Orrick Adds Top-Tier Global Data Privacy Adviser in California


Orrick today announced that Shannon Yavorsky, a leading authority on U.S. and European data privacy issues, has joined us as a partner in our San Francisco office. Shannon was previously a partner with Venable.

The move follows a string of additions worldwide to Orrick’s Chambers Band 1-ranked Cyber & Privacy team. Last year, we opened our Boston office with a Cyber & Privacy litigation and advisory team led by partners Heather Sussman and Doug Meal, and in January added partners Keily Blair and James Lloyd in London to help companies address the increasing risk of enforcement and litigation exposure in the UK and European Union.

As an attorney qualified in California, England and Wales, and Ireland, Shannon brings a deep understanding of the increasingly complex privacy and data security regulatory landscape, particularly the emerging issues surrounding the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). She has vast experience advising companies on privacy and security issues in a broad range of technology transactions, notably for the tech, healthcare, advertising and automotive industries.

Before joining Venable, Shannon practiced for 10 years with Kirkland & Ellis in London and the Bay Area, and previously four years in the London office of Squire Patton Boggs.

“We are seeing an increasing demand from companies doing business around the world for lawyers with Shannon’s global perspective on how to respond to data privacy regulation, and we are thrilled to add someone of her caliber to our Cyber & Privacy team,” said Heather, who co-leads our Cyber & Privacy advisory practice with partner Aravind Swaminathan. “She is well-positioned to provide innovative solutions to address CCPA issues in California, as well as new regulations expected to emerge in other states, while also providing invaluable insights into GDPR’s far-reaching impact on the companies we represent. That will make her a fantastic complement to Keily and James in Europe.”

“It is exciting to be joining a firm focused on innovation and helping clients respond to the digital transformation and how it is shaping data privacy regulation,” Shannon said. “The firm’s global platform and commitment to establishing a destination practice for cyber and privacy issues made this move an ideal fit for my background and experience. I look forward to working with Heather, Aravind and the rest of the team in helping companies navigate regulations such as CCPA and GDPR.”

American Lawyer covered Shannon’s move to Orrick in this story.