Professional Biography

Erin K. Earl Associate

  • Seattle

    D +1.206.359.8510

    F +1.206.359.9000

    Seattle

    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900

    Seattle, WA

    +1.206.359.8510

    EEarl@perkinscoie.com

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OVERVIEW

Erin Earl defends companies, primarily in the technology industry, in privacy litigation and government agency investigations of companies’ privacy and security practices, including inquiries from the Federal Trade Commission. She is an associate in the firm’s Litigation and Privacy and Data Security practices. Her litigation experience includes class actions brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), biometrics laws, call-recording statutes and other privacy claims.

Erin also works on amicus briefs on behalf of a wide range of technology companies and third-party litigation on behalf of communications service providers who receive subpoenas, court orders, search warrants, and other requests for user information. She frequently advises companies on their privacy and data security policies and practices.

As a former software engineer for Google Inc., Erin offers a unique perspective into the privacy and security challenges faced by technology companies and is able to effectively communicate with witnesses to understand the relevant technology.

In her active pro bono practice, Erin focuses on criminal defense and immigration matters. She has worked on two of the firm’s major pro bono initiatives: through its Criminal Justice Act (CJA) program, she acted as co-counsel on behalf of an individual charged with offenses in federal court and argued at the sentencing hearing; and she drafted a clemency petition for the Clemency Project 2014. Erin also volunteers at the firm’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program clinics for immigrant youth. In 2015, she conducted research and provided information on applicable federal law for the nonprofit group Without My Consent, which aims to supply the public with tools to fight online harassment.

Clerkships

  • Hon. Raymond C. Fisher, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2013 - 2014

  • Hon. Leonie M. Brinkema, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 2012 - 2013

EXPERIENCE

PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

RELATED INFORMATION

Areas of Focus

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Washington

  • District of Columbia

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

Education

  • Harvard Law School, J.D.,
    magna cum laude
    , 2012,
    Supreme Court Co-Chair, Harvard Law Review
  • University of Washington, B.S.,
    Computer Science; B.A., Music; B. Mus., Piano Performance, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
    , 2003