Françoise Gilbert has extensive, in depth experience with data privacy and security issues, Internet, eBusiness, and information technology law. Her clients include numerous Fortune 500 and other global corporations, as well as selected emerging technology start-ups. She advises companies on how to strategically manage their privacy, security, electronic workplace, and e-business risks, develop and implement information privacy and security strategies and compliance programs, and integrate privacy and security in mergers & acquisitions, outsourcing, cloud computing, marketing, and other relations.

Françoise regularly addresses a wide range of privacy and security issues, such as those faced by regulated entities, Internet businesses, mobile applications or those related to crossborder personal data transfers, security breach disclosure laws, implementation of GLBA or HIPAA Security Safeguards, or foreign data protection laws (Western Europe, North America, or Asia Pacific) and cross border data flow issues.

In addition to compliance concerns, Françoise assists clients’ M&A or Marketing teams in incorporating data protection in their operations and transactions. She works on data protection issues in major corporate transactions such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Cloud Computing, Outsourcing, and Offshoring. She has also structured and negotiated a wide variety of technology related commercial transactions associated with databases, data processing or data management, including strategic alliances and joint ventures, IT procurement and outsourcing, distribution agreements, and development and systems integration projects.

Speaking and Teaching

A prolific speaker and writer, Françoise Gilbert has taught technology and data protection law in the Graduate School of Health Information Science at the University of Illinois, Chicago Campus from 1992 to 2012, and has been a frequent guest speaker at John Marshall Law School in Chicago (Illinois) and at the Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship at San Jose State University (California). In addition, she has been featured as a speaker throughout the United States and internationally on privacy, security, risk management, outsourcing, information technology, and e-business law and issues by industry groups, bar associations and trade associations.


Françoise is the author and editor of Global Privacy and Security Law published by Aspen, a two-volume law treatise. Global Privacy and Security Law provides a detailed and practical explanation of the major drivers that dictate or influence data protection laws worldwide. The treatise also contains a thorough analysis of the privacy and data protection laws of over 60 countries on six continents.

She has published extensively on information technology and data protection issues. In addition to numerous articles published in peer-reviewed publications, professional journals and magazines, she is also a co-author of:

  • HIPAA Security Standards (2007 – ABA Publications);
  • Business Process Outsourcing Transactions (2007- Wiley)
  • Technology Outsourcing Transactions (2005 – Wiley);
  • International Guide to Cyber Security (2004 – ABA Publications);
  • International Guide to Privacy (2003 – ABA Publications);
  • International Guide to Combating Cybercrime (2002 – ABA Publications);
  • Comprehensive Guide to Electronic Health Records (2000 – Faulkner & Gray);
  • Comprehensive Guide to Electronic Health Records (1999 – Faulkner & Gray).

Board Memberships

Françoise has served on the Board of Directors of the International Technology Law Association. She is a member of the Editorial Board of The Practical Lawyer (ALI-ABA), and has served on the Technology Board of Advisors of the ALI ABA. She has served on the Board of Directors of the American Telemedicine Association, the California E-Heath and Telemedicine Association, and other non-profit entities, and on the Board of Advisors of several Silicon Valley emerging technology start-ups. She is a past member of the National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists and of the Executive Committee of the Business Law Section of the California Bar.

Awards and Recognitions

Françoise Gilbert’s work on information privacy and security has been recognized by the following peer review publications:

  • Chambers USA and Chambers Global, recommended for privacy and data security
  • The Best Lawyers in America, recommended for information security and privacy
  • Who’s Who in e-Commerce
  • Ethisphere “Lawyers who Make a Difference”
  • Network World “Top Privacy Advisors”
  • Martindale & Hubbell AV® Preeminent

Selected Activities

Francoise Gilbert co-chairs the PLI Privacy / Security Institute. She has served as co-chair of the IAPP KnowledgeNetChair, Member of the Executive Committee of the Business Law Section of the California State Bar, co-chair of the Cyberspace Committee of the California Bar. Prior to that, she has held numerous leadership positions at the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the International Technology Association (ITechLaw), the American Bar Association (ABA), California State Bar (CalBar), and Chicago Bar Association (CBA).

Education and Bar Admissions

Trained in the civil law and the common law systems, Françoise is admitted to practice in California and Illinois as well as in France.

Before acquiring her JD in Chicago (Illinois), she obtained a French law degree in Paris (France). Early training includes undergraduate and graduate degrees in Mathematics, engineering and education from the Universities of Paris and Montpellier (France).

Francoise Gilbert is accredited as Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US and CIPP/EU) and Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals.


Françoise Gilbert is bilingual in French and English.  She has a working knowledge of Spanish, Italian and German.