Internationally recognized as a corporate data privacy and cybersecurity pioneer, Harriet Pearson brings to her practice decades of leading-edge experience advising companies and boards on cyber and data risk management and governance, breach preparedness and response, crisis management, global data privacy compliance, and public policy strategies.

The Financial Times recognized Harriet in 2016 as North America Legal Innovator of the Year. Lawdragon named her as one of the 500 "Leading Lawyers in America" from 2015 to 2018, and the National Law Journal recognized her in 2015 as a Cybersecurity and Privacy Trailblazer. Clients seek out Harriet's unique mix of legal, compliance, and business skills.

Harriet joined Hogan Lovells in 2012 from the IBM Corporation, where among other roles she served as Vice President Security Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) from 2000-12.

She currently leads Hogan Lovells' global multi-disciplinary cybersecurity practice and also serves as the firm's first Innovation and New Ventures partner, a role in which she is responsible for sparking and supporting ideas for new client solutions.

Harriet co-founded and has co-chaired the Georgetown Cybersecurity Law Institute since 2012 and serves on a number of advisory boards. She helped found and served for a decade on the board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, an organization that recognized her longstanding leadership in the privacy field in 2007 by awarding her its Vanguard Award.

Awards and recognitions


Acritas Star
Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers


Privacy & Data Security (USA)
Chambers Global


Privacy & Data Security (Nationwide)
Chambers USA

2015, 2017

Privacy & Data Security Team of the Year
Chambers USA


North America Legal Innovator of the Year
Financial Times

2016, 2018-2019

Media, Technology, and Telecoms: Technology: Data Protection and Privacy, Leading Lawyer
Legal 500 US


Woman of Influence Award
Executive Women's Forum, Information Security, Risk Management & Privacy


One of 500 "Leading Lawyers in the United States"


IAPP Privacy Vanguard Award
International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)


Cybersecurity and Data Privacy "Trailblazer"
National Law Journal

Education and admissions


J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, with honors, Order of the Coif, 1990

B.S.E., Princeton University, cum laude, 1985


Advisory Board, American Ditchley Foundation

Advisory Board, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)

Advisory Board, Future of Privacy Forum

Co-Chair, Georgetown University Cybersecurity Law Institute

Founder, IAPP Pro Bono Privacy Initiative

Founding Board Member, UCLA Law Women LEAD Initiative

Member, ABA President's Cybersecurity Legal Task Force

Member, Standing Committee on Law and National Security, ABA

Steering Committee Emeritus, Executive Women in Privacy

Bar admissions and qualifications

Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP)

District of Columbia

New York

U.S. Top Secret Clearance (inactive)

Representative experience

Served as coordinating and regulatory counsel for The Home Depot's response to a breach affecting 53 million cards and 56 million email addresses.

Oversee and coordinate EU GDPR compliance assessments and implementation programs for clients in the technology, media, professional services, and other industries.

Conducted a comprehensive review of Bloomberg LP's client data privacy and security practices, with resulting report published by client.

Conducted a high-profile review of customer data practices for Uber in a compressed timeframe, with resulting findings published by client.

Led cross-industry business coalition to advocate on National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework.

Led investigation of sophisticated cyberattack and briefed Fortune 250 insurance and financial services company's board of directors about legal issues and options.

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