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James Halpert

James Halpert

DLA Piper LLP (US)

Washington, DC, USA


Jim Halpert heads the U.S. Privacy & Security practice of DLA Piper US LLP and co-Chairs the firm’s global Data Protection, Privacy & Security practice.  He advises Boards of Directors, GCs’ offices and risk officers on cyber security risk management strategies, including crisis management, incident response programs, governance, cyber security risk reviews and vendor and supply chain risk management.  He has personally counselled clients regarding responses to more than 300 data security breaches since 2005, and advised dozens of clients on global privacy and security requirements. He helped to draft the NACD Cyber Risk Handbook for Corporate Directors that has been endorsed by the Department of Homeland Security and posted on the Department’s website. He also represents clients in FTC, State AG and State major security and privacy cases in the federal courts and before the Federal Trade Commission.

Mr. Halpert represents companies on a broad range of data management issues, including cyber and data security, cloud agreements, managing privacy class action risks, trans-national data flows, navigating difficult conflicts between foreign privacy laws and US compliance obligations, regulation of advertising and marketing practices, health care and financial privacy, children’s and student privacy,  privacy regulation of communications media, employee data, due diligence in sales of corporate assets, records management, and responses to government surveillance requests.  He has extensive experience with European, Asian and Latin American privacy and security regimes, and regularly leads teams across DLA Piper’s global network advising on complex international security and privacy matters. 

Representing a coalition of Fortune 500 companies, Mr. Halpert has helped to draft almost all the hundred US state data security, security breach notification laws, as well as the privacy considerations section in the NIST Cyber security Framework.  Mr. Halpert is also one of the few lawyer contributors to the National Association of Corporate Directors Cyber security Handbook for corporate directors. 

He has also helped to draft many of the United States’ Internet and privacy laws, including the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, CAN-SPAM Act of 2003, the USA Patriot Act of 2001, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and Communications Decency Act, as well as the privacy provisions of the Obama Administration Cyber security Framework. 

Mr. Halpert has been named by both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 as one of the leading data protection lawyers in the US  Chambers writes that he is “outstanding–his knowledge of the legal and political landscape is second to none,” and that  his "robust, international practice attracts strong praise from the market.” Mr. Halpert has been named as a Cybersecurity Trailblazer by the National Law Journal.   Legal 500 writes that he is "renowned for his 'excellent judgment and awareness of the pressures a modern business faces,'" and "for being 'pro-active and impressively hands-on for such a well-respected lawyer.'" 

Mr. Halpert is a frequent speaker on international and US and cybersecurity privacy developments for the International Association of Privacy Professionals and is on the Board of the Georgetown Cybersecurity Law Institute.

He served as the legal advisor for a report of l’Autorita per la Garanzie nelle Communicatione (the Italian Communications Regulator) to the Italian Parliament regarding revisions to Italy’s Internet laws. 

Education:  Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude 1989); Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (D.E.A., 1986); Yale College (B.A., magna cum laude 1985).  Member, District of Columbia bar.  Fluent in French.

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