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Miriam Wugmeister

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Morrison & Foerster LLP

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Privacy + Data Security


Global Co-chair


Few lawyers in the world have Miriam Wugmeister's breadth and understanding of privacy and data security laws, obligations, and practices. Co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s market-leading Global Privacy and Data Security Group and ranked among the top in the profession by all major directories, Ms. Wugmeister is regularly called upon by some of the world’s largest and most complex multinational organizations to confront their most difficult U.S. and international privacy challenges, and develops cutting-edge solutions for clients that marry legal compliance with business realities.

Having helped hundreds of clients respond to data security incidents, Ms. Wugmeister has worked on several of the most noteworthy and largest data security incidents over the past few years. She has been praised as “a hugely enthusiastic individual who clearly loves what she does” by her clients to Legal 500, which recently named Morrison & Foerster as the 2015 Cyber Crime Firm of the Year. Ms. Wugmeister also works with dozens of companies to develop comprehensive customized incident response plans, training staff, conducting extensive table top exercises, and addressing key issues with Boards of Directors and executive management.

Ms. Wugmeister advises organizations on the planning and execution of complex global compliance efforts, assists in the negotiation of strategic deals, and defends regulatory and litigation matters relating to privacy and data security in the U.S. and internationally. She regularly provides advice on data security breach issues; the global collection, use, sharing of employee, customer, vendor, and consumer personal information; ediscovery and monitoring conflicts; social media issues; and cloud computing deals, as well as on developing data security policies and procedures and cybersecurity preparedness and response plans. She also advises clients on cutting-edge consumer privacy issues surrounding emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), telematics, and big data.

As leader of the Global Privacy Alliance (GPA), Ms. Wugmeister encourages the rational development of privacy laws around the world and monitors privacy practices, laws, and regulations globally. On behalf of the GPA’s members, she takes an active role in anticipating upcoming privacy legislation and educating regulators on the commercial implications of proposed regulations. Ms. Wugmeister developed the firm’s Privacy Library and the MoFoNotes subscription database so that organizations can keep apprised of privacy and data security compliance requirements in jurisdictions around the world. She is also co-editor of Global Employee Privacy and Data Security Law, Second Edition (BNA Books, 2011).


Brandeis University (B.S.)
Boston University School of Law (J.D.)

United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)

Within: Leading lawyers

Miriam Wugmeister - Morrison & Foerster LLP

Within: Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)

The ‘superior’ department at Morrison & Foerster LLP fields a team of ‘approachable and practical individuals who are invaluable to clients and the ultimate definition of cyber law experts, which is no easy task in a constantly changing area of law’. Highly regarded ‘cyber law geniusMiriam Wugmeister and ‘true leader of the fieldAndrew Serwin jointly head the practice from New York and San Diego respectively. Wugmeister’s recent highlights include advising a global pharmaceutical company on the international data protection compliance issues surrounding clinical trials and patient data, and assisting Caterpillar with internet of things (IOT) issues regarding its new enhanced product line. Other work includes Serwin representing CVS Health before the FTC in multiple privacy issues; recently promoted Washington DC partner Julie O’Neill and Los Angeles-based Purvi Patel defending Unity Technologies in a putative class action in which plaintiffs allege that several Disney and Viacom mobile gaming apps which use the client’s technology violate the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA); and Nathan Taylor in Washington DC acting for Target in an investigation following a data breach. The team was also bolstered by the recruitment of John Carlin to the Washington DC office from the Department of Justice; he now heads the firm’s global risk and crisis management team. Since publication, the former practice head at Proskauer Rose LLP, Kristen Mathews, joined the practice.

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