Ed McNicholas, a co-leader of Sidley’s privacy, data security, and information law practice, has an extensive practice representing clients facing complex information technology, constitutional and privacy issues in civil and white-collar criminal matters. Mr McNicholas focuses on trial and appellate representations of technologically sophisticated clients facing complex personal information and cybersecurity issues. Commended by The Legal 500 US for his “deep knowledge of privacy and information security”, Mr McNicholas spearheads Sidley’s cybercrime and cybersecurity focus and has significant experience with a wide-range of cutting-edge Internet and information law matters involving privacy and data protection, electronic surveillance, cloud computing, trade secrets, online advertising, social media, “big data” and national security.Prior to joining Sidley, Mr McNicholas served as an associate counsel to President Clinton. In that capacity, he advised senior White House staff regarding various independent counsel, congressional and grand jury investigations. Mr McNicholas has developed unique experience representing clients in the midst of media-driven legal challenges. His crisis management skills are particularly useful in coordinating the swirl of complex litigation, congressional hearings, and federal and state investigations that follow from major privacy and cybersecurity incidents. Mr McNicholas received his JD (cum laude; Harvard Law Review editor) from Harvard Law School in 1996 and his AB (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Princeton University in 1991. He clerked for the honourable Paul Niemeyer on the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Mr McNicholas is admitted in the District of Columbia and Maryland.
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