Squire Beefs Up Cybersecurity Practice With Dallas Litigation Boutique

  • United States
  • 12/05/2017
  • Bloomberg Law

Squire Patton Boggs has scooped up a Dallas litigation boutique run by a former Department of Justice cybercrime prosecutor in the firm’s latest move to expand its cybersecurity and data privacy law practice.

Yarbrough Law Group president Matt Yarbrough will be joining Squire along with an associate and a paralegal, the firm announced Monday. Yarbrough launched the boutique in 2007 after working as an equity partner at Fish & Richardson.

Before that, Yarbrough spent five years as an Assistant US Attorney in the Northern District of Texas, where he founded and led a cybercrimes and criminal intellectual property task force. He also helped then-Texas Attorney General and now-Senator John Cornyn in the creation of the Texas Internet Bureau, the first regional forensics lab designed to help the FBI and state law enforcement fight identity theft, internet fraud, and data breaches.

“Matt is a pioneer in the field and his addition is another key component to the industry-leading team we are building,” Squire Patton Boggs chair and global CEO Mark Ruehlmann said in a statement.

Squire’s addition of Yarbrough follows a string of hires for its cybersecurity and data privacy practice in the past year.

In February, the firm hired Washington-based Crowell & Moring partners Elliot Golding and Robin Campbell. Campbell now co-chairs Squire’s data privacy and cybersecurity practice with London-based partner Ann LaFrance.

Tara McGraw Swaminatha, a former federal prosecutor for computer crime and intellectual property, joined Squire from DLA Piper in June; and Tony Scott, former Federal Chief Information Officer under President Barack Obama, was hired in September.

The firm’s has also expanded its cybersecurity practice outside of the United States, hiring Simon Jones, former Leeds-based head of technology and global head of automotive at Eversheds Sutherland in the United Kingdom; Monika Kuschewsky, former Covington & Burling partner in Brussels; and Scott Warren, former general counsel for Sega and senior attorney at Microsoft in Tokyo.

“Building a global reputation of excellence in cybersecurity has been and remains a strategic priority,” said David Elkins, global head of the firm’s IP and technology practice group, who has been heavily involved in the recent recruitment.

Squire’s cybersecurity practice currently includes 45 attorneys practicing across 17 countries, according to a firm spokesman.

“This is an area where we intend to be a global leader and will continue to expand,” Elkins told Big Law Business.

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