Robert E. Cattanach

Robert E. Cattanach

Minneapolis P +1 (612) 340-2873 F +1 (612) 340-8800



His technical background enables him to understand the complex business challenges associated with today’s cyber world, and provide the strategic acumen to achieve success.

Bob’s decades of experience as a trial lawyer also enable his clients to achieve their business objectives if other means of resolution cannot be achieved. Bob has an active trial docket in courts around the country, where his innovative thinking, collaborative client approach, and keen strategic insights have provided his clients with a long string of successful verdicts and appeals. Under Bob’s leadership, Dorsey teams have helped our clients achieve precedent-setting results, especially in the complex area of constitutional challenges to government overreach.

Education & Admissions

United States Naval Academy (B.S., Engineering, 1972), with Distinction

University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 1975), with Honors


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


Representative Experience

Bob has represented numerous clients in breach responses, development of privacy policies and procedures, and provided counsel to corporate Boards of Directors, and Audit Committees on matters of cybersecurity, privacy and internal governance. Bob’s long history of interaction with key government agencies began with his service of the United States Department of Justice, Civil Division, which represents the interests of the United States and its agencies, including the CIA, FBI, Departments of State, Defense and Energy. His longstanding relationship with those agencies enables him to engage with key players on major cyber issues, and be the “go-to” attorney for all matters cyber.

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 to numerous television media and the Sedona Conference Working Group 11 on cyber matters.

    News & Resources


    Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Comments on US-China Agreement on Cybertheft
    Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Discusses DC Court Lifting NSA Ruling
    Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Comments on FTC's Data Security Win
    45 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis and Fargo Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016 and Best Lawyers of the Year
    Five Steps to Prepare for a Data Breach
    Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Discusses Napa County Wineries Data Breach
    Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
    Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Discusses the Patriot Act
    Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Remarks on Court's NSA Ruling
    Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Comments on Cyber Sharing Bills
    Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Comments on AT&T $25 Million Data Breach
    AT&T Settles with FCC for $25 Million in Landmark Privacy and Data Breach Agreement
    Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Discusses Who is at Risk for Cyberattacks
    Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Comments on Lack of Broadband Access in Rural America
    Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Comments on Call for Bipartisan Effort to Cybersecurity Issues
    Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Remarks on Obama’s Cybersecurity, Privacy Plans
    Proposed Federal Breach Notification Law: Panacea or Flash in the Pan?
    Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Discusses U.S. Companies Hacking in Self-Defense
    Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Comments on How Companies Can Clamp Down on Cyberattacks
    Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Remarks on FTC's Probe of Cyber Security Protocol
    Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Discusses the Impact of the Sony Breach
    Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Comments on the Stalled Cybersecurity Bill
    Dorsey Partner Bob Cattanach Comments on Sony Data Breach Litigation
    Message from New York Court: Rely on CGL Policy Coverage for Data Breaches at Your Own Peril
    Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
    Minnesota Litigator Profile: Bob Cattanach, An Inspiration On Two Wheels and Off
    CFTC and SEC Propose New Identity Theft Red Flags Rules
    "Properties of Telecommunications Mergers and Acquisitions," Aspatore Executive Reports

    Speaking Engagements

    • “Dorsey & Whitney LLP DorsEdiscovery Forum,” Dorsey & Whitney LLP Seminar, January 28, 2015
    • “Dorsey & Whitney LLP Cybersecurity Seminar,” Dorsey & Whitney LLP Seminar, November 12, 2014
    • “Company Computers Under Attack: Big Dollars and Private Data Are Being Stolen Every Day: What Are You Doing About It?”, Dorsey & Whitney LLP Webinar, June 26, 2014
    • “Privacy & Technology Commerce,” Dorsey & Whitney LLP Breakfast Briefing, March 12, 2014
    • “Once More Into the Breach: Managing Risks When Your Company’s Data Has Been Compromised,” Dorsey & Whitney Corporate Counsel Symposium, 2013
    • Numerous CLE presentations on Regulatory Litigation and Enforcement

    Industries & Practices

    Government Enforcement & Corporate Investigations
    Cybersecurity, Privacy & Social Media
    • Closely Held Businesses
    • Cybersecurity, Privacy & Social Media
    • Energy
    • Environmental
    • Food & Agribusiness
    • Government Enforcement & Corporate Investigations
    • Health Care
    • Insurance Law
    • Mining & Natural Resources
    • Public-Private Project Development
    • Telecommunications
    • Telecommunications

    Professional & Civic

    Professional Achievements

    • The Sedona Conference Working Group on Data Security and Privacy Liability, Working Group 11 (June 2015)
    • The Sedona Conference All Voices Meeting (2014)
    • Chairman of the Board, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
    • Co-Chair, International Association of Privacy Professionals KnowledgeNet Chapter, Minneapolis-St. Paul
    • Past President, numerous Bar Association Committees and Divisions

    Community Involvement

    • Minnesota State Cycling Champion – Road Race (2009)
    • Minnesota State Cycling Champion – Criterium (2009)


    • Listed in Best Lawyers in America©, 2008-2016
    • Listed as a Minnesota Super Lawyer, 2011-2015
    Robert E. Cattanach