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Greenberg Traurig’s Ian C. Ballon and Francoise Gilbert Spoke at the Privacy + Security Forum

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oct. 26, 2016 – Renown cybersecurity and data privacy attorneys Francoise Gilbert and Ian C. Ballon spoke at the Privacy + Security Forum, going on from Oct. 24-26, at George Washington University’s The Marvin Center, 800 21st Street Northwest in Washington D.C. Gilbert and Ballon are shareholders at global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

On Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Gilbert co-chaired an all-day intensive session on EU Privacy + Security. The session discussed cutting-edge issues involving EU privacy. There was unparalleled interactivity. Most of the day was spent in seminar-style discussion groups. Gilbert’s session covered “The Rise of EU Data Protection and the GDPR – Challenges and Solutions.”

On Oct. 25 from 10:40 a.m. – 11:40 a.m., Ballon moderated and spoke on a panel discussing “Class Action Litigation: Privacy, Data Breach and the TCPA.” Recent trends and case law within each of these areas was discussed and analyzed.

Gilbert, a shareholder in the firm’s Silicon Valley office, focuses her practice and research on U.S. and global data privacy and security in a wide variety of markets, including, among others, internet, cloud computing, big data, connected devices, sensors, artificial intelligence, and other emerging technologies. Her clients include public or multi-national entities, cloud service providers, big data analytics companies, connected device developers, publishers, internet stores, insurance companies, financial institutions, manufacturers, service providers, trade associations, non-profit organizations, software developers, and others. Gilbert is the author of the two volume "Global Privacy and Security Law" treatise, published by Wolters Kluwer ( and the co-author of a dozen other law books, including "Privacy Compliance and Litigation in California" published by CEB. She has co-chaired the PLI Privacy and Security Law Institute for the past 17 years.  She has received law degrees both in the United States and in France, and holds CIPP/US, CIPP/EU, and CIPM certifications from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Ballon is co-chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Global Intellectual Property & Technology Practice and represents technology, media and entertainment companies in intellectual property, internet and mobile-related complex litigation, including the defense of data privacy, security breach, and TCPA class action suits. View a list of his recent cases. He is also the author of the leading treatise on internet law, E-Commerce and Internet Law: Treatise with Forms 2nd edition, the 4-volume set published by West ( In addition, he is the author of The Complete CAN-SPAM Act Handbook (West 2008) and The Complete State Security Breach Notification Compliance Handbook (West 2009). He also serves as executive director of Stanford University Law School’s Center for E-Commerce, which hosts the annual Best Practices Conference where lawyers, scholars, and judges are regularly featured and interact. In addition to his JD and LLM, Ballon holds the CIPP/US certification from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). He is based in the firm’s Silicon Valley and Los Angeles offices.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Cybersecurity, Privacy and Crisis Management Practice

Greenberg Traurig’s Cybersecurity, Privacy and Crisis Management Practice is comprised of a multidisciplinary group of attorneys and professionals located throughout the world. The team is dedicated to developing strategies to address privacy, data security, and information management issues including privacy audits, policies and procedures, compliance with data security laws and industry standards, employee privacy, record retention/electronic discovery, cross-border data transfer, data breach readiness and response and litigation and dispute resolution, as well as the defense of data privacy, security breach, and TCPA class action suits.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Intellectual Property & Technology Practice

With more than 180 intellectual property attorneys and agents in the United States, Asia, and Europe, Greenberg Traurig provides a broad range of patent, trademark and copyright protection and strategic counseling. Greenberg Traurig was named a “National Tier 1” Law Firm for IP Litigation, Patent Law, Trademark and Information Technology Law by U.S. News and Best Lawyers, 2017 “Best Law Firms Rankings.”

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GTLaw) has more than 2,000 attorneys in 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and is celebrating its 50th anniversary. One firm worldwide, GTLaw has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, was named the largest firm in the U.S. by Law360 in 2017, and among the Top 20 on the 2016 Am Law Global 100. Web: Twitter: @GT_Law.