Daniel K. Alvarez is a partner in Willkie's Communications & Media Department and Co-Chair of the Cybersecurity & Privacy Practice Group. Daniel has been recognized by The Legal 500 as a “Next Generation Partner.” His practice focuses on advising and representing a diverse array of companies from across different industries on matters related to innovative data uses, privacy, data protection, and cybersecurity—including developing policies and procedures related to the collection, use, and security of data, developing and negotiating vendor and customer contracts involving data transfers, and conducting risk assessments related to automated decision-making, artificial intelligence, and other, similar activities. Drawing on a broad range of experience from different positions in government, Daniel helps clients navigate the legal, policy, and regulatory issues raised by different potential data collection and processing activities.
Daniel also advises companies with respect to crisis management, focusing on security incident planning, preparation, and response. In that role, Daniel has been breach counsel to companies involved in some of the most significant data breaches and security incidents of the last decade, including companies in the software, healthcare, retail, and communications industries. He has experience managing forensic and other consultants in the wake of major breaches, directing the process of notifying consumers and regulators, and representing companies before regulators and law enforcement.
Daniel is a former legal advisor to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler. As one of Chairman Wheeler’s chief advisors, Daniel oversaw and advised on the development of policy on some of the highest-profile issues before the FCC, including broadband competition and deployment, privacy, cybersecurity, and public safety.
Prior to joining the FCC, Daniel practiced in Willkie’s Washington office, advising domestic and international clients in the technology, communications and media industries on a range of issues before state and federal regulatory authorities, including the FCC, Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice and Department of the Treasury.