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Sherrese Smith

Sherrese Smith

Partner; Vice Chair, Data Privacy & Cybersecurity

Paul Hastings LLP

Sherrese is Vice-Chair of the firm’s Data Privacy and Cybersecurity practice and partner in the Technology, Media, & Telecommunications (TMT) practice. She is a highly-regarded, Chambers-ranked attorney who regularly counsels companies on complex transactional and regulatory issues involving communications and media regulatory, technology, and industry issues.

Sherrese Smith is recognized among the nation’s top lawyers operating at the intersection of transactional, regulatory, privacy, and cybersecurity law. Indeed, her clients draw from some of the most easily-recognized names in the Technology, Media, & Telecommunications (“TMT”).

She regularly counsels house-hold name companies on complex transactional and regulatory issues involving media regulatory, technology, and industry issues. Among her expertise includes data privacy, cybersecurity, and breach response investigations, including managing global privacy and information security risks. She regularly navigates clients through data breach and crisis response and associated regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings.

Sherrese previously served as Chief Counsel to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) where she was responsible for determining the agency’s business and policy agenda on a multitude of media and technology matters, including broadcast, cable and broadband and internet matters, as well as wireless and telecommunications issues involving spectrum use. She led the FCC’s cross-agency efforts to refine and implement new rules on data privacy and cybersecurity for multinational companies navigating complex data and privacy rules in the US, EU, and Asia. Her work also involved extensive interaction with external stakeholders, including wireless, media, cable, and telecommunications companies, industry groups and trade associations, federal and state agencies, and Congress.

Additionally, she served as V.P. and General Counsel of Washington Post Digital, where she was in charge of all legal and policy matters for the 10 business units across The Washington Post Company’s digital media and technology company.

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