Cyber Law goes Mainstream?
Being one of the first firms to specialize in this particular area, I was somewhat disappointed to see that the big firms have finally caught on to what we are trying to do here. I only hope I don’t end up being muscled out. Better yet, I hope to ride the wave into converting my little boutique firm into one of those large firms that can bill $500 per hour. Then again, I do want to maintain my soul.
From the Washington Post:
“There were literally two lawyers in the whole country who did that,” said Ingis, co-chairman of the privacy and data security practice at Venable in Washington. “Flash forward to today, every firm in the country has or wants to have a privacy practice. And it’s really a data practice. You have whole bunch of new businesses where a lot of the growth is about figuring out how to use data better, how to store data, where to store it, and who can access it … What had been a boutique practice with a narrow focus [has become] one that is very mainstream.”…
“The level of attention and sophistication companies are giving privacy and data security has escalated dramatically over the years,” said Kurt Wimmer, U.S. chairman of Covington’s global privacy and data security group. “It’s a response to the increasing attention regulators, plaintiffs lawyers, Congress and everyone else is giving privacy these days.”
I would suggest to anyone out there with internet law issues, stick with the smaller firms. Your issues will be taken seriously, and you will receive more attention. You won’t become just another number on the Bate’s stamp. I can do anything that the larger firms can do, more efficiently and for less cost.