Wiley Rein's Privacy Practice Named Among Top Firms In 2010 By Computerworld Magazine

Monday, February 28, 2011 - 01:00

Wiley Rein's Privacy Practice was selected as among the best privacy firms of 2010, and practice chair Kirk Nahra was singled out as one of the "best privacy advisers" by Computerworld magazine.Firms on the list were praised by respondents for their "broad and deep expertise" and "practical advice." Mr. Nahra earned a place among the roster of best privacy practitioners based on answers to the question "which person would you consider to be the top global expert on privacy?"

In light of this year's survey results, Computerworld concluded that "regulatory compliance is still the first step to take for many companies, and the firms that were the best at assisting with this first step five years ago are still the go-to destinations for in-house privacy officers."

When asked to make predictions about the privacy arena in 2011, Mr. Nahra responded that where businesses will need the most help "is in managing the wide range of overlapping and often inconsistent laws, as well as understanding best practices across a variety of industries." He added that "it is the growing complexity and volume of these laws and regulations that's creating the compliance problems, rather than the substance of the privacy standards themselves."

Wiley Rein's International Trade Practice was named an "International Trade Group of the Year" by Law360, and co-chair Alan Price and partners Timothy Brightbill and Dan Pickard were quoted in the publication discussing their practice. As reported by Law360, the group "scored high-profile victories for clients including Maverick Tube Corp. and the Diamond Sawblades Manufacturers Coalition last year, which helped earn the team a place among Law360's International Trade Groups of 2010." According to Mr. Price, the practice "has unusually strong capabilities in virtually every facet of the practice and deals with anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases, World Trade Organization dispute resolution, export control and customs issues, merger and acquisition regulatory issues, and international arbitration, among other things."

Mr. Pickard was identified as being "key in winning two favorable U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit rulings stemming from an anti-dumping case brought on behalf of the Diamond Sawblades Manufacturers Coalition."

The publication also singled out the group's work on behalf of Maverick Tubular in a Chinese oil country tubular goods dumping case, and Mr. Brightbill noted the team's continued work on "major trade litigation for Nucor, the largest steel producer in the U.S., including maintaining anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders for hot-rolled steel, steel plate and corrosion-resistant steel, among other products."