David Saunders (CIPP/US, CIPP/M) is a partner and a co-chair of the firm’s Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice and a member of its Complex Commercial Litigation Practice. Through the lens of a litigator, Mr. Saunders helps clients navigate their risks in the data privacy and cybersecurity arenas. Clients who are developing privacy programs, handling a data incident or facing regulatory investigations turn to Mr. Saunders for his experience as both a privacy professional and a litigator. Whether they need proactive or reactive privacy and cybersecurity counseling, he collaborates to help them achieve their goals.
From Fortune 100 companies to small businesses, Mr. Saunders works as a trusted advisor to businesses, understanding and advising on their data practices so as to provide them with guidance on the myriad issues that may arise in today’s digital world. He has experience conducting risk assessments, developing privacy programs, drafting privacy policies, performing due diligence for corporate transactions, negotiating vendor agreements and working with clients through data incident response. Mr. Saunders regularly counsels on HIPAA, HITECH, GLBA, CCPA and state law privacy obligations. He has litigated and helped resolve matters related to data privacy and cybersecurity issues including navigating potential and actual regulatory investigations.
Mr. Saunders maintains an active pro bono practice, having represented inmates in various actions in state and federal courts.
He is active in a number of community and professional associations including the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, the Seventh Circuit Bar Association’s Board of Governors and serves as the immediate past chair of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Privacy and Information Security Law Committee. Mr. Saunders was a fellow in the Leadership Greater Chicago class of 2018.