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Stephen S. Wu

Cooke Kobrick & Wu LLP

Los Altos, CA, USA


Stephen S. Wu is a partner in the Silicon Valley law firm Cooke Kobrick & Wu LLP. He advises clients on data security requirements under privacy and security laws. Mr. Wu helps clients investigate and take action in response to data security breaches and trade secret thefts, including appropriate notifications. He analyzes liability arising from security breaches and handles any resulting litigation. He counsels clients concerning cyber-risk insurance policies and coverage, and risk management strategies. In addition, he advises clients on secure electronic commerce using digital signatures, other secure electronic signatures, electronic credentials, and encryption.  He also helps clients develop security and privacy policies and practices. Further, Mr. Wu helps clients obtain information security certifications under standards such as ISO 27001.

In addition to information security matters, Mr. Wu counsels clients concerning e-discovery, digital evidence, and electronic records retention.  His litigation practice includes trade secret, copyright, trademark, and commercial cases. He also drafts and negotiates technology agreements, including terms and conditions relating to information security. Finally, Mr. Wu acts as outside general counsel for Silicon Valley companies, especially technology startups.

Before beginning his practice at CKW, Mr. Wu was VeriSign, Inc.'s second in-house attorney, where he managed the development and deployment of worldwide policies and procedures for VeriSign's digital certification Internet security services. Previously, he practiced with two international law firms in the areas of intellectual property and general litigation, as well as technology transactions.

Mr. Wu served as Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Science and Technology Law from 2010 to 2011. From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Wu was Co-Chair of the Section's Information Security Committee. He is a member of the Section's Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence Committee, its Healthcare Technology Committee, and its Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Committee.

Mr. Wu has written or co-written six books on information security law, including Guide to HIPAA Security and the Law (2007) and Information Security: A Legal, Business, and Technical Handbook (2004). He wrote a book chapter about encryption laws in the Data Breach and Encryption Handbook published in 2011. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and continuing legal education programs on information security, ediscovery, digital evidence, and ecommerce topics, as well as programs on the law of robotics and artificial intelligence. Finally, he writes the eDiscovery, Digital Evidence and Cybersecurity Law blog for the RSA Conference website.  The RSA Conference is the premier global information security conference, with sessions in San Francisco, Europe, and Asia.

Mr. Wu received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1985, and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1988 with a Juris Doctor degree.

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