Squire Sanders Welcomes Leading Data Protection Expert

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    Squire Sanders has announced the appointment of Mark Gleeson, formerly head of the Data and Information practice at Addleshaw Goddard, as a partner in the firm’s global Intellectual Property & Technology practice.  Resident in the firm’s London office, Mr. Gleeson will be a core member of the firm’s global Data Protection & Privacy (DPP) Group and leader of the UK DPP practice.  Also joining him at Squire Sanders in London is Rachel De Souza, a former associate at Addleshaw Goddard, who specializes in data protection issues.

    Mr. Gleeson is a seasoned data privacy lawyer with extensive UK, EU and international experience gained from more than 15 years in private practice and in-house experience in the financial services industry. Formerly head of Data Protection for Barclaycard, he was also Corporate Counsel at the international consulting firm Mercer Limited before joining Addleshaw Goddard in 2007. Mr. Gleeson also has extensive public sector experience. 

    Mr. Gleeson has developed particular expertise managing multi-jurisdictional compliance and data breach issues.  He advises private and public sector clients on a range of data protection and freedom of information issues. He has advised on many high-profile, strategic data protection projects including loyalty schemes, m-commerce and mobile payments.

    In addition to acting for a range of UK and international financial services organisations, Mr. Gleeson also has considerable expertise within the telecoms, retail and health care sectors.

    Ann LaFrance, Co-Chair of Squire Sanders’ global DPP Group, commented: “Mark will be an excellent addition to the team. He comes to us with glowing reviews from clients who praise his practical, efficient and ‘can-do’ approach to problem-solving in this increasingly important and complex area of the law. Mark’s diverse sector knowledge will strengthen our ability to deliver expert, industry-focused advice to our telecoms, internet, financial services, health care and labour and employment clients.”

    David Elkins, Chair of the firm’s global Intellectual Property & Technology (IP&T) Practice Group, added that: “Mark’s appointment is the culmination of our targeted search for an additional UK partner with deep DPP expertise, including substantial experience with the UK Information Commissioner’s Office. Data protection is one of the firm’s long-term priorities given its importance to our clients around the globe.  Mark will enhance our ability to respond effectively to ever increasing client demand for advice on UK and EU data protection matters.”

    Mr. Gleeson added: “In today’s data driven economy, the commercial value of data together with the risks associated with its use have become board-level concerns. Squire Sanders has a platform that supports both local and cross-border solutions, drawing on the knowledge and experience of data protection lawyers across the EU and around the globe. I am excited to join an international firm that has a demonstrated commitment to excellence in the field of data protection and privacy, and I look forward to playing an active role in its continued success.”

    With over 100 professionals throughout the globe, Squire Sanders’ Intellectual Property & Technology Practice Group represents our clients in the full spectrum of intellectual property services, including patent, branding/trademark, data protection and privacy, media and advertising, commercial and litigation.  Within these segments, the IP&T Practice Group has particular expertise in the life and health sciences, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, IT, computer hardware/software and aerospace/avionics.

    The firm’s Data Protection & Privacy Group comprises more than 35 lawyers based in offices across the US, Europe and Asia Pacific. The group regularly advises global clients on major cross-jurisdictional projects as well as domestic compliance in a wide range of business matters, including employee and customer data. The group is renowned for advising on data protection matters affecting the chemicals, healthcare, biotech, information technology, telecommunications, pensions and financial services sectors.

    Mr. Gleeson is the sixth partner hire for Squire Sanders in London so far this year, following leading competition lawyer Martin Rees from DLA Piper; employment law specialist Fraser Younson and China outbound and inbound corporate expert Michelle Chen, both from Berwin Leighton Paisner; real estate litigation partner Alison Hardy from Wragge & Co; and real estate partner Rachel Orton from DLA Piper.

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