Jim Halpert is a partner in DLA Piper's Communications, Electronic Commerce and Privacy practice. He advises clients regarding compliance strategies for with transnational, federal and state privacy and security regulations, industry best practices and self-regulatory initiatives, and has represented clients in major privacy cases in the federal courts and before the Federal Trade Commission.
Mr. Halpert represents and counsels Fortune 500 and smaller companies on a broad range of privacy and data management issues, including data security, trans-national data flows, government regulation of marketing practices, health care privacy, privacy issues raised by recording or accessing private communications, privacy regulation of various communications media, employee data, student privacy, due diligence in sales of corporate assets, records management and government surveillance requests. For example, he counseled clients regarding responses to more than 150 data security breaches since 2005.
Representing a coalition of Fortune 500 companies, Mr. Halpert has helped to draft most of the US state data security and security breach notification laws, all of the state spyware laws and many of the recent state spam laws, as well as California’s online privacy law. He has also helped to draft many of the United States federal Internet privacy laws, including the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003, the USA Patriot Act of 2001, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and Communications Decency Act.
He has litigated major privacy cases in federal courts, including Maine Newspaper Association v. Mills, Parker v. Time Warner Cable and Los Angeles Police Department v. United Reporting Co..
Mr. Halpert has been named by both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 as one of the leading data protection lawyers in the US. Legal 500 writes that he is "renowned for his 'excellent judgment and awareness of the pressures a modern business faces,'" and "for being 'pro-active and impressively hands-on for such a well-respected lawyer.'" He served as the legal advisor for a report of l’Autorita per la Garanzie nelle Communicatione (the Italian communications regulator) to the Italian Parliament regarding revisions to Italy's Internet laws. He was a law clerk to the Honorable H. Lee Sarokin, a former US District Judge for the District of New Jersey.