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Jacqueline W. Cooney

Senior Privacy Director and Chief Privacy Officer


Jacqueline Cooney is a Lead Director, Data Privacy and Cybersecurity at Paul Hastings with over 25 years of experience in privacy, governance, risk, compliance, and public policy. She leads the Paul Hastings Privacy and Cybersecurity Solutions Group, a team of seasoned privacy and security consultants who support clients as they navigate complex, global privacy and cybersecurity laws. Specifically, the Solutions Group helps companies implement and operationalize complex regulatory and industry requirements.

Under Ms. Cooney’s leadership, the Solutions Group supports clients across industries, including financial services and fintech, life sciences, media and entertainment, and high-tech. Ms. Cooney and the Solutions Group specialize in assisting companies with identifying and remediating compliance gaps using efficient and practical solutions that are grounded in years of experience supporting hundreds of different clients.


Ms. Cooney is a functional expert in U.S. and EU privacy and cybersecurity laws and regulations. Her clients rely on her for guidance related to cross-border data transfers, data protection contracts, development of compliant privacy and cybersecurity policies and documentation, and development of comprehensive, sustainable data protection programs.

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, international cross-border data transfer agreements, and choice management solutions.

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 is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, George Mason University School of Law, and is a member of the DC Bar.


  • The Legal 500, Media, Technology, and Telecoms - Cyber Law (Including Data Privacy and Data Protection) (2021)
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional, CIPP-US


  • 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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