Michael Bahar, Paula Barrett, Mark Herlach, Sarah Paul & Justin Okun
Michael Bahar | Partner & Co-Lead of Global Cybersecurity and Data Privacy | Washington DC
Michael Bahar is a litigation partner in the firm’s Washington DC office and the co-lead of the global cybersecurity and data privacy practice. He provides comprehensive cybersecurity and data privacy advice to some of the US’ and the world’s largest companies.
Michael is particularly experienced in working with clients in several areas: developing and
operationalizing global privacy incident management capabilities and global privacy programs; responding to data breaches; conducting privileged investigations; responding to regulatory inquiries; defending class actions (including those involving cryptocurrencies); advising clients on adopting revolutionary technologies; and solving workplace privacy challenges (including remote work and return-to-work issues).
In addition, Michael is a Commander in the US Navy JAG Corps Reserves. In 2020, he returned from a mobilization to Afghanistan and Doha where he served as the lead lawyer for the US team negotiating the peace agreement with the Taliban.
Paula Barrett | Partner & Co-Lead of Global Cybersecurity and Data Privacy | London
Paula Barrett, a partner in the London office, co-leads the global cybersecurity and privacy practice. She has been practicing in this area for over 20 years and currently leads a team of more than a 120 cyber and privacy attorneys. Paula assists international clients in interpreting new and existing data protection and cybersecurity laws, operationalizing their application and implementing a strategy for compliance globally. Her background in technology law makes her well placed to help clients understand the application of data protection and cybersecurity laws in the digital environment within emerging technologies and new product development. Her experience includes advising on breach incidents across multiple jurisdictions, high-profile breach investigations and responses, coordinating with multiple agencies and stakeholders, managing potential claims and damage to reputation, and GDPR supervisory assessments/audits.
Ranked in Chambers UK and Legal 500, clients report that Paula is “exceptionally commercial and very knowledgeable in the area of data privacy.” She is “pragmatic in terms of suggested actions” and “recognizes the importance and urgency of advice.”
Mark D. Herlach | Partner & US Head of International Trade | Washington
Mark Herlach is an international lawyer with a practice focused on energy, international trade and defense matters. Mark represents a broad range of clients, including corporations, advanced-technology companies and governments. He has guided clients in a broad range of complex matters, including
international mergers and acquisitions, international boundary disputes, trade remedies and internal investigations relating to export control and sanctions compliance. Mark routinely advises on cross-border transactions, cybersecurity, defense, foreign investment, government policy, industrial security (FOCI), international trade and sanctions matters.
A member of Eversheds Sutherland (US) Energy group, Mark leads the international trade practice and the Nuclear Energy team. Mark also served as the founding chair of the firm’s Cybersecurity and Privacy team. He has played a leading role in resolving some of the most significant and challenging international trade disputes, involving vital products such as automobiles, semiconductors, steel and uranium. Before joining Eversheds Sutherland (US), Mark was a partner at a major international law firm based in New York and led that firm’s international trade practice in Washington.
Mark frequently speaks on energy, international trade and cybersecurity issues from a national and global perspective. He represents clients before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the US International Trade Commission, and federal agencies and courts throughout the country. Mark also currently serves on the roster of US panelists to resolve international trade disputes under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the successor to NAFTA.
Sarah E. Paul | Partner & US Head of Corporate Crime and Investigations | New York
Sarah Paul’s practice spans all areas of white-collar defense, with a particular focus on government, internal, and cross-border investigations, tax controversy, and cybersecurity and privacy law. She has extensive experience litigating complex criminal and civil cases.
Sarah joined Eversheds Sutherland from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where she served for over nine years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division. As a member of the Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit for nearly six years, she worked on sophisticated white-collar cases involving the investigation and prosecution of institutions and individuals for a variety of financial crimes, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, wire fraud, bank fraud, cybercrime, international money laundering, sanctions violations, securities fraud, health care fraud, and Bank Secrecy Act violations. She also served in the Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture Unit, where she litigated substantial asset forfeiture matters, including significant art fraud cases. In 2019, Sarah was recognized by the Women in Federal Law Enforcement Foundation, which selected her from a nationwide pool of female federal prosecutors to receive the Top Prosecutor Award.
During her time as federal prosecutor, Sarah led numerous high-profile cross-border investigations, including an investigation resulting in the first US indictment in connection with the Panama Papers leak, an investigation resulting in a $547 million resolution with a Swiss bank and the guilty pleas of two Swiss bankers, and an investigation resulting in the guilty pleas of Cayman Islands investment brokerage and trust companies. Sarah also conducted fourteen federal jury trials, and briefed and argued multiple appeals before the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
In 2016, she became the Tax Coordinator for the Criminal Division. During her two and a half year tenure as the Tax Coordinator, she supervised all criminal tax matters in the Southern District of New York, including hundreds of investigations and dozens of publicly charged cases, and she worked extensively with the Internal Revenue Service and the Tax Division of the Department of Justice.
Prior to her time as an Assistant United States Attorney, Sarah was a defense attorney for two prominent New York law firms, where she advised clients on anticipating, managing and mitigating legal and regulatory risks related to government enforcement and represented clients in all phases of criminal and civil litigation. She also worked as a federal law clerk for the Honorable Berle Schiller in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Justin Okun | Senior Security Counsel | Chime
Justin Okun is the Senior Security Counsel for Chime. He served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office where he handled complex civil litigation matters on behalf of the U.S. Additionally, he has held past positions with the U.S. Department of the Navy, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Marine Corps.
Okun received his J.D. from University of Southern California, Gould School of Law; his LL.M. in European Union Law from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium; and his B.A. in Russian and European Studies from Cornell University.