Andy Serwin

Andrew B. Serwin is an internationally recognized thought leader in privacy and cybersecurity issues.  He is co-chair of the Global Privacy and Data Security Practice Group at Morrison & Foerster LLP’s San Diego and Washington, D.C., offices.  Mr. Serwin is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the private sector of the federally-funded National Cyber Forensic Training Alliance (NCFTA), an entity that functions as a forum for private industry, academia, and law enforcement, with a core mission to identify, mitigate, and neutralize cybercrime, and is the Executive Director and CEO of the Lares Institute, a think tank focused on information governance issues, where he conducts cutting-edge research regarding privacy and cybersecurity..  He is also previously served as a member of the advisory team of the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Asymmetric Warfare.  He also has been certified as a Governance Fellow by the National Association of Corporate Directors, and also received Carnegie Mellon University’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) certification in cyber oversight.

Mr. Serwin was named to Security Magazine’s “25 Most Influential Industry Thought Leaders” in 2009.  He was also recently named one of the Daily Journal’s “Top 100 Lawyers in California” for 2016.  He was named a 2015 Cyber Security & Data Privacy Trailblazer by the National Law Journal, recognizing the 50 people “who have helped make a difference in the fight against criminal cyber activity.” He was also ranked second in the most-recent Computerworld survey of top global privacy advisors.  He is also recognized by Chambers USA and Chambers Global (2009-2016) as one of the top privacy and data security attorneys.  Chambers USA notes that Mr. Serwin “attracts praise for his consultative and strategic approach to complex matters” and “savvy when dealing with regulatory bodies . . . very good on international issues.”  He was described by clients as “a tireless worker, holding onto the ever-shifting puzzle pieces of the law in this area in a way that other privacy lawyers cannot” by Chambers Global.  The Legal 500 has recognized him as a Leading Lawyer in data protection and privacy (2010-2016), and clients stated that he “understands business concerns and provides practical, to-the-point advice.”  He was selected for inclusion in the San Diego Super Lawyers lists (2007–2017fam), including being ranked in the Top 50 lawyers of 2012.  Mr. Serwin was selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America in the field of information technology law (2010–2017), where he was noted to be “one of the top privacy lawyers able to focus not only on the complexity of the laws in the United States, but also globally, including European data protection laws and the APEC privacy framework.”

A noted public speaker and author, Mr. Serwin has written the leading treatise on privacy and security, “Information Security and Privacy: A Guide to Federal and State Law and Compliance,” and “Information Security and Privacy: A Guide to International Law and Compliance” (West 2006–2016), collectively a 5,500-page, three-volume treatise, that examines all aspects of privacy and security laws, published by Thomson-West. The treatise has been called “the best privacy sourcebook,” “an indispensable resource for privacy professionals at all levels,” and “a book that everybody in the information privacy field should have on their desk.”

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