Sarah L. Bruno

Privacy, Cybersecurity & Data Protection Practice Leader
Sarah is a trusted advisor to companies in the technology, entertainment, gaming, retail, automotive, and association spaces, and provides her clients with business-driven, practical, and efficient counsel.
Sarah Bruno, Partner, San Francisco at Arent Fox LLP

Sarah represents a variety of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to startups. Some of Sarah’s more well-known clients include Mars Incorporated, Benefit Cosmetics, Sony Playstation, FoxNext, Honda, Grocery Outlet, Softbank Robotics, Diesel, LG Electronics, MEMA, American Express, and IAAPA.

Client Work

Outside Counsel

For over 20 years, Sarah has worked with nonprofit trade associations. She advises on issues of governance, intellectual property, privacy, and antitrust, and understands the sensitivity and complexity of supporting and guiding members through various legal and professional issues that may arise as a result of market, political, and industry changes. Sarah is also a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property group, and manages the intellectual property enforcement and outreach for several trade associations, including the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), American Council on Education (ACE), and the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA).

Privacy, Cybersecurity & Data Protection

Sarah also leads Arent Fox's Privacy, Cybersecurity & Data Protection group where she counsels in all areas of data security and privacy, including state and federal cybersecurity laws, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). She counsels in all areas of data security and privacy and routinely evaluates and advises on the applicable state, federal and international requirements related to data collection, storage, use, and transfer. She advises her clients on issues related to behavioral tracking, anonymized data, in-store data collection, and cloud storage. Sarah also conducts privacy audits and works with her clients on developing internal and external privacy policies for employees, customers, and contractors. Many of Sarah’s clients are international, and she routinely advises on the data transfer issues in countries around the world. Sarah is IAPP CIPP-US certified.

Advertising & Promotions

Sarah’s advertising and marketing experience includes reviewing advertisements and claims, advising on unfair and deceptive trade practices, and counseling clients on compliance issues relating to the Federal Trade Commission and the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Better Business Bureau, as well as state and other regulatory laws. In this capacity, Sarah has advised companies on print advertisements, product placement and media agreements, clearing television commercials, endorsements, credit card processing requirements, and challenging and defending advertisements at NAD.

Sarah also assists clients in developing, implementing, and administering all aspects of promotions, including auctions, contests, and sweepstakes. She drafts promotion rules to protect clients’ interests and reviews advertisements such as direct mail, websites, and banner advertisements related to the promotion. Sarah is also a member of the Promotion Marketing Association, Inc., and has attended numerous conferences related to advertising, promotions, and incentive programs.

Intellectual Property

As part of the Intellectual Property group, Sarah has a great deal of experience in policing and enforcing clients' trademarks, copyrights, and publicity rights. Sarah manages the intellectual property enforcement and outreach for several trade associations, including the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association, American Council on Education, and the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions. Her work in this area involves conducting educational seminars, counseling members on intellectual property, as well assisting members with the enforcement of their rights at trade shows around the world. Sarah is also one of the primary attorneys responsible for protecting the name, persona, and trademark rights of Dr. Albert Einstein on a global level. As part of this work, Sarah has been involved in international and domestic litigation and settlement negotiations, domain acquisition, and retrieval and TTAB disputes.

Sarah has experience with issues related to counterfeiting and gray market goods. She routinely has meetings on Capitol Hill and the White House regarding enforcement strategies for combating counterfeiting.

Publications, Presentations & Recognitions

Sarah is ranked by Legal 500 and the Daily Journal for her work involving trademarks. She was named a Top Cyber Lawyer and a Top Intellectual Property Lawyer in California in 2018 and 2019 by the Daily Journal. The Daily Journal has also named her among the Top Women Lawyers in California for her work in advertising, intellectual property, and privacy.

  • In October 2019, Sarah will speak at the Executive Women's Forum National Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.
  • In September 2019, Sarah will participate at the Privacy Law Salon Policymaker Roundtable in Washington, DC.
  • In July 2019, Sarah spoke at the ACI Automotive Product Liability Conference on “Cyber Security Threats Connected to Autonomous Technologies: Privacy Concerns with EDR and Data Acquisition,” in Chicago, Illinois.
  • In May 2019, Sarah spoke at DigIn Conference on "Data Protection: Managing Your Cyber Threat," in Austin, Texas.
  • In April 2019, Sarah spoke at the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association’s (AASA) 2019 Vision Conference on "The Road to Achieving Freedom of Choice for the Aftermarket" in Dearborn, Michigan.
  • In March 2019, Sarah spoke at Arent Fox's Next Level Law event on "From Launch to Legal: Getting your Game Offline," during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, CA.
  • In March 2019, Sarah spoke at the National Advertising Division (NAD) West Coast Conference on "Potential Pitfalls in Influencer Marketing" in Marina Del Rey, California.
  • In February 2019, Sarah spoke at and co-chaired the Daily Journal Cybersecurity Forum in Beverly Hills, California. She will be speaking on "Cyber Insurance – A Useful Tool in Your Cybersecurity Arsenal" and "GDPR Update -- Where Do We Stand?"
  • In February 2019, Sarah spoke at the Daily Journal Cybersecurity Roundtable. Read the full transcript here.
  • In January 2019, Sarah spoke at CES 2019 on the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Research Summit session, “Blockchain and Advertising: The Possibilities and Realities,” in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • In October 2018, Sarah spoke at Wall Street Journal Pro Cybersecurity Small Business Academy on "Which Regulations to Worry About" in Dana Point, California. 
  • In April 2018, Sarah spoke at ING3NIOUS 2018 Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Protection NorCal Retreat on a panel titled “GDPR Compliance And Breach Response Communication” in Carmel Valley, California. 
  • In March 2018, Sarah discussed "Incident Response:  Be A Cyber Scout and Be Prepared" at the 2018 California Lawyer CyberForum in Los Angeles.
  • In August 2017, Sarah presented on "The Promise of Blockchain" at the 2017 International Legal Technology Association Conference (ILTACON) in Las Vegas.
  • In February 2017, Sarah lead a discussion on “It's All A Game: Advertising, IP, and Privacy in Today’s Interactive Media” hosted by Arent Fox in San Francisco.
  • In January 2017, Sarah was a featured panelist on "Incident Response Comes of Age: Not Your Father’s Data Breach Response Playbook" at California Lawyer's Cyber Boot Camp in Los Angeles.
  • In December 2016, Sarah spoke on a panel covering "The Role of Show Management in Protecting Exhibitor Intellectual Property" at the IAEE Expo! Expo! Annual Meeting & Exhibition 2016 in Anaheim, California.
  • In October 2016, Sarah moderated a panel on “Privacy & Security in the Wearable World” at the 2016 Privacy + Security Forum in Washington, DC.
  • In October 2016, Sarah presented on “No Man’s Land: Top 5 Privacy & Security Challenges for Unmanned Systems” at the first Dronemasters Meetup in the United States in San Francisco.
  • In June 2016, Sarah moderated a panel discussing called “Myths and Realities of Intellectual Property” at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions’ Asian Attractions Expo in Shanghai, China.
  • Sarah coauthored an article on "Spokeo Inc. v. Robins" for the May/June edition of E-Commerce Law Reports
  • On May 4, 2016, Sarah was part of a panel discussion called “Know Every Angle: Advertising, Social Media, Discount or Phantom Pricing, and International Distribution and Privacy” at the Personal Care Products Council's 2016 Legal & Regulatory Conference in Nashville, TN.
  • On November 10, 2015, Sarah was part of a panel discussion called "Protecting, Mitigating, and Recovering – The Incident Playbook for Responding to and Learning from Cyber Attacks" at the "Responding to Looming Cyber Threats – The New Reality" cybersecurity policy forum in Arent Fox's DC office.
  • In December 2014, Sarah hosted a webinar titled "Bah Humbug! Regulations and Legal Strategy for the Holiday Retailer," with the Footwear Retailers and Distributors of America.
  • In October 2014, Sarah presented a speech entitled “Dos and Don’ts of Big Data: Privacy Issues, Risks and Best Practices” hosted by the Silicon Valley Startup: Idea to IPO in San Francisco, CA.
  • In September 2014, Sarah conducted the panel discussion "Top 10 IP Pitfalls Faced by Start-Ups: Avoiding Costly Mistakes," hosted by the Silicon Valley Startup: Idea to IPO in San Francisco, CA.
  • In June 2014, Sarah moderated a panel called “IP in Attractions” at the IAAPA Asian Attractions Expo in Beijing, China.
  • In April 2014, Sarah presented a speech titled “We’re All Buzzing! Substantiation in the Tech Industry" during ANA's Advertising Law & Public Policy Conference in Washington, DC.
  • Sarah was part of a panel discussion on claim substantiation at the 2013 NAD Annual Law Conference; she also was a member of the Planning Committee for the conference.
  • In June 2012, Sarah presented a speech entitled “Safety and Intellectual Property” at the Safety Institute at the IAAPA Asian Attractions Expo in Hong Kong.
  • In May 2012, Sarah was part of a panel discussion on “Hot Topics in Advertising Law” at the Personal Care Products Council’s annual meeting in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • In January 2012, Sarah was part of a panel discussion regarding Cyber Risk and Data Breach in Los Angeles, CA and in May 2012 Sarah hosted a panel discussion on the cross-border transfer of data at Arent Fox’s Washington DC office.
  • In October 2010, she moderated a panel discussion titled “The Consumer Speaks: Updates on User Generated Content, Endorsements and Testimonials” at the 2010 Annual NAD Conference: “What’s New in Comparative Advertising, Claim Support and Self Regulation.
  • Sarah also presented a speech titled “What Your Products Are Doing Online” at the Aftermarket eForum in Chicago in July 2008.
  • Sarah presented a speech titled “Distributor Liability: What You Need to Know” at the HDAW Trade Show in Las Vegas in January 2008.
  • Sarah also co-wrote an article summarizing the data protection laws in the United States, which was published in Data Protection in the European Union and other Selected Countries: A New Comparative Study in 2006.
  • Sarah co-wrote the article “New Security Standards Available to Merchants to Prevent ID Theft”, which was published in the February 2006 edition of the Journal of Payment Systems Law.
  • Sarah also presented a speech titled “eCommerce Legal Issues: What You Need to Know” at the 2006 Aftermarket eForum in Chicago in July.
  • Sarah presented a speech titled “Combating Counterfeit and Gray Market Goods” at the Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) Trade Show in Las Vegas in January 2006.
  • Sarah presented a speech at a HARDI Technology Session titled “e-Commerce Legal Issues” in October 2004.

Professional Activities

Sarah is a certified privacy professional (CIPP/US) and an active member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, Women in Technology International, and Women in Security and Privacy. Sarah also serves as a global board member for the International Social Media Association (ISMA) where she lends her expertise in social media law to contribute to and actively promote the group’s objectives. 



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