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 team of more than 30 attorneys across the globe – 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.

Executive Editors:

Aravind Swaminathan
Global Co-Chair Cybersecurity & Data Privacy
Antony P. Kim
Global Co-Chair Cybersecurity & Data Privacy
Washington, D.C.
Aravind Swaminathan is a partner in the Seattle office. Aravind is accomplished trial lawyer, litigator, and former federal prosecutor, with extensive experience in cybersecurity and data breaches, government and internal investigations, and privacy-related matters. Aravind advises clients in proactive assessment and management of internal and external cybersecurity risks, breach incident response planning, and corporate governance responsibilities related to cybersecurity. Aravind has directed dozens of internal data breach investigations and cybersecurity incident response efforts, including incidents with national security implications. He also represents companies and organizations facing cybersecurity and privacy-oriented class action litigation that can often follow a breach. Antony (Tony) Kim is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office. Tony represents clients in investigations before federal and state regulators, and in private actions and counseling engagements across a broad array consumer-facing matters focused on data privacy, data security and breach response. His clients are engaged in diverse industries, such as chemicals, transportation, medical devices, media and newspapers, clothing and fashion, financial services, software and hardware, and a variety of online and mobile platforms. Tony works with in-house legal departments, C-Suites, Boards of Directors and IT teams on proactive corporate cybersecurity preparedness and risk mitigation strategies. He has also directed forensic investigations, cross-border notifications, responses to regulatory enforcement actions, and civil defense strategies in significant cyber-attacks and security breaches involving an array of compromised records, including credit card data and trade secrets, for both behalf of both private and public companies.
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Mark Mermelstein
Global Co-Chair Cybersecurity & Data Privacy
Los Angeles
Kolvin Stone
Global Co-Chair Cybersecurity & Data Privacy
Mark Mermelstein is a partner in the Los Angeles office. Mark is a trial lawyer with more than 20 first-chair trials. He splits his time between white collar criminal defense and asset recovery for victims of corporate crimes. Representing corporate crime victims, he focuses on cybercrime including data breach (including customer regulatory notice obligations), IP/trade secrets theft, hacking and counterfeiting. On the criminal defense side, he represents corporations and individuals facing allegations of securities fraud, healthcare fraud, antitrust violations, environmental crimes, money laundering, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the False Claims Act, mail/wire fraud, and embezzlement. Kolvin Stone is a partner in the Technology Companies Group in London. Kolvin assists innovative, fast-growing companies and multinational corporations on their commercial transactions on a cross-border basis, providing advice on intellectual property, privacy and consumer protection, and Internet regulation. Kolvin focuses on technology related transactions and legal issues advising at the intersection of technology, intellectual property and data. Kolvin provides strategic counselling on areas such as global privacy compliance and ecommerce, and the internationalisation of technology and web-based services.
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Christian Schröder
Christian Schröder serves as head of IP/IT & Data Privacy Practice Group in Germany. Christian has a special focus on data privacy/data protection matters. He advises on a risk-based approach to privacy, on implementing databases and new software applications, in particular, cloud based solutions. Christian also advises on data privacy contracts, internal data privacy policies, binding corporate rules, user agreements on BYOD, whistleblowing schemes, e-discovery, security breaches, and intra-group data sharing on a national and international basis. He also regularly defends companies against unfair access to their know-how by competitors and against unfair poaching of customers and employees.
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Emily S. Tabatabai
Of Counsel
Washington, D.C.
Jacob M. Heath
Senior Associate
Silicon Valley
Emily S. Tabatabai is a member of the Cybersecurity & Data Privacy team, which is nationally ranked by the Legal 500 US. She regularly advises clients on an array of internet commerce matters, including data privacy and data security compliance and procedure, data breach response, online privacy, mobile privacy, behavioral advertising, sales and marketing, advertising and promotions, and social media. She has represented clients from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies in investigations before the Federal Trade Commission and State Attorneys’ General, as well as in private litigation. Jacob Heath, an associate in Orrick’s Silicon Valley office, is a member of the Intellectual Property group. His practice focuses on copyright and trademark actions. He also has experience in representing clients in various federal and state litigation matters, including white collar criminal investigations, real estate litigation, business contract disputes and construction disputes.
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Robert L. Uriarte
Managing Associate
Silicon Valley
 Robert is a member of Orrick’s Intellectual Property Business Unit located in Silicon Valley. Robert’s areas of emphasis include software-related patent and copyright litigation, cybersecurity and internet law, and trade secrets litigation. Robert is a member of Orrick’s Cybersecurity and Data Privacy working group and also regularly works with Orrick’s Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Group on intellectual property issues.
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Russell P. Cohen Partner San Francisco
Mike Delikat Partner New York
Daniel J. Dunne Partner Seattle
Jonathan E. Lopez Partner Washington, D.C.
Rob McKenna Partner Seattle
Gabriel M. Ramsey Partner San Francisco
Darren S. Teshima Partner San Francisco
Michael C. Tu Partner Los Angeles
Barrie VanBrackle Partner Washington, D.C.
John Wolfe Partner Seattle
Shinsuke Yakura Partner Tokyo
Philippe Zeller Of Counsel Paris
Jeffrey W. McKenna eDiscovery and Privacy Associate San Francisco
Jennifer Nejad Poer Senior Associate San Francisco
Brian P. Goldman Managing Associate San Francisco
Mimiao Hu Managing Associate Beijing
Harry J. Moren Managing Associate San Francisco
Sulina Gabale Associate Washington, D.C.
Richard Gallena Associate Washington, D.C.
Colin Hinds Associate London
Shea Gordon Leitch Associate Washington, D.C.