Lisa J. Sotto

Biography

Named among The National Law Journal’s “100 Most Influential Lawyers,” Lisa J. Sotto is the managing partner of the firm's New York office and chair of the firm’s top-ranked Global Privacy and Cybersecurity practice. Ms. Sotto has extensive experience counseling clients on all U.S. federal and state privacy and data security laws, including security breach notification requirements. She also advises on global data protection laws (including those in the EU and Latin America), particularly with respect to cross-border data transfers.  She provides extensive advice on cybersecurity risks, incidents and policy issues, including proactive cyber incident readiness. Ms. Sotto serves as Chairperson of the Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee.   

Ms. Sotto was voted the world’s leading privacy advisor in all surveys by  Computerworld’s magazine and was recognized by Chambers and Partners as a “Star” performer (the highest honor) for privacy and data security for the third consecutive year. Ms. Sotto also is recognized as a “leading lawyer” by The Legal 500 United States for cyber crime and privacy and data security. She was named one of Ethisphere Magazine’s 2015 “Attorneys Who Matter,” listing attorneys who “have risen to the top,” and was named among The National Law Journal’s 2015 “Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Trailblazers” and “Regulatory & Compliance Trailblazers.” Ms. Sotto has been profiled in numerous publications including the Crain’s New York Business feature “Lawyer Goes Into the Breach” and the SC Magazine feature “Women of Influence.” She also was featured as “The Queen of Breach” in an article by New York Super Lawyers Magazine. 

In 2014, Ms. Sotto was selected to represent the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to present a report, “Business Without Borders: The Importance of Cross-Border Data Transfers to Global Prosperity,” which the firm prepared in collaboration with the Chamber. The two-day workshop was hosted by AmCham Indonesia and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Jakarta, Indonesia. In addition, in 2012, Ms. Sotto was selected to advise the Serbian government on global data protection law and to draft the country’s data security and breach notification laws. Her work in Serbia was sponsored by the USAID-funded Judicial Reform and Government Accountability Project. 

Ms. Sotto is co-chair of the International Privacy Law Committee of the New York State Bar Association, chair of the New York Privacy Officers’ Forum, and former member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She is the editor and lead author of the legal treatise entitled Privacy and Data Security Law Deskbook, published by Aspen Publishers, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. Ms. Sotto received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was an editor of the Law Review. She received her B.A. from Cornell University, with Distinction in All Subjects. She is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia. 

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