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Biography

Victoria is Co-chair of the firm’s privacy and data security team and Chair of the Latin America Desk.  Although her practice focuses on privacy and information security, she also represents U.S. and foreign companies in intellectual property, business, and cross border transactions. Victoria is a frequent speaker on issues of cybersecurity and data breach response.

A native of Colombia, Victoria spent years as a public defender in Arizona first assigned to capital habeas appeals and later trying major felony cases. Prior to practicing law, Victoria was an industrial engineer in the technology and automotive sectors and a competitive figure skater. View Victoria’s Spanish Bio here.

 

Experience

Privacy & Data Security

A member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, Victoria regularly advises clients on privacy and data security issues. Not only does she assist clients with state, federal, and international compliance, but also with preparing strategies for responding to data breaches and other security incidents. Her experience includes facilitating the resolution of cases involving ransomware, assisting multi-global companies with recovery of losses after a breach, proactively reviewing existing policies for domestic and foreign companies to minimize risk of potential litigation, and supervising the transfer of data as an asset in the enforcement of judgments. Victoria also assists clients in designing the processes to comply with and respond to enforcement actions under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).

Global Practice & Latin America

Victoria’s fluency in Spanish and her education and work experience in Latin America allow her to help U.S. and foreign companies navigate through transnational disputes and issues of foreign law. Victoria has helped American companies with interests in Latin countries as well as foreign entities litigating matters in state and federal courts throughout the United States.

Litigation

Victoria is well-versed in managing a case from its beginning phases to a judgment or settlement; taking responsibility for research, motion writing, trial preparation, mediation and arbitration. Recently, she has litigated copyright infringement cases in the construction and technology sectors, data security and privacy claims in the banking sector, and breach of contract disputes in the medical and industrial sectors.

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Education

Law School

Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, J.D., 2007

Undergraduate School

Universidad Nacional de Colombia, B.S. Industrial Engineering, 2000

Bar Membership

Victoria is licensed to practice in the following state(s):

Ohio

Arizona

Courts

Victoria is admitted to practice before the following court(s):

United States District Court and Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio

United States District Court and Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Ohio

United States District Court for the District of Arizona

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

Selected to the Ohio Rising Star list by Super Lawyers®, 2018

“40 Under 40 Award,” Columbus Business First, 2017

“Top Lawyers Under 40 Award,” Hispanic National Bar Association, 2017

Selected to the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Latina Commission 2016 Leadership Academy

“40 Under 40 Award,” Phoenix Business Journal, 2011

“Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona,” Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education, 2010

“Outstanding Young Lawyer,” State Bar of Arizona, 2009

“New Attorney of the Year,” Volunteer Lawyers Program of Maricopa County, 2009

“Outstanding Volunteer Award,” Arizona Justice Project, 2007

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

International Association of Privacy Professionals

Hispanic National Bar Association

Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property

Columbus Bar Association

Women Lawyers of Franklin County

Women for Economic and Leadership Development

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

Board of Directors Member, Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation

Board of Trustees Member, Community Refugee and Immigration Services

Board of Directors Chair, A Kid Again – Central Ohio Chapter, 2016-2018

Presentations

Victoria was invited to speak at the following events:

Privacy Laws Deep Dive, Central Ohio ISSA, 2019

Data Privacy: Good Counseling and Good Advocacy, Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Convention, 2019

The California Consumer Privacy Act – What You Need to Know Now, ARMA Cincinnati Chapter, 2019

The Tale of Multi-Jurisdictional Privacy Laws, Privacy + Security Forum, 2019

Data Protection & Privacy, Multilaw Annual Global Meeting, 2019

Developing, Implementing, and Executing an Incident Response Plan, Northern Kentucky International Trade and Affairs, 2019

Data Protection in Latin America Webcast, PrivacyRules, 2019

Legal Landscape For Privacy and Cybersecurity, Central Ohio InfoSec Summit, 2019

Personal Data Protection – Mexican, US, and EU Considerations, The Center for American and International Law – Mexico With a New Direction, 2019

GDPR: Considerations for Editors, Counsel of Science Editors Annual Meeting, 2019

Advertising Considerations, TRAC The Racing Attorney Conference, 2019

Knowledge is Power and Portable: An In-Depth Look at the Right of Data Portability, International Privacy + Security Forum, 2019

Cyber Attacks – How Do We React, Counsel?, Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property Seminar, 2019

The Life Cycle of a Data Breach, Continuity Professionals of Central Ohio Regional Meeting, 2018

What a Business Analyst Needs to Know About Data Breaches, BA-Con 2018 and SOBARC 2019

Incident Response Tools & Tactics, Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection Conference, 2018

Webinar, Hot Topics in the US for Universities – GDPR + Brexit, 2018
Panel, GDPR is Coming! Are You Ready?, 2018

Webinar, Civil Litigation in the U.S., 2016

 

Major Publications

Victoria is an author of the following publications:

Columbus Business First, We Have Been Breached, Now What?, 2018

Columbus Business First Article, What Does General Data Protection Regulation Mean for Mid-Size Organizations, 2018