BOSTON (June 5, 2012) — International law firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP today announced that Ann Killilea has joined the Firm as Counsel based in McDermott’s Boston office. Ms. Killilea served as a Senior Privacy and Data Security Attorney at Hewlett-Packard (HP), having held senior general counsel roles for certain major business units of the company and its predecessors for more than 25 years. She brings substantial experience in the privacy and data security practice area to McDermott’s growing privacy team.
Ms. Killilea most recently served as senior corporate counsel responsible for privacy and data security matters in HP’s IT outsourcing business unit, a global multibillion dollar business unit and one of the world’s largest service companies. With her extensive in-house corporate experience, Ms. Killilea brings a deep awareness of business management priorities for identifying, assessing and remediating privacy and data protection risks and for providing practical solutions to such issues in large-scale commercial transactions, including cloud offerings, between technology service providers and their business partner customers.
“It is our pleasure to welcome Ann to McDermott, and believe her experience working with data security and privacy issues at HP will be a tremendous asset to our clients,” said Heather Egan Sussman, co-chair of McDermott’s Global Privacy and Data Protection Affinity Group. “There is clearly a growing opportunity to provide sophisticated legal services in the data privacy arena. By adding a lawyer of Ann’s caliber to our already deep bench of talented privacy lawyers, McDermott has significantly improved our ability to capture more of this market.”
“Ann will make a great addition to our Boston office,” said Mark W. Pearlstein, partner-in-charge of McDermott’s Boston office. “Our clients are increasingly focused on staying ahead of potential privacy and data security risks and Ann’s specialized knowledge in these areas will be hugely beneficial to them.”
Ms. Killilea is the latest high-profile addition to McDermott’s Boston office. In February this year, McDermott named prominent securities litigators John A. Sten and Jason C. Moreau as partners in the Boston office. In March, former Massachusetts Democratic State Senator Steven A. Baddour joined the Firm as a partner.
Ms. Killilea received her J.D. from Boston College Law School and her A.B. from Simmons College. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and in the District of Columbia. She is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
McDermott's Global Privacy and Data Protection practice has been recognized as a leader in its field by Chambers and Legal 500 and includes more than 50 attorneys worldwide. The Firm has experience across the full range of data privacy and protection laws, industry standards and issues. McDermott lawyers represent clients, large and small, from all business sectors, including technology; retail; telecommunications; health care and life sciences; manufacturing; media; service industries (such as airlines and hotels); energy; insurance; legal, accounting and other professional service firms; banks and other financial institutions; and the printing, publishing and paper industries.
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