Akerman, which has added several partners to its Dallas office this year, is continuing its expansion with the hire of privacy and cybersecurity partner Lori Nugent from Greenberg Traurig.

Nugent, who joined Akerman’s national consumer financial services practice group earlier this week, is also co-chair of the firm’s privacy, cybersecurity and emerging technologies team.

Nugent said she was attracted to Akerman in part because the firm is quick to put together teams when client crisis arise. Nugent said she has responded to more than 1,000 data breaches over her career, and said it is important for a firm to be flexible.

“The team is agile and able to flexibly staff whatever clients need. In the past they have been able to do things like put 200 lawyers on a matter for a month because there was a crisis situation and regularly pull 10 or 20 lawyers to do what clients need,” she said about Akerman.

Lori Nugent

Nugent joined Greenberg Traurig four years ago but said she recently decided to explore opportunities in the market since lateral hiring in Texas has been white-hot this year— particularly in Dallas.

“I was headhunted pretty aggressively—as many people with this sort of skill [set] are. I did look pretty broadly and was very excited by what I saw at Akerman,” she said.

Nugent declined to identify her clients but said she has done work for financial institutions, health care institutions, public entities, business in the energy and technology sectors and even law firms. She has served as lead counsel for more than 1,000 data breaches, ransomware situations, and other privacy-related work.

William Heller, chair of Akerman’s consumer financial services practice group, said in a statement that the financial services sector has been disproportionately affected by data breach incidents, and Nugent is a strong addition to the firm’s practice.

“Lori is a renowned veteran in the data security and cyber liability space with an impressive track record as lead counsel in highly complex matters,” he said.

Greenberg Traurig, which recently hired partners Gretchen Ramos and Paul Ferrillo—both cybersecurity lawyers—in San Francisco and New York, respectively, said in response to Nugent’s departure: “We wish her well and look forward to continuing to grow our global Cybersecurity, Privacy and Crisis Management Practice.”

Akerman has added several other partners in Dallas this year, including a group of international trade lawyers who left Gardere Wynne Sewell in January for Akerman. In April, litigator Matthew Schroeder also left Gardere and joined Akerman’s Dallas office. Also this year Akerman added partners Eduardo Espinosa and Michael Napoli in Dallas. They joined the firm’s fraud and recovery practice group from Dykema.