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Internationally recognized as a corporate data privacy and cybersecurity pioneer, Harriet Pearson brings to her practice decades of leading-edge experience advising companies and boards on cyber and data risk management and governance, breach preparedness and response, crisis management, global data privacy compliance, and public policy strategies.

The Financial Times recognized Harriet as North America Legal Innovator of the Year, Lawdragon named her as one of the 500 “Leading Lawyers in America,” and the National Law Journal recognized her as a Cybersecurity and Privacy Trailblazer. She is ranked Band 1 by Chambers and Partners for Privacy and Data Security in the United States

Harriet joined Hogan Lovells in 2012 from the IBM Corporation, where in addition to executive leadership roles in human resources, communications, and government relations, she served as vice president security counsel and chief privacy officer (CPO) from 2000-2012.

She currently leads Hogan Lovells’ global multi-disciplinary Cybersecurity practice and for several years also served as the firm’s first Innovation and New Ventures partner, a role in which she was responsible for sparking and supporting ideas for new client solutions.

Harriet co-founded and co-chaired the Georgetown Cybersecurity Law Institute from 2012 to 2018 and serves on a number of advisory boards. She helped found and served for a decade on the board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, an organization that recognized her longstanding leadership in the privacy field in 2007 by awarding her its Vanguard Award.


English, Greek


Advisory Council, American Ditchley Foundation

Advisory Board, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)

Advisory Board, Future of Privacy Forum

Advisory Board and Founding Co-chair, Georgetown University Cybersecurity Law Institute

Founder, IAPP Pro Bono Privacy Initiative

Founding Board Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals

Founding Board Member, UCLA Law Women LEAD Initiative

Member, ABA President’s Cybersecurity Legal Task Force

Member, Standing Committee on Law and National Security, ABA

Steering Committee Emeritus, Executive Women in Privacy%MCEPASTEBIN%


J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, with honors, Order of the Coif, 1990

B.S.E., Princeton University, cum laude, 1985

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)

(Hall of Fame)

Harriet PearsonHogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP‘s privacy and cybersecurity practices stretches across the Atlantic and is led in the US by Washington DC-based Scott Loughlin. Such global integration, involving Hong Kong and Beijing, is an asset for the team, especially when advising on global privacy and cybersecurity matters and regulations. Compliance with the CCPA, HIPAA and GDPR are a significant part of the firm’s offering, as is the advice in connection to M&A and joint ventures in the healthcare sector. Mark Brennan and Brett Cohen are involved in a matter for Google and are providing advice in connection to cybersecurity and law enforcement surveillance and social media regulation, among other areas, and representing it in class actions. Marcy Wilder, Harriet Pearson and Paul Otto are other key names.