Mr Aaron Simpson > Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
200 PARK AVENUE
NEW YORK, NY 10166
NEW YORK
United States

Work Department

Privacy and Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Incidents, European Data Protection and Privacy, Records Management, Corporate, Crisis Management, FinTech, Information Technology, Sustainability and Corporate Clean Power

Position

Partner

Career

For close to 20 years, Aaron has advised clients on a broad range of complex privacy and cybersecurity matters, including during the two years he spent as the managing partner of our firm’s London office. As a leader on the firm’s privacy team, Aaron’s work includes advising clients across the globe on high-profile corporate transactions, large-scale cybersecurity incidents, compliance with existing and emerging regulatory requirements in the U.S., UK, EU, and Asia, and negotiating complex data-driven agreements. Aaron regularly represents clients in private equity (as well as their portfolio companies), technology, financial services, retail, consumer packaged goods, and life sciences. He is well-known for his unique transatlantic and commercial perspective on privacy and cybersecurity matters. Outside of his work for clients, Aaron is a sought-after media resource on privacy issues and has been quoted in such publications as TIME Magazine, The Times (London), Bloomberg Businessweek Magazine, Law360, Corporate Secretary, and DataGuidance. Aaron regularly speaks before industry groups, legal organizations, government agencies and universities at conferences, seminars, roundtables and webinars. He has written and co-authored numerous articles, book chapters and handbooks on privacy and cybersecurity issues.

Memberships

Admitted to the New York State Bar and the England and Wales (Registered Foreign Lawyer) Bar

Education

  • JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 2002
  • BA, The University of Texas, High Honors, 1997

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading lawyers)

Aaron SimpsonHunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is widely recognized as a cybersecurity law leader, specializing in complex cybersecurity and data breach events. Recently, the New York-based department has been particularly active advising clients in data breach preparedness, data transfer strategies post-Schrems II and defending major businesses against claims with respect to the CCPA. The practice is led by Lisa J. Sotto, who is also known for her role as chair of the US Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. The team includes Aaron Simpson, who has an established EU data protection practice and provides ‘exceptional commercial perspective and insight.’ Brittany Bacon advises large, multinational companies on large cybersecurity incidents. Associate Danielle Dobrusin has a name as CCPA and CPRA expert.

London > Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP handles a range of data protection and privacy matters, including compliance projects, data sharing risk assessments, and large-scale cybersecurity incidents. Acting for high-profile clients such as Google and News Corporation, the group has a long-standing relationship with the UK ICO, other data protection regulators, and governments across Europe, often advising on policy matters. Splitting his time between New York and London, Aaron Simpson, who is recommended for cross-border data transfer solutions, overseas the team alongside Bojana Bellamy, who presides the firm’s think tank, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership. Other key names include Sarah Pearce, who joined the firm from Paul Hastings LLP in 2022; and senior consultant Rosemary Jay, who has extensive expertise in privacy and information laws. Bridget Treacy retired in October 2021.