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Dawn M. Maruna, CIPP/US


Dawn Maruna concentrates her practice on data privacy and security, vendor management, corporate transactions, and regulatory compliance matters.

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Professional Biography


Dawn M. Maruna is a senior business and technology attorney who concentrates her practice on data privacy and security, vendor management, corporate transactions, and regulatory compliance matters, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) online advertising and marketing regulations, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and U.K. Bribery Act, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and cybersecurity regulations.

Dawn frequently serves as outside counsel to a wide variety of businesses seeking assistance with structuring, drafting, and negotiating software and content licenses, distribution and supply arrangements, vendor, service provider, and sales agreements, SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS agreements, internet and e-commerce transactions, and strategy for managed service relationships among other topics. She has represented clients in large-scale contract negotiations for telecommunications, colocation, and software licensing and development, as well as strategic alliances involving electronic health records (EHR) for health care systems. She also regularly advises clients on legal issues related to website policies and disclaimers, mobile applications, social media, ethics, emerging technologies, and non-profits (CRM, affiliate relationships, membership, fundraising, and events).

As a former in-house technology counsel for a bank and information technology manager, she is particularly adept at facilitating communications and knowledge transfer between board members, executives, management, lawyers, technologists, procurement specialists, and others. She also draws upon her former practice as a complex commercial litigator in New York City to advise businesses involved in financial services, insurance, manufacturing, construction, hospitality, energy, and transportation (car rental, ride share, aviation, ground transportation, etc.) industries.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Member – International Association of Privacy Professionals (CIPP/US)
  • Co-chair – IAPP KnowledgeNet Chapter Chair (Nashville, Tennessee)
  • Listed by Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" in the New York City Metro Area (2014 – 2017)
  • Appointed by Former Chief Administrative Judge Gail A. Prudenti to the Advisory Committee on Court Interpreting for the New York State Unified Court System (2013 – 2014)
  • Founder and Chair, Multilingual Lawyering Committee, New York County Lawyers Association (2011 – 2014)
Speaking Engagements
  • "Legal Procurement Guide to the GDPR," Buying Legal Council Legal Lessons Series Webinar (April 2019)
  • "Wrap It Up" (December 2018)
  • "Women in Tech, Securing Medical Devices, Health Records, and Cloud" (October 2018)
  • Presenter – "GDPR for Web Developers," Franklin Developer Lunch and Learn Series hosted by Lewis Communications (July 2018)
  • Presenter – "Cybersecurity in the Transportation Industry," Transportation Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida (May 2018)
  • Presenter – "Technology and YOU: What you need to know to stay ethical," Tennessee Bar Association, Business Law Forum 2018, Nashville, Tennessee (May 2018)
  • Co-presenter and Author – "Essential Practices for Information Security Governance and the Role of Cyber Risk Insurance," 2016 AgFirst Farm Credit Bank Compliance Conference (March 2016)
  • Program Chair – "How to Work with a Legal Interpreter," CLE, New York County Lawyers Association (October 2012)
  • Moderator and Organizer – "Multilingual Lawyering: Challenges and Opportunities," Public Forum, New York County Lawyers Association (October 2011)


  • St. John's University School of Law, J.D., 2009
    • Staff, Journal of Legal Commentary
    • Founder and President, Multilingual Legal Advocates
    • Silver Pro Bono Service Award Recipient
    • CALI Awards for Academic Achievement in: Advanced Legal Writing, Negotiation, Insurance Law, and Latinos and the Law
  • College of the Holy Cross, B.A., 2002, cum laude


  • Tennessee, 2018
  • New York, 2010
  • New Jersey, 2010
  • Southern District of New York, 2012
  • Eastern District of New York, 2013


  • Spanish

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