Press Release September 06, 2016

Homeland Security Chief Privacy Officer Karen Neuman Joins Goodwin

Global 50 law firm Goodwin announced today that former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chief Privacy Officer Karen Neuman has joined the firm’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice as a partner and privacy lead in its Washington, D.C. office. Neuman is an internationally recognized privacy lawyer with strong expertise in complex privacy law matters. She will advise clients on a broad range of data privacy and protection matters.

“Companies of all sizes and across all industries continue to face significant challenges related to data privacy and security, leading them to seek increasingly sophisticated counsel,” said Goodwin Chairman David M. Hashmall. “As the former Chief Privacy Officer of the Department of Homeland Security and a recognized thought leader on cutting edge privacy law trends, Karen brings to Goodwin’s clients deep expertise on issues related to global data protection law, cybersecurity and information governance.”

As part of the DHS senior leadership team, Neuman oversaw, implemented, and enforced the department’s privacy and data security programs, and provided advice to other senior leaders concerning relevant statutes, rules, Presidential Orders, policies, and best practices. She also oversaw the integration of innovative privacy protections into the DHS big data and analytics program and White House initiatives for cybersecurity information sharing with commercial entities. In addition, she was a member of the U.S. delegation that negotiated an umbrella Data Privacy Protection Agreement with the EU and was part of the high-level U.S. team that supported negotiations for the new EU – U.S. Privacy Shield. She was appointed to President Obama’s recently formed Federal Privacy Council.

“Data privacy and cybersecurity are top of mind for our clients as these issues continue to escalate in both volume and level of seriousness worldwide,” said Brenda R. Sharton, Co-Chair of Goodwin’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice. “Goodwin’s clients will benefit from Karen’s unmatched experience in the privacy world – as both a private practitioner and a senior government official – and from her practical understanding of the European Union’s privacy frameworks. She is a great addition to Goodwin’s long-standing practice and we are delighted she’s chosen to join the firm.”

Prior to DHS, Neuman was a founding partner of a Washington, D.C.-based law firm. As the head of that firm’s privacy practice, she counseled companies in the technology, life sciences, retail e-commerce, social media and consumer products sectors on commercial privacy matters, including the collection, use, monetization and protection of data.

Neuman is admitted to practice in Washington, D.C. She earned her J.D. from Antioch School of Law and B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is an active member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, the Federal Communications Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Neuman can be reached at or (202) 346-4039.

Goodwin’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice is one of the longest-standing privacy practices of any global 50 firm. Established in the late 1990s by Co-Chairs Lynne Barr and Brenda Sharton, it is fully integrated and leverages the firm's core strengths, with the group's lawyers coming from the technology, financial institutions, licensing, litigation, regulatory and appellate practices. This unique approach enables Goodwin to engage specialists whose experience is framed by a holistic understanding of client needs. Having counseled on hundreds of data breaches and litigated landmark cases, Goodwin provides practical advice on all aspects of information-related management and risk before, during and after breaches. The practice is consistently ranked among leading law firms for privacy and cybersecurity by Legal 500.