Gretchen Ramos, CIPP/US, CIPP/E, is an aggressive litigator with a long track record in complex commercial disputes and a certified privacy professional. In addition to her prodigious legal skills, Gretchen brings a direct, no-nonsense approach to client service, and uses her creativity to simplify matters for in-house counsel with dozens of other cases – and little time – on their hands.
Gretchen is known for her ability to get to the heart of any dispute. She can quickly identify the key issues, eliminate the extraneous ones and draw out a strategic roadmap that is both cost-effective and likely to succeed. Litigation is never an end in itself and she will not hesitate to advise her clients if a case should be settled early. Her ability to focus on the best resolution comes from having resolved complex commercial matters and class actions across the country involving bad faith, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, intellectual property, misappropriation, trade secret/unfair competition and unfair business practice claims for over a decade. She has tried numerous cases to verdict, where appropriate. Gretchen also has extensive experience handling claims and litigating insurance coverage matters involving various types of coverage including environmental, products, including asbestos, toxic tort, cyber, directors and officers, and errors and omissions.
In addition to her litigation experience, Gretchen counsels companies on three continents in the rapidly growing field of privacy and data security. A Certified Information Privacy Professional in both the US and Europe, she is also thoroughly knowledgeable on data protection laws in Asia Pacific. She advises clients on a wide range of compliance issues, making sure policies and procedures are in place both to protect against data breaches and to deal with them should they occur, and to make sure clients have sufficient security in place to protect the data and support the privacy policies. Her extensive insurance coverage experience means she can advise clients on the new types of cyber liability policies now being issued. Gretchen is well positioned both to assess the scope and language of these new policies and to litigate for or against them.
Gretchen served as a Law Clerk for US District Court of the District of Nevada and was a full-time Judicial Extern for the Honorable Anne E. Thompson, US District Court for the Eastern District of New Jersey. She holds a 4th degree black belt in sword (Kwan Um Do Kwang), a 1st degree black belt in karate, and teaches sword in San Francisco.