Christopher Escobedo Hart

Partner, Co-Chair, Privacy & Data Security Practice - Boston

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With significant trial litigation, appellate advocacy and data privacy and security experience, Chris Hart has counseled and represented sovereign nations, Fortune 500 companies, start-up companies, non-profits, and individuals in a wide variety of contexts for over a decade. He represents clients before the U.S. Supreme Court, argues in appellate courts across the country, including successfully before the Massachusetts Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court; and advocates on behalf of clients in federal and state courts nationwide. He also frequently represents clients in significant internal investigations.

As a civil litigator in U.S. courts, Chris has helped obtain successful outcomes for clients before, during and after trial. He has successfully defended national law firms against allegations of legal malpractice and employment discrimination; represented sovereign nations in high-stakes suits brought by private litigants; defended large corporations in patent infringement suits; defended against large and complex claims arising out of lengthy construction contracts; and challenged state and federal administrative actions.Chris also represents companies and individuals in investigations brought by federal and local law enforcement authorities, including the Massachusetts State Attorney General’s office.

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Education:

  • Duke University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2005
  • St. John's College, M.A., 2002
  • Harvard University, B.A., 2000

Languages:

Spanish

Representative Experience

  • Represented The Valens Company Inc., a leading manufacturer of cannabis products, in the acquisition of Green Roads worth up to $60M. 
  • Successfully obtained a full recovery for a major international investment firm that suffered a multi-million dollar loss in a payment fraud hack.
  • Represented Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, Inc., in amicus filings before the Supreme Court, 4th and 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and District of Hawai’i, in State of Hawai’i v. Donald Trump.
  • Successfully obtained reversal from the Massachusetts Appeals Court of an adverse ruling against a tenant against the Boston Housing Authority.
  • In Skye Ventures v. the Republic of Venezuela, successfully defended against a multi-million dollar claim against the government of Venezuela as part of a trial team in federal court.
  • In Arch Trading v. Republic of Ecuador, a case under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, member of a team that successfully defended Ecuador in the Southern District of New York (with an affirmance in the Second Circuit) against a multi-million dollar claim.
  • In Ray v. Ropes & Gray, member of a team that successfully defended Ropes & Gray in an employment discrimination suit, obtaining a favorable jury verdict and First Circuit affirmance.
  • Successfully defended a national law firm against a claim of legal malpractice.
  • Represented an owner/client in a multi-million construction contract dispute.
  • Represented a brand drug manufacturer in patent litigation.
  • Represented a global energy company in toxic tort litigation.
  • Represent employers and employees in both employment discrimination and employment contract matters.

Professional Experience

  • Adjunct professor at Northeastern University, currently teaching in the Doctorate of Law and Public Policy Program.
  • Judicial law clerk to the Honorable Anthony J. Scirica, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

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Certifications

  • Certified Information Privacy Professional – CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPM

Honors

  • “Top Lawyer – Civil Litigation Defense,” Boston Magazine, 2021
  • “Lawyer of the Year,” Boston University Latino American Law Student Association, 2018
  • Friend of Justice Award, Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2017 (for outstanding pro bono advocacy)
  • JD Supra “Readers’ Choice Award,” 2017 (for being a “top author” in the field of cybersecurity)
  • Outstanding Newsletter Award, Massachusetts Chapter, Federal Bar Association, 2015 (for work as Editor-in-Chief of the chapter newsletter)
  • As an associate at his previous law firm, Chris’ work as the lead lawyer on a civil rights pro bono matter won recognition from the Washington Lawyers' Committee, which honored him and the firm for work in obtaining a significant settlement in that case.

Involvement

  • Chapter Chair, Boston, IAPP KnowledgeNet (2021 – 2022) 
  • Vice Chair (Publications), American Bar Association Privacy, Cybersecurity & Digital Rights Committee (2019-2020)
  • Member, BBA Beacon Award Selection Committee (2018, 2019)
  • Advisory Board, International Association of Privacy Professionals, Privacy Bar Section (2019-present) 
  • Co-Chair, BBA Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee (2018 - present)
  • Co-Chair, Mentoring Committee, BBA Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee (2016-2018)
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys
  • Fellow, Boston Bar Association Public Interest Leadership Program (2015-2016)
  • Co-Chair, Federal Bar Association International Law Committee
  • American Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Maryland Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association (Massachusetts Chapter) Newsletter, Editor-in-Chief (2015)
  • Fellow, The Partnership, Inc.
  • Advisory Board, Trustees of Reservations
  • Board of Overseers, Beth Israel Deaconess-Milton
  • Town of Milton:  Warrant Committee member, elected Town Meeting member
  • Panelist, “Cyber Security: Secrets on the Web - Live on Fireside Sidebar with Judge Dan Winslow,” New England Legal Foundation, May 19, 2022 
  • Panelist, “Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Litigation: What Lawyers Need to Know,” Boston Bar Association, April 20, 2022 
  • Panelist, “China’s New Data Protection Regime and Other Regulatory Developments Affecting Cross-Border Business Between the U.S. and China,” Boston Bar Association, March 22, 2022
  • Panelist, “The New Business Ethics – ESG for Lawyers,” Boston Bar Association, January 26, 2022 
  • Guest, “Will Privacy and Security Reach Equilibrium,” Podcast, Caveat/The Cyberwire, January 13, 2022 
  • Moderator, “Cyber Risk is at Peak Intensity – Is Your Insurance Ready,” Webinar, December 9, 2021
  • Speaker, “Virginia’s New Data Privacy Law: An Uncertain Next Step for State Data Protection,” Webinar, myLawCLE, November 4, 2021
  • Guest, “Ransomware Insurance,” Digital Anarchist, October 12, 2021
  • Speaker, “Two Households, Both Alike In Dignity. The Intersection of Privacy & Antitrust at the FTC,” Webinar,  April 28, 2021 
  • "California’s Expanding Privacy Alphabet Soup: Exploring New CCPA Regs and CPRA...," Podcast: Volume Four (December 2020) 
  • Speaker, “Data Transfers In Jeopardy, Your Best Options,“ Webinar, MassTLC, November 18, 2020  
  • Speaker, “How Not to Panic About Privacy in a Pandemic: Rising to New Privacy Challenges, and Learning New Lessons,“ Hispanic National Bar Association’s Corporate Counsel Conference & Annual Convention, September 24, 2020
  • Speaker, "Data Breach Response: Discovery and Investigation," Webinar, September 10, 2020 
  • Speaker, “Maintaining Privacy and Data Security in the Remote Workplace,” Webinar, June 17, 2020
  • Speaker, “Cyber Security Threats & Best Practices in the Remote World of COVID-19: The 60-Minute Lawyer,“ Webinar, MCLE England, May 1, 2020
  • Speaker, “CCPA: What you need to know now and what to expect in the future,“ Webinar, MassTLC, April 28, 2020 
  • Speaker, “Managing Information Security Threats in the Remote Workplace:  Best Practices," Foley Hoag/Rapid7 Webinar, April 22, 2020  
  • Speaker, “Security In An Unprecedented Time, A Table Top Panel," Webinar, MassTLC, March 23, 2020 
  • “CA Regulations, Ramble On...," Podcast: Volume Three (March 2020) 
  • “Life in the Fast Lane: Cruising Through the CCPA’s Draft Regulations,“ Podcast: Volume Two (November 2019)
  • “Welcome to the Hotel California (Consumer Privacy Act): You can check out any time you’d like, but you may still be liable,“ Podcast: Volume One  (August 2019)
  • Speaker, “Cybersecurity Regulation and Enforcement,” Foley Hoag Webinar (October 2019) 
  • Speaker, “New Massachusetts Data Breach Law Update,” Webinar, AIM - Associated Industries of Massachusetts (June 2019) 
  • Panelist, “Exploring Transatlantic Data Privacy:  GDPR,” Suffolk University Law School, Transnational Law Review Symposium (March 2018)
  • Speaker, "CyberRisk - Why the CFO Needs to Take Charge," LicataRisk Advisors (June 2017) 
  • Speaker, “Cyber Security Belongs in the C-Suite: Are you ready?,” Information Systems Security Association, New England Chapter Meeting (September 2016) 
  • Moderator, “What is Reasonable in Cybersecurity? Responsibility and Accountability for Cybersecurity Practices,” Advanced Cyber Security Center Conference (November 2015)
  • Moderator, Women in Entrepreneurship “Cybersecurity 101” Panel (May 2015)
  • Panelist, "How to Approach the 'Bring Your Own Device,'" Advanced Cyber Security Conference (November 2014) 
  • Panelist, American Constitution Society (New England School of Law Chapter), Constitutional Interpretation (April 2014)
  • Speaker, "Cyber Risk & Liability: Privacy & Data Security Risk Management," Governance, Risk Management and Compliance Summit (March 2014)
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  • Massachusetts
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts