Privacy and Data Protection


Michael Rubin is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where his practice focuses on privacy and data protection and Internet strategy and litigation. Michael's clients range from industry leaders to start-ups, and he represents them in complex litigation and regulatory investigations across the globe. Michael routinely provides practical counseling on mission critical issues, and works with his clients to craft operational business strategies that effectively address the legal challenges their business models pose.

Michael is co-chair of the firm's privacy and data protection practice and a hiring partner.

  • In re: Google Inc. Street View Electronic Communications Litigation. Michael represents Google in this multidistrict litigation comprised of more than a dozen putative class action suits challenging the acquisition of publicly broadcast Wi-Fi data by Google's Street View vehicles from open and unencrypted wireless networks. The lawsuit alleges that Google violated the federal Wiretap Act.
  • In re: Google Inc. Cookie Placement Consumer Privacy Litigation. Michael represents Google in this complex, multi-defendant multidistrict litigation made up of more than 20 putative class actions arising from allegations that Google improperly placed cookies on Safari web browsers. Plaintiffs assert claims arising under the Federal Wiretap and Computer Fraud and Abuse Acts, as well as various California state laws. Google's motion to dismiss plaintiffs' complaint was granted in October 2013. That decision is currently on appeal to the Third Circuit.
  • In re: Nickelodeon Consumer Privacy Litigation. This multidistrict litigation is comprised of six putative class action lawsuits alleging that Internet users under age 13 who visited three Viacom-owned and operated websites received cookies that enable Viacom and Google to track certain web-based activities. Plaintiffs' claims against Google arise under the Federal Wiretap Act and Video Privacy Protection Acts, as well as state laws. The court dismissed Plaintiffs claims with prejudice.
  • In re: Google Inc. Android Consumer Privacy Litigation. This multidistrict litigation is made up of eight putative class action lawsuits and involves claims that Google's Android operating system or apps downloaded to Android devices have mishandled user information, including information about users' locations. After a series of motions to dismiss, Plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed their claims with prejudice, with each party bearing its own costs.
  • Viacom v. YouTube & English Premier League v. YouTube. Michael represented YouTube in these copyright infringement actions, which challenged YouTube's operations. In addition to securing multiple summary judgments for YouTube, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati secured orders barring the recovery of punitive damages in copyright infringement actions, requiring that foreign plaintiffs register their copyrights in order to seek statutory damages under the Copyright Act, and denying the motion for class certification in the Premier League action. The firm also secured orders protecting Google's source code and users' private videos from disclosure during discovery.
  • Google
  • LG Electronics
  • Ellie Mae
  • Spotify
  • SoundCloud
  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School
    Cum Laude
  • B.A., Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia
    With Distinction, Minor in Spanish
  • Recognized as one of the Daily Journal's "Top 20 Lawyers Under 40" in California for 2014
  • Named in the 2014, 2015, and 2016 editions of Northern California Super Lawyers
  • Honored by Law360 as a "Rising Star" in privacy law in both 2012 and 2013
  • Selected for inclusion on Northern California Super Lawyers' list of "Rising Stars" in 2011
  • State Bar of California
  • Numerous Federal Trial and Appellate Courts

Contact Information

One Market Plaza
Spear Tower, Suite 3300
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone | 650-849-3311
Fax | 415-947-2099

Email | Michael Rubinmrubin@wsgr.com

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