Douglas Meal

Ropes & Gray, Boston, MA

Doug is a seasoned trial lawyer who plays a leading role in Ropes & Gray’s privacy and data security practice, specializing particularly in representing clients targeted by litigation and government investigations stemming from highly publicized data security breaches. As the lead outside lawyer handling claims stemming from data security breaches suffered by Target, The Home Depot, Supervalu, Sally Beauty, Sony, Neiman Marcus, Heartland Payment Systems, The TJX Companies, Hannaford Brothers, Aldo, Genesco, and Wyndham Hotels—some of the most highly publicized data security breaches in recent years—Douglas has become a national leader in defending companies that suffer significant data security breaches involving consumer information against the ensuing claims and regulatory investigations. Doug is ranked in Chambers USA and Chambers Global for his work in privacy and data security, has been named a Law360 MVP for the past four years in “Privacy & Consumer Protection,” and was named a 2013 “U.S. Innovative Lawyer” by the Financial Times. He frequently writes and lectures on privacy and data security issues. Doug received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.