Khizar Sheikh, a member of the firm, chairs the Privacy and Cybersecurity practice group. Khizar focuses his practice on cybersecurity, privacy, and data matters; and he counsels clients ranging from emerging growth companies to publicly-traded, global organizations, as well as clients from banking and financial services, consumer retail, healthcare, and education sectors.
Khizar works closely with his clients, providing advice on issues relating to data collection, storage, protection, use, and sharing. He assists clients in complying with their legal requirements for protecting personal and sensitive data arising from contracts, state, national, or international laws relating to data privacy, cybersecurity, digital advertising and marketing, virtual currencies, and social media. He is experienced in providing risk and “gap” assessments; drafting and negotiating contracts (including vendor and cloud agreements, and merger/acquisition documents) and providing ongoing training to staff,management, and boards of directors; as well as representing clients in data breach response and litigation matters involving data theft and misuse, intellectual property, and privacy torts and class actions. To assist his clients, Khizar works closely with data security, forensic, insurance, and public relations specialists. In addition to his corporate practice, Khizar also advises security researchers and “white hat” hackers on the unique legal issues that their work implicates, including counseling on contracts and threat reporting.
Khizar publishes frequently on cybersecurity, privacy, and technology topics, and has been invited frequently to speak to national, regional, and local industry and legal groups. His recent speaking engagements, published articles, and media mentions are listed below. Prior to law school, Khizar studied molecular genetics and biochemistry at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and also structured telecommunications corporate debt financings with an investment banking boutique in New York City.
Open Web Application Security Project Advisory Board Member
International Association of Privacy
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
American Bar Association
New Jersey State Bar Association
Rutgers Center for Corporate Law & Governance, Member, Alumni Steering Committee
Rutgers University School of Law, J.D., 2003
Student Law Clerk to the Honorable Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr., U.S.D.J., 2000
Law Clerk to the Honorable Barbara Byrd Wecker, J.A.D., 2003-2004.
Hamilton College, B.A., 1996.