June 2, 2021
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP partner Lisa J. Sotto, chair of the firm’s global privacy and cybersecurity practice, has been recognized by Chambers and Partners with the 2021 Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession award. This honor is given to one lawyer each year for exceptional achievements.
During the award ceremony, Chambers noted that “the high regard in which Lisa Sotto is held for her work in the data security and privacy sphere is reflected in the breadth of complex issues on which blue chip clients seek her advice. Her capabilities in establishing global cybersecurity and data security policies are complemented by unparalleled experience in high-profile data incident response. She is particularly highly regarded for her track record in defending clients in government investigations.” One peer enthused, “Lisa Sotto is a legend.” Another peer said, “she really is a star. If you have a data breach, you'd be lucky to get her to handle it. She is an absolute standout.”
A longtime leader in global privacy and cybersecurity law, Sotto has dedicated her career to promoting sound global data privacy and security practices. In addition to heading the firm’s privacy and cybersecurity team, Sotto co-founded in 2001 the Centre for Information Policy Leadership, a think tank within the firm that collaborates with industry leaders, policymakers and regulators to develop global solutions and best practices for data privacy and responsible data use. Sotto is so well respected in matters of cybersecurity and privacy that governments and lawmakers around the world seek her counsel in regulating the space. Clients have praised her as “the queen of breach,” “the high priestess of privacy’” and “by far the country’s gold standard for privacy and cybersecurity matters.”
“I am honored to receive this recognition from Chambers and Partners,” Sotto said. “Although I have long known that I have the best job in the world, I never could have imagined when I started practicing in this area the social and political impact this nascent field of law would have. It is astounding to see how far it has evolved.”
Sotto has served as chair of the US Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee since 2012 and previously served as its vice chair. Among her honors and accolades, The National Law Journal named Sotto one of the nation’s “100 Most Influential Lawyers” and Chambers USA has again named her as a “Star Individual”—the only privacy lawyer in the US to receive this distinguished ranking. The Legal 500 has recognized Sotto as a “Leading Lawyer” for Cyber Law, Data Protection and Privacy and named her to its inaugural list of Hall of Fame lawyers.
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