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Michael Gold is co-chair of JMBM's Cybersecurity and Privacy Group and counsels businesses in a wide variety of matters, including data breach responses and investigations, crisis management, development of computer-based information retention systems, forensic investigations of computer systems, and computer and internet privacy matters. 

Michael assists clients in developing and implementing information management and governance best practices and developing policies and compliance structures for protecting personal and company information. He counsels clients on information security and privacy law compliance issues; assists clients in developing policies and processes to comply with information security and privacy laws (including the E.U.'s General Data Protection Regulation, the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, and other state and industry-sectoral privacy laws in the U.S.); negotiates technology agreements relating to information security and privacy; and defends litigation and arbitrations, including class actions, arising from data breach and privacy claims.

With a deep understanding of network, enterprise computer system, mobile application, artificial intelligence, and blockchain technologies, he incorporates his knowledge into practical legal advice so that all stakeholder interests are taken into account when information security and privacy strategies are developed and deployed. Michael often serves as the go-between for company business executives and the company's information technology and information security staffs to insure that non-tech executives and managers are able to appreciate the practical implications of complex technology issues that are involved in a security incident or data breach. 

Michael was named one of California's "Top 20 Cyber - Artificial Intelligence Lawyers" by the Daily Journal (2018), one of the "Most Influential Lawyers: Digital Media and E-Commerce Law" by the Los Angeles Business Journal, and has been designated a "Top Rated Lawyer in Technology Law" by Martindale Hubbell. He is the author of the upcoming Bloomberg BNA portfolio Enterprise Cybersecurity Governance, and co-author of the Bloomberg BNA Portfolio Records Retention for Enterprise Knowledge Management.

Michael also advises companies and their owners and directors, and alternative entities and their managers and members, in business control and governance disputes, enterprise risk governance and management, shareholder disputes, breach of fiduciary duty matters, conflict of interest transactions, and internal investigations.

Education

J.D., Southwestern University School of Law
cum laude

B.A., University of Connecticut
with honors

Bar Admissions State Bar of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Southern District of California
Eastern District of California
Northern District of California
Northern District of Illinois
Associations

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers

Member, Planning Committee, USC Gould School of Law Intellectual Property Institute, 2004 - 2009

Advisory Board, Information Systems Security Association, Los Angeles Chapter

Awards & Recognition
  • Named by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the "Most Influential Lawyers: Digital Media and E-Commerce Law," 2014
  • Governance Disputes Attorney of the Year in California, Corporate International Magazine, Global Law Experts, 2014-2015
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review, AV Rating
  • Member, Editorial Board, Privacy and Data Security Law Journal
  • Selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer, 2013-2018
  • 2017 Los Angeles Business Journal Leader in Law Nominee, Cybersecurity
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