Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Brittany Bacon is a partner in the firm’s top‐ranked Global Privacy and Cybersecurity practice. She has national recognition for her work in the areas of privacy and data security. In 2018, Brittany was named a New York Law Journal “Rising Star” and a Law360 “Rising Star” in privacy and cybersecurity. Legal 500 also refers to Bacon as “a rising star in the cybersecurity world,” listing her as a “Next Generation Lawyer” for cyber law. Chamber USA 2018 quotes a client who calls her “one of the very best individuals I have worked with on privacy‐related matters.”
Bacon assists clients in identifying, evaluating and managing a panoply of global privacy and information security risks and compliance issues. A significant aspect of her practice is advising large, multi‐national companies on catastrophic cybersecurity incidents. This includes advising clients on data breach notification responsibilities, counseling them on responding to multi‐jurisdictional regulatory investigations, and providing strategic advice in the breach context for managing inquiries from Boards of Directors, consumers, media and potential acquiring companies in a deal setting. She helps companies design and build privacy and data security governance programs, and develop written policies, procedures and standards. She advises clients on conducting proactive breach preparedness activities, including developing workable incident response plans and legal breach notification procedures, running executive‐level tabletops with data breach hypotheticals, and engaging third‐party experts (such as forensic investigation firms, credit monitoring services, PR firms and call centers) in advance of an incident.
In relation to her privacy compliance practice, Bacon has extensive experience in advising clients on state, federal and international privacy laws. She routinely conducts privacy impact assessments and advises companies on managing risk in connection with extensive and innovative data collection and use. She works with start‐ups whose technology is often years ahead of the laws designed to regulate it. She also regularly negotiates privacy and data security provisions of complex commercial and technology‐related contracts and helps companies design robust vendor management programs.
Brittany volunteers as a welfare advocacy attorney for the City Bar Justice Center’s Legal Clinic for the Homeless and assists pro bono clients with securing public benefits, and was awarded the City Bar Justice Center’s 2016 Jeremy G. Epstein Award for Pro Bono Service. She also has served as a Legal Fellow Staff Attorney for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, counseling low-income artists and arts organizations with corporate, intellectual property and litigation issues. Brittany previously worked as a legal writer for ABCNews.com.
Bacon is a frequent speaker and author on privacy and cybersecurity topics. She received her JD from the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, and her BA from the University of Notre Dame, cum laude. She is admitted to practice in the state of New York.