Veronica Canton is a data privacy and technology attorney in Holland & Knight's Chicago office. Ms. Canton helps clients navigate complex legal issues and mitigate business risks associated with data privacy laws and technology transactions. Ms. Canton counsels public and private companies on consumer protection and data privacy issues with respect to product development, sign-up and point-of-sale procedures, digital marketing, regulatory compliance, incident response, and state and federal enforcement.
Ms. Canton advises clients on all aspects of compliance with federal, state and international data privacy, and security laws, including, but not limited to the European Union (EU), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (VCDPA), Colorado Privacy Act (CPA), Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), as well as the General Law for the Protection of Personal Data (in Portuguese the Lei Geral de Proteção de Dados Pessoais (LGPD)). Ms. Canton advises clients in various industries on privacy matters, including, but not limited to information governance and data management, online advertising, internal compliance policies, consumer policies (including website and mobile application policies), vendor management, privacy and security-related compliance strategies and programs, compliance with industry security standards and frameworks, crisis management, as well as data breach response protocols. She also guides clients on risks and potential liabilities associated with privacy and data security practices in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and technology transactions. At present, Ms. Canton is particularly focused on the CCPA and CPRA (also known as Proposition 24), as well as analogous legislation under consideration this year in other states.
Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Canton was a business and intellectual property (IP) law attorney providing counsel regarding business transactions, branding strategies, intellectual property (focusing on trademarks) and data privacy. Prior to this role, Ms. Canton was a commercial litigation associate with a midsize firm where she was involved in complex commercial litigation representing clients in a wide variety of matters in state and federal court, including commercial litigation, patent infringement litigation, licensing agreements and employment law. In addition, Ms. Canton was also part of the blockchain group and has federal jury trial experience.
Since January 2020, she has served as professor lecturer in the Trial Advocacy Program at the University of Notre Dame Law School, delivering trial advocacy workshops, guiding students in learning-by-doing simulated mock bench and jury trial exercises.
During law school, Ms. Canton was a judicial extern at the First District Appellate Court of Illinois and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She was also part of a student startup company called Impowerus Inc., one of the top eight student tech startups in the United States in 2018. Impowerus designed and developed a software as a service (SaaS) platform to facilitate attorney legal services.
In addition, Ms. Canton is a Certified Information Privacy Professional in the United States and Europe (CIPP/US and CIPP/E) and a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) with the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).
- Counseled numerous clients on the development of global privacy policies, domestic privacy policies, and terms of service for e-commerce websites and mobile applications, including drafting the policies and related agreements
- Advised on written information security policies, incident response plans and other corporate policies addressing information governance, technical infrastructure and cybersecurity risk management
- Advised domestic and global companies on the development and implementation of data privacy laws, including, but not limited to European Union (EU), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) compliance program
- Performed privacy and security due diligence for the acquisition of technology companies in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions
- Counseled a national company regarding e-commerce cross-border data transfers and GDPR compliance
- Counseled numerous companies on various technology-related licensing agreements
- Counseled an international company regarding e-commerce cross-border data transfers and Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) compliance
- Counsel domestic companies regarding trademark licensing and related matters
- University of Notre Dame, J.D.
- San Francisco State University, M.A., International Relations
- San Francisco State University, B.A., International Relations
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
- American Bar Association, Administrative Committee of Leadership Development
- American Bar Association, Substantive Committee of Cyberspace Law
- American Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property, Women in IP Action Group Co-Chair, 2020-Present
- ABA, Antitrust Law Section, Privacy and Information Security Committee, 2020-Present
- Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), 2016-Present
- International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), 2019-Present
- Latinas in Tech, 2021-Present
- Fellow, American Bar Association Section of Business Law, 2021-2023
- Young Lawyer Fellow, American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property, 2020-2023
- Women of Legal Tech, ABA Legal Technology Resource Center, 2020
- Latinas of Influence, Hispanic Lifestyle, 2019
- Innovators, Visionaries and Leaders in Law Honoree, Fastcase 50, 2018
- Leadership Award, ABA Section of Intellectual Property, 2018