Aaron Burstein serves clients with a strong technical background and a passion for solving complex privacy, data security, and consumer protection law problems. He provides legal advice on privacy, information security, and marketing laws and best practices, including compliance with federal and state laws throughout the U.S. As regulations such as the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) bring significant changes to the legal landscape, Aaron helps clients evolve their business practices to manage risk. In addition to counselling clients on the privacy and security issues that come up in the course of day-to-day business, Aaron also advises clients on legislative and regulatory developments affecting cutting-edge technologies such as drones and connected vehicles.
Before private practice, Aaron spent nearly a decade in federal government service. He was an attorney in the Federal Trade Commission’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection and a senior legal advisor to Commissioner Julie Brill. As an advisor to Commissioner Brill, Aaron provided legal and policy advice on U.S. and international privacy and data protection issues, rulemakings, and enforcement actions involving nearly every area of the FTC’s consumer protection authority.
Before joining the FTC, Aaron was a policy adviser at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, where he was the principal drafter of the Department of Commerce’s consumer privacy “green paper” and the White House’s Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights report. He also served as Director for Privacy and Civil Liberties in the National Security Council's Cybersecurity Directorate. Following law school, Aaron was a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice and was a research fellow at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and School of Information.
Aaron is admitted only in California. He is practicing under the supervision of principals of the firm who are members of the D.C. bar.
Aaron is a Vice Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Task Force on Big Data and serves as a member of ANTITRUST magazine. Aaron also serves as a co-chair of the Federal Communication Bar Association’s Ad Hoc Committee on Consumer Protection.