Manatt Adds Privacy/Data Security Partner in L.A.

By Julia Love
The Recorder

SAN FRANCISCO — Manatt, Phelps & Phillips has landed a litigator specializing in privacy and data security.

Donna Wilson, who defends clients accused of violating various consumer protection laws, has joined Manatt as a partner in Los Angeles. She comes to the firm from Washington, D.C.-based BuckleySandler, where she headed up the West Coast litigation and privacy/data security practices.

Wilson joined BuckleySandler in 2010 from Kelley Drye & Warren. But with about 20 lawyers spread across offices in Los Angeles and Orange County, the firm’s ranks in California are substantially slimmer than Manatt’s. Legal recruiter Sandy Lechtick said the thinks Wilson’s practice will benefit from Manatt’s market position.

“I’m not at all surprised that she moved to a firm with deep roots,” he said.

Lechtick added that Manatt’s rate structure seems like a good fit for Wilson’s practice. Wilson handles disputes regarding financial services, data security, privacy and government enforcement actions. She also helps clients boost their data security and privacy compliance programs.

Wilson and leaders at Manatt could not immediately be reached for comment.

“Donna is a good person and a good lawyer, and we wish her the best,” said Andrew Sandler, chairman and executive partner of BuckleySandler. “She’s going to a fine law firm that is probably a better platform for her.

Earlier this month, BuckleySandler welcomed litigation partners Richard Gottlieb and Frederick Levin, who handle class action defense. They are based in the firm’s offices in Los Angeles and Chicago.

“Now we have great traction in L.A.,” Sandler said.

Contact the reporter at jlove@alm.com.