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Jacqueline W. Cooney

Senior Director, Privacy and Cybersecurity


Jacqueline Cooney is a Lead Director, Data Privacy and Cybersecurity at Paul Hastings with over 20 years of experience in privacy, governance, risk, compliance, and public policy. She is a key participant in helping to develop privacy-related methodologies for Paul Hastings clients, and a frequent contributor to risk and compliance-related engagements.

Previously, Ms. Cooney was a Lead Associate at another major U.S. firm, where she managed the commercial privacy team. While there, Ms. Cooney implemented privacy program elements for Fortune 100 companies, including global privacy policies and procedures, incident management, response, breach notifications, Safe Harbor privacy notices, Privacy Shield certifications, and choice management solutions. Additionally, Ms. Cooney co-led a comprehensive privacy program enhancement project for a Fortune 10 global financial services firm that included revision of the firm’s governance structure, assessment and development of recommendations related to the firm’s global privacy compliance coverage, and creation of a global privacy compliance monitoring and testing program based on international privacy laws.

Prior to this, Ms. Cooney served as an Adjunct Professor at Marymount University where she taught Legal Research and Writing, Advanced Legal Research and Writing, Public Law and Administrative Procedure, and Constitutional Law. She was also a Legislative Assistant on Capitol Hill for eight years.

Ms. Cooney advises clients regarding changes to and impact of federal privacy laws and regulations. Ms. Cooney is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, George Mason University School of Law, and a 15-year member of the Virginia Bar.


  • The Legal 500, Media, Technology, and Telecoms - Cyber Law (Including Data Privacy and Data Protection) (2021)


  • George Mason University School of Law, J.D., 2001
  • University of New Hampshire, B.A., 1993


    Practice Areas

    Data Privacy and Cybersecurity
    Privacy and Cybersecurity Solutions Group




    George Mason University School of Law, J.D. 2001
    University of New Hampshire, B.A. 1993

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