Timothy P. Tobin

Timothy P. Tobin

Washington, D.C.

Email tim.tobin@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +1 202 637 6833

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupGlobal Regulatory

Tim Tobin has focused on privacy, data security, and cybersecurity law since the beginning of his legal career more than 15 years ago.

Whether in marketing and advertising, contracting and deals, the development of new products and technologies, cross-border data sharing, or within the workplace, he helps clients understand their obligations to protect data and advises on how they can lawfully collect, use, and share personal information. Tim does this effectively by providing practical risk-based advice so clients can focus on the bottom line.

Tim also helps clients prepare before a data breach happens; he has helped numerous companies with incident response preparedness plans and exercises. He is also ready to help when a business experiences a security incident, having counseled companies on hundreds of data breaches since the early implementation of data breach notification laws.

Tim also helps companies with regulatory investigations, having represented clients across a range of consumer protection issues, including privacy, data security, and advertising, as well as in investigations before the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Department of Justice.

Tim helps clients from a broad array of industry sectors that includes automotive, financial services, defense, education, retail, technology, and entertainment.

Awards and recognitions


Media, Technology, and Telecoms: Technology: Data Protection and Privacy
Legal 500 US


Transport: Rail and Road (Regulation)
Legal 500 US

Education and admissions


J.D., George Mason University School of Law, Magna Cum Laude, 2001

B.A., Michigan State University, 1991


Member, American Bar Association

Member, Federal Communications Bar Association

Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia


Court admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia

Related Knowledge

Cybersecurity Internet of Things

Representative experience

Counseled the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers on groundbreaking industrywide connected car privacy principles.

Assisted a large Fortune 50 financial institution with the development of a comprehensive vendor risk assessment program.

Assisted a large global consulting firm with the development of strategies to process and transfer personal data globally for various client services.

Assisted a large global data broker with multicountry assessments of market practices and legal obligations.

Assisted a large multinational bank with big data assessment.

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