Douglas Meal

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Cleveland State University College of Law

Doug Meal is currently an Adjunct Professor of Cybersecurity Litigation at Cleveland State University College of Law and a member of the AAA’s Commercial Arbitrator Panel.  During his long career as a practicing trial lawyer, he defended numerous clients targeted by litigation and government investigations stemming from major privacy and cybersecurity incidents. Based on that work, Chambers USA named Doug as the first-ever “Band 1” litigator in the Privacy and Data Security category, describing him as being “regarded by market sources as the leading privacy litigator in the USA” and “the dean of the data breach litigation Bar." Doug’s many private-practice successes included leading the team that prevailed in the closely watched LabMD v. FTC litigation, convincing the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit to become the first court ever to overturn a cybersecurity enforcement action by the FTC. Doug has been recognized four times as one of The Cybersecurity Docket’s Incident Response 40 — a list of the top 40 incident response lawyers in the United States. He is also a five-time Law360 Privacy MVP.