David P. Saunders - McDermott Will & Emery


David P. Saunders (CIPP/US, CIPM) is an experienced litigator who focuses his practice on privacy and cybersecurity matters. David helps clients through the life cycle of their data privacy needs. He helps them mitigate and manage risks related to data privacy and cybersecurity by assisting their government affairs teams with the development of new privacy legislation, their legal and compliance teams through the implementation of privacy programs, and their litigation teams through regulatory investigations and civil class action litigations.

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  • Represented companies in consumer class actions brought pursuant to the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act
  • Represented a major health care company in a consumer class action in the wake of publicly announced data breach
  • Represented a mortgage originator in numerous federal and state courts in a series of cases involving in mortgage-backed securities, including taking a billion-dollar claim to trial*

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  • Legal 500 US, 2023
  • Global Data Review, 40 Under 40, 2021
  • International Municipal Lawyers Association Amicus Service Award, 2021

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  • International Association of Privacy Professionals, member
  • Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, Development Committee, member, 2018 to present
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association Board of Governors, Second Vice President (2022 to present), treasurer (2021 to 2022); member (2017 to 2021)

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University of Virginia School of Law, JD, 2007
University of Chicago, BA, 2004


US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois – Trial Bar