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Vivek Mohan is a partner in Gibson Dunn’s Palo Alto office, where he is co-chair of the Artificial Intelligence practice and a member of the Privacy, Cybersecurity and Data Innovation practice. Vivek advises clients on legal, regulatory, compliance, and policy issues on a global scale with a focus on cutting-edge technology issues. His practice spans regulatory response, counseling, advocacy, and transactional matters allowing him to provide clients with strategic advice whether they are responding to a regulatory inquiry, setting up a privacy program, responding to a data breach, or selling the company. The Silicon Valley Business Journal named Vivek to its 2023 40 Under 40 list, featuring “executives that have shaped the Bay Area —and are paving the way for what comes next.”
Vivek previously worked at Apple Inc., where he was a senior attorney on the company’s global privacy law & policy team and head of information security law. At Apple, Vivek was responsible for privacy and security legal issues associated with the company’s products, services and corporate infrastructure. During his time at Apple, Vivek managed a team of lawyers responsible for privacy counseling for all software, biometric, augmented reality (AR), artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML), and search products, and served as lead counsel for information security. He oversaw the privacy and security legal aspects of Apple’s forays into regulated spaces, including in financial services and health, and played a key role in the development of Apple’s GDPR and CCPA compliance strategy and program. He handled some of the privacy team’s most complex issues and served as the team’s point person for regulatory response, legislative developments, global policy advocacy, and congressional testimony.
Earlier in his career, Vivek was in private practice, where he counseled clients in the technology, telecommunications, healthcare and financial services sectors on privacy and cybersecurity. He has represented clients in dozens of investigations before the FTC, SEC, FCC, state Attorneys General, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, financial services regulators, and data protection regulators around the world. Vivek also has significant experience counseling companies responding to legal process issued under law enforcement or national security authorities, including advising on attendant cross-border implications. Vivek has worked as an attorney at Microsoft, at the Internet Bureau of the New York State Attorney General (under a special appointment), and at General Electric’s corporate headquarters (on secondment), and was previously a partner at another international law firm. For five years, he was a resident fellow and later a non-resident associate with the Cybersecurity Project at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Vivek is a thought leader recognized by the legal, academic and policy community. He regularly serves as a panelist and presenter at leading privacy and security conferences and industry events and has guest lectured at Harvard, Columbia, and Yale Law School. Notably, he is the co-editor and author of the PLI treatise “Cybersecurity: A Practical Guide to the Law of Cyber Risk” (5d. 2021).
Columbia University - 2010 Juris Doctor
University of California - Berkeley - 2007 Bachelor of Arts
District of Columbia Bar
New York Bar