Kurt Wimmer


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Covington & Burling LLP
1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004-2401
Tel: 202.662.5278





  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., 1985
  • Syracuse University, Newhouse School of Public Communications, M.A., 1985
  • Missouri School of Journalism, B.J., 1982

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia

Kurt Wimmer is the US chair of the firm’s Privacy and Data Security practice and a partner concentrating in privacy and technology law.  He advises national and multinational companies on privacy, data security, content and digital technology issues.  He is chair of the Privacy and Information Security Committee of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section, and is rated in the first tier by Legal 500, designated as a national leader in Chambers USA, and is included in Best Lawyers in America in four areas.

Mr. Wimmer represents clients on privacy and public policy matters before the FTC, the FCC, Congress, the European Commission and state attorneys general, as well as in strategic advice, privacy assessments and policies, and international privacy matters.  From 2000-2003, he focused on EU data protection law in Covington’s London office, where he was managing partner.  From 2006 to 2009, he was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Gannett Co., Inc.  Mr. Wimmer has testified before Congress, most recently in January 2014, and legislatures in Russia, Romania and several other countries.  He has published widely on global Internet jurisdiction issues, and he represented coalitions of media and technology companies in the landmark Ehrenfeld and Bangoura cases.

Mr. Wimmer's clients include Facebook, CBS, Microsoft, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Gannett Co., Inc. and Raycom Media, Inc., as well as associations including the Newspaper Association of America and the National Association of Broadcasters.  He is chair of the First Amendment Advisory Council of the Media Institute and the D.C. Bar Committee on Media Law, and is a member of the board of directors of the Media Law Resource Center and is past chair of its Defense Counsel Section.

Honors and Rankings

  • Legal 500 US, First Tier
  • Chambers USA, Leader Designation
  • Chambers Global, Data Protection
  • Best Lawyers in America, Four Areas
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, Information Technology
  • Washingtonian, Best Lawyers
  • Who's Who Legal

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Chair, Privacy and Information Security Committee of the American Bar Association Section on Antitrust Law
  • Harvard University/Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Digital Media Law Project, Advisory Board
  • Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) Internet Legal Resource Center Board of Advisors

Publications and Speeches

  • "9th Circ. is Stuck in the '90s on Internet Terms of Use," Law360 (8/22/2014), Co-Author
  • "Net Neutrality, the Internet, Public Policy and the Public Interest," Variety/IESE Conference on the State and Future of the Media and Entertainment Industry (7/1/2014)
  • "Privacy Roundtable: A Discussion with the Chief Privacy Officer of the National Security Agency," American Bar Association (6/30/2014)
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