IAPP Privacy. Security. Risk. 2021

International Association of Privacy Professionals

Conference | October.22.2021 | 3:45pm - 4:45pm (Pacific Daylight Time)

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

Michelle Visser, a partner in Orrick’s Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group, will be a speaker at the “Don’t Check Your Privilege: Keep Forensic Reports Privileged & Confidential” panel at IAPP’s Privacy Security Risk 2021 Conference. Michelle together with the other panelists will discuss how to structure a forensics investigation and craft report language to preserve confidentiality as well as the best ways to handle internal and external communications and minimize the risk of waiver. They will also address the latest recommendations with regard to two-track investigations and joint defense agreements.


  • Michelle Visser, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
  • Jennifer Archie, CIPP/US, Partner - Litigation & Trial, Latham & Watkins
  • James Perry, Senior Director, Incident Response, CrowdStrike
  • Mark Smith, CIPP/C, CIPP/US, CIPM, Principal Legal Analyst, Privacy & Data Security, Bloomberg Law

CLE Credits Available: Y

Michelle Visser


  • Technology & Innovation Sector
  • Finance Sector
  • 網絡、隱私與數據創新
  • Litigation and IP
  • Trials
  • 反壟斷與競爭
  • 最高法院與上訴
  • 集體訴訟抗辯
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Securities Litigation
  • 商業秘密訴訟
  • Government Investigations and Enforcement Actions
  • Technology & Innovation
  • California Consumer Privacy Act

Michelle Visser Partner

San Francisco; Boston

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.