Lisa J. Sotto, CIPP/US, CIPM

Partner & Head, Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice
Hunton & Williams LLP

Named among The National Law Journal’s “100 Most Influential Lawyers” in 2013, Lisa J. Sotto is the managing partner of the firm's New York office and chair of the firm’s top-ranked Global Privacy and Cybersecurity practice.  Ms. Sotto has extensive experience counseling clients on all U.S. federal and state privacy and data security laws, including security breach notification requirements.  She also advises on global data protection laws (including those in the EU and Latin America), particularly with respect to cross-border transfers of personal data.  She counsels clients on cybersecurity risks, incidents and policy issues.  Ms. Sotto serves as Chairperson of the Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. 

Ms. Sotto was voted the world’s leading privacy advisor in Computerworld’s three most recent annual surveys and was recognized by Chambers and Partners as a “Star” performer for Privacy & Data Security; she was the only privacy lawyer in the U.S. to receive this distinguished ranking.  Ms. Sotto also is recognized as a “leading lawyer” in the 2013 edition of The Legal 500 United States.  She was named one of Ethisphere Magazine’s 2013 “Attorneys Who Matter,” listing attorneys who “have risen to the top.”  She recently was featured as “The Queen of Breach” in an article by New York Super Lawyers Magazine.

In 2012, Ms. Sotto was selected to advise the Serbian government on global data protection law and to draft the country’s data security and breach notification laws.  Her work in Serbia was sponsored by the USAID-funded Judicial Reform and Government Accountability Project.

Ms. Sotto is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, co-chair of the International Privacy Law Committee of the New York State Bar Association, chair of the New York Privacy Officers’ Forum and a member of SAI Global’s Law and Ethics Advisory Board.  She speaks frequently at conferences and seminars, testifies before the U.S. Congress and other legislative and regulatory agencies, is the author of numerous treatises and articles, is sought after by media outlets and industry publications for her professional insights, and appears regularly on national television and radio news programs.  She is the editor and lead author of the legal treatise entitled Privacy and Data Security Law Deskbook, published by Aspen Publishers, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business.  Ms. Sotto received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was an editor of the Law Review.  She received her B.A. from Cornell University, with Distinction in All Subjects.  She is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia.