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Greenberg Traurig Shareholders Chair, Speak at PLI Privacy and Data Security Institute

SAN FRANCISCO – May 2, 2017 – Francoise Gilbert and Ian C. Ballon, from the global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, will speak at the Practising Law Institute’s (PLI) 18th Annual Institute on Privacy and Data Security Law. The Institute focuses on current, critical information regarding privacy, cybersecurity, and data protection issues faced by companies. The San Francisco conference is held on May 8 - 9, at the PLI California Center at 875 Market Street.

Gilbert, a shareholder in the Silicon Valley office, has been co-chair of the PLI Privacy & Security Law Institute for the past 17 years. During this year’s Institute she will discuss recent developments in the European Union, Tuesday, May 9, 2017, from 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. She will focus on key principles of the GDPR, recent developments, guidance on the interpretation of the law published by the supervisory authorities, and will provide suggestions on the development of compliance programs. In addition, she will provide an overview of the proposed ePrivacy Regulation.

Gilbert will also moderate the panel, “The Protectors: from Compliance to Implementation,” Tuesday, May 9, 2017, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. The panel will feature an interactive discussion among leading privacy professionals who will comment on the changes in their role as CPOs, CISOs, and CCOs, as well as budget management, communication with regulators, and the management of privacy matters in a global organization.

Ballon, co-chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Global Intellectual Property & Technology Practice and a shareholder in the Silicon Valley and Los Angeles offices, will be presenting the “Managing Privacy and Data Security Litigation” session from 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., May 9, 2017. Ballon will address strategies and trends to successfully defend data privacy, security breach, and TCPA putative class action litigation.

Gilbert focuses her practice and research on U.S. and global data privacy and cybersecurity in a wide variety of markets, including, among others, internet, big data, connected devices, sensors, artificial intelligence, robotics, and other emerging technologies. Her clients include large, multinational entities, big data analytics companies, connected device developers, cloud service providers, 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 treatise “Global Privacy and Security Law,” published by Wolters Kluwer (, and the co-author of a dozen other law books, including for example “Robotic Technologies Law,” published by Larcier, and “Internet of Things and Data Analytics,” published by Wiley. She has received law degrees and obtained bar admissions 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 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 2d edition, the 5-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. In addition to his JD and LLM, Ballon holds the CIPP/US certification from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

About Greenberg Traurig’s Intellectual Property & Technology Practice

With more than 180 intellectual property and technology attorneys and agents in the United States, Asia, and Europe, Greenberg Traurig provides a broad range of patent, trademark and copyright protection, privacy and cybersecurity, 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, 2013 “Best Law Firms Rankings.”

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, and dedicated to developing strategies to address privacy, data security, and information management issues, including, for example, 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, 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 second largest firm in the U.S. by Law360 in 2016, and among the Top 20 on the 2016 Am Law Global 100. Web: Twitter: @GT_Law.