Jo-Ellyn Sakowitz Klein


Senior Counsel

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP


Jo-Ellyn Sakowitz Klein is a leading practitioner on privacy and data protection matters. She was recognized by The Legal 500 US in the Cyber law (including privacy and data protection) category in 2020. She has focused on privacy and data protection law for more than 20 years.

Jo-Ellyn devotes a substantial portion of her practice to assisting clients with issues arising under state and federal privacy, security and data breach notification laws and regulations. These include the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009 (HITECH), Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act, and myriad state privacy, security and breach notification laws. She assists clients in navigating the intersection between federal privacy and data protection laws and state regimes such as the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA), the New York Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security Act (SHIELD Act) and the Nevada Privacy of Information Collected on the Internet from Consumers Act, as amended by Nevada Senate Bill 220 (NPICICA).

Jo-Ellyn has examined privacy and data protection issues arising in settings ranging from hospitals to professional sports to the medical device industry to the telecommunications industry. She assists clients with compliance activities, data breach preparedness and response efforts, complex contracts and litigation. She regularly assists clients in efforts to comply, in a harmonized manner, with an array of applicable privacy and information security laws and contractual obligations.

Jo-Ellyn is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US, International Association of Privacy Professionals).


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