in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, said Friel, now deputy chair of the firm’s global data practice, in an interview.
“More and more clients were looking for global counsel,” Friel said. “I looked at what was out there, and Squire had the best footprint with the best data group.”
According to Friel, the ability to pick up the phone and bounce around ideas with partners in locations ranging from Tokyo to Dubai is critical as the international regulatory landscape—including laws such as Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation—grows more complex.
Fath, whose expertise includes the commercialization of data and the implications of digital advertising, said his clients increasingly came to him with global compliance needs, making his new firm a natural fit.
He said in an interview he’s excited to provide product counseling—advising clients at the intersection of privacy and regulatory compliance—and act as a “one-stop shop for companies that provide digital products and services.”
Dull comes to Squire after less than a year at BakerHostetler, where he focused on digital assets and data management, according to his LinkedIn profile. He previously worked as an assistant attorney general in the Miami area.
Massachi, who specializes in cybersecurity and breach response in addition to privacy, has helped clients develop information governance and compliance programs.
The additions come as Squire Patton Boggs is set to lose Lydia de la Torre, an attorney in the firm’s Palo Alto, Calif. office. She’s leaving private practice to join the new California Privacy Protection Agency’s board, a first-of-its-kind venture in the U.S. that will set rulemaking and enforce the state’s landmark privacy laws.
Squire Patton Boggs’ data privacy and cybersecurity team comprises about 45 lawyers, according to Andrea Rodeschini, the firm’s media and communications manager.
“We expect that we will continue serving the clients we’ve been serving and now have an opportunity to work with Squire’s institutional client base,” Friel said.