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Procopio Names Privacy and Cybersecurity Group Co-Leader Elaine Harwell the Law Firm’s Privacy Officer

May 4, 2021 (San Diego): Procopio has named litigator and certified privacy professional Elaine Harwell, as the firm’s Privacy Officer. Already the Co-Leader of Procopio’s Privacy and Cybersecurity practice group and a Senior Counsel with the firm, in this additional position Elaine has begun working with the General Counsel and members of Management Committee in managing the firm's Privacy Program. Her duties include overseeing the firm’s data privacy and data protection policies, advising on the integration of those policies, and providing guidance on compliance with various data privacy and protection laws. 

“The creation of a Privacy Officer at Procopio is just another step towards ensuring we serve our clients at the highest level as we endeavor to manage data responsibly as a growing AmLaw 200 law firm,” said Managing Partner John D. Alessio. “Elaine Harwell is a multi-certified privacy professional with extensive experience counseling a wide variety of clients on privacy best practices, and is a crucial addition to ensuring our own operations are the best they can be.”

Elaine has earned the ANSI-accredited Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) and the Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) credentials through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). She received her J.D. from Seton Hall School of Law and her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her practice focuses on representing clients in privacy and data security matters, including litigating claims involving privacy issues, helping clients manage emerging privacy and security risks, and advising on regulatory and compliance issues. Elaine counsels clients through a complex and ever-changing data privacy landscape and strives to find effective and tailored business solutions for each client. She has also been involved in numerous trials as well as arbitration proceedings related to contract and general business disputes, trade secret matters, complex unfair competition and business practice claims, and professional liability.

Procopio has long focused on robust processes to anticipate and mitigate risks, including the creation of a HIPAA officer position, a role held by Associate Nicholas Kawuka since 2014. Elaine will assume Nicholas’ HIPAA responsibilities in her new Privacy Officer position.

About Procopio

Procopio is an AmLaw 200 full-service business and litigation law firm committed to thoughtful problem solving and improving your bottom line.  With more than 180 attorneys based in San Diego, Del Mar Heights, Silicon Valley, Orange County, Las Vegas and Phoenix, we’re passionate about knowing your business and helping you grow and protect it for the long term.  Procopio has the flexible infrastructure to support both small to mid-sized companies and large multinationals at every stage of the business life cycle.  Our global reach across Europe, Asia and Latin America further expands our international partnerships and cross border capabilities.  At Procopio, we are focused on what is important to you–providing smart, innovative and practical solutions in a cost-effective manner to help your business thrive.  Learn more at

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