Kristopher Kleiner

Special Counsel
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I love learning about our clients’ businesses and working with them to provide practical solutions to complex privacy-related issues.

About Kristopher

Kris focuses his practice on data privacy and information security, and he has extensive experience advising clients across multiple industries on various data privacy and protection issues, including working with clients to help achieve compliance with an expanding and complex legal privacy landscape; advising clients on privacy and security-related terms in contractual and transactional engagements; identifying, remediating, and responding to data privacy incidents; responding to regulatory inquiries and investigations; developing, implementing and training related to incident response planning policies and procedures; and conducting data privacy due diligence in corporate transactions. Kris earned the Certified Information Privacy Professional for the United States (CIPP/US) credential from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Before joining Cooley, Kris worked in the data privacy practice group for a large, multinational firm, and served as a judicial intern for Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory J. Hobbs Jr. and Colorado Second Judicial District Court Judge Michael A. Martinez. Prior to attending law school, Kris worked in business management and management consulting, and he has experience managing small to mid-size businesses, as well as assisting clients with developing and implementing operational improvements and cost-saving measures.

Kris has written on and spoken about various privacy and data security legal issues. 


 Speaking Engagements

  • “US Privacy Compliance Journey Series – Due Diligence and Gap Assessment,” Cooley webinar, April 19, 2022
  • “US Data Privacy Landscape,” University of Virginia Darden School of Business, MBA Marketing Technology Products course, March 22, 2022
  • “Morning Byte of Cyber: Incident Response,” National Cybersecurity Center, March 18, 2022
  • “EU-US Data Transfers and FISA 702,” training presentation, March 15, 2021
  • “Global Breach Response – How to Select Your Key Partners,” Advisen webinar, January 18, 2018
  • “Cyber Simulation: Experience the Breach (Boot Camp),” NetDiligence Cyber Risk & Privacy Liability Forum, Philadelphia, June 5, 2017


University of Denver Sturm College of Law
JD, 2013, Order of St. Ives

University of Central Florida
BS, 1999, Business Management, summa cum laude, graduation honors

Admissions & credentials



North Dakota



Rankings & accolades

Legal 500: Key Lawyer – Cyber Law (including Data Privacy and Data Protection) (2021)

Memberships & affiliations

International Association of Privacy Professionals