William R. Daugherty

Counsel

Houston
T +1.713.646.1321
F +1.713.751.1717

Overview

Will Daugherty is a member of the firm’s Chambers USA-ranked Privacy and Data Protection team. He works with clients to develop and implement information security compliance programs and incident response plans, and to respond to data breaches and other security incidents. Will also advises clients on a range of data privacy issues spanning the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography And Marketing Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and global data protection laws. His depth of experience is also global in scope and across many industries, including consumer electronics, energy, financial services, health care, oil and gas, retail, and technology. Drawing on his extensive experience representing companies in connection with government investigations and enforcement actions as well as his experience as in-house counsel, Will provides companies that have experienced security incidents with business-focused, practical solutions that minimize regulatory and litigation risk.

Will spent the first eight years of his career with an AmLaw 5 firm before joining a Fortune 500 company as senior counsel, where he developed a business-minded approach to clients’ needs. Will has also earned the designation of Certified Information Privacy Professional through the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

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  • Provides proactive privacy and security advice to companies related to data collection, use, sharing and marketing.
  • Develops and implements policies, including website privacy and terms of use, Bring Your Own Device, incident response and information security plans.
  • Conducts incident response workshops.
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Experience

  • Provides proactive privacy and security advice to companies related to data collection, use, sharing and marketing.
  • Develops and implements policies, including website privacy and terms of use, Bring Your Own Device, incident response and information security plans.
  • Conducts incident response workshops.
  • Revises existing contracts and negotiates contracts to minimize data security risks and ensure that companies are protected if a vendor defaults.
  • Represents companies in responding to data security incidents, including managing the forensic investigation, interacting with law enforcement officials, ensuring compliance with state breach notification laws and contractual notice obligations, and responding to state attorneys general and federal agency inquiries.
  • Defends companies in complex, multidistrict putative class actions.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Legal 500 United States (2016, 2017)
    • Recommended in Cyber law (including data protection and privacy)
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)

Pro Bono

  • Successfully represented African victims of torture in obtaining asylum through the Human Rights Initiative.

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana

Education

  • J.D., Tulane University Law School, 2005, cum laude
  • B.S., International Trade and Finance, Louisiana State University, 2001

Blog

In The Blogs

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Data Privacy Monitor
Unanimous FTC Finds LabMD’s Data Security Practices Violated Section 5 of the FTC Act
By William R. Daugherty
August 18, 2016
On July 29, 2016, a unanimous Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “Commission”) issued its Opinion and Final Order reversing the decision of an administrative law judge (“ALJ”) and holding that LabMD engaged in “unfair” practices in...
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Data Privacy Monitor
What Companies Need to Know About Cyber Threat Information Sharing Under CISA
By William R. Daugherty
May 19, 2016
Cyber threat information sharing has the potential to provide numerous benefits for organizations (both public and private) faced with cyberattacks, which are increasing in frequency and sophistication. Cyber threat information sharing can...
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Data Privacy Monitor
Deeper Dive: Human Error Is to Blame for Most Breaches
By William R. Daugherty
April 25, 2016
Each year, as companies implement the latest security technologies, attackers develop and launch new tactics, techniques, and procedures to circumvent those technologies. While investment in security defense and detection technologies is...
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