David P. Saunders - Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Lawyer - 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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  • Defended numerous companies across industrial sectors in consumer class actions brought pursuant to the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act
  • Defended a major healthcare company in a consumer class action in the wake of publicly announced data breach
  • Defended online technology company in connection with online tracking consumer class action

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  • Legal 500 US, Recommended Lawyer, 2023-2024
  • 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
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association Board of Governors, President (2024 to present)
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Privacy and Information Security Law Committee, vice-chair (2017 to 2019); chair (2019 to 2020); member (2020 to present)

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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