Why Lawyers Love DISCO: Greg Leighton, Partner, Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

May 4th, 2018


Greg is one of the co-leaders of NGE’s data privacy and information governance practice.  Greg is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US and CIPP/E) and a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. These certifications endorse his understanding of the laws, regulations and standards of privacy and his capacity for managing privacy on an organizational scale. He has a comprehensive understanding of  privacy and data laws, regulations, and requirements in the U.S. and around the world and regularly counsels clients on domestic and international privacy issues, including privacy policies, data processing requirements, and cross-border data flows.

He counsels clients on how to build efficient and effective information governance programs. He offers sage advice regarding the development of information governance policies, information security policies, data maps, privacy policies, and data breach response plans. He is deeply experienced in methods to manage his clients’ data and maximize its value while minimizing the associated risks and costs. He helps his clients to be best positioned for the eventuality of a cyberattack, including the protection of vital data.

Greg’s expansive practice also encompasses traditional intellectual property law. He is a registered patent attorney whose practice involves both patent prosecution and the protection and enforcement of various forms of intellectual property. He works with clients to resolve controversies regarding intellectual property rights across a wide array of technology areas ranging from chemical and life sciences to digital communications and e-commerce. He has successfully represented clients in patent, trademark, and copyright disputes before federal courts, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and the United States International Trade Commission. Many of these cases have turned on issues at the forefront of how laws are adapted to govern technology, including a ground-breaking decision in the Seventh Circuit regarding the type of copyright liability that can be attached to hyperlinks.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Greg had significant lab and commercial experience as a chemical engineer. During his studies at Northwestern University, Greg participated in substantial lab research that included the design and experimental testing of chemical processing systems comprising a wide array of reactions and process components. During and after his undergraduate studies, Greg gained significant experience putting his research knowledge to commercial use with Kraft Foods, where he advanced innovative product and process designs from pilot-plant scale through to large-scale commercialization.

Greg is a board member of the Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO), an organization focused on using technology in innovative ways to increase access to justice by streamlining the delivery of free and pro bono legal services to the poor and providing easy-to-understand legal information and assistance to the public.