Steve Millendorf is a seasoned privacy and cybersecurity attorney in Foley & Lardner LLP’s San Diego office. He is a partner in the firm’s Technology Transactions & Outsourcing; Cybersecurity; and Privacy, Security, & Information Management Practices. With over two decades experience as an engineer, Steve’s practice focusses on counseling a broad range of clients on privacy, cybersecurity, and intellectual property matters, and is recognized by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) as a Fellow of Information Privacy and holds certifications from the IAPP as an Certified Information Privacy Professional in United States and Europe privacy laws (CIPP/US and CIPP/E), as well as an Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM).
Privacy and Cybersecurity
Steve is a privacy and cybersecurity lawyer with a broad range of experience is assisting clients with their privacy and cybersecurity issues, including data mapping activities, data ownership and monetization, data incident management, breach response and recovery, data subject request policies and form responses, privacy notices, and the development and maintenance of various privacy and cybersecurity policies and procedures that include industry best practices and guidance together with evolving legal requirements.
Steve’s expertise includes all aspects of developing and maintaining compliance programs for many U.S. and international general privacy and security laws, including:
Technology Transactions and Intellectual Property Counselling
Steve regularly leverages his breadth and depth in these areas to also address the complexities of privacy and cybersecurity issues that are present in almost every technology transaction, as well as to support various M&A activities in the areas of privacy, cybersecurity, intellectual property, and information technology.
Trusted, Practical, and Actionable Advice
With over 2 decades of engineering experience on the cutting edge of technology, Steve is regularly viewed as a “trusted advisor” to his clients and regularly collaborates with R&D, IT, risk, forensics, dark web, communications, and other experts together with senior management, c-suite, and board members to bring a practical, multi-disciplinary approach help his clients navigate today’s complex legal framework and solve our client’s complex technology and business problems.
Industry and Firm Activities
Steve serves on the editorial board of the firm’s Innovative Technology Insights blog, and regularly writes and speaks on privacy and cybersecurity issues. He is also a co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Information Security Committee and regularly hosts and speaks at that committee’s pre-RSA meeting. Before being elevated to Partner, Steve was appointed to a leadership position as a member of Foley’s Associates’ Committee where he served for over 2 years.
Steve is an active member in his community, including providing pro-bono legal services for Helen Woodward Animal Center as well as actively volunteering in that organization’s telethon and other fund raising activities.
Steve’s engineering experience prior to his legal career spans over two decades. While attending law school, Steve was a senior staff hardware security engineer at Qualcomm, where he led the design and development activities for the security features for most of Qualcomm’s chip devices used in smartphones, tablets, cellular modems, and other personal computing devices. He was also recognized as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) by Qualcomm’s Government Technologies Division, where he previously held US security clearance and supported the company’s federal, state, and local government partners in understanding the security of mobile devices.
Before his employment at Qualcomm, Steve worked as an ASIC design engineer in various ground-breaking technologies, such as network security processors for HIFN, some of the first broadband modems for General Instruments (now ARRIS), tape and floppy disk storage as a consultant for iOmega, and text terminals for the Applied Digital Data Systems division of NCR/AT&T. Steve is an inventor on over 10 U.S. and international patents in the areas of cryptography and security.
Summary of Expertise
Steve received his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego, where he graduated cum laude. He received his Master of Engineering degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (communications concentration) from the University of California San Diego and his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York Stony Brook.
Certifications and Professional Memberships