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Andrew B. Serwin

Andrew B. Serwin

Morrison & Foerster LLP

San Diego, CA, USA

Andrew B. Serwin is the founding chair of the Privacy, Security & Information Management Practice and is a partner in the San Diego/Del Mar and Washington, D.C. offices of Foley & Lardner LLP. Mr. Serwin has handled a number of high-profile privacy and consumer protection matters, including multiple privacy enforcement matters before the Federal Trade Commission and is internationally recognized as one of the leading consumer protection and privacy lawyers.


Mr. Serwin advises a number of Fortune 500 and emerging companies regarding global privacy compliance and technology transactions, with particular emphasis on: international compliance; health care; mobile; behavioral advertising; ECPA and wiretap issues; electronic marketing concerns; security incidents; social media; and compliance with FTC requirements.  Mr. Serwin has provided advice to companies in a diverse set of industries, including: financial services; health; retail; data brokers; online businesses; hospitality; utilities; and insurance.  Mr. Serwin also has unique experience in representing emerging companies because he served as president and general counsel of an online political magazine, and also has served on the advisory boards of emerging companies. 

Mr. Serwin also has extensive litigation and enforcement experience, having served as lead counsel in a number of FTC matters, matters before the Office of Civil Rights, as well as state consumer protection matters and consumer privacy litigation matters based upon the alleged misuse of personal information.


Mr. Serwin was named to Security Magazine's "25 Most Influential Industry Thought Leaders" for 2009 - he is the only law firm lawyer to ever receive this award, and was ranked second in the 2010 Computerworld survey of top global privacy advisors. He is recognized by Chambers USA as one of the top privacy & data security attorneys nationwide (2009-2012), where he has been described by clients as "a tireless worker, holding onto the ever-shifting puzzle pieces of the law in this area in a way that other privacy lawyers cannot," and noted as "an excellent privacy lawyer, a real expert in the field," by Chambers Global 2012. The Legal 500 recognized Mr. Serwin as a Leading Lawyer in data protection and privacy (2010-2012) where clients stated that he "understands business concerns and provides practical, to-the-point advice." He has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system and was selected for inclusion in the San Diego Super Lawyers® lists (2007-2012), including being ranked in the Top 50 lawyers in 2012. Mr. Serwin was also selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of information technology law (2010-2012).

Mr. Serwin serves as Executive Director of the Lares Institute, a think-tank focused on privacy and information management issues, He is also a member of the Advisory Team of the Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Asymmetric Warfare, general counsel of the RIM Council of the Ponemon Institute, LLC, and also previously served as Co-Chair of the Survey Committee of the American National Standards Institute's report on PHI, as well as the privacy and the legal subcommittees of the PSAB of the California Health and Human Services Agency by the California Office of HIPAA Implementation. He also previously served as co-chair of the California State Bar's Cyberspace Law Committee and as a member of the Committee of Administration of Justice, as well as a member of the Publications Board for the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.

Education and Admissions

Mr. Serwin is a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1995), where he was a member of the Order of the Coif. He earned his B.A. in political science, cum laude, from the University of California, San Diego in 1992. Mr. Serwin is admitted to practice law in California and the District of Columbia.

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