Colleen Brown

Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

Colleen Theresa Brown is a partner at Sidley Austin LLP where she focuses on privacy, cybersecurity, data protection and emerging technology issues for a diverse group of companies, including those in the financial, life sciences, telecommunications, media, retail, technology and manufacturing sectors. Her counseling experience includes cyber risk and data breach management, corporate data protection and privacy compliance programs, international data protection and cross-border transfer, Big Data, Internet of Things, electronic surveillance, trade secrets, social media, cloud computing and online brand protection. In addition to counseling and litigation related to data protection, her work also includes counseling and negotiation of data-driven agreements, as well as privacy and cybersecurity diligence and integration planning for mergers and acquisitions. Colleen also advises civil rights and equality organizations through pro bono representations regarding complex constitutional and other privacy, data protection and cybersecurity issues. At Sidley, Colleen co-founded Women in Privacy®, a networking group for women working as in-house counsel, compliance officers and other professionals in the field of privacy. Women in Privacy® holds regular meetings in the U.S. and the EU and is dedicated to thought leadership for women privacy professionals. She is also a frequent speaker, writer, and commenter on privacy and cybersecurity legal developments and the chief editor of the Sidley Blog Data Matters.
Colleen was named by Washingtonian magazine among its “Top Lawyers” for Cybersecurity in 2019. Colleen is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States through the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She earned her J.D. at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and her Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University Maryland.