ZwillGen’s Growth Continues: Firm Appoints Two New Shareholders, Two New Practice Chairs, and Adds a Boston Attorney

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 27, 2018 – ZwillGen has appointed two new Shareholders and two new Practice Chairs and has added a new attorney in Boston to support its growing Massachusetts client base.

Melissa Maalouf and Kandi Parsons have been voted in as Shareholders in the Washington, D.C. office. Also in the D.C. office, Jeff Landis has been tapped as the Chair of the litigation team and Mason Weisz is officially leading the international practice from the New York office.

“The contributions that Melissa, Kandi, Jeff, and Mason have made to ZwillGen on the client side have helped raise ZwillGen’s profile as the go-to firm for privacy advice and litigation. The way they thoughtfully approach challenges and propose solutions while anticipating potential regulations has helped clients expand their services and offerings with confidence,” said Marc Zwillinger, ZwillGen’s Founder and Managing Member. “Internally, they are all natural leaders and contribute to the firm culture of collaboration and comradery. I am really happy to see them take on these expanded roles.”

Also, in recognition of the growing importance of its Boston-based clients, ZwillGen has hired Michelle Anderson, a privacy lawyer formerly with DLA Piper, to work on international and domestic privacy matters. Michelle will also be available for on-site work with clients in the Boston area. As Marc Zwillinger said, “Having called Boston home for eight years, I have a special fondness for the city and its growing technology and online community. It will be excellent having an experienced lawyer working collaboratively across the firm while serving local clients.”

Melissa Maalouf – Melissa advises clients on both U.S. and international data privacy and security issues. She counsels providers of wearables, Internet-connected devices, and mobile applications on integrating “privacy-by-design” concepts into their products and in complying with the EU GDPR. She also assists clients in drafting appropriate website disclosures, implementing legally-compliant e-commerce flows, responding to FTC Section 5 and state AG enforcement actions, analyzing advertising claims, and advising on children’s online privacy and safety issues.

Kandi Parsons – Kandi counsels clients regarding U.S. and international privacy, security, and marketing laws, including COPPA, FCRA, CAN-SPAM, the GDPR and education laws. She helps clients build privacy into their products, draft product terms and internal company policies, and conduct comprehensive training and privacy and security audits. Drawing on her eight-year tenure in the FTC’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, Kandi assists clients in responding to federal and state regulatory investigations. While at the FTC, Kandi served on detail to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

Jeff Landis – Jeff represents clients in litigation, with a particular focus on defending media and technology companies in class action lawsuits brought under federal and state privacy statutes. He also assists clients in responding to law enforcement requests for user data and in formal investigations and informal inquiries conducted by the DOJ and states’ Attorney General Offices. Jeff has served as trial counsel in matters pending before judges, juries, and arbitration panels.

Mason Weisz – Mason advises on international privacy and data protection issues. He focuses on creating business-friendly strategies for navigating differences in foreign and U.S. law, including in relation to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), ePrivacy rules, Privacy Shield, Standard Contractual Clauses, and other data transfer mechanisms. His practice covers areas such as data collection, product design, advertising technology, marketing, data licensing, data security, children’s privacy, health privacy and financial privacy.

Michelle Anderson – Michelle guides clients through multi-jurisdictional privacy and security issues relating to the collection, use, disclosure, security, and transfer of personal information. She regularly advises clients on the GDPR, cross-border data transfers and Privacy Shield, drafting and implementing privacy policies, breach notification and remediation, consumer protection, children and student privacy, vendor agreements, and privacy due diligence in acquisitions.

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ZwillGen Strengthens Information Security Team

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 16, 2017 – Allison Bender, an information security and incident response lawyer formerly with Hogan Lovells and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has joined ZwillGen as Counsel in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

Having served as primary operational legal counsel for the federal response to the Heartbleed vulnerability, the USIS-KeyPoint data breach, and the data breach, Allison brings to ZwillGen her extensive background in incident response, transactions, and information sharing. Allison has also served as Chief Negotiator for the U.S. government on nine legally binding international agreements and spent six years at DHS negotiating complex, multimillion dollar research and development agreements in emerging science and technology areas.

“Allison is a great addition to our information security team,” said Marc Zwillinger, Founder and Managing Member. “Not only has she managed over 80 incident response efforts and conducted large-scale information security assessments, but at DHS she was the chair of the interagency Automated Indicator Sharing Privacy & Compliance Working Group and can help our clients navigate the complex areas of cooperation, engagement, and information sharing with the federal government.”

At ZwillGen, Allison will draw from her roots in government, national security, and R&D to help clients with legal issues associated with emerging technologies and aid clients in strategically managing legal, financial, and reputational cybersecurity risks. “I am thrilled to be joining ZwillGen’s exceptional information security team. Companies are looking for strategies to manage and mitigate risk in this area. The firm has a great reputation for innovation and being highly responsive to client needs, which is exactly what companies want from counsel during the acute crisis of incident response. I look forward to building upon ZwillGen’s existing expertise in this area and adding value over the long term by helping clients mature from reactivity to resiliency.”

You can view Allison’s bio here.

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ZwillGen Deepens Information Security Bench and Expands Its California Presence

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 3, 2017 – ZwillGen has added two new attorneys to its Washington, D.C. and San Francisco offices. Alexei Klestoff, former director of compliance at Walmart Global eCommerce and Jason Wool, who was previously an attorney at Alston & Bird.

“We are happy about the talent and experience that we are adding to our team,” said Marc Zwillinger, ZwillGen’s Founder and Managing Member. “Alexei’s experience working in-house at a Fortune 500 company adds insight for clients whose companies are scaling and entering into unfamiliar legal territory. With Jason, we add another experienced cybersecurity attorney who will be able to help clients better secure their customer data and guide the response process in the event of a breach.”

Alexei Klestoff joins ZwillGen from Walmart Global eCommerce where he was the Director of Consumer Protection, advising on privacy risks involving advertising, marketing, social media, and regulated products. Prior to his work at Walmart, Alexei represented clients in complex litigation, including class action, false advertising, and intellectual property. “Navigating customer expectations and regulatory requirements for doing business online can be daunting, especially for in-house counsel who are trying to juggle so many different issues. I’m excited to be able to use my experience to guide ZwillGen clients away from the fray of potential liabilities.”

Jason R. Wool will join ZwillGen’s cybersecurity team having substantial experience working on a wide variety of cybersecurity, cyber risk management, and incident response matters. At Alston & Bird, Jason’s work included helping companies investigate and respond to data breaches and other cybersecurity incidents, develop and expand cybersecurity programs, run tabletop exercises, and assess and mitigate cyber risk. “I am looking forward to working with ZwillGen’s clients to protect themselves against attacks and breaches, as well as to understand and address the unique cyber risks they face. Today’s cyber culture can feel unsteady, but with the right safeguards and structures in place, companies can be ready for whatever comes at them. I love being part of that process.”

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ZwillGen Expands Subpoena Compliance Business and Adds Former Yahoo Associate General Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 9, 2016 – ZwillGen has announced the expansion of its Subpoena Compliance business with the creation of ZG Subpoena Solutions, and the arrival of former Yahoo Associate General Counsel, Aaron Altschuler.


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Stacey Brandenburg becomes a ZwillGen Shareholder

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 16, 2015 – ZwillGen PLLC announced that Stacey Brandenburg has become a Shareholder.

“Stacey adds immeasurable value to our firm,” said Marc Zwillinger, ZwillGen’s Founder and Managing Member. “From a work perspective, the quality and thoroughness of her work are unparalleled. She has become a go-to attorney for many of our clients on important and sensitive legal matters. Internally, Stacey has demonstrated the type of thoughtful leadership that made her an obvious choice to join the Firm’s ownership team. We are very happy that she has become a Shareholder.”

Stacey counsels clients on privacy issues, regulatory investigations involving privacy, unfair and deceptive practices, advertising disclosures, and fantasy sports matters. As a former Federal Trade Commission lawyer in the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, Stacey regularly helps clients respond to FTC investigations pertaining to Section 5 of the FTC Act, the FTC’s endorsement and testimonial guidelines, and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Stacey also helps clients implement sound security and privacy practices and provides compliance training to employees.

“Being part of ZwillGen has been an incredible and rewarding experience,” said Stacey Brandenburg. “ZwillGen continues to press into uncharted territory tackling nuanced legal issues, and I am proud to be a part of the firm and share in its accomplishments.”

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ZwillGen Welcomes FTC Senior Staff Attorney Kandi Parsons and Data Security Attorney Marci Rozen

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 31, 2015 – ZwillGen PLLC has added two new attorneys to its Washington, D.C. office. Kandi Parsons, former Senior Staff Attorney at the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) in the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, has joined the firm today and Marci Rozen, former associate in the Privacy, Data Security, and Information Law Group of Sidley Austin LLP joined the firm on August 11, 2015.

“We are pleased with the incredibly high level of talent that ZwillGen continues to attract and retain,” said Marc Zwillinger, ZwillGen’s Founder and Managing Member. “It is our goal to increase our depth of experience so that we can best meet our client’s needs. Kandi’s background with the FTC and hands-on experience with COPPA supplements our existing resources and will benefit clients working on compliance issues in the FTC space. Likewise, Marci’s prior work on privacy, cybersecurity, and breach response issues will help clients seeking to better protect themselves from the multitude of cybersecurity threats.”

Kandi Parsons joins ZwillGen after having spent eight years as a Senior Staff Attorney in the FTC’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection. Kandi’s work at the FTC focused on children and student privacy, data security, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Safeguard and Privacy Rules. While at the FTC, Kandi helped implement the revised 2013 COPPA rule and helped create staff FAQs related to assessing COPPA compliance. Additionally, Kandi served on detail for six months to the United States Senate, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation where she worked on various consumer protection issues. Kandi received her B.A. from Columbia University and her JD from the Georgetown University Law Center. “After having spent many years working at the FTC, I’m looking forward to bringing my experience to ZwillGen and their clients,” said Kandi Parsons. “I’m excited to be a part of ZwillGen, which has developed a reputation for excellence in this area in such a short time.”

Marci Rozen, a former associate in the Washington, D.C. Sidley Austin office, has counseled clients on issues involving privacy, cybersecurity, and information law. Marci brings experience helping companies evaluate and develop corporate privacy and information security programs and has assisted clients on all levels of the data breach remediation process. When asked about the move, Marci said “Working at a boutique firm that focuses solely on the Internet’s legal landscape is an incredible opportunity. To top it all off, ZwillGen’s fun client list and workplace culture are both something I’m delighted to be a part of.”

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ZwillGen Bolsters Subpoena Compliance Team

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 2, 2015 – ZwillGen PLLC has bolstered its Subpoena Compliance practice by hiring Abby Liebeskind as a full-time Legal Compliance Attorney, and two former Yahoo! compliance team members, Shannon Kontinos and Darcy Riedell to assist clients with law enforcement user data requests. Abby Liebeskind was formerly a ZwillGen Fellow, and Shannon Kontinos and Darcy Riedell were formerly long-time Compliance Managers at Yahoo!.

“We are excited about this dimension of our practice and feel that it has evolved naturally from the legal advice and services we have provided clients on these issues,” said Marc Zwillinger, ZwillGen’s Founder and Managing Member. “Companies are receiving a record number of user data requests which can often be overwhelming for a team that isn’t properly prepared or already overburdened. Our expanded compliance team knows their way around this complex issue and knows how to assist clients with these delicate and time sensitive issues.”

ZwillGen’s compliance team offers hands-on support managing all law enforcement and civil subpoena compliance from start to finish. They also provide training programs for clients’ in-house teams on topics such as ECPA and legal issues surrounding communications and cloud service providers.

Additionally, the team can provide personnel with security clearances to handle classified national security legal process, can assist clients in developing policies and procedures for properly responding to law enforcement requests, and can advise on special projects such as transparency reporting, child pornography reporting and implementing or defending a reimbursement program.

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ZwillGen Promotes Two New Shareholders

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 14, 2015 – ZwillGen PLLC is announcing the promotion of two new Shareholders in their Washington D.C. and New York offices – Jon Frankel and Ken Dreifach. Jon joined the D.C. office two years ago after co-chairing the Privacy and Security Group at Bingham McCutchen, LLP. Ken Dreifach, the head of ZwillGen’s New York office, also joined ZwillGen in 2012, after serving as general counsel and chief privacy officer of LiveRamp, Inc. (now part of Acxiom, Inc.). Both Jon and Ken were made Shareholders on January 1, 2015.

“Jon and Ken have become integral parts of our firm and I am confident that they will continue to exceed client expectations and contribute to our clients’ evolving needs,” said Marc Zwillinger, ZwillGen’s Founder and Managing Member. “Not only do they both exemplify our firm’s philosophy of creatively and efficiently responding to challenges, but their team-oriented personalities have made them an indispensable part of ZwillGen.”

Jon Frankel – Jon has been advising clients on privacy, data security, e-commerce, intellectual property and litigation matters for more than 15 years. Jon provides practical advice to mitigate privacy and data security risks and helps clients navigate a myriad of complex data collection, use and sharing cases. Jon advises clients on health and children’s privacy; email, SMS and telemarketing; mobile applications; the Internet of Things; user generated content; contests, promotions, and sweepstakes, online gaming; and requests from law enforcement. Jon received his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional.

Ken Dreifach – Ken counsels clients on complex issues involving information privacy and data law, online liability, consumer regulatory and gaming law, including regulatory response, and adherence to self-regulatory guidelines for online advertising. Ken has had more than twenty years of experience in high-profile regulatory, in-house and private practice roles, including as Chief of the New York Attorney General’s Internet Bureau. He is one of the nation’s leading authorities on the relationship between emerging advertising technologies and online privacy. Ken received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law and his B.A. from Wesleyan University. He began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Phyllis A. Kravitch of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

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ZwillGen PLLC Expands Capacity on Both Coasts

ZwillGen PLLC is thrilled to announce the addition of two experienced lawyers in its Washington, D.C. and San Francisco offices. In Washington, D.C., Jeff Landis, 35, a former Kirkland & Ellis partner, joined ZwillGen on February 18, 2014. In San Francisco, former Goodwin Procter privacy lawyer and litigator Anna Hsia, 34, previously joined the firm on January 21, 2014, and has immediately dived into the firm’s California privacy-related counseling and litigation matters.

Marc Zwillinger, ZwillGen’s Founder and Managing Member said, “The number of privacy and security related cases and regulatory investigations is dramatically increasing and adding such talented and experienced lawyers as Jeff and Anna really enhances our capacity. With this expansion, we are well-positioned to respond to the increased demand from our Internet clients.” Following Jeff’s arrival, ZwillGen’s clients will be served by 12 experienced attorneys, 2 first-year ZwillGen Fellows, and 2 subpoena compliance professionals.

Anna Hsia joins ZwillGen from Goodwin Procter LLP where she handled business litigation and privacy counseling as a member of the privacy and data security group. Anna is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), and has counseled clients on compliance with privacy regulations, including the TCPA, HIPAA, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, and the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Anna is a member of the San Francisco Bar Association as well as a contributing author to The Secure Times, the American Bar Association’s blog on privacy and information security. In describing her reasons for joining ZwillGen, Anna said, “ZwillGen’s privacy and information security practice is one of the most well-respected and deepest in the country and I am proud to become a part of it.”

Jeff Landis, a former partner in the Washington D.C. Kirkland & Ellis LLP office, is a veteran litigator who has represented a wide variety of clients, including tech and Internet companies such as Facebook and Charter Communications. Jeff brings with him significant experience in litigation and arbitration of complex commercial disputes and government investigations, and will help ZwillGen round out its litigation team. When asked about his move, Jeff said, “I’m pleased to join the ZwillGen team and have the opportunity to leverage my litigation experience for the firm’s broad array of cutting-edge Internet and technology clients.”

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ZwillGen Announces Major Expansion

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 15, 2013 – ZwillGen is thrilled to announce that three new attorneys have joined the firm. Veteran attorneys Stacey Brandenburg and Mason Weisz will be joining as Counsel, and Dan Sachs has been appointed as ZwillGen’s first Fellow. Marc Zwillinger, ZwillGen’s Founder said, “We are thrilled to be adding such experienced attorneys to our firm to help support our increasing privacy counseling and FTC work. We are also very excited about our new ZwillGen fellowship program and hope it becomes a very successful bridge to practice for young talented privacy attorneys.” Zwillinger commented further that “We are also eagerly awaiting our move to new office space at 1900 M Street in Washington, D.C. on January 1, 2014 and finding new office space to accommodate the growth of the New York office.”

Stacey Brandenburg, a veteran of the FTC’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, advises clients on a wide range of privacy and data security issues, including information security programs, responses to data and cybersecurity breaches, and compliance with privacy rules. While at the FTC, Stacey handled emerging issues such as online behavioral advertising and identity management, and investigated data breaches and violations of Section 5 of the FTC Act. Stacey is also on faculty at American University Washington College of Law where she explores ways that businesses can handle privacy issues related to e-commerce, social media, and the Internet. Stacey said, “I am very excited to be joining Zwillgen’s cutting-edge practice and premier team of attorneys. I look forward to adding my experience and expertise in order to help clients navigate the important privacy and data security issues that they face.”

Mason Weisz joins ZwillGen from the Hunton & Williams LLP privacy team. He will be expanding ZwillGen’s New York office with Ken Dreifach, with whom he served in the Office of the New York Attorney General’s Internet Bureau earlier in his career. Mason’s broad-based privacy practice focuses on complex privacy issues in rapidly evolving industries. As a former computer programmer and web designer, he has extensive experience with issues relating to the Internet, digital media, e-commerce and new technology. He brings an international perspective to his work, having spent years working with clients on multinational projects. He was selected as a “Rising Star” by New York Super Lawyers in 2011 and 2012. Mason commented, “It is an honor to work with the ZwillGen team to help the most cutting-edge companies resolve the most pressing privacy issues of our day.”

Dan Sachs, a recent graduate of George Washington University Law School, will be joining ZwillGen as a Fellow. Prior to joining ZwillGen, Mr. Sachs worked at Facebook, in its Washington DC office, where he reported to the Chief Privacy Officer for Policy. He also served as a research assistant to Professor Jeffrey Rosen, focusing on consumer privacy and surveillance issues. Mr. Sachs was a Legal Intern with ZwillGen in the summer of 2012. “This is an exceptional legal team and I’m thrilled to be back,” he said.

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