Alston & Bird has expanded its Privacy & Data Security Practice with the addition of former White House privacy official Peter Swire as Senior Counsel.
Swire was President Clinton’s Chief Counselor for Privacy in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. He was one of five members of President Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology, formed in the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations regarding surveillance activities by the U.S. National Security Agency. The Report of the Review Group received widespread public attention and was re-published as a book by the Princeton University Press.
“Peter is one of the world’s foremost leaders in privacy and security issues,” said Jim Harvey, partner and co-chair of Alston & Bird’s Privacy & Data Security Practice. “For more than two decades, he has been a primary participant in the complex struggle to balance privacy and security rights inside and outside of government.”
“Privacy and cybersecurity are critical enterprise risk and governance issues for businesses across the globe,” said David Keating, Alston & Bird partner and co-chair of its Privacy & Data Security Practice. “Peter’s unparalleled experience and singular perspective on U.S. and global privacy and cybersecurity issues will be a tremendous asset to our clients.”
Swire said: “I am joining Alston & Bird because I see an opportunity to continue building one of the country’s pre-eminent privacy and cybersecurity groups.”
Swire will remain in his full-time role as the Nancy J. and Lawrence P. Huang Professor of Law and Ethics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He will be based in Alston & Bird’s Atlanta office.
Alston & Bird’s privacy, data and cybersecurity attorneys and public policy advisors comprise a multidisciplinary team with the extensive experience, knowledge of the law and vision to help clients transform the power of information into value for shareholders and customers. The team helps clients in significant data breach and network intrusion matters and at every step of the information life cycle, from developing and implementing corporate policies and procedures, to representation in transactional matters, public policy and legislative issues and litigation.