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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Anna Spencer

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

Work Department

Privacy and Data Security

Position

Partner

Career

Anna Spencer focuses on the privacy and security of health information. She counsels a diverse group of companies, including pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, healthcare providers, health-information technology companies, financial institutions and employers that sponsor group health plans.

She helps companies leverage data assets, respond to data breaches and develop rules involving the electronic exchange of health information. Anna has extensive knowledge of global privacy matters and consumer protection issues and regularly advises companies with respect to HIPAA and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services guidelines. She has also defended providers in investigations arising from actions by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Anna regularly advises clients on privacy and security compliance issues related to cloud computing, big data, health information technology and de-identification of data sets. She also has extensive knowledge of state health information privacy and security laws.

Education

JD, Vanderbilt University; BA, Sewanee


United States: Industry focus

Healthcare: service providers

Within: Healthcare: service providers

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s expertise spans private equity issues, transactional work, litigation, regulatory and compliance matters, and data privacy advice. It recently advised Mednax on its £132m acquisition of Radiology Associates of South Florida; assisted DentaQuest and its subsidiary Advantage Community Company with its acquisition of the Access Dental platform in Oregon and Washington; and handled JW Childs Associates’ acquisition of Ascent Medical Group. Miami-based practice head Joshua Kaye led the work. Health data expert Anna Spencer joined the firm’s Atlanta office from Sidley Austin LLP and Adam Rogers joined Jones Day.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)

Within: Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)

Highlights for DLA Piper LLP (US)’s ‘stand-out team’ included advising Pfizer on its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance program, assisting T. Rowe Price with issues surrounding the accidental transmission of company records to a vendor and acting for the State Privacy and Security Coalition on halting the implementation of state privacy rules that would have allowed internet service providers to share customer information. Jim Halpert heads the Washington DC-based practice, Chicago-based global co-chair of technology transactions Vincent Sanchez is also a key name and handles transactions involving IP assets and innovative technologies. Former Senator Saxby Chambliss is based in the firm’s Atlanta office and is highly regarded for his cybersecurity experience, including advising on cybersecurity governance, information sharing and intelligence-related matters; Rena Mears in San Francisco is also recommended for her risk assessment, program development and cybersecurity knowledge. Carol Umhoefer in Miami is the main contact for EU privacy compliance and Anna Spencer focuses on data privacy in the healthcare sector.

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