About Us

A “trust anchor” is an established point of trust in a cryptographic system from which a process of validation can begin. Orrick’s Trust Anchor is your trusted source of information for all matters related to cybersecurity, data privacy, and associated regulatory affairs. Trust Anchor reports on the latest developments in cybersecurity and data privacy in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Inside, our global team – ranked nationally by The Legal 500 for “high-level practical experience and understanding of the law” – cover recent cases, legislative and regulatory developments, emerging standards for cybersecurity, risk management, insurance coverage, and other important cyber security and data privacy matters.


Heather Egan Sussman
Global Co-Chair Cyber, Privacy and Data Innovation
Aravind Swaminathan
Global Co-Chair Cyber, Privacy and Data Innovation
Heather’s practice focuses on privacy, cybersecurity and information management. She guides clients through the existing patchwork of laws impacting privacy and cybersecurity globally while proactively reducing security risk. She also helps clients develop and achieve their data innovation strategies to maximize data value. As a strategic cybersecurity advisor, Aravind collaborates with his clients to proactively plan for a crisis and develop strategies to protect their business and brand. He guides everyone from large public company financial institutions to start-up technology companies to critical infrastructure providers through incidents, and develops business- and brand-centric tactics to mitigate and manage risk.
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Antony (Tony) P. Kim
Washington, D.C.
Emily S. Tabatabai
Washington, D.C./Houston
When faced with a cybersecurity crisis, companies call on Tony to help navigate critical legal, risk and reputational landmines. Tony has helped clients respond to hundreds of cyberattacks and data breaches. He has directed forensic investigations, cross-border notifications, and defended enforcement actions and civil litigation, in connection with incidents involving the personal information of employees and customers. Emily is the U.S. Data Privacy lead advising companies on a wide variety of cutting-edge data practices and pressing consumer protection matters involving data privacy, digital advertising, ecommerce and marketing. She counsels companies and product teams on proactive compliance with state and federal laws, agency rules and guidance, and has extensive experience representing companies in privacy and cybersecurity matters before the Federal Trade Commission and State Attorneys’ General.
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Christian Schröder
Kolvin Stone
Global Co-Chair Cyber, Privacy and Data Innovation
Christian serves as head of IP/IT & Data Privacy Practice Group in Germany. Christian’s practice focuses on global data privacy matters. He helps manage global data privacy programs, assist technology companies on all sorts of specific data privacy issues and represents them before supervisory authorities or courts where needed. Kolvin’s practice is at the intersection of technology, intellectual property and data for leading public and private companies in high growth innovation driven markets. Kolvin is recognised for his technology focused cross-border expertise and assists fast-growing companies and multinational corporations on their most important, strategic transactions.
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Russell P. Cohen Partner San Francisco
Jonathan Direnfeld Partner Washington, D.C.
Seth Harrington Partner Boston
Jacob M. Heath Partner Silicon Valley
Doug Meal Partner Boston
Rob McKenna Partner Seattle
Mark Mermelstein Partner Los Angeles
Darren S. Teshima Partner San Francisco
Barrie VanBrackle Partner Washington, D.C.
Michelle Visser Partner San Francisco, Boston
David Cohen Of Counsel New York
Natasha Ahmed Senior Associate London
Rebecca Harlow Senior Associate San Francisco
Harry J. Moren Senior Associate San Francisco
Melanie Phillips Cyber Associate Los Angeles, Seattle
Daniel M. Routh Senior Associate Boston
Matthew Coleman Managing Associate New York
Sulina Gabale Managing Associate Washington, D.C.
Colin Hinds Managing Associate London
Kyle Kessler Managing Associate Los Angeles
Matthew D. LaBrie Managing Associate London
Candice O’Brien Managing Associate London
Parag Patel Managing Associate Washington, D.C.
Joseph C Santiesteban Managing Associate Boston
William Wilson Managing Associate Washington, D.C.
Jonelle Afonso Associate London
David Curtis Associate Seattle, Boston
Nicholas Farnsworth Associate Boston
Nicole Gelsomini Associate San Francisco
Yumiko Olsen Associate Düsseldorf
Maria Rouvalis Associate Boston
Dennis Schmidt Associate Düsseldorf
Alex Sobolev Associate London
Amelie von Alten Associate Düsseldorf
Robert Weinhold Associate Düsseldorf
Nicole Tadano Career Associate Seattle