Christopher Wolf – Hogan Lovells US LLP

Practice/Organization Description

Christopher Wolf is a director of Hogan Lovells' Privacy and Information Management practice group. Chris is widely recognized as one of the leading American practitioners in the field of privacy and data security law. He is known to clients as a practical problem solver on issues arising from the collection, use, retention, sharing, and security of personal data; as a thoughtful compliance counselor focused on risk management; and as an effective advocate in federal court, at the Federal Trade Commission or before state agencies, on the entire range of international and domestic privacy issues.

Chris is known to the privacy community as a thought leader and compelling communicator. The prestigious Practising Law Institute (PLI) tapped Chris to serve as editor and lead author of its first-ever treatise on the subject, and to serve as co-editor of its guide to the FACTA Red Flags identity theft regulations. Chris recently was heralded for his "lifelong experience as a litigator" by Chambers USA by ranking him as one of the nation's top privacy lawyers. He also was asked to form and co-chair The Future of Privacy Forum, a think tank that focuses on modern privacy issues with a business practical-consumer friendly perspective, collaborating with industry, government, academia, and privacy advocates. When MSNBC labeled Chris "a pioneer in Internet law," it was reflecting on his participation in many of the precedent-setting matters that form the framework of modern privacy law.

Chris has deep experience in the entire range of international, federal, and state privacy and data security laws, including financial and health information privacy laws, as well as the many sectoral and geographic regulations, such as the EU Directive and the new state data security laws including those in Massachusetts and Nevada. Chris also counsels clients on compliance with self-regulatory regimes.

In addition, drawing on nearly 30 years as a litigator, Chris represents clients in all kinds of privacy and data security litigation that results from the disclosure or exposure of private information, including through data security breaches.

Chris chaired the Washington board of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and is a national ADL leader, serving in various capacities nationally. Chris also served as chair and is a board member of the International Network Against Cyber-Hate (INACH), where he helps fight online hate speech. Chris has represented the ADL and INACH at conferences in London, Paris, Warsaw, Stockholm, Berlin, Jerusalem, and Herzliya. In 2010, Chris was presented with the Oustanding Alumnus Award by his law school, and received this tribute: "There are few lawyers in the nation—indeed, few lawyers in the world—who have done more to champion the norms of human decency and respect for the rule of law in the Internet environment, than Chris Wolf," said Washington & Lee University School of Law Dean Rodney A. Smolla at the awards ceremony. "It is difficult to imagine a graduate of our law school who more exemplifies the ideals that this school cherishes, ideals of respect for the rule of law, human decency, and public service."

Prior to joining the firm, Chris was a partner in a large, international law firm. Chris is a fourth-generation Washingtonian who started his career in Washington, D.C. as law clerk to The Honorable Aubrey E. Robinson, Jr., of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. While in law school, he was a member of the Washington & Lee Law Review

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia, New York


Bowdoin College, 1976

Washington & Lee University School of Law, 1980

London School of Economics

Honors and Awards

Order of the Coif


Areas of Practice
  • Privacy
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