Manatt, Phelps & Phillips has brought on three experienced cybersecurity experts to broaden its privacy and data security practices as its clients’ business needs evolve along with a shifting regulatory landscape.
The Los Angeles-based Am Law 200 firm has added San Francisco-based senior adviser Ingrid Beierly, who most recently served as the president and CEO of Bollozos Payment Security Consulting Services LLC; counsel John Treviño, a veteran data privacy and cybersecurity attorney; and senior adviser Peter Reid, who was a privacy consultant and once a former privacy officer at Hewlett-Packard. Treviño and Reid have joined Manatt Phelps’ Orange County office in Costa Mesa, California.
“I believe that the firm’s focus on cybersecurity and privacy, as well as technology, and technology sectors more generally, is reflected by my election as the CEO,” said Donna Wilson, the Los Angeles-based chair of Manatt Phelps’ privacy and data security practice.
Wilson, who joined Manatt Phelps in 2013 from Buckley Sandler, was only last month tapped to succeed William Quicksilver as the firm’s CEO and managing partner in July 2019. Wilson said one of her mandates as the firm’s next leader is to strategically grow its cybersecurity and privacy practices. At the moment, Manatt Phelps has 18 lawyers and strategic business advisers specializing in cybersecurity work.
Manatt Phelps had long been expanding its cybersecurity group before the advent of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation and California’s enactment late last month of the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, Wilson said.
“There is no question that this has raised the level of awareness from our clients,” Wilson added. “They are getting pressure from business partners … by their board members, by their regulators. It is a little bit hard to escape from.”
Of the three new additions, nonlawyers Beierly and Reid will serve as business and compliance consultants, while Treviño, a longtime in-house privacy and technology lawyer who also once worked at now-defunct Texas firm Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, comes aboard as counsel for Manatt Phelps’ litigation group.
“All three are known for their results-oriented approaches, and as Manatt continues to integrate its legal and consultancy offerings, their strong technical and in-house backgrounds will be of immediate value to our clients,” said Quicksilver, who has served as Manatt Phelps’ leader since 2007, in a statement announcing the new hires.
Prior to founding her own company, Beierly was a senior business leader at Visa Inc., where she spent more than a dozen years and had responsibility for managing global forensic and cybersecurity investigations at the San Mateo, California-based payment technology giant. Beierly joins a Manatt Phelps office in San Francisco that dramatically expanded a decade ago after the firm absorbed 45-lawyer local shop Steefel, Levitt & Weiss.
For his part, Reid spent several years working at Hewlett-Packard, where he managed data security and privacy processes for the information technology and services giant, which in 2015 split itself into two separate businesses. Treviño, meanwhile, has both in-house and outside counsel expertise on both the litigation and transactional side, particularly for travel and technology companies. Treviño spent more than seven years in Dallas working in-house at American Airlines Group Inc., as well as short stints at airline reservation systems provider Sabre GLBL Inc. and British telecommunications giant BT Group plc.
“Manatt is an ideal fit for me,” said Treviño in a statement. ”Today’s environment demands a new kind of strategic partner—one who brings knowledge and insight across every facet of today’s legal, regulatory and business systems.”
Manatt Phelps is a roughly 300-lawyer firm that took in $316.9 million in gross revenue last year, according to the most recent Am Law 200 financial data.
In April, the firm expanded its well-regarded health care practice, one it began building out a decade ago, by bringing on former Drinker Biddle & Reath partners Keith Anderson and Linda Moroney in Chicago. The following month, Eric Newsom, a former chair of the private equity and venture capital group at Manatt Phelps, joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton as a partner in San Francisco.