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Michelle Visser has extensive experience in defending companies that face the regulatory investigations, class action litigation, and payment card brand claims that frequently follow the announcement of cybersecurity incidents. In addition to litigating privacy and cybersecurity matters, Michelle has navigated numerous companies through their cybersecurity response, including by overseeing technical forensic investigations, advising on notification obligations and coordinating communication strategies.
When faced with an incident, companies call Michelle for crisis response with an eye toward potential litigation. Clients also look to Michelle for privacy and cybersecurity advice before a crisis is at hand. Michelle regularly takes the lessons learned from litigating privacy and cybersecurity matters to provide clients with proactive advice on how to structure their privacy and cybersecurity programs and incident response plans in ways designed to reduce legal exposure. Michelle is ranked as Up and Coming by Chambers USA Privacy and Data Security in 2020 for being equally capable in both compliance and enforcement elements of privacy regulation.
For her role in representing companies that have faced some of the most high-profile cybersecurity incidents and litigation to date, Michelle has been named an Up and Coming lawyer by Chambers USA since 2020, a Next Generation Lawyer by The Legal 500 in 2019, one of the “40 Under 40” in 2018 by the Global Data Review and a “Rising Star” by Law360 in 2015. She was also recognized as one of the “Women Leaders in Technology Law” by The San Francisco Recorder in 2015. Clients endorse Michelle, telling Chambers, they are “very impressed with her; I'm very happy to have her to rely on due to her responsiveness and pragmatic advice.”
Michelle is also regularly turned to for defense against other types of class actions and complex litigation with experience in defending companies against securities, antitrust, and other commercial claims.