Aravind Swaminathan is global co-chair of the firm's Cybersecurity & Data Privacy team, which was named Privacy Practice Group of the Year in 2016 by Law360, and is nationally ranked by The Legal 500 in two categories. Aravind earned "particular praise" from Legal 500, as part of a team known for being "extremely responsive and client focused, succeeding at meeting the needs of both in-house counsel and tech-savvy business clients."
Aravind is a former federal cybercrime prosecutor, an accomplished trial lawyer, and class action litigator, with extensive experience in handling cybersecurity incidents and data breaches, government and internal investigations, and privacy-related matters.
Aravind advises clients in cybersecurity risk assessment and management, breach incident response planning, and corporate
governance responsibilities related to cybersecurity. Aravind has directed over 100 data breach investigations and cybersecurity incident
response efforts, including ones with national security implications. He
also represents companies and organizations facing cybersecurity and
privacy-oriented FTC, SEC, and State Attorney General investigations and class action litigation. Aravind
is a sought-after speaker on cybersecurity issues, including threat landscapes,
mitigation strategies, incident response plans, and threat management in mobile
device ecosystems. Aravind previously served on the City of Seattle’s
Privacy Advisory Committee, as general counsel to Washington State Governor Jay Inslee's task force on drone legislation, and is currently serving as counsel to PISCES, a
first-of-its-kind organization whose purpose is to facilitate information
sharing between state and local agencies and municipalities to improve threat
intelligence availability to support critical government services.
Until 2013, Aravind served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western
District of Washington, where he served as one of the district's Computer
Hacking and Intellectual Property Section attorneys. As a prosecutor, Aravind investigated and prosecuted a broad array of cybercrime cases, including ones involving hacking, phishing, theft of trade secrets, click fraud, cyber threats, and identity theft. Aravind also led the United States
Attorney's Office cybercrime outreach program for the Western District of
Washington, where he worked with members of the Department of Justice, state and federal
regulators, law enforcement and other organizations on cybersecurity and related