Mr José Luis Piñar > CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo > Madrid, Spain > Lawyer Profile

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo
28004 MADRID

Work Department

TMT - Data Protection




José Luis Piñar is a Consultant of the TMC department at CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo. He is highly regarded as one of Spain’s leading experts in data protection and IT law.

He is a former Director of the Spanish Data Protection Agency, Vice president of the European Group of Data Protection Authorities and Founder and inaugural President of the Latin-American Data Protection Network, among other positions.

At present, he is a Professor of Administrative law at the Universities of Castilla-La Mancha and CEU San Pablo de Madrid and chairs the Public Law section at the General Codification Commission of the Kingdom of Spain. In addition, he is also an Honorary Member of the Spanish Privacy Association (APEP) and of the “Experts Group on Digital Rights of the Citizens”, not to mention his role as Vice chairman of the Law, IT and Knowledge section at the Royal Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation.

He also acted as an international expert for the Advisory Council to Google on the Right to be Forgotten.

In 2018, he was presented with the ENATIC award for the Best Digital Legal Professional and this year received the ISMS Forum’s Cyber Security & Data Protection Award in recognition of his outstanding career.


Spanish, English, Italian


  • 1985 – Doctor of Law, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain).
  • 1984 – Diploma in Constitutional Law and Political Science, Centro de Estudios Constitucionales, Madrid (Spain).
  • 1979 – Graduate of Law, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain).

Lawyer Rankings

Spain > Data privacy and data protection

Drawing on the combined bench strength of 70 offices across 40 countries, the team at the Madrid office of global firm CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo develops data protection, privacy and cybersecurity programmes for multinationals involved in complex cross-border projects. Headed by regulatory telecoms expert Javier Torre de Silva and of counsel and privacy and personal data protection specialist José Luis Piñar, the group counsels key players such as British Telecom and eBay. Aided by associate and e-commerce specialist Miguel Recio, the team’s client portfolio spans such sectors as banking, telecoms, software and insurance.