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BAKER HOSTETLER: BakerHostetler Bolsters Privacy Team With Former Comcast VP, Deputy General Counsel and Privacy Officer

By Press release submission | Sep 9, 2019


Baker and Hostetler issued the following announcement on Sept. 3.

BakerHostetler announced that Daniel A. Pepper, most recently a senior legal and privacy executive with Comcast, has joined as a partner in the firm’s globally recognized Privacy and Data Protection team. He will reside in the firm’s Philadelphia office.

Pepper has 25 years of experience representing Fortune 500 companies in information technology, data privacy and cybersecurity law. He is highly skilled at identifying, evaluating and managing risks associated with privacy and information security practices. He brings to the practice experience drafting, negotiating and closing multimillion-dollar, enterprise-level, technology-based transactions.

“Clients expect to engage counsel familiar with their industry and unique operations. We are excited to add Dan’s deep experience in technology and media to support our rapidly growing client roster,” said Theodore J. Kobus III, BakerHostetler’s Privacy and Data Protection team leader. “The regulatory and compliance aspect of our practice is growing fast as we handle some of the highest profile data security incidents globally.”

At Comcast, Pepper concurrently served as a vice president, deputy general counsel and deputy privacy officer. He was responsible for developing comprehensive global privacy and data security programs to minimize risk and promote compliance with all applicable laws and regulations in the U.S. as well as internationally. This included reviewing potential problem areas across all business units and recommending solutions for compliance with policy and legal requirements.

Prior to Comcast, Pepper was assistant general counsel for information technology, information security, and global clearance and compliance at Verizon Communications, where he served as executive legal liaison for the company’s chief information security officer, chief technology officer and chief information officer. He also was founder and managing member of the Pepper Law Group, which provided outside counsel to numerous Fortune 500 and privately held companies, advising on information technology, security and data privacy, commercial transactions, intellectual property, internet law, digital marketing/advertising, corporate governance, strategic partnerships, and IT and business process outsourcing. Pepper also held legal counsel roles at BEA Systems and Oracle Corp.

“Dan has the sought-after combination of extensive private practice legal experience and general counsel roles for top companies in the telecommunications and software industries. He operates at the level our clients expect,” said Mark H. Tidman, firmwide chair of BakerHostetler’s Intellectual Property Group.

“I’ve been fortunate in my career to have worked at some of the top public companies in the telecommunications and software fields as well as in private practice serving Fortune 500 and successful privately held businesses,” said Pepper. “I look forward to returning to private practice and collaborating with my new colleagues at BakerHostetler. The firm has built a leading privacy and data protection practice that continually adapts to meet the needs of its clients in this constantly evolving area.”

Pepper received his B.A. from Rutgers College and his J.D. from the Duquesne University School of Law. He also completed the executive leadership program at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Pepper holds the designation of Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), where he is also a board member. Pepper is also member of the Rutgers University Big Data Advisory Board.

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