Kurt Wimmer

Kurt Wimmer


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Covington & Burling LLP
One CityCenter
850 Tenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4956
Tel: +1 202 662 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 U.S. chair of our Data Privacy and Cybersecurity practice, and is chair of the Privacy and Information Security Committee of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section. He 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. Sources for Chambers USA describe him as "a leading person in the field" and "extremely gifted at what he does."

Representative Matters

  • Provides ongoing global privacy advice to a major social media company.
  • Represented one of the largest consumer electronics companies in the world in a global privacy assessment, and assisted in crafting new privacy policies in more than 70 languages, a privacy-by-design program, and a privacy governance system.
  • Representation of a Fortune 500 media company in obtaining a complete victory in a non-public FTC investigation.
  • Negotiation of favorable consent orders for multiple clients before the FTC.

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
  • Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) Internet Legal Resource Center Board of Advisors
  • Global Internet Policy Project, Advisory Board Member

Publications and Speeches

  • "Improving the Legal Protection of Mobile Sensor-Generated Health Data at Work," Privacy Law Scholars Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands (10/26/2015)
  • "Privacy, Security, and Fairness by Design: What the FTC Does (and Doesn’t Do)," Privacy+Security Forum, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. (10/23/2015)
  • "Mitigating Privacy Risk Starts at the Top," International Association of Privacy Professionals (10/15/2015)
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