Kirk Nahra



Mr. Nahra is a partner with Wiley Rein LLP in Washington, D.C., where he specializes in privacy and information security litigation and counseling, along with a variety of health care and compliance issues. He is chair of the firm’s Privacy Practice and co-chair of its Health Care Practice. He assists companies in a wide range of industries in analyzing and implementing the requirements of privacy and security laws across the country and internationally. He provides advice on data breaches, enforcement actions, contract negotiations, business strategy, research and de-identification issues and privacy, data security and cybersecurity compliance. He advises companies in virtually all industries, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups. He also works with insurers and health care industry participants in developing compliance programs and defending against government investigations into their practices.

A long-time member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, he is the editor of Privacy Advisor, the monthly newsletter of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. He is also a founding Board Member of the Privacy Bar Section of the IAPP. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional and serves on the Advisory Board for the Health Law Reporter, the Privacy and Security Law Report and the Health Care Fraud Report. He served as the Co-Chair of the Confidentiality, Privacy and Security Workgroup, a panel of government and private sector privacy and security experts advising the American Health Information Community (AHIC) on privacy and security issues arising from health information technology. He has held leadership positions with various groups within the American Health Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association Health Law Section.

Rated by Chambers USA in the nation’s top-tier of privacy attorneys, sources remark that he is “the guy you need to call” (2014) and is in “‘the top echelon’ of data privacy lawyers” (2013). Clients report that he is “great to work with, incredibly knowledgeable and always available” (2016). He is also praised for his “pragmatic advice on complex issues” (2015), “almost encyclopedic knowledge of the law and its application” (2012), and his professional sensitivity to “both costs and delivering results on time” (2013). Clients have commended him as “a fantastic lawyer who keeps abreast of new developments in the field” who “avoids legal jargon and goes the extra mile for his clients” (2011). He is also lauded for his “practical knowledge of what other health care organizations are doing and how they are interpreting the law” (2010). Kirk has also been named an expert practitioner by the Guide to the Leading US Healthcare Lawyers, a leading health care lawyer by The Best Lawyers in America directory and one of the leading privacy “hired guns” by Computerworld.

Mr. Nahra received his law degree from Harvard Law School, Cum Laude, in 1987. He received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in 1984.

Mr. Nahra is an active author and lecturer in the health care, compliance, privacy, information security and anti-fraud areas.