Donna Wilson, Esquire photoDonna Wilson, Esquire

Practice Areas

  • Advertising Litigation
  • Auto Finance
  • Class Actions
  • CFPB
  • Consumer Fin. Svcs
  • Digital Media Litigation
  • Fin. Svcs. Litigation/Enforcement
  • Fin. Svcs.
  • Global Payments
  • Government Litigation/Administrative Law
  • Litigation
  • Mortgage Banking
  • Privacy/Data Security
  • Retail/Consumer Products
  • TCPA Compliance/Class Action Defense
  • Unmanned Aircraft

Nationally recognized for her work as a privacy and data security attorney, Donna Wilson represents financial institutions, retailers, auto finance companies and other commercial clients in consumer protection-related and financial services disputes. She also helps mitigate risks associated with data security, information governance and privacy. A seasoned trial lawyer, Donna defends companies in consumer class and individual actions, advocating for clients facing government enforcement actions related to state and federal consumer protection statutes.

Federal statutes Donna has worked with include the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act/Yield Spread Premiums, Equal Credit Opportunity Act/Fair Housing Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act and Truth in Lending Act. She also handles matters under California’s Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, as well as alleged statutory and common law consumer privacy violations.

When counseling companies on privacy and data security, Donna covers third-party and business partner contracts, data security planning and incident response, the development and implementation of new products and services, insurance coverage and coordination, and compliance and gap auditing. To assess risk for financial institutions, Donna also reviews fair lending; Unfair, Deceptive or Abusive Acts and Practices; and other regulatory compliance requirements.

The chair of Manatt’s privacy and data security practice and co-chair of its financial services litigation and enforcement practice, Donna is also recognized by professional publications for leadership. Donna was named one of the top 100 women lawyers in the state of California by the Daily Journal (2013 and 2016), and has been repeatedly recognized by Legal 500. Donna is a frequent author; speaks on cutting-edge legal matters; and is regularly quoted by various media, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Bloomberg.

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, The International Association of Privacy Professionals

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