The Legal 500 US ranked Morrison & Foerster's market-leading Privacy & Data Security Group "Tier 1" for Cyber Law (including data privacy and data protection) and Data Privacy and Data Protection in its 2019 edition. The group has received top rankings for seven consecutive years.

Miriam Wugmeister and Kristen Mathews once again land in The Legal 500's Hall of Fame, a small group of elite partners considered to be at the pinnacle of their profession, receiving constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. Sources describe Miriam's "guidance and experience" as "invaluable," for her work assisting global industry leaders with CCPA and GDPR compliance, and Kristen is recognized for outstanding client service, and extensive knowledge of the data privacy and cybersecurity space.

Julie O'Neill is recognized as a "Leading Lawyer" for the first time this year for her role in representing a video game software development company in two putative class actions alleging the violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by mobile gaming apps, which use the client's software.

John Carlin, Purvi Patel, and Nathan Taylor are all recommended for their deep experience in privacy, cybersecurity, and data protection.

Melissa Crespo and Tiffany Quach, two outstanding associates, are designated as "Rising Stars" this year, with the guide recognizing their demonstrated capabilities to establish themselves at the top of their profession in the near future.

Morrison & Foerster's Privacy & Data Security Group includes more than 60 experienced privacy lawyers in offices across the United States, Europe, and Asia familiar with the data protection laws everywhere they exist. Advising clients on compliance with complex privacy regimes is a pillar of our practice, and our breach preparedness and response capabilities are unparalleled. We have handled several of the largest data security breaches in history, and we are proven leaders in litigating privacy and data security claims and defending enforcement actions.

The Legal 500 analyzes the capabilities and assesses the strengths of law firms in over 150 jurisdictions, with a comprehensive research program revised and updated every year to bring the most up-to-date vision of the global legal market. Full details of our rankings can be found here.