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Laura E. Jehl

Partner
Washington, DC
T: 202.747.1922
F: 202.747.3823

Education

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1991, cum laude
  • A.B., University of California, Berkeley, 1986 University and Departmental Highest Honors Awarded John Gardner Fellowship for Public Service
  • California
  • District of Columbia
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Laura Jehl is a partner in the Business Trials Practice Group in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Ms. Jehl specializes in privacy, data security and “Big Data” issues, and serves as Co-Leader of the Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice.

Areas of Practice

Ms. Jehl has extensive in-house and private practice experience, and represents clients across a wide range of industries on privacy and data security matters, including data breaches,; privacy and data security litigation investigations brought by federal and state regulators, and privacy-related interactions with law enforcement and national security agencies.  She advises clients on US, EU and other international data privacy, data transfer and “Big Data” issues and provides guidance on “Privacy by Design” in innovative technologies. Ms. Jehl also represents clients on issues related to Internet, digital media, technology, and First Amendment matters, including the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”), state privacy laws, national security matters, social media and online gaming, digital currencies and blockchain technologies, as well as healthcare privacy issues.

Ms. Jehl played a leading role in developing and executing Anthem, Inc.’s response to a major cyberattack in January, 2015, in which hackers accessed the personal information of more than 80 million individuals, and has helped clients respond to other significant data security incidents across a variety of industries. She advises clients on all aspects of data incident response, including working with forensic security consultants and crisis communications firms, conducting internal investigations, interactions with law enforcement, and compliance with data breach notification laws.  Ms. Jehl helps Boards  and senior executives  balance privacy and cybersecurity risks with business opportunities.  She also develops incident preparedness strategies and table top exercises to help companies mitigate the risks presented by data breach incidents.

Previously, Ms. Jehl served as General Counsel, Chief Privacy and Security Officer at Resolution Health, Inc., (“RHI”), a healthcare data analytics and personalized communications company, which was acquired by Anthem, Inc., the Fortune 50 health insurer. In addition to serving as RHI’s General Counsel, with responsibility for the company’s legal and privacy matters, Ms. Jehl, who is CIPP/ US certified, assumed responsibility for privacy matters across the Anthem enterprise.  At Anthem, Ms. Jehl also served as principal legal counsel for innovative healthcare technology development initiatives.

Earlier, Ms. Jehl served as Vice President and Chief Litigation Counsel at America Online, Inc. (AOL), where she played a formative role in the development of internet law, most notably the Internet Service Provider (ISP) immunity provisions of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, the development of privacy policies and protections for AOL users, the legal battle against junk email, and achieving, on behalf of AOL subsidiary Netscape, a significant settlement of its “browser-war” antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft. In addition, Ms. Jehl led AOL’s response to a number of high-profile government investigations, including early Federal Trade Commission investigations into privacy matters.  Ms. Jehl also played a leading role in gaining US and EU regulatory approval of AOL’s merger with Time Warner in 2000, then the largest corporate merger in history. Ms. Jehl later held a business role as Chief of Staff to AOL’s Vice Chairman, where she was responsible for strategic corporate initiatives and operations involving AOL’s technology development, marketing, legal, corporate communications and HR departments.

Prior to joining AOL, Ms. Jehl was a litigator in private practice in Washington, D.C. She received her B.A. with highest honors in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School.

Articles

Eye On Privacy Blog Posts

Healthcare Law Blog Posts

Labor & Employment Law Blog Posts

Speaking Engagements

  • "Retail in Flux: What You Need to Know About Brexit, the Changing Legal Landscape Regarding Privacy and Data Protection, and US-UK Tools for Online IP Enforcement," Sheppard Mullin New York MCLE Program, September 14, 2016
  • "The Panama Papers Threat: Preparation and Response," California State Bar, International Law Section Webinar, August 31, 2016
  • "Legal Issues Related to the Sports Industry's Analytics Movement," ABA Webinar, July 27, 2016
  • "Cybersecurity," Sheppard Mullin's Third Thursday Emerging Company Webinar, June 16, 2016
  • "2016 Update on Cybersecurity Risk Management," Retail's Tectonic Digital Disruption: What Every Retailer Needs to Know to Survive and Compete, Sheppard Mullin New York, June 15, 2016
  • "Vacationing on the Dark Web: The Cybersecurity Standards, Laws and Best Practices Hotels and Resorts Need to Know," Sheppard Mullin and Georgetown Law CLE Webinar, April 14, 2016

Events

  • Member of the Bars of California and the District of Columbia