Simone McCormick

Simone McCormick

88 Kearny Street
10th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

Phone: 415-788-1900
Fax: 415-393-8087

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Primary Practice Areas

Privacy & Cyber Security

Employment Law

Professional Liability



  • All Courts in the State of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Certificate in International Law


  • J.D., Golden Gate University School of Law
  • Teaching degree (erstes Staatsexamen fuer das Lehramt an Gymnasien)
  • M.A. (Magistra Artium in Englischer Philologie) with thesis in Linguistics, Christian-Albrechts University, Kiel, Germany



Simone McCormick


Ms. McCormick represents businesses and professionals in commercial litigation, professional liability, privacy and employment matters.  Ms. McCormick handles disputes at all stages of litigation from inception to conclusion in state and federal courts as well as in administrative proceedings, including the California Labor Commissioner, U.S. Department of Labor, Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Consumer Affairs, and the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board.

As a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Ms. McCormick has represented businesses and professional clients in data incidents, which have included forensic investigations, multi-state notifications of affected clients and state Attorney General offices, the Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services and other governmental entities.  Ms. McCormick has also counseled clients in incident response planning, risk assessment, best practices in information privacy and data security, Board/manager/employee training and countering cyber incidents/threats.  Ms. McCormick also assists clients in contractual matters, preparation of specifically tailored policies, procedures, Business Associate Agreements, and handbooks and she conducts internal audits, trainings and investigations.


  • Defended multi-Plaintiff lawsuit against medical entity for numerous employment and other claims including false claims act violations, arising from the interpretation of the requirements of the Electronic Health Records Mandate under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  The parties reached a confidential nominal settlement.
  • Assisted multiple professional service providers (legal, financial, medical) in data incidents which included forensic investigations, multi-state notifications of affected clients and State Attorney General offices and response to regulator inquiries.
  • Defended whistleblower, retaliation and wrongful termination lawsuit by former CEO against a medical entity and resolved the case by confidential settlement.
  • Achieved private settlement in a whistleblower claim alleging health and safety code violations and local health ordinances by an employee against a prestigious private club.
  • Reached a private and confidential settlement for the defendant, a law firm, in a sexual harassment lawsuit.
  • Achieved private settlement in lawsuit alleging disability discrimination and multiple wage and hour claims against private recreational club.
  • Settled professional liability claim against medical service provider while motion for summary judgment was pending.
  • Resolved Department of Labor investigation based on misclassification of workers against e-commerce Company and averted penalties and treble damages.
  • Defended multiple entities’ claims for discrimination, retaliation, harassment, failure to accommodate in EEOC, DFEH, and California Labor Commissioner Investigations resulting in dismissals or nominal settlements.
  • Ms. McCormick was selected to the 2015 Northern California Rising Star list by Super Lawyers magazine.

Representative Matters

  • Breach Coaching: Assist individuals and corporations, from local to international, of professional services (legal, financial, consulting and medical) and educational institutions in data incidents,  Specifically including lost devices, unsecured data, inadvertent disclosures, theft, external cyber threats which included forensics investigations, multi-state notifications of individuals and regulators.  Advise clients re privacy issues at litigation and pre-litigation stages.
  • Privacy/Cyber Security Counseling: Advise clients regarding state and federal statutory privacy requirements, PCI DSS requirements, EMV compliance, data disclosures, risk assessments/gap analysis, best practices, devise policies and procedures, conduct Board, manager and employee trainings, incident response planning, contracts preparation and review (Business Associate Agreements), risk mitigation strategies and business advice. Industries served include hospitality, health care/telemedicine, legal and financial service providers, consulting firm, e-commerce.
  • Defense in Administrative Proceedings: Routinely represent clients in administrative proceedings and government investigations including the DFEH, EEOC, OCR, for claims of discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination and violation of civil rights.
  • Defense in Government Investigations: Represent clients in employee misclassification including the U.S. Department of Labor, California Labor Commissioner, the Equal Development Department and the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board.
  • Litigation: Effectively and vigorously defend companies and professionals in litigation, including complex litigation, in state and federal courts, from inception to conclusion.
  • Employment Counseling: Advise clients regarding wage and hour and classification issues, on-boarding including contracts, reviews, policies and procedures, employment handbooks, reasonable accommodations requests, trainings, employee investigations, re-structuring and terminations.

Professional and Community Contributions

  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), Member of the Data Management and Security Committee; Former Chair of the Privacy sub-committee (SLG), and the current Chair of the 2017 Cyber Security Data Privacy Seminar
  • American Bar Association
  • Women in Business (WIB) Committee Member of the German-American Business Association
  • California State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • City College of San Francisco's Paralegal Program Advisory Committee
  • Board of Directors of the German School of San Francisco
  • Served as an advisor for Kids Nature Adventures LLC, a San Francisco-based nature summer camp for children
  • Co-founder and former member of the board of directors of Kinderhaus, a non-profit organization and San Francisco's only German-American Preschool

Selected Publications

  • Law firms must take steps to protect private client data, Daily Journal, Nov. 27, 2014
  • Anti-SLAPP in the Employment Investigation Context, Daily Journal, Oct. 22, 2013
  • Elder Abuse Tack-Ons, Daily Journal, Jun. 6, 2012
  • ASEM - A Promising Attempt to Overcome Protective Regionalism and Facilitate the Globalization of Trade, Annual Survey of International and Comparative Law, Volume X, 233 (2004)

Selected Presentations

  • Lectured in Privacy, Security and Data Breaches for Law Students, University of San Francisco, September 2016
  • 998 Offers, San Francisco Trial Lawyer Association, July 2016
  • Data & Cyber Security for Lawyers, Co-presented with Winston Krone and Sylvia Johnson, Bar Association of San Francisco, June 2016
  • Webinar presentation on HIPAA Audits, Co-presented with Anjali Kulkarni, ePlace Solutions, May 2016
  • DRI Webcast presentation: Data Privacy & Cyber Security for Lawyers 101, Co-presented with Chris Travis and Adam Cohen, January 2016
  • Privacy, Security and Data Breaches for Law Students, Guest Lecturer, University of San Francisco School of Law School, September 2015
  • Privacy 101 for Businesses - Basic Steps to Protect Your Valuable Data, sponsored by the California Employment Advisory Council, San Francisco, CA, September 2015
  • Much Ado About Privacy and Security, Co-presented with Jon D. Feldhammer, sponsored by Golden Gate University and the Bay Area Young Tax Lawyers, San Francisco, CA, July 2015
  • Employment Roundtable for Non-Profit Organizations, Co-presented with Angela Rho, Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney, San Francisco, CA, July 2015
  • Privacy and Cyber Security for Solo and Small Firm Lawyers, sponsored by Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, Burbank, CA, July 2015
  • Discovery, Privacy & Data Breach, Co-presented with Adrian Driscoll, Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney, San Francisco, CA, July 2015
  • Managed Cyber Risks In Healthcare: How To Prepare For And Respond To A Data Breach, Guy Carpenter Medical Liability Network, April 2015 2015
  • The Year Of The Law Firm Hack: Why Preserving Privacy And Data Security Is Critical For Law Firms, co-presented with Winston Krone of Kivu Consulting and Lara Forde of ePlace Solutions, Inc., March 2015
  • Interview on Steps Law Firms Should Take Steps To Protect Private Client Data by Mari Frank of Privacy Piracy Radio Show, A Public Affairs Radio Program from The University Of California, Irvine, February 2015
  • Responsibilities of Directors And Boards Regarding Privacy, Security and Data Incidents, September 2014 Privacy and HIPAA Compliance for Orthodontist, August 2014
  • What Every Business Needs To Know About Privacy And Data Breach, Co-presented with James F. Monagle at Medtechfrontiers, January 2014
  • Liability Concerns Arising From The Integration Of Medical Devices Into IT Networks, co-presented with Oliver Christ of Prosystems USA LLC, May 2013
  • Best Practices in Representing the Elderly, May 2013
  • New Challenges for Medical Device Manufacturers and Hospitals, October 2012
  • Best Practices to Prevent Elder Abuse, August 2012

Honors/Academic Distinctions

  • Hugo Grotius Award for Excellence in International Law
  • Dean’s List
  • Member of Golden Gate University Law Review
  • Jessup International Moot Court Team
  • Honors Lawyering Program
  • President of Golden Gate University’s International Law Society, a local chapter of ILSA

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