James A. Harvey - Alston & Bird LLP

James A. Harvey

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Phone: 404-881-7328

Jim is a partner in the Technology and Privacy Group and co-chairs the firm’s Privacy & Security task force and the firm’sCybersecurity Preparedness & Response Team.

Jim’s practice involves board-level and enterprise-wide issues at the intersection of global cybersecurity, privacy, technology and data initiatives. Given his decades-long experience in the technology space, Jim was one of the first lawyers in the United States to focus on the criticality of privacy and data management issues for global corporations. This immersion in technology and data matters motivated Jim to found both the firm’s Privacy & Security task force and the firm’s Cybersecurity Preparedness & Response Team, well before other firms realized these issues faced their clients. Today, Jim and these teams assist multinational clients from a wide array of industries with a full spectrum of cyber, privacy and technology issues, adversarial matters and transactions, including everything from preparing companies and their boards for cybersecurity risks, responding to network intrusion and other security incidents, collecting, storing, processing and monetizing personal and corporate data around the globe, and acquiring technology and services in today’s networked world.

University of ArkansasBA 1983The University of North Carolina School of LawJ.D. 1988
Phi Beta Kappa Atlanta International School Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of Georgia

Case History

Privacy and Data Security
  • Represented a leading payment processing company in all phases of unauthorized intrusion into their network and all associated third party actions and proceedings.
  • Assisting an international retailer in a comprehensive overhaul of its privacy, security, PCI and data management practices, while counseling the company in an FTC and multiple state attorneys general investigations.
  • Advising one of the world’s largest interactive marketing providers in an international criminal network intrusion involving records of more than 60 million individuals worldwide.
  • Advising one of the world's largest Internet and email concerns on its implementation of safe harbor compliance obligations with its worldwide network of edge network providers.
  • Assisting one of the world's largest investment banks in its implementation of the Red Flag Rules.
  • Advising a major retailer in a breach involving more than 1 million names and social security numbers in all fifty states.
  • Assisting an offshore multinational bank and financial services entity on its data gathering, use and transfer compliance program spanning 10 jurisdictions and three continents, including the EU.
  • Assisting one of the world’s largest private companies in design, development and compliance initiatives for a consolidated data base of employee information for more than 700 subsidiary companies in more than 20 countries.
  • Multiple comprehensive outsourcings and renegotiations of IT and processing infrastructure on behalf of Fortune 100/500 members, spanning multiple source and destination jurisdictions and continents.
  • Representation of a UK private equity investment group in the acquisition of a U.S.-based outsourcing provider in the health care space and subsequent move of substantially the entire service delivery infrastructure offshore.
  • Representation of one of the world's largest hybrid public-private banking concerns in the integration and license of a comprehensive Enterprise Resource Planning system involving operations in at least 23 countries.
  • Representation of one of the world's largest money managers in the "transfer" portion of a Build/Operate/Transfer transaction, addressing tax, benefits, intellectual property and other issues arising in moving approximately 500 FTEs from a niche provider's facilities in a Software Technology Park in India to a newly created Special Economic Zone.
Part 2
  • Unique BPO transaction on behalf of a Fortune 200 insurer, sourcing novel and core aspects of regulated activities to an Indian service provider.
  • Representation of a state agency in its acquisition of development and fiscal agent services in a Medicare/Medicaid implementation processing approximately $12 billion per year in health care related payments.
  • Multiple comprehensive and single-process HR transactions, including one transaction involving 43 client jurisdictions and two of the largest five HR transactions during 2009 and 2010.
  • Multiple applications development and maintenance and business process transactions, including finance and administration, transaction processing, procurement and customer care transactions (onshore, offshore and near-shore, including jurisdictions as diverse as Canada, Ireland, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Philippines, Vietnam, China, Rumania and Poland).

Office Location

One Atlantic Center, Suite 4900
1201 West Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309-3424
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Information Technology Law of the Atlanta Metro Area
James A. Harvey has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Information Technology Law (Outsourcing)
Privacy and Data Security Law

Other Information

Gender: Male