Michael Best is pleased to announce that Rebecca Gerard has joined the firm’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice Group as an associate in Chicago.
Gerard focuses her practice on helping clients protect their data assets and comply with complex regulations. She has extensive experience with regulations including the Federal Trade Commission Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the California Consumer Privacy Act, the California Online Privacy Protection Act, the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography And Marketing Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, and the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, Data Protection Directive and ePrivacy Directive, among other data breach notification laws, and federal, state and international guidelines.
“We’re excited to welcome Rebecca to our team,” said Adrienne Ehrhardt, Chair of Michael Best’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice Group. “We’ve seen a number of national and global privacy regulations introduced the last couple of years, and it’s essential that we have a skilled team of attorneys who can address and mitigate the concerns of our clients. Rebecca brings a wealth of knowledge advising health care organizations, in particular, which will be a tremendous asset as we continue to serve clients in these critical sectors.”
Prior to joining Michael Best, Gerard served as commercial and regulatory counsel at Walgreen Co., where she advised several business units on matters in connection with marketing, private label brands, and retail products. She was responsible for enforcing privacy regulations for the company’s U.S. and European entities, drafting and negotiating a variety of contracts and agreements, and collaborating with the company’s public policy team to promote initiatives to further the company’s interests. Gerard earned both her LL.M. and her J.D. from The John Marshall Law School and her B.A. from Purdue University.