Partner & Chair, Privacy & Data Security Practice
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About The InstructorAlfred J. Saikali is the Chair of Privacy & Data Security Practice of the firm Shook, Hardy & Bacon, Miami. As Chair of Shook's Privacy and Data Security Practice, Al has gained the trust of clients challenged by data incident response, privacy litigation, and compliance with the myriad laws governing sensitive information. Al believes that client service, deep experience and proactive thinking are what separates him from other privacy and data security lawyers. These values are illustrated by the fact that Chambers USA ranked him Band 4 in Privacy and Data Security in 2020; he was named a Cybersecurity Trailblazer by the National Law Journal in 2015; and he received the Client Choice Award from Lexology in both 2016 and 2018.
The Wall Street Journal and Law360, among others, frequently interview him when they need insight into the legal implications of data breaches, emerging technological trends, biometric privacy, and other data security and privacy issues. Al often speaks to business professionals and teaches fellow attorneys about meeting the challenges associated with the proliferation of sensitive electronic information.
Outside his client practice, Al is Chair Emeritus of The Sedona Conference® Working Group 11: Data Security and Privacy Liability. Tasked with developing guides to help organizations minimize their privacy and data security liability risks, the working group includes leading practitioners in privacy and data security law, regulatory authorities and information security experts.
Al is a Fellow of Information Privacy, a Certified Information Privacy Technologist, a Certified Information Privacy Professional/US and a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe, accredited by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. He maintains a blog, Data Security Law Journal, where he regularly posts about legal developments and trends in data security and privacy law. He serves on the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ Privacy Bar Board and is an active member of the U.S. Secret Service's Electronic Crimes Task Force. He also is a member of Law360’s Privacy & Consumer Protection Editorial Advisory Board and teaches cybersecurity law at St. Thomas University in Miami.