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Phyllis Sumner is a Partner and the firm's Chief Privacy Officer. She leads our Data, Privacy and Security practice. Phyllis regularly counsels corporate boards, senior executives and other clients regarding data breach prevention, emergency response, remediation, compliance, regulatory enforcement, internal corporate investigations and other critical privacy and data security concerns.

As a crisis manager, Phyllis works closely with clients' legal, compliance and business teams to strategize, manage and defend when significant privacy and data security issues arise. She assists her clients with developing mature incident response plans and leads them through security incidents, including investigations, containment, remediation, communications, and contractual and legal obligations. She represents clients defending against class actions resulting from alleged consumer protection and privacy violations, and data security incidents. In 2018 and 2016, Cybersecurity Docket named Phyllis to its Incident Response 30, which lists “the 30 best and brightest Incident Response attorneys” in the U.S. and Law360 named her Cybersecurity MVP in 2017 and Privacy MVP in 2016.

Phyllis also represents clients in complex litigation involving the False Claims Act, RICO, the Fair Credit Reporting Act and fraud. She is known for her negotiation and advocacy skills in and out of the courtroom. Law360 named her "Healthcare MVP" in 2014 and she has been a Georgia "Super Lawyer" since 2013. Atlanta Magazine named her as a "Woman Making a Mark" in 2016 and the Daily Report named her a "Distinguished Leader" in 2017.

Previously, Phyllis served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois and the Northern District of Georgia. She successfully prosecuted high profile cases such as Eric Rudolph, the Centennial Olympic Park bomber, as well as cases involving public corruption, domestic terrorism, credit card fraud, money laundering, healthcare fraud and other complex criminal matters.

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Credentials

J.D., Vanderbilt University

B.B.A., University of Georgia

Georgia

Illinois

Supreme Court of Georgia

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Incident Response Top 30 Award


Cybersecurity Docket, 2018

Cybersecurity and Privacy MVP


Law360, 2017

Distinguished Leader Award


Daily Report 2017

Privacy MVP Award


Law360, 2016

Women Making a Mark Award


Atlanta Magazine, 2016

Incident Response Top 30 Award


Cybersecurity Docket, 2016

Healthcare MVP Award


Law360, 2014

Georgia Super Lawyer, 2013–2016

Director’s Award, for superior performance in the trial of former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell


Executive Office for the United States Attorneys, 2008

John Marshall Award, for the prosecution of Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph


Attorney General, 2006

Director’s Award, for the prosecution of Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph


Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, 2006

Award, for the prosecution of Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph


Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2006

Honorary Special Agent Award, for the trial and conviction of former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell


Internal Revenue Service, 2006

Director’s Award of Recognition, for the trial and conviction of a former Atlanta City Commissioner


Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2003

Honorary Special Agent Award, for the trial and convictions in a multimillion dollar timber fraud case


Internal Revenue Service, 2003

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Recognition

Incident Response Top 30 Award


Cybersecurity Docket, 2018

Cybersecurity and Privacy MVP


Law360, 2017

Distinguished Leader Award


Daily Report 2017

Privacy MVP Award


Law360, 2016

Women Making a Mark Award


Atlanta Magazine, 2016

Incident Response Top 30 Award


Cybersecurity Docket, 2016

Healthcare MVP Award


Law360, 2014

Georgia Super Lawyer, 2013–2016

Director’s Award, for superior performance in the trial of former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell


Executive Office for the United States Attorneys, 2008

John Marshall Award, for the prosecution of Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph


Attorney General, 2006

Director’s Award, for the prosecution of Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph


Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, 2006

Award, for the prosecution of Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph


Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2006

Honorary Special Agent Award, for the trial and conviction of former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell


Internal Revenue Service, 2006

Director’s Award of Recognition, for the trial and conviction of a former Atlanta City Commissioner


Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2003

Honorary Special Agent Award, for the trial and convictions in a multimillion dollar timber fraud case


Internal Revenue Service, 2003

Matters

Lead Coordinating Counsel defending Equifax Inc. in the 2017 data breach.

Led defense of The Home Depot in the 2014 data breach consumer class action MDL.

Led defense of Sears/Kmart in the 2014 data breach financial institution consolidated class actions.

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Lead Coordinating Counsel defending Equifax Inc. in the 2017 data breach.

Led defense of The Home Depot in the 2014 data breach consumer class action MDL.

Led defense of Sears/Kmart in the 2014 data breach financial institution consolidated class actions.

Lead National Counsel defending Equifax Information Services Fair Credit Reporting Act litigation.

Matters

Lead Coordinating Counsel defending Equifax Inc. in the 2017 data breach.

Led defense of The Home Depot in the 2014 data breach consumer class action MDL.

Led defense of Sears/Kmart in the 2014 data breach financial institution consolidated class actions.

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Matters

Lead Coordinating Counsel defending Equifax Inc. in the 2017 data breach.

Led defense of The Home Depot in the 2014 data breach consumer class action MDL.

Led defense of Sears/Kmart in the 2014 data breach financial institution consolidated class actions.

Lead National Counsel defending Equifax Information Services Fair Credit Reporting Act litigation.

Credentials

J.D., Vanderbilt University

B.B.A., University of Georgia

Georgia

Illinois

Supreme Court of Georgia

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Incident Response Top 30 Award


Cybersecurity Docket, 2018

Cybersecurity and Privacy MVP


Law360, 2017

Distinguished Leader Award


Daily Report 2017

Privacy MVP Award


Law360, 2016

Women Making a Mark Award


Atlanta Magazine, 2016

Incident Response Top 30 Award


Cybersecurity Docket, 2016

Healthcare MVP Award


Law360, 2014

Georgia Super Lawyer, 2013–2016

Director’s Award, for superior performance in the trial of former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell


Executive Office for the United States Attorneys, 2008

John Marshall Award, for the prosecution of Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph


Attorney General, 2006

Director’s Award, for the prosecution of Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph


Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, 2006

Award, for the prosecution of Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph


Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2006

Honorary Special Agent Award, for the trial and conviction of former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell


Internal Revenue Service, 2006

Director’s Award of Recognition, for the trial and conviction of a former Atlanta City Commissioner


Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2003

Honorary Special Agent Award, for the trial and convictions in a multimillion dollar timber fraud case


Internal Revenue Service, 2003

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Recognition

Incident Response Top 30 Award


Cybersecurity Docket, 2018

Cybersecurity and Privacy MVP


Law360, 2017

Distinguished Leader Award


Daily Report 2017

Privacy MVP Award


Law360, 2016

Women Making a Mark Award


Atlanta Magazine, 2016

Incident Response Top 30 Award


Cybersecurity Docket, 2016

Healthcare MVP Award


Law360, 2014

Georgia Super Lawyer, 2013–2016

Director’s Award, for superior performance in the trial of former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell


Executive Office for the United States Attorneys, 2008

John Marshall Award, for the prosecution of Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph


Attorney General, 2006

Director’s Award, for the prosecution of Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph


Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, 2006

Award, for the prosecution of Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph


Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2006

Honorary Special Agent Award, for the trial and conviction of former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell


Internal Revenue Service, 2006

Director’s Award of Recognition, for the trial and conviction of a former Atlanta City Commissioner


Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2003

Honorary Special Agent Award, for the trial and convictions in a multimillion dollar timber fraud case


Internal Revenue Service, 2003