Robert E. Cattanach

Robert E. Cattanach




His technical background and business savvy enable him to understand the challenges of today’s cyber world and evolving privacy regulations.  Bob works collaboratively with clients to determine their regulatory obligations, evaluate risk tolerances, and find optimal solutions in the ever-evolving world of data collection, use, sharing and ultimately safe destruction.

Recognized by his peers as a thought leader in the areas of data security and privacy litigation, Bob serves as a member of the Sedona Conference Steering Committee for Working Group 11.  Under his leadership, the Sedona Conference has published for public comment an Incident Response Guide, and he has led Sedona presentations to Working Group 11, as well as Sedona’s International Programme, on subjects including incident response, the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and California’s new Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).

He represents clients in breach responses, development of privacy policies and procedures, and counsels corporate Boards of Directors and Audit Committees on matters of cybersecurity, privacy and information governance.  Bob’s unique skill set comes from decades of experience as a trial lawyer, and he maintains an active trial docket in courts around the country.  Even the best compliance practices can occasionally fall victim to skilled hackers.  When (unfortunately not if) this occurs, Bob’s trial-honed ability to craft a compelling narrative that explains the client’s compliance efforts and commitment can mean the difference between constructive regulatory dialogue versus potentially crippling sanctions.  

Bob is also a much-sought-after commentator and contributor to professional and journalistic coverage of cybersecurity issues, ranging from the New York Times and USA Today and numerous electronic media to various professional publications and blogs.

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Education & Admissions

United States Naval Academy (B.S., Engineering), with Distinction

University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D.), with Honors; Articles Editor, Wisconsin Law Review


  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • Minnesota Federal District Court
  • Wisconsin Federal District Court

News & Resources


CCPA Class Actions and Standing Requirements
The Sedona Conference Commentary on the Enforceability in U.S. Courts of Orders and Judgments Entered under GDPR
Is Data the Next Frontier in ERISA Litigation?
Contact Tracing: Strategies and Issues for Balancing Public Health Demands and Privacy Concerns
Contact Tracing: Privacy Implications and Practical Considerations
The Coming Wave of California Consumer Privacy Act Lawsuits
The Sedona Conference Incident Response Guide
Developments from California: AG Estimates Costs of CCPA Compliance as CCPA Authors Contemplate Round II
California Attorney General Issues Draft Regulations for CCPA
Work in Progress - Potential CCPA Amendments Advance to Senate Appropriations Committee
New York Expands Data Privacy Protections
Google Fine Signals GDPR Enforcement Priorities and Complexities
Cyber Vulnerability Tips For Private Companies During Govt Shutdown
Updated Alert: Governor Brown Signs Amendments to the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018
CalCPA Evolves – US Chamber Supports Federal Standard
Sued for Misjudging the Impact of GDPR and Other Changes to the Consumer Data Privacy Landscape – Yes that Just Happened
Claimed Failure to Disclose GDPR’s Collateral Impact Leads to Class Action Against Nielsen Holdings
California Unanimously Enacts Comprehensive Digital Privacy Law
FTC’s Data Security Authority Curbed by 11th Circuit
Unexpected Impacts of Europe’s GDPR on US Companies Over and Under-Stated
Dorsey Partner Robert Cattanach is Editor-in-Chief of Latest Guide to Data Breach Compliance
U.S. v. Microsoft: Supreme Court to Review Scope of Search Warrant Compliance in a Digital Age
New FBI Director Must Help Restore Faith in Institutions

News & Press Mentions

Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Comments on SolarWinds Sanctions
Insurer Can Challenge Deal In Dickstein Malpractice Row
Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Discusses SolarWinds Breach
Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Discusses COVIDaware MN App
Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Discusses CCPA Compliance--July 1 Deadline
Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Discusses US-China Cybersecurity War's Impact on IP
Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Comments on Changes to US Data Privacy
Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Comments on Portland Facial Recognition Ban
Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Discusses COVID Contact Tracing
Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Remarks on CCPA Now in Effect
Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Comments on CCPA the First of Many State-level Privacy Laws
Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Remarks on Cybersecurity Big Fines
Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Shares 2020 Privacy Predictions
Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Discusses 2020 Big Tech Oversight
Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Discusses DHS and Facial Recognition
Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Discusses How CCPA Impacts Retailers Outside of California
Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Discusses CCPA v GDPR
Dorsey & Whitney Launches California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Compliance Screening and Assessment Tools
Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Comments on Cy Pres Awards
Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Discusses Google Privacy Settlement
Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Remarks on Data Privacy Fines
Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Comments on Equifax Breach Settlement
Super Lawyers Recognizes 41 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Remarks on US Enacting Federal Privacy Law
Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Discusses CBP Data Breach

Events & Speaking Engagements

2021 Midwest Legal Conference on Privacy & Data Security
Brand Activation Legal Committee Meeting
Privacy Titans: Enter the CCPA
Seminar Playback: Privacy Titans: Enter the CCPA
The Sedona Conference Annual Meeting: Developments in California’s Consumer Privacy Act
The Sedona Conference Annual Meeting: Enforcement of GDPR Sanctions in US Courts (Steering Committee Liason)
Seminar Playback: SEC Guidance on Cybersecurity Disclosure and Policies
MER 18 – Data Breaches: Ready, Set . . . Respond!
Law Firms and Data Security: Complying with Attorney Ethical Obligations (Webinar)
Society for Corporate Governance: Data Breach Disclosure Challenges

Industries & Practices

Cybersecurity, Privacy & Social Media
California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
Government Enforcement & Corporate Investigations
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Blockchain & Digital Assets
  • California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
  • Closely Held Businesses
  • Cybersecurity, Privacy & Social Media
  • Electric Power
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Environmental
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Government Enforcement & Corporate Investigations
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance Law
  • Mining
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • The Sedona Conference Working Group on Data Security and Privacy Liability, Working Group 11 – Steering Committee 
  • Previous Co-Chair, International Association of Privacy Professionals KnowledgeNet Chapter, Minneapolis-St. Paul
  • Past President, numerous Bar Association Committees and Divisions 

Community Involvement

  • Chairman of the Board, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts 
  • Minnesota State Cycling Champion – Road Race 
  • Minnesota State Cycling Champion – Criterium 


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  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America©, 2008-2021
  • Listed as a Minnesota Super Lawyer, 2011-2019
  • MSBA North Star Lawyer, 2016
Robert E. Cattanach