Stephen P. Satterfield

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Covington & Burling LLP
1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004-2401
Tel: 202.662.5659
Fax: 202.778.5659






  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2009
    • With Highest Honors
    • Order of the Coif
    • The George Washington Law Review, Senior Articles Editor
    • Presidential Merit Scholarship
  • Brown University, M.A., 2004
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.A., 2002
    • summa cum laude

Judicial Clerkship

  • Hon. William D. Quarles, Jr., U.S. District Court, District of Maryland, 2009-2010

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Stephen Satterfield is an associate in the firm’s Washington, DC office and a member of the Privacy and Data Security practice group.  He counsels clients on the legal and policy issues surrounding digital technologies, focusing particularly on online advertising and social media.  He has advised some of the world’s leading content and advertising technology providers in their implementation of consumer privacy protections.

In addition to his advisory practice, Mr. Satterfield has been involved in a number of the firm’s privacy litigation matters.  He has successfully represented companies such as Microsoft, AOL, and The Huffington Post in obtaining dismissals of putative class actions asserting violations of federal statutes, such as the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Video Privacy Protection Act, and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, as well as various state laws.

Mr. Satterfield also has represented companies before the Federal Trade Commission, state attorneys general, and in connection with investigations by privacy self-regulatory organizations, such as the Digital Advertising Alliance’s Accountability Program and the Network Advertising Initiative.

In the area of data security, Mr. Satterfield works with clients on the development of incident response procedures and compliance with federal and state security and breach notice requirements, as well as on transactional matters involving the transfer of personal information.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully defended a Fortune 50 software and technology company in a putative class action alleging wrongful collection of geolocation information from mobile device users. 
  • Represented a leading social media provider in Federal Trade Commission and Department of Commerce proceedings to develop frameworks for regulating privacy in the US. 
  • Represented advocacy organization in Federal Trade Commission proceedings on the “Internet of Things.” 
  • Advised a major private equity firm on privacy and data security matters in connection with its acquisition of a large marketing and lead generator company. 
  • Regularly advise leading providers of online video content on compliance with the Video Privacy Protection Act. 
  • Regularly advise clients on compliance with self-regulatory regimes, including the Digital Advertising Alliance’s Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising and the Network Advertising Initiative’s Code of Conduct. 
  • Regularly advise clients on drafting terms of use and privacy policies for websites and mobile applications.

Pro Bono

  • Represented juvenile in state court attempted murder prosecution. 
  • Advised not-for-profit microfinance organization on data security policies. 
  • Advise global not-for-profit on implementation of privacy by design.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • International Association of Privacy Professionals 
  • Nymity Research Contributor
  • Professorial Lecturer in Law, The George Washington University Law School

Publications and Speeches

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