Press Release October 04, 2021

Goodwin Boosts Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity Team with Industry Leaders Omer Tene and Lore Leitner

Global law firm Goodwin announced today that Omer Tene and Lore Leitner will join the Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity practice as partners, resident in the firm’s Boston and London offices, respectively. Tene and Leitner will be joined by associates Josephine Jay and Annabel Loose in London. These game-changing hires follow the arrival of partner Boris Segalis and a team of associates in New York earlier this year, bringing the number of data privacy lawyers the firm has brought on board in 2021 to 12 – in New York, London, San Francisco, Boston, and Washington D.C.  

Tene is widely recognized as one of the leading voices globally in privacy and technology policy. Leitner, a rising star in data protection in Europe, has built a practice at the cutting edge of privacy and cybersecurity law and new technologies.  

“The dream team – there is no other way to describe the group of professionals who comprise Goodwin’s Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity practice,” said Boris Segalis “Omer’s rare combination of legal skills, an ability to see what’s coming around the corner, and network of policymakers and regulators enables us to prepare clients, especially our strong portfolio of emerging companies, for the influx of global privacy, cybersecurity and AI regulation. Lore brings to bear her recognized thought leadership and deep expertise on European data protection issues facing emerging companies in technology, life sciences, and other industries, which have grown exponentially over the past two years. The addition of Omer and Lore, together with Josephine and Annabel, and other data privacy lawyers who have joined the firm is a huge stepping stone on our path towards building a premier global destination privacy practice.”  

“Goodwin’s client base, which includes a spectacular collection of technology and life science companies, together with the firm’s commitment to and investment in a market-leading privacy practice, provides a unique and exciting opportunity for me and Lore to immediately impact the market upon arrival,” said Tene.  

Tene joins Goodwin after serving as Vice President and Chief Knowledge Officer at the International Association of Privacy Professionals, where he led the creation and distribution of content, research, programming and knowledge for the privacy community. He has also served as an adviser to governments, regulatory agencies and businesses on privacy, cybersecurity and data management. An Affiliate Scholar at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, and a Senior Fellow at the Future of Privacy Forum, Tene was appointed to the Arbitration Panel under the U.S.-EU Privacy Shield Agreement. He has authored a number of articles on privacy and data protection published in law and technology reviews of Yale, Stanford, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, George Mason, University of North Carolina, Fordham, and Ohio State. 

Leitner’s practice focuses on data protection, privacy and cybersecurity in Europe, the United Kingdom, and beyond. With over a decade of experience, she assists clients with the design and implementation of strategic global data protection compliance programs, including those driven by the GDPR, and has advised companies on data privacy in the context of business strategies that involve large-scale data use, regulatory investigations, and mitigation of cyber intrusions or data breaches. She also has substantial expertise in M&A and capital markets transactions, assisting deal teams by advising on privacy, data protection, and other deal-related requirements. Leitner was named to Global Data Review’s “40 under 40” and has been short-listed as a Rising Star by International Financial Law Review and Euromoney. She speaks English, Dutch, French and German, and is dual qualified in Belgium and the United Kingdom.

Goodwin’s Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity practice leverages the firm’s strengths in technology, life sciences, healthcare, financial institutions, real estate, licensing, litigation, and regulatory compliance. The practice provides a full spectrum of services, including counseling, transaction-related advice, incident preparedness and response and defense of class action litigation and government enforcement actions. Stay up to date on breaking news and industry trends by subscribing to our blog.