Al Saikali is a Partner in the Miami office of Shook, Hardy & Bacon where he founded and chairs Privacy and Data Security Practice. He represents companies to help them proactively and reactively minimize the risks associated with the collection, use, storage, and disposal of personal information.  Proactively (before a privacy or data security incident occurs), Al advises companies to help them assess their privacy and data security risks, identify applicable legal requirements, and operationalize those requirements.  Reactively (after a privacy or data security incident occurs), Al advises companies on their legal obligations to respond, notify third parties, and communicate with regulatory authorities.  Al has directed breach responses that have affected millions of individuals in hundreds of countries and represented companies in class action lawsuits throughout the United States.

Al has been ranked by Chambers & Partners in the area of Privacy and Data Security law, and he has won the Lexology Client Choice award in technology law the laws two years in a row.  He was named a “Trailblazer in Cybersecurity” by the National Law Journal in 2015 and is part of a small group of privacy lawyers who has received the Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP) designation from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Al helped found and chairs the Sedona Conference’s Working Group on Privacy and Data Security Liability (“WG 11”), he co-chairs the American Bar Association’s Cybersecurity Law Institute, and he chairs the Florida Bar’s Technology Committee.  In his spare time, Al teaches Cybersecurity Law as an Adjunct Professor at St. Thomas University’s School of Business.  He has been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and Law360 for his thoughts on privacy and data security legal trends.  In short, Al is a thought leader in privacy and data security law.