Ms Kristen Mathews > Morrison Foerster > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Morrison Foerster
NY 10019-9601
United States

Work Department

Privacy + Data Security




Kristen is a partner in our Global Privacy + Data Security Group. For more than 20 years, her practice has focused on advising clients on the full spectrum of privacy and cybersecurity issues, including regulatory and compliance matters. An early leader in the privacy sphere, Kristen has established her broad global data privacy and cybersecurity practice by working with clients across a broad range of industries.

Kristen’s cybersecurity experience includes guiding clients on compliance with data privacy laws, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA); protecting data in critical transactional matters, such as M&A deals; and preventing, preparing for, and responding to cybersecurity breaches. She helps financial services and insurance businesses build and mature their cybersecurity programs. She also provides counsel on direct-marketing compliance and defense of claims, and online, telematics, and employee and workplace privacy.

Kristen built her experience in these areas over several years with a New York–based technology law firm and later as head of the privacy and cybersecurity practice group of another major global firm. Clients across the technology, financial, retail, consumer goods, health, insurance, media, education, auto, utilities, sports, and hospitality sectors benefit from Kristen’s experience with the most complex privacy and cybersecurity matters.

Kristen continues to be at the forefront of developments in privacy and cybersecurity as ever-changing issues affect businesses around the world.  


IAPP – International Association of Privacy Professionals


Washington University in St. Louis (B.A., 1995)
Boston College Law School (J.D., 1998)

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Hall of Fame)

Kristen MathewsMorrison Foerster

Morrison Foerster is particularly well-known for guiding high-profile clients in their response to disruptive data breaches, disputes and compliance. Among the firm’s notable work includes acting as breach counsel to FireEye/Mandiant in the SolarWinds supply-chain compromise, alongside representing other major clients before federal regulators and in other inquiries, class actions and investigations. Highly recognized Miriam Wugmeister acts as global co-chair in New York. Julie O’Neill, who divides their time between Boston and Washington DC, is a privacy and consumer protection law expert. Purvi Patel in Los Angeles has a niche expertise in businesses’ collection of personal information. Christine Lyon  left the firm in August 2021. New York’s Kristen Mathews is ‘by far the most knowledgeable data privacy and data protection lawyer one can work with’, demonstrating ‘leading expertise’ in the full spectrum of privacy, data protection, and cybersecurity law. DC-based counsel Melissa Crespo is also highlighted.