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Melissa Krasnow

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krasnow.melissa@dorsey.com

Overview

MELISSA SPEARHEADS MULTI-DISCIPLINARY AND ORGANIZATIONAL TEAMS TO PROVIDE EFFECTIVE COUNSEL ON DOMESTIC AND CROSS-BORDER PRIVACY, CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND TRANSACTIONAL MATTERS.

Melissa serves as a member of the Bloomberg BNA Privacy & Security Law Report Advisory Board and the International Association of Privacy Professionals Exam Development Board and Canadian Advisory Board.

Education & Admissions

Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1992)

Wellesley College (A.B., Chinese Studies and Political Science, 1989), magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa

University of British Columbia (1988), Class 1 Standing

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • Illinois
  • California

Experience

Representative Experience

Melissa Krasnow advises public and private companies and non-profits on domestic and international privacy, corporate governance and transactional matters:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Commercial and technology transactions (e.g., outsourcing)
  • Data breaches and crisis situations, including preparation (e.g., tabletop exercises)
  • Advice to boards of directors and senior executives (e.g., privacy and security)
  • Privacy, advertising, securities, corporate governance and compliance and regulated industry laws (e.g., financial services) and standards (e.g., PCI DSS)
  • Privacy, security, mobile, text message, social media, corporate and technology policies, programs and agreements
  • Cyber liability insurance policy and SEC disclosure review
  • Cyber liability insurance panel counsel with leading international insurance organization and their insureds

News & Resources

Insights

International Association of Privacy Professionals Names Dorsey Partner Melissa Krasnow to Advisory Boards
Dorsey Partner Melissa Krasnow Comments on Uber Privacy Settlement
Director Cybersecurity Risk Oversight and Actions, Bloomberg BNA
Dorsey Partner Melissa Krasnow Comments on Privacy Cases to Watch in 2016, Law360
Dorsey Partner Melissa Krasnow Discusses the Importance of Knowing International Privacy Regulators
Dorsey Partner Melissa Krasnow Discusses Influential Privacy Regulators, Law 360
Dorsey Partner Melissa Krasnow interviewed in Grant Thornton and Financial Executives Research Foundation report on Cybersecurity incident response: Planning is just the beginning
Co-Author, “Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation and Its Impact on US Businesses,” Practical Law
Bloomberg BNA Names Dorsey Partner Melissa Krasnow to Privacy & Security Law Report Advisory Board
Revisiting Privacy Policies and Practices in Light of Delaware Law
Dorsey Partner Melissa Krasnow Earns NACD Fellowship
Future Supreme Court Ruling in TCPA Action May Affect Case Strategies, Not Compliance, Bloomberg BNA Privacy & Data Security Law
State Breach Notification Laws Continue To Change
Current Cybersecurity Issue and The Role of CFOs, CIOs, Bloomberg BNA
The CFO’s Role in Cybersecurity, Financial Executives Research Foundation and Grant Thornton Report
Amended Oregon Law Requires Notifying State Attorney General of Data Breaches, BNA Privacy & Data Security Law Report
California Department of Justice Seeking Information on California Transparency in Supply Chains Act Compliance
CFO Role, Along With Audit Committee, Critical in Assessing Cybersecurity Risks, BNA Accounting Policy & Practice Report
CFOs Playing Larger Role in Cybersecurity Prep, Financial Executives International (FEI) Daily
Guidance for Incident Response Plans

Select Client Presentations

  • "Advising the Board of Directors on Privacy and Data Security," 2016 Midwest Legal Conference on Privacy & Data Security, Minnesota State Bar Association, Minneapolis, MN (January 15, 2016) Download pdf of presentation
  • "Cyber Risk," National Association of Corporate Directors' Advanced Director Professionalism, Scottsdale, Arizona (December 8, 2015)
  • "CASL One Year Later: What US Companies Need to Know about Enforcement under Canada’s Anti-Spam Law," Practical Law North American Webinar (October 2015) Download pdf of presentation
  • "Updates within Network Security and Privacy Risk Management," Risk Management Society, Minneapolis, MN (October 2015) Download pdf of presentation
  • "Global Privacy & Data Security Laws," Minnesota State Bar Association, Legal Guide to Privacy and Data Security (October 2015) Download pdf of presentation
  • Moderator, "Cybersecurity," featuring U.S. Secret Service, Northwestern Law Alumni Club of the Twin Cities Business Breakfast (October 2015)
  • "Big Data, Big Opportunities and Risks: What You Need to Know about Data Security," MinneAnalytics Financial and Retail Conference on Analytics (FAR Con), University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management (August 2015) Download pdf of presentation
  • "Canada’s Anti-Spam Law: What U.S. Companies Need to Know about Enforcement," Bloomberg BNA Nationwide Webinar (June 2, 2015) Download pdf of presentation
  • "The Evolving Role of the Corporate Board," 2015 Financial Executives International Annual Leadership Summit, Boca Raton, FL (May 2015)
  • "Cybersecurity and the CFO," 2015 Financial Executives International Annual Leadership Summit, Boca Raton, FL (May 2015)
  • "Mastering Data Privacy, Protection, & Forensics Law, Data Breach Notification and Cybersecurity Developments in 2015," Nationwide Webinar, Rossdale CLE (April 2015) Download pdf of presentation
  • Cross-Border Data Transfers, "Data Security, Privacy and Freedom of Speech," University of Minnesota Law School International Law Journal 2015 Symposium on International Law and the Internet (February 2015)
  • "An Update on COPPA Developments," Bloomberg BNA Nationwide Webinar (January 2015) Download pdf of presentation
  • “Data Breach Notification and Cybersecurity Developments in 2014,” Mastering Data Privacy, Social Media and Cyber Law Nationwide Webinar, Rossdale CLE (October 22, 2014) Download pdf of presentation
  • "Connecting with Canada: How Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation Affects Your Business," Knowledge Congress (September 2014)
  • "Canada's Anti-Spam Law and its Impact on U.S. Businesses," Practical Law North American Webinar (September 2014) Download pdf of presentation
  • "EU Data Protection Directive and Safe Harbor," Minnesota State Bar Association, A Legal Guide to Privacy and Data Security (August 2014) Download pdf of presentation
  • "Cybersecurity Recommendations," Financial Executives International Committee on Finance & IT meeting, Morristown, New Jersey (June 12, 2014)
  • "Cybersecurity," RR Donnelly SEC Hot Topics Institute, Minneapolis, MN (May 2014) Download pdf of presentation
  • "Network Security," Risk Management Society, Minneapolis, MN (May 2014) Download pdf of presentation
  • "Cybersecurity," Legal Clinic for Utah Nonprofit Organizations, Dorsey & Whitney and Community Foundation of Utah (May 2014)
  • "Canadian Privacy Law," Minnesota State Bar Association, #GlobalDataPrivacy, The 2014 International Business Law Institute (April 2014) Download pdf of presentation
  • "Updating Online Privacy Policies: Timely Advice from Experts," International Association of Privacy Professionals Nationwide Webinar (February 2014) Download pdf of presentation
  • "Quo Vadis Europa? EU Privacy Regulation," Twin Cities Privacy Network 2013 Annual Retreat (June 2013) Download pdf of presentation
  • "Securities and Exchange Commission Guidance on Cybersecurity and Incident Disclosure," West LegalEdcenter Nationwide Webinar (May 2013) Download pdf of presentation
  • "Get Ready to Comply with the FTC's Updated Children's Online Privacy Protection (COPPA) Rule," Bloomberg BNA Nationwide Webinar (April 2013) Download pdf of presentation
  • "The SEC Guidance on Cybersecurity and Incident Disclosure: What You Need to Know," International Association of Privacy Professionals (August 2012) Download pdf of presentation 
  • "Network Security and Privacy Liability: How to Prepare for a Cyber Breach," Wells Fargo Risk Series Seminar (July 2012) Download pdf of presentation
  • "Key Issues and Developments in U.S. and International Privacy Laws," CHS client presentation (July 2012) Download pdf of presentation
  • "The Increasingly Regulated World of Gift Cards and Loyalty and Award Programs," Dorsey University (March 2012) Download pdf of presentation
  • "Developing Issues in Breach Notification and Privacy Regulations: Risk Managers – Are You Having the Right Conversation with the C Suite?," Minnesota Risk Management Society 39th Annual Seminar (January 26, 2012) Download pdf of presentation
  • "The Cyber Attack and Hacking Epidemic – A Legal and Business Survival Guide," Practising Law Institute, San Francisco, California (January 2012) Download pdf of presentation
  • "Un-risky Business: Protecting Your Organization in the Online World," Nonprofit Communicators Workshop (November 2011) Download pdf of presentation
  • "Fanning the Flames of Internet Opportunity Without Causing a Legal Inferno," Dorsey University (October 2011) Download pdf of presentation
  • "Data Breaches – Coming to a Network Near You," with Burson-Marsteller and Porter Novelli, Chartis Insurance Nationwide Security and Privacy Seminar (October 2011)
  • "Protecting Your Co-op in the Online World," National Cooperative Business Association Annual Meeting and Co-op Conference (October 6, 2011)
  • "Cyber and Privacy Risk - What are the Trends?  Is Insurance the Answer?", Minnesota Society for Healthcare Risk Management, Minneapolis (September, 2011) Download pdf of presentation
  • “Renovating Social Media to Avoid Risk,” Financial Executives International Midwest Conference, Minneapolis (September 20, 2011) Download pdf of presentation
  • "10 Hot Topics on Internet and Privacy Law," West LegalEdcenter Nationwide Webinar (September 2011) Download pdf of presentation
  • "Real World Privacy Issues," Fifth Twin Cities Chief Legal Officers Group CLE Program at SUPERVALU, Eden Prairie, Minnesota (June 2011) Download pdf of presentation
  • "The New World of Social Media - Business and Legal Risks," 2011 Risk and Insurance Management Society Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada (May 2011) Download pdf of presentation
  • "Renovating Social Media to Avoid Risk" 2011 Financial Executives International Annual Leadership Summit, Phoenix, Arizona (April 2011)  Download pdf of presentation
  • "When Was Your Company’s Website Privacy Policy Last Updated?" Twin Cities Privacy Network Retreat (February 2011) Download pdf of presentation
  • “Hand-held Devices & Privacy,” Minnesota State Bar Association (February 2011)
  • "Cloud Computing," Twin Cities Privacy Network (January 2011) Download pdf of presentation  
  • "Social Media: Professional Uses, Benefits & Pitfalls in the Legal Environment," International Paralegal Management Association Annual Conference (October 2010)
  • “Cloud Computing,” Deloitte and Dorsey & Whitney (September 2010) Download pdf of presentation
  • "Data Breach: Understanding the Risk and Managing a Crisis," Marsh and Kroll Presentation (May 2010)
  • "Goodbye, Financial Crisis; Hello, Regulation," 100 Women in Hedge Funds (May 2010)
  • "The Inevitability of Social Media," Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals (April 2010)
  • "Social Networking," Minnesota Employment Law Council (November 2009)
  • "Finding Your Tweetzone: Balancing the Benefits and Risks of Business Social Networking," Minnesota State Bar Association (November 2009)
  • "Privacy Law 2009: A Year of Change," Dorsey & Whitney Corporate Counsel Symposium XX (November 2009)
  • "Talking to Investors: Best Practices for Using Social Media to Communicate Material Information," Dorsey University (October 2009)
  • "Overview of Compensation and Incentive Plans," Dorsey University (October 2009)
  • "Your Business in 140 Characters or Less: Overview of Legal Issues and Business Considerations in Social Networking," Dorsey University (September 2009)
  • New Consumer Laws Safeguard Transmission of Personal Data, Legal Talk Network Podcast (May 2009)

Industries & Practices

Educational Publishing, Technology & Services
Cybersecurity, Privacy & Social Media
  • Banking
  • Canada
  • Consumer Financial Services
  • Cooperative Law
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • Cybersecurity, Privacy & Social Media
  • Educational Publishing, Technology & Services
  • Energy
  • Financial Services Regulatory
  • Food & Agribusiness
  • Health Care
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mining & Natural Resources
  • Private Equity
  • Technology Commerce

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Advisory Board Member, Bloomberg BNA Privacy & Security Law Report
  • Advisory Board Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional/US (CIPP/US)
  • Board Leadership Fellow, National Association of Corporate Directors
  • Member, Institute of Corporate Directors (Canada)
  • Expert commentator on privacy, International Risk Management Institute at IRMI.com
  • Member, Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals
  • American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Executive Leadership Team, Twin Cities
  • Minnesota CLE Planning Committee Member for Inaugural Privacy & Data Security Institute

Accolades

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  • Minnesota State Bar Association North Star Lawyer, Pro Bono Service (2014)