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Jena M. Valdetero serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s U.S. Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice where she advises clients on complex data privacy and security issues. She has led more than 1,000 data breach investigations. A litigator by background, Jena defends companies against privacy and data breach litigation, with an emphasis on class action lawsuits. She has designed and conducted dozens of data breach tabletop exercises to empower clients to respond effectively to a data security incident. She also counsels companies on data privacy and security compliance programs and advises on privacy and cyber risks associated with mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, and securities. Jena also advises a diverse array of clients on compliance with existing and emerging privacy laws, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the Gramm Leach Bliley Act (GLBA), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). She is a certified privacy professional through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (CIPP/US), for which she is a former KnowledgeNet Co-Chair.


  • Assessing cyber security risks and advising on data security incidents
  • Drafting policies, procedures, and training materials related to data privacy and security compliance
  • Analyzes privacy and security framework and liabilities of target companies in the sector of mergers and acquisitions
  • Conducting executive leadership data breach tabletops



  • Advised clients on more than a thousand data breaches, including those caused by inadvertent disclosure of personal data, ransomware, and PCI breaches.°
  • Represented clients in regulatory investigations related to data security and privacy issues.°
  • Assisted hundreds of clients with becoming “data breach ready,” include reviewing cyberliability insurance policies, drafting incident response plans, and leading tabletop exercises.°
  • Prepared clients with operationalizing requirements imposed by emerging data privacy laws, including the GDPR and CCPA, including development or policies, procedures, and training materials, and conducting data inventories.°
  • Evaluated risks associated with data privacy and security issues in M&A transactions.°
  • Cost-effectively managed high volume litigation for clients in the financial institution arena throughout the United States.°
  • Represented clients in litigation before multiple state Supreme Courts and state and federal appellate courts, including in data privacy and security litigation, and obtaining rulings in high risk litigation, including dozens of class actions, often obtaining dismissal via motion to dismiss.°

°The above representations were handled by Ms. Valdetero prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • Certified Information Privacy Professional, CIPP/US, International Association of Privacy Professionals

Recognition & Leadership

  • Shortlisted, Euromoney, Americas Women in Business Law Awards, "Best in Privacy & Data Protection," 2023
  • Named, Client Service All Star, BTI Client Service All-Stars Report, 2022
  • Listed, Thomson Reuters, “Stand-Out Lawyers,” 2023
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Illinois Super Lawyers, 2023
    • “Rising Stars,” 2013-2020
  • Listed, Cybersecurity Docket “Incident Response 40,” 2021
  • Member, Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF), 2015-Present
    • Co-Chair, Chicago Chapter, 2017-Present
    • Member, Global Advisory Board, 2017-Present
  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals, 2013-Present
    • Co-Chair, KnowledgeNet (Chicago), 2015-2017


  • J.D., cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, 2005
  • B.A., summa cum laude, The George Washington University, 2001
  • Illinois
  • Michigan