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Erin A. Walsh

Partner

Education

University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 2006, cum laude

Trinity College, B.A., 2003

Certified Privacy Professional (CIPP-US) 

Admissions

Illinois

Well-rounded attorneys can think on their feet, ask better questions, and understand the long term effects of each question they ask or decision they make. Erin is one of those rare well-rounded advocates who understands that creativity, critical thinking, and experience lead to successful resolutions for her clients.

Erin defends a wide-range of clients in class actions in state and federal courts throughout the country. She has extensive experience successfully defending claims brought pursuant to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (RLTO), Section 1983, and a wide-range of state consumer protection and unfair trade statutes. In addition, Erin has successfully represented numerous companies in mass tort cases alleging claims of benzene and asbestos exposure.  

As a member of the Data Privacy & Security Practice Group, Erin assists clients in crafting privacy policies and the interpretation and implementation of evolving data privacy laws, such as the California Consumer Protection Act and other state privacy statutes. She also has experience guiding clients in the data breach notification process. In addition, Erin has cultivated a knowledge in privacy concerns specific to schools and children, such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA). She is also a certified privacy professional (CIPP-US) and a recognized Privacy Law Specialist by the American Bar Association.

Memberships & Involvement

  • Member: Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel; Defense Research Institute (DRI); International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Volunteer Judge: Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

Experience

  • Plaintiffs, on behalf of a putative class of over sixteen million, filed suit in the Northern District of Illinois alleging improper disclosure of personal information. Judge dismissed the complaint and held that plaintiffs could not bring a claim in federal court for the alleged disclosure of personal information without also alleging a concrete and tangible harm.
  • On remand, the Illinois Appellate Court not only vacated the trial court’s order of certification, but it also found that the plaintiff did not have a cause of action under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) as a matter of law. The Illinois Appellate Court agreed with SmithAmundsen’s argument that the defendant was not liable for the acts of the third party in violation of the TCPA, because the third party broadcaster exceeded the scope of its authority. The trial court subsequently entered judgment in favor of defendant.
  • Successful petition for leave to appeal before the Seventh Circuit pursuant to Rule 23(f), resulting in the application of a more rigorous standard to determinations of counsel’s adequacy and vacatur of the district court’s decision.
  • Obtained dismissal of premises defendant in asbestos lawsuit, without payment.
  • Obtained judgment in favor of defendant in TCPA action on statute of limitations grounds.

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