Cynthia J. Cole
Cynthia is an Intellectual Property Partner in Baker McKenzie's Palo Alto office, as well as a member of the IP Tech Global Steering Committee. A former CEO and General Counsel, Cynthia was Deputy Department Chair of the Corporate Section in the California offices of Baker Botts, where she built the technology transactions and data privacy practice. She has expertise in AI, digital transformation, data privacy, and cybersecurity strategy, and has deep experience in complex cross-border, IP, data-driven, and digital transactions, creating bespoke agreements in novel technology fields. Cynthia advises clients on cybersecurity and incident response and compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) and the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). She is certified as an Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/E) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. In 2022, Cynthia was recognized as a "Top Cyber Lawyer in California" by The Daily Journal. In 2019, she was recognized as a "California Trailblazer in Data Privacy" by The Recorder for her foundational work in data privacy. An adjunct Professor at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Cynthia teaches a course on information and data privacy.