Naomi Parnes is an associate in the firm’s Business Litigation Group and member of its Privacy + Cybersecurity Practice. Ms. Parnes focuses her practice on corporate compliance with foreign, federal, and state privacy and data security laws, industry standards, and self-regulatory codes. 

Areas of Practice




Ms. Parnes counsels clients on complex privacy and data security issues, including international data transfers, Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, the CAN-SPAM Act, financial privacy laws, and state and international data protection laws. She assists clients in developing strategies to respond to evolving data protection frameworks and regulations, developing privacy programs and policies, and with conducting privacy due diligence in connection with transactions. Examples of her recent work include:

  • Provides advice to a multi-national company on cross-border data transfers, focusing on requirements in the EU and Canada
  • Provides advice to a multi-national company concerning post-acquisition data integration and practices, and advice concerning updating its global privacy policy for use of acquired data
  • Drafted information security plans for a provider of investment services and a funder of technology startups
  • Advised a major broadband service provider on the FCC’s proposed broadband privacy rules, monitored rulemaking developments, and drafted reply comments and other filings*
  • Conducted privacy and security diligence on a wide range of transactions; drafted privacy and security diligence requests, memoranda, and purchase agreement provisions*
*Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin

Professional Activities

Ms. Parnes is a member of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section.

Professional Experience

Prior to law school, Ms. Parnes was a paralegal in the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, where she worked on a number of privacy related projects. During law school, she honed her privacy and regulatory skills at the Interactive Advertising Bureau, working on broad technology and policy issues, and in the Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center, working on national security, technology, and privacy issues.

After law school, she began her legal career in the Obama Administration as the Special Assistant to the Chief Privacy Officer at the Department of Homeland Security, where she continued to develop her expertise, advising on privacy in the technology and national security sphere.





J.D., 2013
Georgetown University Law Center
B.A., English, 2009
Emory University



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