Tracey Read at Law360 Pulse interviewed Avi Gesser, partner in the Data Strategy & Security group, on the growth of Generative AI practices at law firms. The article recognizes the Debevoise Data Strategy & Security group as one of the first movers in the space, when “[i]n early 2020 Debevoise & Plimpton LLP rebranded its cyber privacy practice — which included some AI and data management work — into a data strategy and security practice.”

Avi goes on to explain that “…when generative AI issues came up, such as ChatGPT in particular, a lot of existing clients came to us on these issues, but a lot of new clients came to us, as well, because we had already built out a capability to help on these issues.”  That includes the convergence of regulatory and compliance issues, privacy, and big questions about sharing (or not) confidential personal information about clients with AI providers, and the notice required if they do so.

“In order to answer those questions, you need experts in privacy and cybersecurity and intellectual property, but also, you need experts in particular areas of the law, like employment law or corporate governance, banking, insurance and securities,” Avi said, “[a]t Debevoise, we have experts in all those areas. And we have a core AI team that’s focused on the AI issues and the privacy and cybersecurity issues. But then we have a broader team that we consult with, who help us on those other issues.” He goes on to discuss the time and training investment in the team.

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Avi Gesser is Co-Chair of the Debevoise Data Strategy & Security Group. His practice focuses on advising major companies on a wide range of cybersecurity, privacy and artificial intelligence matters. He can be reached at