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Harriet Pearson

Hogan Lovells
Senior Counsel
Internationally recognized as a corporate data privacy and cybersecurity pioneer, Harriet Pearson brings to her practice decades of leading-edge experience advising companies and boards on cyber and data risk management and governance, breach preparedness and response, crisis management, global data privacy compliance, and public policy strategies.

The Financial Times recognized Harriet as North America Legal Innovator of the Year, Lawdragon named her as one of the 500 "Leading Lawyers in America," and the National Law Journal recognized her as a Cybersecurity and Privacy Trailblazer. She is ranked Band 1 by Chambers and Partners for Privacy and Data Security in the U.S.

Harriet joined Hogan Lovells in 2012 from the IBM Corporation, where in addition to executive leadership roles in human resources, communications, and government relations, she served as Vice President Security Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) from 2000-2012.

She launched and led Hogan Lovells' global multi-disciplinary Cybersecurity practice until transitioning to senior counsel in 2021 and for several years also served as the firm's first Innovation and New Ventures partner, a role in which she was responsible for sparking and supporting ideas for new client solutions.
Harriet co-founded and co-chaired the Georgetown Cybersecurity Law Institute from 2012 to 2018 and serves on a number of advisory boards. She helped found and served for a decade on the board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, an organization that recognized her longstanding leadership in the privacy field in 2007 by awarding her its Vanguard Award.

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