Kirk J. Nahra

Partner Co-Chair, Big Data Practice Co-Chair, Cybersecurity & Privacy Practice at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Kirk J. Nahra

Kirk J. Nahra

Partner Co-Chair, Big Data Practice Co-Chair, Cybersecurity & Privacy Practice at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Biography

Kirk Nahra has been a leading authority on privacy and cybersecurity matters for more than two decades. Indeed, he is one of the few lawyers in the world ranked in Band 1 by Chambers in privacy and data security. Mr. Nahra counsels clients across industries, from Fortune 500 companies to startups, on implementing the requirements of privacy and data security laws across the country and internationally. He also advocates for clients experiencing privacy and security breaches, and represents clients in contract and deal matters, enforcement actions, regulatory investigations and related litigation.

Mr. Nahra is best known for his work with health insurers, hospitals, service providers, pharmaceutical manufacturers and other health care industry participants. He has a deep understanding of the privacy and security issues healthcare companies face relating to HIPAA rules, state and federal legislation, enforcement activities, internal investigations, international principles, due diligence in transactions, data breach risk assessments, and the key lines between regulated and unregulated data. During his decades of experience, Mr. Nahra has developed compliance programs, drafted privacy and information security policies, negotiated agreements involving health data, responded to health incidents and defended clients against government investigations.

Mr. Nahra also has substantial experience working with clients in the financial services and insurance industries on privacy and data security matters relating to the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, data aggregation and sharing practices, and privacy and data security compliance under a wide range of state and federal laws. He also has a breadth of experience drafting and evaluating data security practices and policies across varying industry standards; has investigated and litigated potential fraud against insurers, and has assisted with the development and oversight of corporate compliance programs.

Additionally, Mr. Nahra is well versed in a variety of other privacy and consumer protection issues, including marketing laws pertaining to email, phone and online communications; the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act; and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.

Professional Activities

A leader in the privacy bar, Mr. Nahra has been involved in developing the privacy legal field for 20 years. As a founding member and longtime board member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, he helped establish the organization’s Privacy Bar Section and their first and most popular certification for Certified Information Privacy Professionals. He has taught privacy issues at several law schools, including serving as an adjunct professor at the Washington College of Law at American University and at Case Western Reserve University. In addition, he currently serves as a fellow with the Cordell Institute for Policy in Medicine & Law at Washington University in St. Louis and as a fellow with the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology. He actively shares his privacy insights through numerous speeches and articles, and on social media.

Editorial

Mr. Nahra is an active author and lecturer in the health care, compliance, privacy, information security and anti-fraud areas. Some of his most recent publications include:

* "The Top Five Health Care Privacy and Security Issues to Watch in 2019," Bloomberg BNA's Health Law Reporter, December 21, 2018
* "The Top Five Privacy and Security Issues to Watch in 2019," Bloomberg Law Privacy and Security Law Report, December 8, 2018
* Co-author, "Digital Health Regulatory Gaps in the United States," Compliance Elliance Journal, Fall 2018
* "The Next Major Privacy Challenge for Corporate America—California’s New Privacy Law," Bloomberg Law Privacy and Security Law Report, July 3, 2018
* "Takeaways from the 11th Circuit FTC vs. LabMD decision," IAPP's The Privacy Tracker, June 7, 2018
* "The Top Ten Privacy and Data Security Developments to Watch in 2018," Bloomberg Law Privacy and Security Law Report, January 8, 2018
* "The Past, Present and Future of Health Care Privacy," Health Law Handbook, 2017 Edition
* "The Top Ten Health Care Privacy and Security Concerns for 2017," Bloomberg BNA’s Health Law Reporter, January 5, 2017
* "Privacy and Security Impacts of the 21st Century Cures Legislation," IAPP's The Privacy Tracker, December 19, 2016
* "Responding to Security Breaches," The Practical Lawyer, October 2016
* "Impact of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield on Health-Care Data Transfers," Bloomberg BNA’s Privacy and Security Law Report, August 1, 2016
* "Is the Sectoral Approach to Privacy Dead in the U.S.?," Bloomberg BNA’s Privacy and Security Law Report, April 4, 2016
* "The Top Ten Privacy and Security Issues Companies Need to Watch in 2016," Bloomberg BNA’s Privacy and Security Law Report, January 4, 2016
* "Privacy, Research and the Evolution of Health Care in the 21st Century," Bloomberg BNA's Medical Research Law & Policy Report, March 18, 2015
* "Obama’s drive to introduce new privacy and security laws," E-Commerce Law and Policy, February 2015
* "Health Care Privacy and Security Developments: Top Issues to Watch in 2015," Bloomberg BNA's Health Law Reporter, January 8, 2015
* "State Supreme Court Decision Addresses Common Law Privacy Claims Against Healthcare Providers," IAPP's The Privacy Tracker, November 12, 2014
* "Privacy and Data Security Is for Everyone: Common Matters That All Companies Should Address," Bloomberg BNA Corporate Law & Accountability Report, July 18, 2014
* "The Top Ten Health-Care Privacy and Security Issues to Watch in 2014," Bloomberg BNA’s Health Law Reporter, January 23, 2014
* "The Top 10 Privacy and Security Issues to Watch in 2014," Bloomberg BNA Privacy and Security Law Report, January 13, 2014
* "Mastering Cybersecurity by Learning Data Security," Bloomberg BNA Privacy and Security Law Report, September 9, 2013
* "Do I Need New HIPAA Business Associate Agreements?" Bloomberg BNA's Health Law Reporter, June 27, 2013
* "Analysing the US HIPAA Legacy and Future Changes on the Horizon," Data Protection Law and Policy, February 2013
* "The Top Ten Privacy and Data Security Issues to Watch in 2013," Bloomberg BNA Privacy and Security Law Report, January 7, 2013
* "Cloud Computing in Healthcare: Overview of the Main Challenges," Data Protection Law & Policy, August 2012
* "What To Do While Waiting For The HIPAA Rules," Privacy & Consumer Protection Law360, July 17, 2012
* "Protecting the Benefits of De-Identified Health Care Information," Legal Backgrounder, Washington Legal Foundation, June 8, 2012
* "What To Watch For In Privacy And Security In 2012: The Top Five," The Privacy Advisor, January 20, 2012
* "The Top Health Care Privacy Issues to Watch in 2012," BNA’s Health Law Reporter, December 15, 2011
* "The HIPAA Accounting NPRM and the Future of Health Care Privacy," BNA Health IT Law & Industry Report, July 4, 2011
* "Health Insurers in the Fraud Area Today: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," American Health Lawyers Association Payors Plans & Managed Care Newsletter, May 2011
* "The Top Ten Privacy and Security Developments to Watch in 2011," BNA Privacy & Security Law Report, January 3, 2011

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President & Chief Executive Officer at International Association of Privacy Professionals

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Vice Chairman at International Association of Privacy Professionals

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Member (Attorney) at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

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Chairman of Big Data Practice at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

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Shareholder at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

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Chief Strategy Officer at The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

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Co-Chair, Health Care Practice at Wiley Rein LLP

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Kirk J. Nahra
Partner Co-Chair, Big Data Practice Co-Chair, Cybersecurity & Privacy Practice at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Education
J.D., cum laude

Harvard Law School offers an energetic and creative learning environment, a diverse and dedicated faculty—whose expertise spans a broad array of legal subjects—and a student body that comes from every state in the U.S. and more than 70 countries around the world. Approximately 1,900 students attend HLS each year: 1,680 J.D. students, 160 LL.M. students, and 50 S.J.D. candidates. The faculty includes more than 100 full-time professors and more than 150 visiting professors, lecturers on law, and instructors. The curriculum features more than 260 courses and seminars that cover a broad range of traditional and emerging legal fields. A Harvard Law education prepares students for success in law practice, business, public service, teaching, and more. Most HLS students are pursuing a J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree, while many others are earning an LL.M. (Master of Laws) or the S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science). Harvard Law School also offers many joint degree programs, coordinated programs, and concurrent degree opportunities with other schools within Harvard University. The Law School community is also home to numerous research programs and engaging publications, including books, scholarly periodicals, newsletters, and a weekly student newspaper.

B.A., magna cum laude & Phi Beta Kappa

Georgetown University is a private research university in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1789, it is the oldest Jesuit and Catholic university in the United States. Georgetown's main campus, located in Washington's Georgetown neighborhood, is noted for Healy Hall, a National Historic Landmark in the Romanesque revival style. Georgetown operates a law center on Capitol Hill and auxiliary campuses in Italy, Turkey, and Qatar.

Memberships
Career History
Editor, the Privacy Advisor
2002 - Current

The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) is a resource for professionals who want to develop and advance their careers by helping their organizations successfully manage these risks and protect their data. In fact, we’re the world’s largest and most comprehensive global information privacy community. The IAPP is the only place that brings together the people, tools and global information management practices you need to thrive in today’s rapidly evolving information economy.

Partner Co-Chair, Big Data Practice Co-Chair, Cybersecurity & Privacy Practice
Current

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr has expertise in areas including trial, appellate, Supreme Court, securities, regulatory, intellectual property, corporate transactions, bankruptcy, environmental, labor and employment, private client, real estate, and tax matters.

Co-Chair, Health Care Practice Group
Tenure Unconfirmed

Wiley Rein LLP provides legal services. It specializes in more than 20 practice areas such as advertising, anti-trust, copyright, insurance, white collar defense, franchise and government contracts. The firm serves domestic and international clients. The company was founded by Richard E. Wiley in 1983 and is located in McLean, VA.

Boards & Committees
Member, Publication Advisory Board
Prior

The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) is a resource for professionals who want to develop and advance their careers by helping their organizations successfully manage these risks and protect their data. In fact, we’re the world’s largest and most comprehensive global information privacy community. The IAPP is the only place that brings together the people, tools and global information management practices you need to thrive in today’s rapidly evolving information economy.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$1 - $99
2013

The mission of the American Health Lawyers Association is to provide a collegial forum for interaction and information exchange to enable its members to serve their clients more effectively; to produce the highest quality nonpartisan educational programs, products, and services concerning health law issues; and to serve as a public resource on selected healthcare legal issues. AHLA provides resources to address the issues facing its active members who practice in law firms, government, in-house settings and academia and who represent the entire spectrum of the health industry: physicians, hospitals and health systems, health maintenance organizations, health insurers, life sciences, managed care companies, nursing facilities, home care providers, and consumers. As a 501(c)(3) organization, AHLA elects not to advocate for or against any particular policy proposals. The public interest efforts of AHLA are designed to provide pro bono materials to the public at large. Visit our Public Interest page for more information about our various initiatives and publications and to make a donation to our Public Interest efforts.

$1 - $99
2012

The mission of the American Health Lawyers Association is to provide a collegial forum for interaction and information exchange to enable its members to serve their clients more effectively; to produce the highest quality nonpartisan educational programs, products, and services concerning health law issues; and to serve as a public resource on selected healthcare legal issues. AHLA provides resources to address the issues facing its active members who practice in law firms, government, in-house settings and academia and who represent the entire spectrum of the health industry: physicians, hospitals and health systems, health maintenance organizations, health insurers, life sciences, managed care companies, nursing facilities, home care providers, and consumers. As a 501(c)(3) organization, AHLA elects not to advocate for or against any particular policy proposals. The public interest efforts of AHLA are designed to provide pro bono materials to the public at large. Visit our Public Interest page for more information about our various initiatives and publications and to make a donation to our Public Interest efforts.

Political Donations
$200
2013

Senator from Massachusetts

$1,000
2013

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is the only organization solely dedicated to electing a Democratic Senate. From grassroots organizing to candidate recruitment to providing campaign funds for tight races, the DSCC is working hard all year, every year to elect Democrats – and give President Obama the help he needs on Capitol Hill to move our country forward.

$250
2012

Majority Whip at Office of the House Majority Whip, James Clyburn

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Awards & Honors
Admitted to District of Columbia Bar
Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States
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