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J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School

B.A., magna cum laude, Georgetown University; Phi Beta Kappa

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Articles Editor, Harvard Journal on Legislation

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District of Columbia Bar


Certified Information Privacy Professional

Kirk specializes in privacy and information security litigation and counseling, along with a variety of health care, insurance fraud, and compliance issues. He assists companies in a wide range of industries in analyzing and implementing the requirements of privacy and security laws across the country and internationally. He also works with insurers and health care industry participants in developing compliance programs and defending against government investigations into their practices. A long-time member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), he is the editor of The Privacy Advisor, the monthly newsletter of the IAPP. He was named as the Co-Chair of the Confidentiality, Privacy, and Security Workgroup, a panel of government and private sector privacy and security experts advising the American Health Information Community (AHIC) on privacy and security issues arising from health information technology. 

Rated by Chambers USA in the nation’s top-tier of privacy attorneys, sources remark that he is “the guy you need to call” (2014) and is in “‘the top echelon’ of data privacy lawyers” (2013). Clients report that he is “great to work with, incredibly knowledgeable and always available” (2016). He is also praised for his “pragmatic advice on complex issues” (2015), “almost encyclopedic knowledge of the law and its application” (2012), and his professional sensitivity to “both costs and delivering results on time” (2013). Clients have commended him as “a fantastic lawyer who keeps abreast of new developments in the field” who “avoids legal jargon and goes the extra mile for his clients” (2011). He is also lauded for his “practical knowledge of what other health care organizations are doing and how they are interpreting the law” (2010). Kirk has also been named an expert practitioner by the Guide to the Leading US Healthcare Lawyers, a leading health care lawyer by The Best Lawyers in America directory and one of the leading privacy “hired guns” by Computerworld.

Representative Experience

  • Assists companies in a wide range of industries in analyzing and implementing the requirements of privacy and security laws across the country.
  • Serves as outside counsel for numerous corporations on matters involving the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999, and other privacy and information security issues.
  • Develops and evaluates compliance programs, including assessments of whether compliance programs meet evolving legal standards.
  • Assists companies in the health care, insurance, and other industries in defending against government investigations and conducting internal investigations.
  • Investigation and litigation of potential fraud against health insurers and property/casualty insurers, including development and oversight of anti-fraud programs.
  • Advises the insurance industry on issues involving claims handling, criminal and civil investigations, investigation coordination, information sharing in fraud investigations, defense of tort claims by investigative targets, and various contracting issues.

Professional Experience

  • Editorial Board, The Health Lawyer (2014-Present)
  • Editorial Board, BNA Privacy & Security Law Report (2009-Present)
  • Board of Directors, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) (2003-2013)
  • Editor (2002-Present) and Chair, Advisory Board (2006-Present), The Privacy Advisor, International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Editorial Advisory Board, BNA Health Care Fraud Report (2000-Present)
  • Advisory Board, BNA Health Law Reporter (2004-Present)


  • Editor, Privacy Advisor, and Board Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
    • Founding Board Member, Privacy Bar Section


  • Named exclusive winner of the International Law Office's Client Choice Award in Healthcare & Life Sciences for the District of Columbia (2013)
  • Listed by Chambers USA as one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in Privacy & Data Security (2008-2018)
  • Listed by Chambers Global as one of the "Leaders in Their Field" for his work in Privacy & Data Security (2011-2019)
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America directory for Health Care Law (2008-2019)
  • Dubbed one of the leading privacy "hired guns" by Computerworld magazine (2006-2007, 2010)
  • Named an expert practitioner by Legal Media Group's Expert Guides: Guide to the Leading US Healthcare Lawyers (2006)
  • Named one of DC's "Super Lawyers" for Health Care by Super Lawyers magazine (2012-2018)
  • Named one of "Washington's Top Lawyers" by Washingtonian magazine (2015, 2018)
  • AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell's highest ranking by peers for general ethical standards and legal ability

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