- Robert Newman co-led the data privacy teams at Loeb & Loeb and Winston & Strawn
- Focus on consumer brands facing privacy and marketing issues
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(Reuters) – Reed Smith has landed the co-chair of Loeb & Loeb’s privacy, security and data innovations group to build his advertising law capacity in Chicago.
The Pittsburgh-based company said Tuesday that Robert Newman has joined its entertainment and media industry group as a partner. Newman, who focuses on data privacy, advertising and brand protection, joined Loeb & Loeb in a team at Winston & Strawn in May 2018.
At Winston, he was co-head of the firm’s global privacy and data security working group. Winston has since formalized these offerings, launching a practice group in August 2020.
Loeb & Loeb lost another co-chair of their privacy practice last month when their partner Ieuan Jolly joined Linklaters to help lead their new data, cyber and privacy practice solutions in the United States. Loeb & Loeb’s website now lists his partner Jessica Lee as president of the firm. A firm representative confirmed that Lee previously co-led the practice alongside Jolly and Newman, but declined to comment further on Newman’s departure.
Reed Smith’s hiring of Newman comes as experienced privacy and data security attorneys remain in high demand.
Newman said he primarily represents mainstream brands in the areas of privacy and marketing. “We are seeing such a mosaic of new laws and regulations in space, both nationally and internationally,” he said.
Although he started out as a marketing and intellectual property lawyer, it is “difficult to do marketing law these days without also doing some privacy law,” Newman said, noting that brands need help navigating the regulatory landscape when collecting, protecting and using personal data through marketing initiatives. He also represents publishers, advertising agencies and content creators.
Reed Smith “has an advertising and marketing practice of unusual importance and depth in a large global corporation, and the combination of these advertising prowess with the company’s existing privacy and security bench made it a natural fit. for my practice, ”Newman said.
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