Jessica (Jessi) McGahie Sawyer advises companies on global data protection laws, including privacy, cybersecurity risks, policies and incident responses, as well as data security obligations. She counsels clients on compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and US consumer privacy statutes. She advises clients on matters relating to data localization laws, international data transfers, privacy notices and data subject rights, cryptocurrency, e-commerce security and blockchain applications.
Jessi also helps companies implement cybersecurity and data privacy assessments, including the creation of incident response plans. She provides incident response services, including handling some of the largest and most complex data breaches involving millions of consumer records. She also represents companies in various complex litigation, class actions and government investigations, including dozens of class actions resulting from data breach incidents.
Jessi maintains an active pro bono practice, focusing on obtaining asylum for unaccompanied children. In addition, she has represented pro bono clients in mortgage fraud cases and worked with the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking to obtain T-visas for victims of human trafficking. Prior to attending law school, Jessi was a Los Angeles corps member of Teach For America, a national program in which recent college graduates commit to teach for two years in low-income schools.
Jessi regularly speaks on data privacy and protection, and cyber-related issues, including international data privacy frameworks.
Represented an information services company in an investigation of and lead response to a data incident involving numerous data centers across the US*
Represented a consumer credit reporting agency in series of nationwide class actions after a breach of mobile applicant data*
Represented a consumer credit reporting agency in connection with an investigation and lawsuit initiated by the Attorney General of Mississippi challenging the client’s credit reporting and consumer marketing activities under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Mississippi Consumer Protection Act and the Dodd-Frank Act*
Represented a consumer credit reporting agency responding to a multistate Attorney General consumer protection investigation by 31 states into the credit reporting industry*
Represented a consumer credit reporting agency in connection with a New York Attorney General consumer protection investigation into the credit reporting industry*
Represented a stock transfer and shareholder recordkeeping services company in its capacity as indenture trustee for various series of senior unsecured notes issued by a travel commerce platform, and successfully resolved litigation arising out of a transaction, including claims for fraudulent transfer brought by the client on behalf of all senior noteholders in connection with such transaction*
Represented the fifth largest health system in the nation, in its acquisition of the largest independent operator of occupational medicine and urgent care centers in the US*
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