Laura K. Schwalbe Earns Prestigious European Data Protection Law Certification

Harter Secrest and Emery’s attorneys and staff now hold the most Certified Information Privacy Credentials in the Buffalo and Rochester markets

Buffalo, New York, August 9, 2023 – Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, a full-service business law firm with offices throughout New York, announced that Laura K. Schwalbe, a senior associate in the firm’s Privacy and Data Security practice, received the Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E) designation from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).  She previously earned the CIPP/US credential in 2020.

CIPP is the global industry standard for professionals entering and working in the field of privacy. Backed by ANSI/ISO accreditation, the CIPP/E certification demonstrates an understanding of a principles-based framework and knowledge base in information privacy within the European context, including pan-European and national data protection laws, key privacy terminology and practical concepts concerning the protection of personal data and trans-border data flows, and critical topics like GDPR and other applicable regulations.

Schwalbe is the second Harter Secrest & Emery attorney to earn both CIPP distinguished credentials (CIPP/US and CIPP/E). F. Paul Greene, head of the firm’s Privacy and Data Security practice group, received his European credentials in addition to his US credentials in 2020. Schwalbe’s certification means Harter Secrest & Emery now holds the most Information Privacy credentials in the Rochester and Buffalo regions.

Schwalbe and Greene are also part of Harter Secrest & Emery’s new Artificial Intelligence and New Technology Practice group, which brings together seasoned practitioners from across the firm, including its Privacy and Data Security, Corporate, Government Affairs, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, Litigation, and Mergers & Acquisitions practice groups to advise and counsel clients on matters involving AI. Schwalbe also advises clients in connection with government and internal investigations and represents clients in complex litigation.

Schwalbe graduated from Boston University and is a magna cum laude graduate of the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law.

Harter Secrest & Emery’s privacy and data security clients range from Fortune 100 corporations to closely held businesses and include representatives from a wide range of industries, such as health care, financial services, data analytics/big data, merchants, manufacturers, defense contractors, and employers of all sizes. The team also advises public clients and critical infrastructure providers on privacy and data security issues. The firm has a 24-hour Cybersecurity Incident and Breach Response Line to assist companies responding to a cyberattack or data breach. The response line, 1-800-232-3021, connects callers directly with the firm’s Privacy and Data Security attorneys 24/7 who can provide breach coach guidance, including breach response and remediation support, crisis management and communication, post-breach reporting and notice, and advice and representation concerning potential litigation and regulatory enforcement.

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