Pioneering data privacy and digital media lawyer joins Reed Smith in strategic expansion of global advertising capabilities

CHICAGO,  July 20,2021 –  Powered by LawFuel – Reed Smith today announced the addition of pioneering data privacy, advertising, and brand protection partner Robert Newman.  Formerly the co-chair of Privacy, Security & Data Innovations at Loeb & Loeb LLP and co-leader of the Global Privacy & Data Security Task Force at Winston & Strawn LLP, Newman has joined Reed Smith’s global Entertainment & Media Industry Group as a partner in the firm’s Chicago office.

Recognized as a “Client Service All-Star” by the BTI Consulting Group, Newman works in the full spectrum of areas related to data privacy, advertising, and brand protection.  Newman has extensive experience advising top consumer brands, leading entertainers, content creators, publishers, and advertising agencies on all matters of data privacy, marketing, and intellectual property issues, with a particular focus on risk reduction in connection with emerging regulations and technologies, big data, and the future of advertising.

“Rob works closely with clients to both protect their data and harness the power of it, while assuring that they are staying within the laws of an ever-evolving cross-border patchwork of regulatory regimes,” said Gregor Pryor, co-chair of Reed Smith’s Entertainment & Media Industry Group. “Rob’s focus on innovation is a perfect fit with our firm’s culture, and his extensive, well-rounded capabilities add further depth to our top-tier global advertising practice.”

Reed Smith’s multi-national platform coupled with its cross-disciplinary skill in other legal areas — including corporate, labor and employment, and litigation – as well as its existing deep bench in advertising, were key reasons Newman decided to make the move to the firm.

“I have several shared clients with Reed Smith already, so the firm’s cross-border, full-service capabilities, its renowned advertising, entertainment and media practice, and its focus on innovation and data solutions are very familiar to me,” said Newman.

Additionally, Newman provides pro bono legal services to several music and arts organizations, including serving on the Board of Directors of Lawyers for the Creative Arts and Illinois Legal Aid Online.

“Rob is well-known and highly regarded in the Chicago legal community and nationwide in the advertising and media sectors,” said Matthew Petersen, office managing partner in Chicago. “His experience and skill set complement our team in Chicago. We’re thrilled that he has decided to join us.”

Newman began his law practice at Bass, Berry & Sims in 2007 in Nashville. Prior to joining Loeb & Loeb in 2018, he was a partner at Winston & Strawn.

In addition to his legal practice, Newman is an adjunct faculty member at Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he teaches advertising and marketing law, and he has also taught at The John Marshall Law School Center for Intellectual Property, Information and Privacy Law.

Newman received his B.A. from the University of Illinois and his J.D. from the Chicago-Kent College of Law.

About Reed Smith

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