Randy V. Sabett, JD, CISSP, is Vice Chair of the Privacy and Data Protection practice group and a member of the firm’s Technology Transactions Group. He rejoined the Firm in 2014 and is resident in the Washington, DC and Reston offices.
Mr. Sabett counsels clients on a wide range of cutting-edge cybersecurity, privacy, IT licensing, and intellectual property issues, including compliance with relevant international, federal and state laws and regulations, government and industry standards (such as the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and the PCI Data Security Standard), authentication, Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), active defense, federated identity, identity theft, and security breaches. Mr. Sabett helps clients develop strategies to protect their information, including advising companies on developing and maintaining appropriate internal controls to meet privacy and cybersecurity requirements. He also drafts and negotiates a wide variety of technology transaction agreements. Having previously served as an in-house counsel to a Silicon Valley startup, Mr. Sabett employs a pragmatic approach when structuring and negotiating such agreements.
Mr. Sabett served as a Commissioner for the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency. He has been recognized as a leader in Privacy & Data Security in the 2007 – 2015 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and is listed in the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers. He also was named the Information Security Professional of the Year by the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) for 2013 and was previously named as one of the “Top 50 Under 45” by the American Lawyer’s IP Law & Business magazine. He was also recognized as a leading lawyer in the 2015 US edition Legal 500 for Media, Technology and Telecoms – Technology Transactions, and as a “Top Lawyer” in the area of cybersecurity by Washingtonian Magazine.
Prior to rejoining Cooley, Mr. Sabett was Counsel at ZwillGen, a boutique law firm focused on cybersecurity, and before that a partner at SNR Denton. He also served as Senior Technology Counsel for a Silicon Valley information security company. Additionally, Mr. Sabett has several years of engineering experience in the information security marketplace and has worked in active noise cancellation, as well as having served with the National Security Agency as a crypto engineer. He holds two U.S. patents, one in the area of information security (U.S. Patent No. 6,981,149) and the other in the area of active noise cancellation (U.S. Patent No. 5,440,642).
Mr. Sabett is on the Board of Directors for the Georgetown Cybersecurity Law Institute and the Board of Directors for the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA). He is also a member of the Section of Science and Technology Law of the American Bar Association, where he has served as both the Co-Chair and the Co-Vice Chair of the Information Security Committee. In addition, Mr. Sabett is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).