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Debra L. Hutchings

Debra Hutchings focuses her practice on marketing law, e-commerce, data privacy and data security management. She advises clients regarding advertising and promotions in traditional, digital and emerging media. Ms. Hutchings reviews advertising and marketing materials for legal compliance, and negotiates and drafts domestic and international marketing agreements including Client-Agency agreements and those involving spokespersons, celebrity talent, music licensing, sponsorship, joint marketing and co-promotions, and brand licensing, among others. She also reviews and negotiates general commercial contracts for software licenses, consulting services, and purchase and sale transactions, among many others.

In the data privacy realm, Ms. Hutchings counsels clients regarding website privacy policies, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, HIPAA (including its security breach obligations), PCI compliance for retailers’ credit and debit card transactions, the Fair Credit Reporting Act and its Red Flags Identity Theft Regulations, as well as numerous states’ security breach laws and regulations concerning data privacy and security. She is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Ms. Hutchings has worked with the Friedman Law Group since 2009.

Past Experience

Ms. Hutchings began her career in the law department of Navistar, and later served as an associate at the Reed Smith, LLP law firm, where she provided counsel primarily to two of that firm’s clients, Leo Burnett Advertising and AT&T.

She also served as a Judicial Extern for the U.S. Federal Judge Ronald Guzman (Northern District of Illinois) as well as for Illinois Circuit Judge John Madden (Illinois Circuit Court, Cook County, Chancery Division).

  • JD - John Marshall Law School (2002)
  • BS - North Central College (1992)