Harry Valetk advises companies and organizations of all sizes on privacy, data protection, and cyber and incident response requirements. Harry focuses his practice on delivering commercially practical advice to highly regulated companies, particularly in designing solutions to cover compliance obligations and the risks and potential liabilities associated with deploying generative artificial intelligence (AI) and data-driven platforms. Working closely with the firm’s M&A transactions team, he also guides clients through the potential privacy and data risks associated with high-stakes corporate transactions. He has deep experience representing companies in the fintech, retail, pharmaceutical, health care, hospitality, cloud technology and manufacturing industries.
Harry routinely covers a wide range of issues on global regulatory implementation readiness for privacy laws, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). He also advises clients on cybersecurity risks, incident response and proactive cyber incident readiness, as well as advising senior management on liability risk mitigation.
Harry’s prior in-house experience as director of MetLife’s global privacy office in New York, in which he supported business lines in more than 60 countries, allows him to implement pragmatic solutions that address business and legal concerns. In this role, he also led numerous strategic efforts to build out a global privacy risk framework, achieve global compliance with applicable privacy and data protection laws, deploy cross-border data transfer solutions, implement global training and awareness initiatives and manage data and cybersecurity incidents.
Previously, Harry led the video game publishing industry’s privacy compliance efforts as the director of privacy online for the Entertainment Software Rating Board and its COPPA Safe Harbour Seal Program. He also served as a trial attorney for the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
As a thought leader in his industry, Harry is a frequent speaker and regularly publishes articles discussing privacy laws, identity theft prevention, online child safety, digital marketing and cyberstalking laws, including for the Stanford Technology Law Review, The New York Law Journal and The American Lawyer, among others.
- Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, 法学博士
- Baruch College, 工商管理学士, cum laude
- U.S. Court of International Trade
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- Named “Top Lawyer Under 40” by the Hispanic Bar Association (2011)
- Recipient, Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant (2008)
- Board Member, Council of Urban Professionals
- Former Deputy Regional President, Hispanic National Bar Association
- Member, Judiciary Committee and the Information Technology Law Committee, New York City Bar Association