ABA National Symposium on Technology in Labor and Employment Law

The American Bar Association’s Section of Labor and Employment Law is holding their annual National Symposium on Technology in Labor and Employment Law. Anna Hsia will be attending as a speaker on “Using Chatbots to Gather and Provide Information to Employees” where she will discuss potential legal pitfalls of chatbot usage in the workplace.

IAPP Privacy Summit 2018

Allison Bender and Kandi Parsons will be speaking at IAPP’s 2018 Global Privacy Summit. On Monday, Allison will participate in the active learning session, “Meeting Challenges of Privacy, Security & GDPR Compliance in the Cloud.” Kandi will present Tuesday during the traditional breakout session, “Working with the FTC in a Privacy or Security Investigation, from CID to Consent.”

RampUp 2018 Conference

LiveRamp will be hosting Ken Dreifach as a speaker at RampUp 2018, a MarTech conference. Ken will participate alongside fellow privacy experts in the session, “It’s about more than just privacy: trust and ethics.” The session will explore how new regulations are impacting the industry and what can be done to regain the trust of regulators and consumers.

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.

International Privacy + Security Forum

Mason Weisz and Melissa Maalouf will be speaking together at the International Privacy + Security Forum. They will join Olivier Proust, a Fieldfisher Partner, on the panel, “Geolocational Data in the EU and US.” The panel will describe ways companies can navigate the different U.S. and EU approaches to regulating technology that collects geolocation data.

Mobile Growth Summit 2018

Ken Dreifach will be at this year’s Mobile Growth Summit, joining other panelists for the “Mobile Data Privacy in a World of Big Data, GDPR and Beyond” panel. The panel will explore how to address the new wave of regulations and TOS changes as well as the need for better data in an increasingly data driven world.

2018 Cordium Regulatory Summit

Cordium will be holding their 2018 Regulatory Summit, a chance to hear from industry experts about regulatory change and routes to compliance. Jon Frankel will be speaking during the summit’s second panel, “Managing Cybersecurity In A Digital World.” The panel will discuss industry best practices to keep your firm safe and review recent notices from regulators.

27th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law CLE Conference

The American Bar Association will be hosting Carrie Cordero as a panelist at their 27th Annual Review of the Field of National Security CLE Conference. The panels will focus on vital national security law topics.

Navigating Law and Ethics at the Crossroad of Journalism and National Security

The Center on Ethics and the Rule of Law at University of Pennsylvania Law School will be hosting Navigating Law and Ethics at the Crossroad of Journalism and National Security, a workshop-style conference. Carrie Cordero is participating alongside academic, law, media, and national security experts during the six moderated sessions, which will be held over two days. The topics will cover the issues that lie at the intersection of journalism and national security.


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 Healthcare.gov 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.