Stephenie Gosnell Handler, cybersecurity and international trade lawyer, joins Gibson Dunn in Washington, DC


July 11, 2022

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP today announced that Stephenie Gosnell Handler has joined the firm as a partner and a member of the International Business and Privacy, Cybersecurity and Data Innovation practice groups, based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. . Handler joins the company from McKinsey & Company, where she served as director of cybersecurity strategy and digital acceleration.

“We are delighted to welcome Stephenie back to Gibson Dunn,” said Barbara L. Becker, President and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn. “She brings a wealth of knowledge about CFIUS, cybersecurity, technology, data, export controls, sanctions and national security to Gibson Dunn. His extraordinary expertise on some of the most important issues of our time will be an invaluable asset to our clients and our firm.

“Gibson Dunn’s International Business Practice Group has grown significantly in recent years to meet the demands of customers navigating increasing complexity around the world,” added Judith A. Lee, Group Co-Chair of practice of international trade. “Stephenie will also expand our ability to support our M&A and private equity lawyers with CFIUS issues and other international business compliances in M&A due diligence.”

“Stephenie is a tremendous addition to the company,” said Alexander Southwell, Co-Chair of the Privacy, Cybersecurity and Data Innovation Practice Group. “His in-house experience leading an operational cybersecurity team focused on ‘seeing the corner’ to anticipate and manage risk in the rapidly changing cyber and technology landscape will complement our strengths in this area.”

“Coming back to Gibson Dunn is like coming full circle,” Handler said. “Cybersecurity and technology are increasingly converging with international trade and national security policy and regulatory regimes, and I am excited to join my colleagues as we help our clients navigate these complex and evolving domains. Gibson Dunn provides a strong platform and deep expertise to serve customers, and the collaborative and curious culture drives delivering results for our customers.

About Stephenie Gosnell Handler

Handler practices international trade and cybersecurity and technology law, with an emphasis on CFIUS, export controls, sanctions, national security, cybersecurity, data and technology issues. She has considerable experience in advising on all aspects of national security reviews by CFIUS, including privacy and cybersecurity reviews and the implementation of mitigation agreements involving security requirements. network security and IT infrastructure for companies in sectors dependent on emerging technologies. She also has experience in the area of ​​export controls, including advising on the application of export control requirements to information security, which includes the development of IT systems compliant with the ITAR, Data Storage and Transfer, and Disclosures.

Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Handler was Director of Cybersecurity Strategy and Digital Acceleration at McKinsey & Company, where she advised senior management on public policy and emerging trends in cybersecurity, technology and data. . In this role, she led a team of professionals responsible for McKinsey’s cybersecurity strategy, cybersecurity standards and certification programs, lifecycle governance initiatives, data analytics and optimization. for cyber processes, digital acceleration efforts in the cyber domain, and strategic cyber security initiatives, including enhanced incident response capabilities and response to geopolitical events. Previously, she was Associate General Counsel at McKinsey and led a global team of attorneys who provided advice on cybersecurity and technology risks and threats, incident response preparedness, cyber risk management suppliers and mergers and acquisitions due diligence.

Handler was a partner at Gibson Dunn from 2011 to 2015. Prior to joining McKinsey in 2019, she practiced at another international law firm, where she advised clients on international trade and cybersecurity matters.

Handler graduated from the US Naval Academy in 2001 as a Distinguished Graduate and earned her master’s degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University in 2001. From 2001 to 2008, Handler served in the US Marine Corps. After her service, Handler graduated in 2011 from Stanford Law School where she served as co-editor of the Stanford Journal of International Law.


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