Al Saikali

Partner and Chair of the Privacy and Data Security Practice, Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Al is a national leader in privacy and data security law according to Chambers USA and Legal 500.  Al represents companies in matters involving the collection, use, storage, and security of personal information. Al and his team at Shook Hardy & Bacon have represented companies in more than 150 privacy and data security class action lawsuits, including more biometric privacy class actions than any other law firm in the United States. He has represented companies in data breach response matters impacting as many as ten million individuals in 120 countries. Al’s dedication to his clients earned him the Lexology Client Service Award two years in a row. 

In addition to chairing Shook Hardy & Bacon’s Privacy and Data Security practice, Al founded and is Chair Emeritus of the Sedona Conference’s Working Group on Privacy and Data Security Liability.  He is one of less than 5% of privacy practitioners who holds the Fellow in Privacy designation, accredited by the International Association of Privacy Professionals.  Al is often quoted by the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and Law360 for his thoughts on privacy and data security legal trends. 

In his spare time, Al maintains a blog (, where he writes about emerging developments in privacy and data security law.

My Sessions
June 22, 2021 5:00 PM
Americas Focus: USA and the Developing Nature of Privacy Law - Sponsored by Groundlabs

The patchwork nature of privacy law in the United States is getting ever more confusing, as different states pass their own pieces of legislation. This panel will discuss where this is all heading and gauges the prospect of an all-encompassing federal privacy law.

Speakers include:

  • Mike Harrigan, Founder and Data Privacy Attorney, DPO Adviser
  • Al Saikali, Partner and Chair of the Privacy and Data Security Practice, Shook, Hardy & Bacon
  • Lily Li, CIPP/US/E/M, GCFA, Founder/President of Metaverse Law Corporation, Metaverse Law Corporation
  • David Harris, CEO, Manetu
  • More to be announced