Partner, Paul Hastings LLP; Director, Cable One and Norton Lifelock
Sherrese Smith is a partner in the Media, Technology and Telecommunications practice and is Vice-Chair of the Data Privacy and Cybersecurity practice at Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. She is a highly regarded and Chambers-ranked attorney who regularly counsels companies on complex transactional and regulatory issues involving media, communications and technology companies. She also advises and counsels multinational companies across various jurisdictions (including the US, EU and Asia) on data privacy and cybersecurity and breach response issues, including managing global privacy and information security risks and compliance matters and regularly navigates clients through data breach and crisis response and associated regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings.
Prior to joining Paul Hastings, Ms. Smith served as Chief Counsel to Chairman Julius Genachowski at the Federal Communications Commission where she was responsible for determining the agency’s business and policy agenda on a multitude of media and technology matters, including broadcast, cable and broadband, and internet matters, as well as wireless and telecommunications issues involving spectrum use. Ms. Smith was also responsible for leading the FCC’s cross-agency efforts to refine and implement new rules on data privacy and cybersecurity for multinational companies navigating complex data and privacy rules in the U.S., EU, and Asia. Her work also involved extensive interaction with external stakeholders, including wireless, media, cable, and telecommunications companies, industry groups and trade associations, federal and state agencies, and Congress. Prior to joining the FCC in 2009, Ms. Smith was Vice President and General Counsel of Washington Post Digital.