Morrison & Foerster is expanding its privacy and data security practice with a team of three lawyers from Foley & Lardner.
Partner Andrew Serwin, of counsel Peter McLaughlin and associate Daniel Muto joined MoFo in San Diego on Monday. The team brings much-needed expertise in health care and cybersecurity to MoFo’s 60-lawyer practice, said Miriam Wugmeister, chair of the firm’s global privacy and data security group.
"Andy and Peter are really first-rate lawyers who have terrific reputations in the privacy world," she said. "They’ll add expertise in areas where we didn’t have the depth that I wanted."
Serwin — who represents companies in health care, insurance, social media and technology — has defended clients in several enforcement matters before the Federal Trade Commission. As the agency and state attorneys general step up their enforcement efforts, that experience will be an asset to MoFo, Wugmeister said.
"There is a terrific amount of activity in that area, and we need more people to do it," she said.
Serwin said the majority of his clients will come with him to MoFo, where he thinks they will be well served by the firm’s expertise in financial services. He added that the firm’s offices overseas will also prove helpful.
It is becoming more important for privacy lawyers to have resources to draw from overseas, Serwin said. "It’s a combination of more business going global coupled with the fact that European regulations are in flux and may get even stricter over the next couple of years."
Serwin said he is not aware of any other lawyers in the practice who plan to move from Foley to MoFo. Wugmeister declined to comment on the matter.