Ann LaFrance is a partner in the New York office of Squire Patton Boggs, where she co-chairs the Firm’s global Data Privacy and Cyber Security practice and is a senior member of the international Communications Law practice. In addition to advising clients on privacy and data protection matters, Ms. LaFrance has experience counselling on a broad range of legal and regulatory issues affecting the provision of internet and digital services as well as advanced technologies. She has developed particular experience advising on issues of concern to technology, media and telecommunications companies and frequently serves as an advisor to governments and regulatory authorities on legislative and policy matters in these areas. Her practice spans the United States, the European Union and emerging markets in the Middle East and the Caribbean.
Until September 2019, Ms LaFrance was a partner in the Firm’s London office, where she advised clients on the full range of compliance issues arising under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the ePrivacy Directive and the Network and Information Security (Cybersecurity) Directive. She also has counselled clients on compliance with the EU telecommunications regulatory framework and, most recently, legislative drafting and implementation issues related to the adoption of the new EU Electronic Communications Code.
Ms LaFrance began her career with the Firm in Washington, DC, where she advised clients on a variety of telecommunications and transborder data flow issues in the 1980s and early ‘90s. From 1996-2004, she worked in-house as Chief International Counsel of MCI Communications Corp. (now Verizon), based in Brussels and London. Since her return to private practice in London in 2004, Ms LaFrance has advised clients across multiple sectors on EU and international data protection compliance, commercial negotiations and public advocacy initiatives. During 2018-19, she served as the Firm’s first Data Protection Officer in the European Union. Drawing on her extensive GDPR experience, she now leads the Firm’s US team of data protection practitioners advising on compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act as well as other federal and state privacy and cybersecurity laws and regulations, with a particular focus on assisting clients with the design and implementation of integrated global compliance solutions and regulatory risk mitigation strategies.
Ms LaFrance is a member of the Board of the International Institute of Communications and serves as one of its Vice-Presidents.