Biography

Experience

Françoise Gilbert has extensive, in depth experience with data privacy and security issues, Internet, eBusiness, and information technology law. Her clients include numerous Fortune 500 and other global corporations, as well as selected emerging technology start-ups. She advises companies on how to strategically manage their privacy, security, electronic workplace, and e-business risks, develop and implement information privacy and security strategies and compliance programs, and integrate privacy and security in mergers & acquisitions, outsourcing, marketing, and other relations.

Françoise regularly addresses a wide range of privacy and security issues, from HIPAA, COPPA or CAN SPAM compliance, to Security Breach Disclosure Laws, implementation of FTC or HIPAA Security Safeguards, US Department of Commerce Safe Harbor self-certification, or foreign data protection laws (Western Europe, North America, or Asia Pacific) and cross border data flow issues.

In addition to compliance concerns, Françoise assists clients’ M&A or Marketing teams in incorporating data protection in their operations and transactions. She has worked on data protection issues in major corporate transactions such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Cloud Computing, Outsourcing, and Offshoring. She has also structured and negotiated a wide variety of technology related commercial transactions associated with databases, data processing or data management, including strategic alliances and joint ventures, IT procurement and outsourcing, distribution agreements, and development and systems integration projects.

Speaking and Teaching

A prolific speaker and writer, Françoise Gilbert has taught technology and data protection law in the Graduate School of Health Information Science at the University of Illinois, Chicago Campus since 1992, and has been a frequent guest speaker at John Marshall Law School in Chicago (Illinois) and at the Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship at San Jose State University (California). In addition, she has been featured as a speaker throughout the United States and internationally on privacy, security, risk management, outsourcing, information technology, and e-business law and issues by industry groups, bar associations and trade associations.

Publications

Françoise is the author and editor of Global Privacy and Security Law published by Aspen, a two-volume law treatise. Global Privacy and Security Law provides a detailed and practical explanation of the major drivers that dictate or influence data protection laws worldwide. The treatise also contains a thorough analysis of the privacy and data protection laws of over 60 countries on six continents.

She has published extensively on information technology and data protection issues. In addition to numerous articles published in peer-reviewed publications, professional journals and magazines, she is also a co-author of:

  • HIPAA Security Standards (2007 – ABA Publications);
  • Business Process Outsourcing Transactions (2007- Wiley)
  • Technology Outsourcing Transactions (2005 – Wiley);
  • International Guide to Cyber Security (2004 – ABA Publications);
  • International Guide to Privacy (2003 – ABA Publications);
  • International Guide to Combating Cybercrime (2002 – ABA Publications);
  • Comprehensive Guide to Electronic Health Records (2000 – Faulkner & Gray);
  • Comprehensive Guide to Electronic Health Records (1999 – Faulkner & Gray).

Board Memberships

Françoise serves on the Board of Directors of the International Technology Law Association. She is a member of the Editorial Board of The Practical Lawyer (ALI-ABA), and she serves on the Technology Board of Advisors of the ALI ABA. She has served on the Board of Directors of the American Telemedicine Association, the California E-Heath and Telemedicine Association, and other non-profit entities, and on the Board of Advisors of several Silicon Valley emerging technology start-ups. She is a past member of the National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists and of the Executive Committee of the Business Law Section of the California Bar.

Awards and Recognitions

Françoise Gilbert is rated AV® Preeminent by Martindale & Hubbell and her work on information privacy and security has been recognized by the following peer review publications:

  • Chambers, recommended for privacy and data security
  • The Best Lawyers in America, recommended for information security and privacy
  • Who’s Who in e-Commerce

Selected Activities

Ms. Gilbert co-chairs the American Bar Association ePrivacy Committee, the PLI Privacy / Security Institute and the IAPP KnowledgeNet. She is a past Chair of the Cyberspace Committee of the California Bar. She has also held numerous leadership positions at the American Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association.

Education and Bar Admissions

Trained in the civil law and the common law systems, Françoise Gilbert is admitted to practice in California and Illinois as well as in France.

Before acquiring her JD in Chicago (Illinois), she obtained a French law degree in Paris (France). Early training includes undergraduate and graduate degrees in Mathematics, engineering and education from the Universities of Paris and Montpellier (France).

Francoise Gilbert is accredited as Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Languages

Françoise Gilbert is bilingual in French and English.  She has a working knowledge of Spanish, Italian and German.

IT Law Group

Françoise Gilbert is the founder and Managing Director of the IT Law Group.