Kristin Bryan is a data privacy litigator with deep expertise representing clients in bet-the-company data privacy, cybersecurity and data breach disputes in federal and state courts nationwide. She has obtained dismissals of multibillion-dollar privacy litigations where plaintiffs alleged that her client’s business practices violated federal and state privacy laws.

    Kristin is a pragmatic litigator with broad experience defending data privacy, cybersecurity and data breach disputes, including in the class action and multidistrict litigation context. She has litigated cases brought under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), the Driver Privacy Protection Act (DPPA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), as well as class actions asserting deceptive trade practice claims based on privacy practices. Kristin has also advised clients concerning claims brought under the Illinois Biometric Privacy Act (BIPA).

    Kristin has represented clients in data breach litigations regarding the alleged disclosure of personal information and protected health information regulated under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). As a natural extension of her litigation experience, Kristin has also represented clients in state and federal regulatory investigations regarding their privacy practices.

    Kristin is CIPP/US certified. She is Editor in Chief of the firm’s data privacy blog Consumer Privacy World and has published over 270 articles on developments regarding data privacy and cybersecurity. Kristin is the co-chair of the International Association of Privacy Professional (IAPP)’s KnowledgeNet Chapter for Cleveland and is on the IAPP’s Privacy Bar Advisory Board. She is a 2020-21 Vice Chair of the ABA TIPS Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Committee. Prior to joining the firm, Kristin worked at an international law firm in New York, specializing in Data Strategy & Security. During this time, she was recognized by the Legal Aid Society for her commitment to public service.

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    • Representing an insurance software provider in four competing federal class action litigations where plaintiffs sought to represent over 27 million putative class members and demanded over US$69 billion in statutory liquidated damages, as well as other relief concerning allegations that the provider stored drivers’ license information on unsecured external servers in violation of federal and state privacy laws.
    • Representing a media company in multidistrict privacy litigation that went to Third Circuit Court of Appeals concerning allegations that the media company and co-defendant Google used cookies to track the online behavior of website visitors, including minors, in violation of federal and state privacy laws.
    • Representing a healthcare entity in cybersecurity class action litigations concerning the alleged disclosure of personal information and protected health information in relation to a data event involving a third-party services provider.
    • Obtaining a dismissal of putative class action litigation brought against a financial institution concerning claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the California Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies Act.
    • Representing a website operator in a state attorney general privacy investigation regarding the website operator’s marketing and ad sales practices.

    Education

    • Columbia Law School, J.D., 2010
    • Dartmouth College, B.A., 2007

    Admissions

    • Ohio, 2016
    • New York, 2011

    Courts

    • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of New York
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of New York
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Ohio

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Member, William K. Thomas Inn of Court
    • Co-Chair, International Association of Privacy Professional’s Cleveland KnowledgeNet Chapter
    • Recognized as a leading author in the Lexology Legal Influencers Q3 2021 for Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) – US
    • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2021: Ones to Watch for Commercial Litigation in Cleveland

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    Recent Speaking Engagements

    • Speaker, “Railroad Risk Management Roundtable Series-Cybersecurity,” February 3, 2022.
    • Speaker, “Defending Work Product Status and Attorney-Client Privilege of Forensic Reports,” webinar hosted by Lawline, January 11, 2022.

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