Chair of the firm’s Advertising and Marketing practice group, Laura Riposo VanDruff brings a unique set of experiences, insights, and perspectives to her practice counseling and defending companies on consumer privacy, data security, and consumer protection matters.
Laura’s government and in-house background and her immersive understanding of consumer protection and privacy issues help her quickly identify and address areas of potential concern and facilitate efficient and favorable resolutions of FTC and State AG investigations and enforcement actions.
During her near decade of service at the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection, including as assistant director, Laura handled matters related to legal violations involving the privacy and security of consumer information. Her enforcement and policy portfolio at the FTC included the security of consumer information, IoT privacy and security, and health privacy.
Leveraging her extensive experience with high-stakes litigation, Laura handled significant and varied cases on behalf of the FTC, including Part 3 administrative proceedings and litigation in federal court.
She served as the managing attorney in FTC v. D-Link Systems, Inc., the FTC’s first federal court litigation regarding software security. Laura’s time at the FTC gave her a deep understanding of how and why government regulators, investigators, and attorneys make decisions. She uses that knowledge to create targeted strategies that address their concerns while protecting her clients’ interests.
As an assistant vice president and senior legal counsel for AT&T, Laura advised business clients on consumer protection risks, developed and executed strategies in response to regulatory inquiries, and participated in policy initiatives within the company and across the industry.
Laura is a vice chair of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Law Section’s Committee on Privacy and Information Security and a past lecturer at the University of Virginia School of Law.
Recommended in US Legal 500 for her work in the areas of Marketing and Advertising Law – Transactional and Regulatory and Cyber Law – Data Protection and Privacy, 2022-2023.
American Bar Association, Privacy and Information Security Committee, vice chair, 2021
American Bar Association’s Antitrust Law Section’s Committee on Privacy and Information Security, vice chair
Former lecturer at the University of Virginia School of Law.