ArentFox Schiff Adds Experienced Privacy, Data Security, and FTC Defense Partner D. Reed Freeman Jr. in DC

ArentFox Schiff is pleased to welcome Partner D. Reed Freeman Jr. to the firm’s Trademark and Copyright practices in Washington, DC. With nearly 30 years of experience in privacy, data security, and Federal Trade Commission defense, Reed brings a deep understanding of the law and valuable experience to bear for clients.

Reed has represented clients in scores of FTC investigations and enforcement actions involving privacy, data security, advertising, and other consumer protection matters. He also defends clients in state consumer protection investigations and data breach responses and advises clients on compliance with state privacy laws, such as the California Consumer Privacy Act (as amended by the California Privacy Rights Act), data breach notification laws, international privacy laws, and federal and state advertising laws and rules.
Additionally, Reed counsels clients in developing globally compliant privacy policies; navigating privacy and security issues that arise in mergers, acquisitions, and other transactional matters; and defending against false advertising disputes. His clients span an array of industries, including retail, hospitality, financial services, technology (both software and hardware), and advertising, and include publishers, application developers, data aggregators, trade associations, industry coalitions, and social media-based advertising companies.
Earlier in his career, Reed served as a staff attorney in the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, followed by a three-year stint at Arent Fox. In addition to his time in government and private practice, Reed also worked in-house as chief privacy officer and vice president for legislative and regulatory affairs for an online advertising company.

“With an expected ramp up in FTC enforcement activity and rulemaking across a wide range of areas, Reed’s addition could not have come at a better time. His impressive track record of successfully defending companies in FTC privacy investigations, and providing proactive and sophisticated counsel to stay ahead of rapid changes in data privacy law and digital advertising, will be of great value to our team and clients. We are thrilled to welcome him back to the firm.” 

- Ricardo FischerPartner and Trademark & Copyright Practice Leader

“I started my career in private practice at Arent Fox and that experience left an indelible mark on my approach to client service. I look forward to collaborating with ArentFox Schiff’s talented attorneys to guide clients through the full range of data protection and privacy issues they face, as well as to being part of a firm that I know first-hand is well-respected among regulatory agencies, prioritizes a collaborative and high-energy culture to best serve its clients, and is on the forefront of technological developments.” 

- Reed FreemanPartner

Reed joins ArentFox Schiff from Venable LLP, where he was a partner in the firm’s E-Commerce, Privacy, and Cybersecurity Practice.
A regular speaker on privacy, data security, FTC compliance and enforcement, and digital advertising issues, Reed will be presenting at the upcoming International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) “Privacy. Security. Risk.” conference on October 14, 2022, on priority focus areas of the FTC.
Reed is widely recognized as a leader of the privacy bar. He has been ranked in “Band 1” (Nationwide) by Chambers USA for Privacy and Data Security since 2008. Reed is also recognized by Legal 500 ( Media, technology and telecoms – Cyber Law, which includes data privacy and data protection) and The Best Lawyers in America (Lawyer of the Year, Privacy and Data Security Law, Washington, DC, 2021).

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