Aravind Swaminathan is global co-chair of the firm’s Cyber, Privacy and Data Innovation team, which was named Privacy Practice Group of the Year in 2016 by Law360, and is nationally ranked by The Legal 500 in two categories. Aravind earned “particular praise” from Legal 500, as part of a team known for being “extremely responsive and client focused, succeeding at meeting the needs of both in-house counsel and tech-savvy business clients.” Aravind is a former federal cybercrime prosecutor, an accomplished trial lawyer, and class action litigator, with extensive experience in handling cybersecurity incidents and data breaches, government and internal investigations, and privacy-related matters.
Aravind advises clients in cybersecurity risk assessment and management, breach incident response planning, and corporate governance responsibilities related to cybersecurity. Aravind has directed over 100 data breach investigations and cybersecurity incident response efforts, including ones with national security implications. He also represents companies and organizations facing cybersecurity and privacy-oriented FTC, SEC, and State Attorney General investigations and class action litigation.
Until 2013, Aravind served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington, where he served as one of the district’s Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Section attorneys. As a prosecutor, Aravind investigated and prosecuted a broad array of cybercrime cases, including ones involving hacking, phishing, theft of trade secrets, click fraud, cyber threats, and identity theft. Aravind also led the United States Attorney’s Office cybercrime outreach program for the Western District of Washington, where he worked with members of the Department of Justice, state and federal regulators, law enforcement and other organizations on cybersecurity and related privacy issues.
Aravind also is an experienced first-chair trial and appellate lawyer, who has represented companies and individuals in government and internal investigations involving FCPA, healthcare, tax, money laundering, environmental, and fraud-related allegations. Aravind draws from his considerable experience as federal prosecutor in the Complex Crimes Unit where he investigated and prosecuted complex investment schemes, corporate fraud and embezzlement, securities fraud, tax evasion and the nation’s largest bank failure.