Co-Chair, Financial Services LitigationLitigation
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University of Virginia, J.D., Order of the Coif.
Member, Managing Board, Virginia Law Review.
The George Washington University, B.A.
Donna L. Wilson is co-chair of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips’ Privacy & Data Security and its Financial Services Litigation groups and is resident in the Litigation Division in the Los Angeles office. Ms. Wilson advises clients with overall consumer protection-related and financial services disputes and compliance issues, and provides integrated advisory services to assist in the mitigation of the risks associated with data security, information governance and privacy issues. She has been recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the Top 100 Women Lawyers in California (2013), and as a Leading Attorney in Privacy and Data Security by the Legal 500 (2012, 2013).
Ms. Wilson is a seasoned trial lawyer whose practice focuses on data security and privacy and other consumer protection issues in consumer class and individual actions. She has a lengthy track record of successfully representing clients facing government enforcement actions related to both state and federal consumer protection statutes including the Song-Beverly Act, TCPA, RESPA/YSP, ECOA/FHA, FCRA, FDCPA, HOEPA, TILA, as well as alleged statutory and common law consumer privacy violations. Ms. Wilson counsels clients with respect to risk identification and mitigation by conducting reviews with respect to fair lending, UDAP, and other regulatory compliance issues. Her work on behalf of financial institutions, retailers, auto finance companies and other commercial clients has established her as a nationally recognized leader in the field with respect to consumer lending, privacy, and other consumer protection issues.
Ms. Wilson routinely counsels clients on privacy and data security issues, including those relating to third-party and business partner contracts, data security planning and incident response, the development and implementation of new products and services, insurance coverage and coordination, and compliance and gap auditing.
Recent representative matters include:
In addition, Ms. Wilson:
As a recognized thought leader on consumer protection issues and privacy, Ms. Wilson has authored numerous articles and is asked to speak on a variety of cutting-edge legal matters, and regularly quoted by various media, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Daily Journal, and many others. Ms. Wilson clerked for the Honorable Stanley S. Brotman of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the Honorable David R. Thompson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Top 75 Women Litigators in California, Daily Journal, 2013.
Leading Attorney in Privacy and Data Security, Legal 500, 2012 & 2013.
Member, Skadden, Arps Legal Aid Society Program.
Named "Knight of the Enterprise" by Lyondell Basell Chemical Company, an honor given to trial counsel who achieve outstanding results on behalf of the company, 2009.
Co-author, “The Next Big Thing: Enforcing Terms of Service in an Internet of Things World,” Bloomberg BNA’s Electric Commerce & Law Report, March 11, 2015.
Quoted, “On Guard: Vendors of Data Companies Likely to Feel Compliance Pressure,” Ad Age, January 8, 2015.
Quoted, “Calif., Mass. ZIP Code Suits Show No Signs Of Expiring,” Law360, July 28, 2014.
Quoted, “Data Breach at Target is Under Close Investigative Scrutiny,” USA Today, January 10, 2014.
"California's Homeowner Bill of Rights," Mortgage Banking Magazine, January 15, 2013. "'You Can't Handle the Truth!' Fact, Fiction and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act," Westlaw Journal Bank & Lender Liability, October 22, 2012. "Just the FACT(A)s: The Latest in FCRA Jurisprudence," Journal of Taxation and Regulation of Financial Institutions, April 23, 2012. "The Precarious Relationship Between Class Actions and Small Claims Courts," InsideCounsel, February 16, 2012. "Courts Take a Broad View of Protected Personal Identification Information," InsideCounsel, January 19, 2012. "Litigation: Recent Developments in Privacy Class Actions," InsideCounsel, December 22, 2011. "The Liability Potential of Layaway Revealed," RetailingToday.com, November 18, 2011. "Case Study: Anderson v. Hannaford Brothers," Law360, November 7, 2011. "Donna Wilson on Standing to Challenge Fee Award to Class Counsel," Thomson Reuters News & Insight, May 24, 2011. "No You May Not Have My ZIP Code," RetailingToday.com, March 28, 2011. "The State Supreme Court Shakes It Up for Retail Businesses," Los Angeles Daily Journal, February 16, 2011. "Using E&O Insurance in Foreclosure Litigation," Law360, December 22, 2010. "Settling Class Actions: Alternatives to Coupon Settlements after CAFA," Class Action Litigation Reporter, February 19, 2009.
Admitted to practice in the state of California and the District of Columbia.
Admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of California, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, U.S. District Court, Southern, Eastern, Central and Northern Districts of California.
Moderator, “How Corporate Counsel Are Managing the Latest Consumer Finance Claims/Class Actions; Compliance Challenges and Enforcement Actions,” ACI’s 22nd Consumer Finance Class Actions & Litigation Conference, Los Angeles, California, April 13-14, 2015.
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