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Kirk J. Nahra

Wiley Rein LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Kirk Nahra is a partner with Wiley Rein LLP in Washington, D.C., where he specializes in  privacy and information security litigation and counseling. He is chair of the firm's Privacy Practice and co-chair of its Health Care Practice. He assists companies in a wide range of industries in analyzing and implementing the requirements of privacy and security laws across the country and internationally. He also works with insurers and health care industry participants in developing compliance programs and defending against government investigations into their practices. A long-time member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, he is the editor of Privacy Advisor, the monthly newsletter of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional and serves on the Advisory Board for the Health Law Reporter and the Health Care Fraud Report. He was named as the Co-Chair of the Confidentiality, Privacy and Security Workgroup, a panel of government and private sector privacy and security experts advising the American Health Information Community (AHIC) on privacy and security issues arising from health information technology. 

Rated by Chambers USA in the nation's top-tier of privacy attorneys, sources praise Mr. Nahra for his "almost encyclopedic knowledge of the law and its application." (2012) Clients have commended him as "a fantastic lawyer who keeps abreast of new developments in the field" who "avoids legal jargon and goes the extra mile for his clients" (2011) and commend him for both his "tremendous knowledge of current data privacy and security law" and his "practical knowledge of what other health care organizations are doing and how they are interpreting the law" (2010). Mr. Nahra also has been named an expert practitioner by the Guide to the Leading US Healthcare Lawyers, a leading health care lawyer by The Best Lawyers in America directory and one of the leading privacy "hired guns" by Computerworld. He has been named an expert practitioner by the Guide to the Leading US Healthcare Lawyers, a leading health care lawyer by The Best Lawyers in America directory and one of the leading privacy 'hired guns' by Computerworld.

Mr. Nahra received his law degree from Harvard Law School, Cum Laude, in 1987.  He received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in 1984.

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