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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.
District of Columbia
Donna L. Wilson is the chair of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips’ Privacy and Data Security practice and the co-chair of its Financial Services Litigation practice. 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), as a Leading Attorney in Privacy and Data Security by the Legal 500 (2012-2015) and by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the Most Influential Lawyers in White Collar and Cyber Crime (2015).
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.
Speaker, “Is There An Ethical Duty to Protect Client Data?,” ALM’s Cybersecurity and Data Protection Legal Summit, New York, New York, December 2, 2014. Panelist, “Data Security/Privacy Class Actions: Identifying and Mitigating the Expanding and Evolving Risks,” Strafford Webinar, November 13, 2014. Moderator, “The Rapidly Growing Minefield of Data Security and Data Breach/The Role of Smart Devices and The Internet of Things,” 36th Annual BAA Marketing Law Conference, Chicago, Illinois, November 5–7, 2014. Speaker, “Hackers and Other Cyber Risks That Can Kill Your Company,” California Capital Summit Breakfast, Los Angeles, California, October 17, 2014. Panelist, “ Digital Media for In-House Counsel: Everything You Should Know About New Media But Were Afraid To Ask,” The Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel (AMEC), Los Angeles, California, September 25, 2014. Panelist, “Dodd-Frank Developments and Trendspotting,” 2014 Lavender Law Conference, New York, New York, August 21–23, 2014. Panelist, “Using Diversity to Build a Book of Business,” 2014 Lavender Law Conference, New York, New York, August 21–23, 2014. Speaker, “All About the Telephone Consumer Protection Act,” Bridgeport Continuing Education’s Advertising, Marketing & Media Law Litigation and Best Practices Conference, July 25, 2014. Panelist, “Recent Developments in Data Privacy Class Actions and Insurance Coverage,” ABA Section of Litigation Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee, the Consumer Litigation Committee and Mass Torts Committee, San Francisco, California, June 19, 2014. Speaker, “Implications of ‘Big Data’ for the Consumer Finance Litigation Sector: What Financial Services Companies and Their Outside Counsel Now Need to Know Given the Progress that the CFPB and OFR Have Made,” American Conference Institute’s 18th National Forum on Consumer Finance Class Action & Litigation, Los Angeles, California, April 8–9, 2014. Speaker, “Growing Class Action Threat: Breaches of Consumer Personally Identifiable Information, Minimizing Litigation Risk and Maximizing Insurance Coverage,” Strafford Webinar, March 18, 2014. Cochair and Speaker, American Conference Institution’s 13th Annual National Forum on Residential Mortgage Litigation & Enforcement, January 16, 2014. Speaker, “Litigation Trends and Developments: What Every Bank CEO Should Know,” Banker Roundtable Discussion, California Bankers Association 2014 Bank Presidents Seminar, Santa Barbara, California, January 9–11, 2014.
Panelist, Strafford Webinar on Privacy Class Actions, November 12, 2013. Speaker, National Association of Women Lawyers’ 9th Annual General Counsel Institute, November 7-8, 2013. Speaker, "Responding to Stepped Up Litigation and Enforcement Being Brought at the State Level, With an Emphasis on California, Florida, New York, Illinois, Texas, and Nevada." ACI's 12th National Forum on Residential Mortgage Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement, September 26, 2013. Speaker, "Driving Positive Change in Payments Acceptance Through Partnership: American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant," Merchant Advisory Group Webinar, August 14, 2013. Panelist, Second Annual Roundtable on Current "Hot Topics" and Legal Developments Facing the Retail and Fashion Industries, March 7, 2013. Speaker, The California Homeowners Bill of Rights: What Does It Mean for Your Business? January 31, 2013. Speaker, Privacy Class Actions: Latest Developments in International Privacy and Negligent Data Breach Litigation, January 24, 2013. Speaker, 2012 CFPB and Top Regulatory and Enforcement Issues Conference, April 24, 2012. Moderator, "Banks Under Scrutiny: The Civil, Criminal, Regulatory, and Insurance Fallout from Mortgage Foreclosures and Bank Failures," ABA Litigation Section Annual Meeting, April 18, 2012. Speaker, FCRA and FACTA: Leveraging New Developments in Certification, Damages, and Preemption, March 21, 2012. Panelist, "The Credit Crisis and D&O Insurance Coverage: Challenges Facing Insureds, Insurers, and Regulators," ABA Section of Litigation Insurance Coverage CLE Seminar, March 1, 2012. Panelist, Round Table on 2011-2012 Legal Developments and Trends for the Retail and Fashion Industries, January 19, 2012. Speaker, "Legal Actions by the FDIC to Recover Losses of Failed Banks: The Potential Liability of Officers and Directors," American Association of Bank Directors Webinar, December 7, 2011. Speaker, Class Actions on Data Breach and Privacy on the Rise, December 7, 2011. Speaker, Emerging Class Action Threat: Consumer Personal ID Data Strategies to Minimize Litigation Risks, May 24, 2011. Speaker, FCRA and FACTA Class Actions, April 26, 2011. Speaker, West Coast Mortgage Lending and Servicing Today Conference, April 11, 2011. Panelist, "Responding to the Latest Cyber Threats: Mobile Workforces, Technology, Data Thefts, and Cloud Computing." ACI's Privacy & Security of Consumer and Employee Information Conference, January 26, 2011. Speaker, Data Privacy and Information Security Conference, June 3, 2010. "Privacy, Data Security, and Data Breach Litigation Nationally and Internationally," 2010 Fair Lending Today Conference, April 19, 2010.
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