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Tanya L. Forsheit

Tanya L. Forsheit

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC

Los Angeles, CA, USA


Widely considered one of the country’s top privacy and data security lawyers, Tanya Forsheit has advised on high-profile matters involving confidential data and other sensitive information for nearly 20 years.

Ms. Forsheit is Co-Chair of the Privacy & Data Security Group, and a partner in the Technology & Digital Media, Litigation, and Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations groups. She represents multi-national and emerging companies in the media, entertainment, consumer products, healthcare, technology and professional services industries, and serves as outside privacy counsel for numerous organizations. She counsels clients facing data security breaches and defends against allegations that they mishandled sensitive customer or employee information. She advises on the protection, storage and monetization of confidential data, including privacy policies, mobile apps, cloud computing, smart devices and data analytics. Ms. Forsheit has frequently appeared in federal and state court litigation, and has advised clients in matters before the Federal Trade Commission and California and other state Attorneys General.

Her representative matters include:

            Advised on hundreds of information technology deals and transactions on behalf of both service providers and enterprise purchasers, including due diligence for, and negotiation and drafting of terms for, cloud computing agreements involving the sharing of sensitive information and other IT outsourcing transactions;

            Counseled hundreds of clients on implementation of programs, policies and procedures for purposes of complying with applicable laws and best practices, including but not limited to international laws such as the forthcoming European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR); federal laws like the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the CAN-SPAM Act, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA); and state laws including California’s Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA) and Shine the Light law and Massachusetts’ data security regulations;

            Represented clients across industry sectors in connection with more than 100 data security breaches involving consumer data, employee information and other sensitive information;

            Drafted and updated several hundred privacy policies for websites, mobile apps and smart devices, including wearable technology;

            Assisted dozens of organizations on application for EU-US Privacy Shield certification;

            Represented nearly a dozen clients in litigating and/or resolving disputes under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, including successfully defeating class certification in December 2015 on behalf of a healthcare technology company in a privacy class action in which plaintiffs sought recovery of more than $40 million for alleged unlawful transmission of faxes relating to HIPAA compliance.

Chambers USA, IT Law Experts, Who’s Who Legal, and Super Lawyers have all praised Ms. Forsheit for her privacy, data security and technology work, and the Los Angeles Daily Journal has twice included her in its list of “Top Women Lawyers.” Ms. Forsheit lectures widely on technology law topics and has been quoted on privacy and data security in publications such as the Los Angeles Times, Forbes, ComputerWorld, Venture Beat, and Law360.

The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) has certified Ms. Forsheit as both an Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and Privacy Technologist (CIPT). Ms. Forsheit is a past President of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles; and is a member of the American Bar Association: Science and Technology Law Section; the Los Angeles County Bar Association: Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Section (ELIPS), Executive Committee; and the California Bar: Business Law Section, Cyberspace Committee.

Ms. Forsheit graduated from Duke University (AB, cum laude, 1994) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School (JD, 1997). Prior to joining Frankfurt Kurnit, she was a partner with BakerHostetler, and a founding partner of InfoLawGroup LLP, one of the nation’s leading privacy and data security boutiques.

Tanya L. Forsheit is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Federal Trade Commission, .com Disclosures: How to Make Effective Disclosures in Digital Advertising (March 2013) - Social Media 2017: Addressing Corporate Risks, Thursday, February 16, 2017
Federal Trade Commission, In the Matter of Nomi Technologies, Inc., File No. 132 3251 - Social Media 2017: Addressing Corporate Risks, Thursday, February 16, 2017
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz Law Alerts - Social Media 2017: Addressing Corporate Risks, Thursday, February 16, 2017
California Department of Justice Resources - Social Media 2017: Addressing Corporate Risks, Thursday, February 16, 2017
Digital Advertising Alliance, Application of Self-Regulatory Principles to the Mobile Environment (July 2013) - Social Media 2017: Addressing Corporate Risks, Thursday, February 16, 2017
Contract Issues in Cloud Computing Deals (February 21, 2017) - Cloud Computing 2017: Key Issues and Practical Guidance, Thursday, June 01, 2017
Big Data, Algorithms and Advertising—The Legal Implications of Exclusion (Including Attachments 1-6) - Think Like a Lawyer, Talk Like a Geek 2017: Get Fluent in Technology, Thursday, September 14, 2017
Web Segment  Web Segment Contract Issues in Cloud Computing Deals - Cloud Computing 2017: Key Issues and Practical Guidance, Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Big Data, Algorithms and Advertising – The Legal Implications of Exclusion - Think Like a Lawyer and Talk Like a Geek 2017: Get Fluent in Technology , Friday, September 15, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Contract Issues in Cloud Computing Deals - Contract Issues in Cloud Computing Deals, Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Big Data, Algorithms and Advertising – The Legal Implications of Exclusion - Big Data, Algorithms and Advertising – The Legal Implications of Exclusion, Friday, September 15, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Contract Issues in Cloud Computing Deals - Contract Issues in Cloud Computing Deals, Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Big Data, Algorithms and Advertising – The Legal Implications of Exclusion - Big Data, Algorithms and Advertising – The Legal Implications of Exclusion, Friday, September 15, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Contract Issues in Cloud Computing Deals - Contract Issues in Cloud Computing Deals, Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Big Data, Algorithms and Advertising – The Legal Implications of Exclusion - Big Data, Algorithms and Advertising – The Legal Implications of Exclusion, Friday, September 15, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Cloud Computing 2017: Key Issues and Practical Guidance, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, San Francisco, CA
Think Like a Lawyer and Talk Like a Geek 2017: Get Fluent in Technology , Monday, September 18, 2017, New York, NY
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Cloud Computing 2017: Key Issues and Practical Guidance
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Social Media 2018: Addressing Corporate Risks, Thursday, February 01, 2018, San Francisco, CA
Cloud Computing 2018: Key Issues and Practical Guidance , Friday, May 04, 2018, New York, NY
Cloud Computing 2018: Key Issues and Practical Guidance , Monday, May 21, 2018, San Francisco, CA
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Social Media 2018: Addressing Corporate Risks (SF), Thursday, February 01, 2018, San Francisco, CA
Cloud Computing 2018: Key Issues and Practical Guidance , Monday, May 21, 2018, San Francisco, CA
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