Jeff Kosseff

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Covington & Burling LLP
1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004-2401
Tel: 202.662.5489
Fax: 202.778.5489





  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2010
    • magna cum laude
    • Order of the Coif
    • Georgetown Law Journal, Executive Articles Editor
    • Appellate Litigation Clinic
  • University of Michigan, M.P.P., 2001
  • University of Michigan, B.A., 2000

Judicial Clerkship

  • Hon. Milan D. Smith, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2011-2012
  • Hon. Leonie M. Brinkema, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 2010-2011

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • New Jersey

Jeff Kosseff is an associate in the firm’s Washington, DC office.  He is a member of the Communications & Media and Privacy & Data Security practice groups. Before becoming a lawyer, Mr. Kosseff was a reporter for The Oregonian, covering technology and Congress.  He was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting, and a recipient of the 2006 George Polk Award for national reporting.  Mr. Kosseff is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP-US).  Mr. Kosseff is an adjunct professor of communications law at American University’s School of Communication.  He also serves on the board of directors of The Writer’s Center in Bethesda.

Representative Matters

  • Develops Privacy by Design programs for clients and advises on implementation.
  • Advocates for federal shield law for journalists on behalf of a coalition of more than 70 media organizations.
  • Advises clients on responses to potential data breaches, including compliance with notification requirements.
  • Advises clients about federal restrictions of digital marketing and advertising campaigns.
  • Represents clients in various Federal Communications Commission proceedings, including spectrum reallocation and media ownership.
  • Advises clients on public relations and legislative advocacy strategy.
  • Advises television reporters on legal questions regarding information gathering and publication risks.
  • Assists clients in drafting privacy policies for websites and mobile applications.

Previous Experience

  • The Oregonian, Reporter (2001-2008)
  • Gannett Co., Inc., Law Clerk (2008-2010)

Pro Bono

  • Drafted Supreme Court amicus brief on behalf of a coalition of groups that oppose gun violence.
  • Representing client in Ninth Circuit appeal of summary judgment in a civil rights claim against police department.
  • Advises nonprofit organizations on website privacy policies and terms of use.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • International Association of Privacy Professionals, Publications Advisory Board
  • Federal Communications Bar Association
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals

Publications and Speeches

  • "What’s Next in FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp.? FTC Data Security Under the FTC Act," BNA Electronic Commerce & Law Report (4/18/2014), Co-Author
  • "Hey ‘Chicken Littles,’ Wyndham Doesn’t Mean the Sky is Falling," Privacy Perspectives (4/10/2014), Author
  • "A Step-by-Step Guide to Integrating Privacy by Design at Your Organization," International Association of Privacy Professionals, Global Privacy Summit (3/5/2014)
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