Faculty: Liisa M. Thomas

LiisaThomas150Liisa Thomas, a partner based in Winston & Strawn’s Chicago and London offices, is the chair of the firm’s Global Privacy and Data Security Practice. Her clients rely on her ability to create clarity in a sea of confusing legal requirements and describe her as “extremely responsive, while providing thoughtful legal analysis combined with real world practical advice.” Ms. Thomas is a recent recipient of the National Law Journal Cybersecurity Trailblazer Award, and the 2016 Client Choice Award for IT and the Internet by Lexology/ILO. Clients praise her ability to add real value to clients’ business above and beyond the other players in the market.

Ms. Thomas, who was born in Finland and has lived in France, Egypt, and Spain, frequently coordinates global efforts in the privacy area for her clients. Clients value her global insights and familiarity with business systems outside of the United States. With Ms. Thomas’s assistance, her clients—which include major consumer brands, advertising agencies, and consumer research companies—are able to navigate thorny data breach disclosure issues, use emerging interactive advertising techniques, and create compliant security programs all while effectively managing their legal risks. According to Chambers, clients are quick to praise her “hard-working, business-focused, and detail-oriented approach to matters” and describe her as “keeping [clients] one step ahead of where [they] need to be.” She assists clients with a variety of legal issues, including:

  • Identifying and investigating data breach incidents
  • Coaching clients through the data breach notification process
  • Creating information protection and security programs
  • Simplifying privacy policies to better protect corporate clients
  • Developing compliant text message and mobile marketing campaigns
  • Navigating the complex legal world of online behavioral advertising
  • Ensuring compliance in social media promotions
  • Counseling on children’s advertising and privacy issues

In addition to accolades from National Law Journal, Ms. Thomas has been recognized by the Leading Lawyers Network, Chambers, and Legal 500. She is a recipient of Cybersecurity Docket’s inaugural “Incident Response 30,” which honors 30 incident response professionals critical to managing data breaches. She has also been honored for her leadership in the legal field by the Illinois Diversity Council, and in 2014 was named by CorporateLiveWire as the Illinois Advertising Lawyer of the Year. Ms. Thomas is often quoted by the press and has spoken and written extensively on cutting-edge privacy law matters, including authoring the top-selling Thomas on Data Breach: A Practical Guide to Handling Worldwide Data Breach Notification, described as “a no-nonsense roadmap for in-house and external practitioners alike.”

Ms. Thomas is currently an adjunct professor in Northwestern University’s Masters of Science in the Law Program, and has taught privacy courses at several other Chicago-area law schools, including DePaul University and the University of Chicago. Ms. Thomas is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee, chairs the International Trademark Association Bulletins Committee, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Thomas received a B.A. in History from Haverford College and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. She is an avid sailboat racer and plays violin in the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra, an orchestra made up of lawyers and judges.

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When: Tuesday, April 4, 2017
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