Fran P. Forte

Fran Forte Data Privacy Lawyer McDermott Will & Emery Law Firm
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Professional Biography

Fran Forte focuses her practice on privacy and data security matters, advising clients on domestic and international privacy and cybersecurity laws and regulations, including the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).

Fran counsels clients in many industries, including cybersecurity product providers, retailers, payment processors, and financial institutions. Fran continuously monitors and advises clients on how privacy and data security laws, regulations and consumer expectations may impact their business practices. Fran has significant experience designing and helping clients implement GDPR and CCPA compliance programs, including advising on AdTech, data mapping, data subject request processes, internal and external-facing privacy and security policies and cross-border data transfer mechanisms. Fran also drafts and negotiates data processing agreements and privacy and data security provisions in service provider agreements. Fran frequently conducts privacy and cybersecurity-related diligence for corporate transactions for companies across a wide range of industries. Fran is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

During law school, Fran was the senior managing editor of the Mercer Law Review, a member of the Mercer Advocacy Council and a member of the Mugal National Tax Moot Court competition team. Fran also served as an intern to the Hon. W. Homer Drake Jr. for the US Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

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