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 Chambers for being “excellent in terms of knowledge and practicality, [and] providing practical solutions and advice” – 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. Heather also helps clients develop and achieve their data innovation strategies, so they can leverage the incredible value of data and digital technologies in ways that not only meet compliance obligations, but also support innovation, deliver value to the business, meet security needs and solidify brand and consumer trust. 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.
Read more about Heather’s background here Read more about Aravind’s background here
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
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.
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Keily Blair Partner London
Russell P. Cohen Partner San Francisco
Jonathan Direnfeld Partner Washington, D.C.
Seth Harrington Partner Boston
Jacob M. Heath Partner Silicon Valley
James Lloyd Partner London
Rob McKenna Partner Seattle
Doug Meal Partner Boston
Mark Mermelstein Partner Los Angeles
Darren S. Teshima Partner San Francisco
Barrie VanBrackle Partner Washington, D.C.
Michelle Visser Partner San Francisco, Boston
Shannon Yavorsky Partner San Francisco
David Cohen Of Counsel New York
Natasha Ahmed Senior Associate London
Sulina Gabale Senior Associate Washington, D.C.
Rebecca Harlow Senior Associate San Francisco
Melanie Phillips Cyber Associate Los Angeles, Seattle
Matthew Coleman Managing Associate New York
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
Tori Downey Associate Boston
Nicholas Farnsworth Associate Boston
Nicole Gelsomini Associate San Francisco
Colleen B. Hespeler Associate Boston
Michelle Nance Associate Seattle
Yumiko Olsen Associate Düsseldorf
Maria Rouvalis Associate Boston
Alex Sobolev Associate London
Amelie von Alten Associate Düsseldorf
Robert Weinhold Associate Düsseldorf
Nicole Tadano Career Associate Seattle