Jo-Ellyn S. Klein > Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Robert S. Strauss Tower
2001 K Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006-1037
United States
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Work Department

Senior Counsel; Health; Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Protection


Jo-Ellyn Klein has more than 20 years of experience counseling clients on complex privacy and data security matters and is a leading practitioner on health privacy and data protection matters. She devotes a substantial portion of her practice to assisting clients with issues arising under state and federal privacy, security and data breach notification laws and regulations, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009 (HITECH), Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act, and myriad state privacy, security and breach notification laws.

Jo-Ellyn examines privacy and data protection issues arising in settings ranging from hospitals to professional sports to the medical device industry to the telecommunications industry. She assists clients with compliance activities, data breach preparedness and response efforts, complex contracts and litigation.

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Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) with the International Association of Privacy Professionals.


J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1998; A.B., Duke University, 1994; Certificate in Elementary Education, Duke University, 1994

Lawyer Rankings

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

Based in San Francisco and Dallas, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP‘s cybersecurity, privacy and data protection practice particularly stands out for its breadth, and is regularly sought out by companies needing to update their privacy policies in connection to the California Consumer Privacy Act, seeking representation in privacy and cybersecurity disputes, including data breach class actions as well as assistance in government and internal investigations. Regulatory advice and compliance are also strong areas, alongside transactional work. Natasha Kohne in San Francisco is an expert in the retail, health, financial services and energy sectors and co-heads the department together with Michelle Reed in Dallas, who specializes in privacy and security risk assessments and procedures to mitigate privacy and cybersecurity threats. Jo-Ellyn S. Klein is a key contact in Washington DC.