Privacy + Security Forum Fall Academy

Webinaire | September.30.2021


Heather Sussman, Keily Blair, Emily Tabatabai and Hannah Levin led panels on cyber supply chain attacks and dark patterns during the Privacy + Security Forum Fall Academy hosted by the Privacy + Security Academy.

Cyber - Supply Chain Attacks - Risk Identification, Mitigation and Response

Due to globalization, decentralization and outsourcing of supply chains, the number of cybersecurity exposure points for any organisation has increased - and continues to increase - exponentially over time. As such, understanding the cybersecurity risk associated with your supply chain should be a key area of focus for all organisations. In this panel we consider how you can proactively (and pragmatically) identity and triage cyber security risk in your supply chain, and how an organisation should react when facing a cyber security incident in its supply chain.

Heather Sussman, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Keily Blair, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Peter Lefkowitz, VP and Chief Digital Risk Officer of Citrix

Dark Patterns: The Privacy Hot Topic of 2021

"Dark Patterns" keep popping up in all corners of the privacy space. While deceptive acts and practices have long been prohibited by the FTC Act, the amorphous concept of "dark patterns" has been a recent focus of the FTC, consumer advocate organizations and state legislators. But what are "dark patterns" and when does user interface design cross over from "optimized" to "manipulative" or "deceptive"? This panel will explore the existing legal frameworks as well as legislative proposals that seek to define and regulate dark patterns, highlight recent enforcement actions and consumer complaints, and help your business stay on the right side of the emerging law.

Emily Tabatabai, Partner, Orrick
Hannah Levin, Managing Associate, Orrick
Stacey Gray, Senior Counsel, Future of Privacy Forum

Heather Egan Sussman


  • Technology & Innovation Sector
  • Finance Sector
  • Energy & Infrastructure Sector
  • Cybersécurité et confidentialité des données
  • Conformité & Règlementation
  • Investigations internationales et mesures d'application
  • Technology & Innovation
  • Fintech
  • Environmental, Social & Corporate Governance (ESG)
  • Strategic Advisory & Government Enforcement (SAGE)

Heather Egan Partner


Heather Egan is the Business Unit Leader for Orrick’s Strategic Advisory & Government Enforcement (SAGE) Business Unit. Heather focuses on cybersecurity, privacy and information management. A strategic advisor to clients, she is ranked by Chambers USA, Chambers Global and The Legal 500 United States as a leader in her field. Chambers explains companies turn to Heather because she “understands all the business issues and the dynamics of how to implement privacy programs [and is] extraordinarily thoughtful, very pragmatic and responsive.”

Heather partners with clients to reduce the risk of privacy and security incidents. In the event of an incident, she helps companies respond, successfully guiding them through investigation, remediation, notification and any ensuing government inquiries. She provides comprehensive crisis management support and companies rely on her to manage their response to catastrophes, investigations and government probes involving conduct by employees, contractors and third parties. 

To help clients navigate complicated global regulatory compliance challenges, she leads comprehensive cybersecurity and privacy assessments worldwide, vets risks in corporate transactions, conducts internal investigations stemming from data incidents, and  drafts and negotiates contracts concerning data-related vendors and arrangements. She regularly counsels businesses on how to mitigate risks associated with the collection, use, retention, disclosure, transfer and disposal of personal data. Outside of the U.S., she manages teams of talented counsel around the world to deliver seamless advice for clients that operate across many jurisdictional lines, developing comprehensive privacy and cybersecurity programs that address competing regulatory regimes.



  • Technology & Innovation Sector
  • Cybersécurité et confidentialité des données
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Internet of Things
  • Strategic Advisory & Government Enforcement (SAGE)

Emily S. Tabatabai Partner

Washington, D.C.; Houston

Emily S. Tabatabai is a partner and founding member of Orrick’s global Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation Group. She has been recognized by The Legal 500 for her "extraordinary depth of knowledge in student data privacy matters," and by Chambers USA as "an invaluable resource to have when it comes to data privacy and security."

Emily advises clients on an array of privacy and data management matters, helping clients navigate the complex web of privacy laws, rules, regulations and best practices governing the collection, use, transfer and disclosure of data and personal information. Emily works closely with client business teams and in-house counsel to assess and manage privacy risks, design and deploy compliance programs and implement privacy-by-design approaches to address key compliance objectives while supporting each client’s data innovation strategies and the development and use of cutting-edge digital technologies. She frequently guides child and student-directed service providers through the complexities of compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), California’s Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SOPIPA) and similar state student privacy laws. Emily represents clients subject to regulatory investigations and litigation. She also advises companies across the industry spectrum as they work towards compliance with federal and state laws, including:

  • California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA)
  • California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
  • California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA)
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
  • Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)
  • Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act)
  • Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act

Emily also has an active consumer protection practice, focused on marketing and promotional issues. She counsels clients on interest-based advertising, sweepstakes and marketing promotions, retail sales and e-commerce platforms, advertising substantiation, new media and social media integration, and SMS text messaging and telemarketing, including matters involving the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act (ROSCA) and state and federal consumer protection statutes.

Emily is a frequent speaker on data privacy matters, with a particular focus on children’s privacy (COPPA), student data privacy and EdTech. She has been featured as an “Up and Coming” Privacy & Data Security attorney by Chambers USA and Chambers Global. Clients tell Chambers, “she's been an excellent partner. She has a very good understanding of the practical realities of implementing privacy policies for large companies.” Citing her expertise in the field of educational privacy, student data and ed-tech matters, Chambers reports that clients regard her as “very knowledgeable and truly and expert in this space,” with some saying, “On the student data side, she is unmatched.”

Emily is a Certified Information Privacy Professional in both U.S. and European privacy law (CIPP/US and CIPP/E) and a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Publications Advisory Board.



  • Technology & Innovation Sector
  • Cybersécurité et confidentialité des données
  • Strategic Advisory & Government Enforcement (SAGE)

Hannah Levin Senior Associate

Washington, D.C.

Hannah Levin advises clients on security incident response and state and federal investigations and enforcement actions. Hannah coordinates breach responses for companies across diverse sectors and represents clients in front of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state regulators for privacy, cybersecurity, and consumer protection issues. She also counsels on all aspects of privacy and data security compliance.

Hannah provides guidance on state and federal regulations, including state data breach laws and notification requirements, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and the advertising industry’s self-regulatory regimes. She also helps clients navigate consumer protection issues, including the Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act (ROSCA) and federal and state consumer protection statutes.

Hannah also has broad civil and criminal litigation experience. She has worked on complex class action and commercial litigation matters, government enforcement actions and internal corporate investigations. She has represented clients facing liability under a variety of state and federal laws, including federal and state consumer protection statutes.

Prior to entering private practice, Hannah served as a law clerk to the Honorable Lynne A. Battaglia of the Supreme Court of Maryland.