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Megan Brown Named a 2016 ‘Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Trailblazer’ by The National Law Journal

November 1, 2016

Washington, DCMegan L. Brown, partner in Wiley Rein’s Appellate, Cybersecurity, Data & Network Security, and Telecom, Media & Technology practices, has been recognized as one of the nation’s top “Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Trailblazers” for 2016 by The National Law Journal (NLJ). Ms. Brown is among a select group of 50 honorees who made the list this year, and were profiled by NLJ in its October 31 issue.

This is the second consecutive year that a Wiley Rein attorney has been named to the highly competitive list. Matthew J. Gardner, of counsel in the firm’s Cybersecurity and White Collar Defense & Government Investigations practices, was recognized as a NLJ Cybersecurity Trailblazer in 2015.

Ms. Brown has significant litigation, appellate, and regulatory experience before state and federal courts and agencies, and represents corporations and industries in complex litigation and regulatory proceedings. As noted in the NLJ profile, she began her career working with wireless and technology companies. She subsequently went to work for the Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice; Ms. Brown recalled that she “saw some of the national security issues there and appreciated the role that private companies play in security and privacy.”

She added that since returning to private practice, she is “privileged to be a trusted advisor for parts of the communications sector to shape policy, advocate against regulation, and support existing public-private partnerships.” Her work focuses on “private efforts, the limitations of government’s ability to [shape policy], and the importance of protecting information sought by and shared with government.”

Ms. Brown voiced concerns that government agencies are leaning toward more regulation as technology evolves—even if it is “soft regulation” in the form of guidance and best practices—particularly in the area of the Internet of Things. “I’m hoping they don’t rush to regulate, but I fear they might,” she said. “As threats evolve, there is not one solution. Things will get complicated.”

To read the full profile (see page 3), please click here.