Palo Alto – December 22, 2014 – Law360 named Michael Rhodes, litigation partner and chair of Cooley's privacy & data protection group, a "Privacy MVP" for the fourth consecutive year. Rhodes is one of only two attorneys in the United States who has been honored with "MVP" status for four years in a row.
In 2014, Rhodes secured significant and favorable privacy case outcomes for clients such as Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, eBay and Google. In what Rhodes told Law360 was among the toughest wins in his career, he scored a major victory for Google by defeating what would have been one of the largest class actions in history. Rhodes was deemed "Litigator of the Week" by The American Lawyer for this win.
Rhodes, who has been at the forefront of privacy law for decades, has seen a noticeable evolution in privacy cases, from disputes concerning what companies were doing with consumers' information and whether or not they had permission to significant data protection issues.
"We all agree in the modern era that information is used as a baseline for monetizing business models, so how are you going to protect it?" Rhodes said. "I'm proud of the fact in a firm like Cooley, every day in Silicon Valley we're always at the forefront of intersection of new tech and new business models and law."
The annual MVP list honors elite attorneys with successes in high-stakes litigation, record-breaking deals and complex global matters. Law360 reviewed more than 800 submissions in making its selections.
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