Squire Patton Boggs is pleased to welcome Tara McGraw Swaminatha to the firm as a partner in the Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice. She joins from DLA Piper LLP and previously served as a federal prosecutor in the Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section at the Department of Justice (DOJ). She is recognized in The Legal 500 Cyber Law category, where she is “commended for her experience in high-profile data breach investigations” and “understands forensics and is able to digest technical reports in a meaningful and actionable way.” Ms. Swaminatha’s addition marks the latest in a series of recent hires the firm has made to its cybersecurity practice across the US, Europe and Asia.
Ms. Swaminatha has acted as outside cybersecurity counsel on some of the most significant data breaches in recent years and has defended clients against regulatory actions and litigation. During her time in private practice, she advised multinational companies on cybersecurity liability risk assessments, internal compliance measures and incident response protocols. At the DOJ, she directed technical forensic investigations for various federal law enforcement agencies, while also assisting prosecutors and investigators across the country with computer crime-related cases.
Ms. Swaminatha was also an Information Security Administrator for the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC), where she brought to bear her substantial legal expertise and technical software security knowledge. In this role, she conducted application security risk assessments and helped implement the IFC’s first information security policy for 3,000 employees worldwide.
“Tara is a great addition to our firm in a critical area of importance for clients. With cybersecurity incidents and the digitalization of data both on the rise, a primary focus for in-house counsel right now is privacy and security,” said Robin Campbell, co-chair of the global Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice. “Tara blends experience advising corporate clients on incident response and defending them against litigation and investigations, as a former federal computer-crime prosecutor, and as a technical software security consultant. Her unique insight will therefore be of great benefit to our existing and future clients.”
Commenting on her appointment, Ms. Swaminatha said: “I am thrilled to be joining Squire Patton Boggs. As a quickly expanding practice in one of the world’s most global law firms, I am excited to be joining such an all-star team of data protection and cybersecurity professionals combined with the wider firm’s expertise across many key sectors. Given the international nature of cybersecurity incidents, it is essential to have a team working collaboratively across jurisdictions to ensure the best results for our clients.”
Having written one of the first textbooks on wireless security and privacy and contributed to the National Association of Corporate Directors' Handbook on Cyber-Risk Oversight (2017 edition), Ms. Swaminatha brings a deep understanding of the complexities of privacy and cybersecurity. She writes extensively on security, privacy and cybercrime issues and serves as an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University Law School, where she teaches Computer Crime Law. In addition, she commits to considerable pro bono and volunteering activities. She represents pro bono juvenile clients seeking asylum and represents the National Association for the Education of Young Children on data governance and other matters. An active member of her community, she is a board member for the Hearing & Speech Center at Children’s National Medical Center and helps to mentor families with children with hearing loss.
Ms. Swaminatha is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (cum laude) and earned her undergraduate and master degrees from the University of Virginia (high distinction).
Squire Patton Boggs’ has strategically expanded its Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice through the addition of well-known leaders in the field, including Robin Campbell and Elliot Golding in Washington DC from Crowell & Moring, Monika Kuschewsky in Brussels from Covington & Burling and Scott Warren in Tokyo, who previously served as general counsel at Sega Corp.