Melissa Krasnow

Melissa Krasnow, Partner, Dorsey

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Law School: Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1992)

School: Wellesley College (A.B., Chinese Studies and Political Science, 1989), magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa

School: University of British Columbia (1988), Class 1 Standing

State/Provincial Admissions: Illinois, Minnesota, California

Melissa Krasnow is a corporate partner whose practice encompasses privacy, electronic and mobile commerce, social media, internet, securities and corporate governance and compliance law as well as domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/US (CIPP/US) and serves on the CIPP/US Exam Development Board and the Canadian Advisory Board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Melissa is an expert commentator for the International Risk Management Institute on privacy and cyber risk and insurance at She serves as outside advisor to the Financial Executives International Committee on Finance & IT for a white paper on cybersecurity. Melissa frequently speaks and publishes on a national basis and is often quoted in the media, including American Lawyer Media, Bloomberg BNA, Corporate Secretary, Law360 and Washington Internet Daily.

Melissa handles mergers and acquisitions, often serving as U.S. counsel in cross-border mergers and acquisitions of portfolio companies by private equity firms and related financings and private placements. She advises clients on foreign investment filing obligations (for example, U.S. Department of Commerce and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)). Melissa also advises on the transfer of information in mergers and acquisitions, conducts privacy due diligence and prepares privacy provisions in agreements and disclosure schedules.

Melissa advises clients ranging from Fortune Global 500 and Fortune 500 companies to other U.S. public and private companies and non-profits on privacy and related matters.

Melissa counsels clients on both electronic and paper nationwide data breaches implicating state privacy laws and the federal HIPAA / HITECH Act and on global data breaches, including investigations and notifications to domestic and foreign regulators, individuals and others, as well as regarding enforcement.

She advises clients on navigating and complying with state, federal and international privacy, advertising and marketing (for example, COPPA, CAN-SPAM Act and FTC endorsement and testimonial guides), securities and corporate governance and anti-money laundering and payment and gift card laws and guidance and industry laws (for example, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act) and standards (for example, PCI DSS).

Melissa counsels clients on corporate, privacy, regulatory and industry compliance and on risk assessment. She reviews and prepares privacy, information security, mobile, text message, social media, corporate and technology policies (for example, website and mobile application privacy policies and terms and record retention policies) and agreements (for example, outsourcing). She also reviews cyber liability insurance policies and SEC disclosure.


  • “Canadian Privacy Law,” Minnesota State Bar Association, #GlobalDataPrivacy, The 2014 International Business Law Institute (April 2014) Download pdf of presentation
  • “Updating Online Privacy Policies: Timely Advice from Experts,” International Association of Privacy Professionals Nationwide Webinar (February 2014) Download pdf of presentation
  • “Quo Vadis Europa? EU Privacy Regulation,” Twin Cities Privacy Network 2013 Annual Retreat (June 2013) Download pdf of presentation
  • “Securities and Exchange Commission Guidance on Cybersecurity and Incident Disclosure,” West LegalEdcenter Nationwide Webinar (May 2013) Download pdf of presentation
  • “Get Ready to Comply with the FTC’s Updated Children’s Online Privacy Protection (COPPA) Rule,” Bloomberg BNA Nationwide Webinar (April 2013) Download pdf of presentation
  • “The SEC Guidance on Cybersecurity and Incident Disclosure: What You Need to Know,” International Association of Privacy Professionals (August 2012) Download pdf of presentation 
  • “Network Security and Privacy Liability: How to Prepare for a Cyber Breach,” Wells Fargo Risk Series Seminar (July 2012) Download pdf of presentation
  • “Key Issues and Developments in U.S. and International Privacy Laws,” CHS client presentation (July 2012) Download pdf of presentation
  • “The Increasingly Regulated World of Gift Cards and Loyalty and Award Programs,” Dorsey University (March 2012) Download pdf of presentation
  • “Developing Issues in Breach Notification and Privacy Regulations: Risk Managers – Are You Having the Right Conversation with the C Suite?,” Minnesota Risk Management Society 39th Annual Seminar (January 26, 2012) Download pdf of presentation
  • “The Cyber Attack and Hacking Epidemic – A Legal and Business Survival Guide,” Practising Law Institute, San Francisco, California (January 2012) Download pdf of presentation
  • “Un-risky Business: Protecting Your Organization in the Online World,” Nonprofit Communicators Workshop (November 2011) Download pdf of presentation
  • “Fanning the Flames of Internet Opportunity Without Causing a Legal Inferno,” Dorsey University (October 2011) Download pdf of presentation
  • “Data Breaches – Coming to a Network Near You,” with Burson-Marsteller and Porter Novelli, Chartis Insurance Nationwide Security and Privacy Seminar (October 2011)
  • “Protecting Your Co-op in the Online World,” National Cooperative Business Association Annual Meeting and Co-op Conference (October 6, 2011)
  • “Cyber and Privacy Risk – What are the Trends?  Is Insurance the Answer?”, Minnesota Society for Healthcare Risk Management, Minneapolis (September, 2011) Download pdf of presentation
  • “Renovating Social Media to Avoid Risk,” Financial Executives International Midwest Conference, Minneapolis (September 20, 2011) Download pdf of presentation
  • “10 Hot Topics on Internet and Privacy Law,” West LegalEdcenter Nationwide Webinar (September 2011) Download pdf of presentation
  • “Real World Privacy Issues,” Fifth Twin Cities Chief Legal Officers Group CLE Program at SUPERVALU, Eden Prairie, Minnesota (June 2011) Download pdf of presentation
  • “The New World of Social Media – Business and Legal Risks,” 2011 Risk and Insurance Management Society Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada (May 2011) Download pdf of presentation
  • “Renovating Social Media to Avoid Risk” 2011 Financial Executives International Annual Leadership Summit, Phoenix, Arizona (April 2011)  Download pdf of presentation
  • “When Was Your Company’s Website Privacy Policy Last Updated?” Twin Cities Privacy Network Retreat (February 2011) Download pdf of presentation
  • “Hand-held Devices & Privacy,” Minnesota State Bar Association (February 2011)
  • “Cloud Computing,” Twin Cities Privacy Network (January 2011) Download pdf of presentation
  • “Social Media: Professional Uses, Benefits & Pitfalls in the Legal Environment,” International Paralegal Management Association Annual Conference (October 2010)
  • “Cloud Computing,” Deloitte and Dorsey & Whitney (September 2010) Download pdf of presentation
  • “Data Breach: Understanding the Risk and Managing a Crisis,” Marsh and Kroll Presentation (May 2010)
  • “Goodbye, Financial Crisis; Hello, Regulation,” 100 Women in Hedge Funds (May 2010)
  • “The Inevitability of Social Media,” Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals (April 2010)
  • “The New World of Social Media: Business and Legal Risks,” Marsh Nationwide Webinar (March 2010)
  • “Social Networking,” Minnesota Employment Law Council (November 2009)
  • “Finding Your Tweetzone: Balancing the Benefits and Risks of Business Social Networking,” Minnesota State Bar Association (November 2009)
  • “Privacy Law 2009: A Year of Change,” Dorsey & Whitney Corporate Counsel Symposium XX (November 2009)
  • “Talking to Investors: Best Practices for Using Social Media to Communicate Material Information,” Dorsey University (October 2009)
  • “Overview of Compensation and Incentive Plans,” Dorsey University (October 2009)
  • “Your Business in 140 Characters or Less: Overview of Legal Issues and Business Considerations in Social Networking,” Dorsey University (September 2009)
  • New Consumer Laws Safeguard Transmission of Personal Data, Legal Talk Network Podcast (May 2009)

Professional Activities

  • Certified Information Privacy Professional/US (CIPP/US)
  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals CIPP/US Exam Development Board
  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals Canadian Advisory Board
  • Outside Advisor to Financial Executives International Committee on Finance & IT for Cybersecurity White Paper
  • Expert commentator for the International Risk Management Institute on
  • Member, Canadian American Bar Association
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