Kevin L. Coy


Direct: 202.677.4034
Fax: 202.677.4035
2100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 350S
Washington, District of Columbia 20037


Kevin is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office and co-chair of the Privacy & Cybersecurity practice. He is also a member of the Background Screening, Life Sciences, and Payments Systems & Fintech industry teams. Kevin has an established reputation for advising organizations as they consider domestic and international privacy law and policy matters. Security is critical to a successful business environment and Kevin counsels organizations about protecting personal information (including criminal history and other public record details, credit and financial data, health information, and employee data). Kevin’s legal advice also addresses online privacy issues, developing privacy notices and statements, implementing privacy compliance programs, negotiating data protection agreements, and conducting privacy due diligence for corporate transactions. When data security and breach notification issues arise, he guides clients through their responses to difficult data security incidents.

Kevin also handles proceedings before the Federal Trade Commission, advising on matters related to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”), Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (“GLB”), Section 5 of the FTC Act, data privacy, data security, and data breach issues. He assists clients through HIPAA’s privacy, security, and data breach regulations and helps them navigate related matters before the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights. He advises companies on other U.S. privacy and data security laws and regulations, including but not limited to the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and state privacy laws, such as the California Consumer Privacy Act, the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act, and the growing list of other similar state laws.

Also knowledgeable in international matters, Kevin manages transborder data flow issues and matters with the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) and other foreign privacy laws and regulations, including international data transfer issues.


  • Advice to national hospice provider regarding compliance with breach reporting and notice requirements and indemnification rights where a potential breach was caused by an IT vendor Business Associate.

  • Advised a national hospitalist firm on federal and state breach notification obligations arising from a potential breach experienced by a subcontractor which may have exposed protected health information over the internet.

  • Conducted a privacy risk assessment for a client with multiple e-commerce properties. The privacy assessment examined the client’s online and offline privacy practices and marketing practices as well as internal privacy controls in areas such as human resources, with compliance and best practice recommendations to the client in each area, when appropriate.

  • Advised a publicly traded corporation regarding the potential jurisdiction of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau over the operations of multiple subsidiaries. Work included assessments of whether subsidiaries were “covered persons”, whether subsidiaries may be considered to be “larger participants” subject to CFPB supervision, and authority the CFPB may exercise over the company and its subsidiaries under consumer protection statutes for which full or partial authority was transferred to the CFPB.

  • Advised clients regarding enrollment in the Department of Commerce EU/US and Swiss/US Privacy Shield Programs for the transfer of personal information from the European Union to the United States.  Advice included assisting the client in developing Privacy Shield compliant privacy policies, development of internal implementing policies and controls and completion of required filings with the Department of Commerce.

  • Advised a client in connection with the development of a consolidated online privacy policy to govern more than 80 company websites. Work included assisting the client in developing a survey tool to assess website privacy practices, reconciling the survey results, making best practice recommendations regarding changes in website practices, and developing a consolidated online privacy policy.

  • Successfully represented a consumer reporting agency before the Federal Trade Commission in a nonpublic FTC inquiry into compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Following document productions, responses to interrogatories, and meetings with the FTC staff, the inquiry was closed without further action by the FTC.

  • Advised a consumer electronics retailer regarding consumer data breach notification obligations and other steps to respond to a data breach. In addition to advising the client regarding consumer, regulatory, and other notifications advice also addressed matters pertaining to the investigation of the breach, cooperation with law enforcement, and enhancing internal controls to minimize the potential for additional breaches.

  • Advised a client regarding the development of a HIPAA/HI-TECH Act compliance program covering its potential obligations as a business associate of HIPAA covered entities. Assisted the client in the conduct of a gap analysis to identify areas where further action may be necessary depending upon proposed changes to the HIPAA privacy, security, and breach notification regulations.

  • Represented a large consumer information company in one of the nation’s first high profile data breaches. In addition to representing the client before the Federal Trade Commission, we also advised the client on consumer breach notification issues, congressional testimony, and enhancements to the client’s internal controls.


  • Georgetown University Law Center, Juris Doctor
  • Georgetown University, Bachelor of Arts,
    cum laude
  • District of Columbia 1998
  • State of Texas 1997
    • International Association of Privacy Professionals
    • National Association of Professional Background Screeners
      • Co-Chair, Educational Resources Committee (2016-18)

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