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Francoise Gilbert and Ian Ballon Speak at PLI’s 19th Annual Institute on Privacy and Data Security Law

SAN FRANCISCO – May 7, 2018 – Francoise Gilbert and Ian C. Ballon of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP will speak at the 19th Annual Institute on Privacy and Data Security Law held at The Practicing Law Institute (PLI) California Center in San Francisco, May 7-8, 2018.

Organized by the PLI, the Institute on Privacy and Data Security Law explores the latest issues and trends in cybersecurity, privacy, and data protection. With the expanding information economy presenting continuously evolving risk and liability issues, the goal of the two-day conference is to keep attorneys and privacy professionals up-to-date on new laws and regulations to address privacy and security.

Gilbert, a Global Privacy and Cybersecurity shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices, chairs the event. On May 7, she will deliver the keynote remarks, and moderate two panels: “Cybersecurity Attacks: A Survival Guide,” and “The Latest Insights from Privacy and Data Security Regulators.” On the second day of the conference, May 8, Gilbert will present an interactive session titled “Compliance with the GDPR” focusing on advanced issues in implementing the EU General Data Protection Regulation,” which becomes enforced as of May 25, 2018.

Also on May 8, Ballon, co-chair of the Global Intellectual Property & Technology Practice and an internet and mobile litigation shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Silicon Valley and Los Angeles offices, will participate as a panelist in a session titled “Mitigating All Risks: Lessons Learned from a Litigator’s Perspective.”

Gilbert focuses her practice and research on U.S. and global data privacy and security matters. She counsels clients on complex issues and compliance requirements related to privacy, security, and e-business risks. Some of her favorite engagements include designing data protection programs that comply with the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), shaping digital advertising campaigns, integrating privacy and security controls in data analytics and artificial intelligence projects, identifying and addressing personal data issues likely to arise from the use of products or services used in digital cities, connected devices, intelligent vehicles, and other emerging technologies. Gilbert is the author and editor of the leading two-volume treatise Global Privacy and Security Law, published by Wolters Kluwer (, which analyzes in depth the privacy and data protection laws of 68 countries on all continents (WolterKluwer 2009-2018). 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 (IAPP).

Ballon defends data privacy, security breach, and TCPA class action suits, in addition to representing companies in other technology, IP and internet, and mobile-related complex litigation. A list of his recent cases may be found in Ian Ballon's Experience and Bio. He is also the author of the leading treatise on internet law, E-Commerce and Internet Law: Treatise with Forms 2nd edition, the 5-volume set published by West (, which includes extensive sections on data privacy, cybersecurity, and defending class action suits. 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). Ballon serves as executive director of Stanford University Law School’s Center for E-Commerce. He was most recently included on the Daily Journal’s 2018 “Top Intellectual Property Lawyers” list, as well as being recognized as a “Groundbreaker” in The Recorder’s 2017 Litigation Departments of the Year Awards and an intellectual property “Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal. He was named the Lawyer of the Year for information technology law in the 2018, 2016, and 2013 editions of The Best Lawyers in America. In addition to his J.D. and LL.M., Ballon holds the CIPP/US certification from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

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

Greenberg Traurig’s Cybersecurity, Privacy & 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, LLP

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