Kieran de Terra is an attorney in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm's San Diego office

Areas of Practice

Kieran is a privacy and cybersecurity attorney who assists clients in all aspects of global privacy laws. As this practice area has grown into prominence for all businesses over the previous years, Kieran has been at the forefront in assisting both startups and Fortune 100 companies with their privacy compliance needs.

Kieran holds three certifications from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) – Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM), and both Certified Information Privacy Professional E.U. and U.S. (CIPP/E & CIPP/US). He is also a Fellow of Information Privacy with the IAPP.

Kieran has advised clients on privacy law in numerous industry sectors including news and media publishing, financial services, ad-tech, blockchain, cannabis, retail, multifamily housing PaaS and SaaS providers, wearable health devices, social media, and IoT. He has worked with many of these clients to drive and manage initial Gap Analyses efforts to identify areas of opportunity to improve compliance efforts within the entity’s privacy program. These Gap Analyses typically cover CCPA, CPRA, GDPR, HIPAA, GLBA, and LGPD, as well as leading privacy frameworks such as NIST Privacy Framework, GAPP, and ISO standards.

Kieran’s practice also involves privacy remediation efforts, including advising clients on implementing overarching data governance programs, utilizing the OneTrust platform (for which Kieran holds multiple module-specific certifications) and other privacy enhancing technologies to control the data lifecycle, implementing internal measures and training to handle and respond to privacy rights requests, devising cross-border transfer mechanisms, conducting privacy impact assessments and data protection impact assessments, and drafting and implementing data inventories and records of processing activities.

Kieran has also assisted clients with FTC consent order independent assessments and compliance, including privacy governance audits.

Additionally, Kieran provides broad corporate governance, contract drafting and negotiation, and IP support to small and mid-size entities, including non-profit formation and rehabilitation, and trademark prosecution and licensing.

Finally, Kieran brings an international viewpoint to his practice, having grown up and attended undergraduate in Ireland and New Zealand, law school in the U.S. and Singapore, and having worked in London and Sydney.


J.D., University of San Diego, 2015

B.A., University College Dublin, 2011


  • California
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