The Daily Journal named Manatt’s Donna Wilson, co-chair of the firm’s financial services group, to its prestigious annual list of the top women lawyers in California.
As cyber security and data breaches continue to be “red hot” areas, the publication highlights Wilson’s leadership in the firm’s privacy and data security practice, which she chairs.
“This is what keeps in-house counsel awake at night,” she said. “Lawyers tend to be people who got straight As but weren’t that great at science and math. I do tend to understand these things better than the average lawyer. You have to grasp computer forensics.”
Wilson told the publication that speed and smarts are key to her work in such cases. “[O]ur biggest successes are ones you don't read about,” she said. “You reach out, quickly and reasonably, to stave off media attention and regulatory enforcement actions. Some of these things get quite complicated when computer forensics are involved.”
"It's risk avoidance and management at the front end," she said. "Then it's crisis management. There's no real playbook and no case law. If I were a doctor, I'd be working in the ER."