What do you do?
I primarily help healthcare and technology companies (along with other consumer-facing companies) manage data privacy and cybersecurity risk by balancing legal, technical and practical concerns.
What drew you to your area of practice?
I have always been drawn to emerging areas of law. There is something very compelling about developing a practice, and having the ability to flex creativity, in a space that is maturing rapidly and sometimes lacks clearly defined rules.
Influences and mentors?
Robin Campbell, co-leader of the firm’s data privacy and cybersecurity practice, has played a major role in shaping my approach to law, business development, client services, and understanding about how they are all intertwined. Robin has been seconded three times to clients to manage privacy in-house, and is one of the most talented attorneys I’ve ever known. Imparting her first-hand experience, she’s mentored me not only about the legal system, but more importantly, the real-world application of it. Robin has taught me that a successful lawyer needs to also act as a business partner and provide practical solutions while analysing and reducing any risks.
Advice for young lawyers?
Be passionate, be curious, and take ownership in everything you do. Keep up to date on privacy and cybersecurity news, trends and developments. Do not be deterred from this field by thinking that you need a background in science or technology to succeed, though understanding technology always helps.
If you hadn’t been a lawyer...
Most significant current trend in your jurisdiction?
Today, nearly every company has become a data company – even in less traditional sectors such as manufacturing. That data is being used to better design products and services and even feed machine-learning and artificial intelligence models. With increased data collection and connectivity, however, privacy and cybersecurity risks rise exponentially.
What do you do to relax?
I exercise (biking and weightlifting), travel (beach vacations are my favourite), and play the guitar.
Peter Luger. My family surprised me by taking me there once and, to this day, it is still the best steak I have ever had.