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Frances Waldmann is of counsel in the firm’s Los Angeles Office and a member of the Privacy, Cybersecurity and Data Innovation, Artificial Intelligence, and Antitrust groups. Her practice focuses on advising companies on a wide range of matters related to artificial intelligence (AI) and other emerging technologies, including product counseling and governance, regulatory enforcement, and high-stakes litigation.
Frances has significant expertise advising technology-focused companies on global regulatory compliance with existing laws that affect AI-related technologies, such as the FTC Act, California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), state biometric privacy laws, and other federal, state, and international laws and regulations. She regularly represents clients in investigations and regulatory inquiries by the FTC, DOJ, and other U.S. and global government regulators, agencies, and bodies, including international cartel and antitrust-related grand jury investigations by U.S. and global antitrust enforcers.
Leveraging her international experience and her deep knowledge of the fast developing AI-related global legal and policy framework and emerging regulatory expectations, Frances also acts as a strategic advisor to clients in their development of AI-related products and services—including large-scale machine learning models, voice assistants, autonomous and connected vehicles, facial recognition, and AR/VR. She helps clients navigate product design concerns and launches, the development and implementation of policies and responsible corporate governance mechanisms, industry best practices and technical standards, and risk mitigation strategies.
Recent matters include:
Frances devotes substantial time to pro bono matters. In 2021, she was awarded Gibson Dunn’s Frank Wheat Memorial Award for her contributions to the firm’s efforts related to policing accountability, including a collaboration with the Leadership Conference Education Fund on a comprehensive report and toolkit on police reform in the United States.
Frances received her law degree from Magdalen College, Oxford. She practiced in Gibson Dunn’s London office from 2014 to 2016 and, prior to joining Gibson Dunn, at a leading set of barristers’ chambers, appearing in all manner of proceedings, including jury trials and tribunal hearings, as both a sole and junior advocate. Frances is a native German speaker and proficient in French.
Worcester College - University of Oxford - 2009 Masters
Magdalen College - University of Oxford - 2008 BA (Hons) Jurisprudence
New York Bar