MADISON (Dec. 21, 2016) – Michael Best is pleased to announce that Adrienne S. Ehrhardt has joined the firm as a partner in the Corporate & Transactional Practice Group. Ehrhardt joins an experienced group of attorneys who provide counsel on complex data security issues, privacy policies, and regulatory changes.
Ehrhardt has an extensive background advising clients on a variety of matters relating to privacy legislation including the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and provided guidance on e-commerce legal issues surrounding the CAN-SPAM Act and Automated Clearing House, among others.
“Adrienne will make an outstanding addition to our team as she brings a comprehensive understanding of the issues facing companies in this legal area,” said Bret Roge, Chair of Michael Best’s Corporate & Transactional Practice. “Her knowledge of state and federal privacy legislative matters and her existing in-house experience will allow us to expand our practice and best represent our clients.”
Prior to joining Michael Best, Ehrhardt served as the lead in-house attorney at CUNA Mutual Group, where she focused on managing its privacy and data security initiatives, and advised on matters of unfair business practices and data breach laws. She also served as associate general counsel at Land’s End, Inc., where she oversaw litigation and internal legal matters. Previously, she was a member of the commercial litigation practices for two international business law firms, and began her career as a judicial law clerk in United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
“There are going to be some great opportunities to involve Adrienne in cutting edge legal issues that are important to companies in this region and throughout the country,” said Amy Bruchs, Michael Best’s Madison Office Managing Partner. “Her experience will prove invaluable to our clients.”
“I am very excited to be joining this talented team of attorneys in Madison,” said Ehrhardt. “Michael Best’s deep commitment to providing its clients with a full breadth of services and its capacity to successfully navigate this particularly complicated and constantly shifting area is impressive.”
Ehrhardt received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where she contributed to the Journal of Transnational Law. She earned her B.A. in Public Policy from Brown University and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Following law school, Ehrhardt clerked for the Honorable Judge Charles Kocoras in United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
She is a frequent presenter on topics relating to methods and practices for managing and sharing data across various business lines and affiliates, and has shared her experience and insights as a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin Law School. An active member in the legal community, Ehrhardt is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, Wisconsin Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association, and is a US Certified Information Privacy Professional.