Ben Rossen is special counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Baker Botts. Ben is a former senior attorney at the FTC with extensive experience handling high profile privacy and data security investigations. He draws on significant litigation, regulatory, and technology experience to help clients navigate the evolving privacy, cybersecurity, and antitrust regulatory environment, including advising on federal and state privacy and security compliance, responding to investigations, and litigating challenges filed by privacy regulators.
At the FTC, Ben served as a senior attorney in the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection and as an advisor to the Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection. Ben has extensive experience leading investigations arising under Section 5 of the FTC Act, COPPA, and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Safeguards Rule, including the largest data security settlement ever obtained by the FTC (FTC v. Equifax, Inc., No.1:19-cv-03297-TWT, N.D. Ga.). He regularly engaged with Commissioners, senior leadership of the Bureau of Consumer Protection, Congress, and foreign and state regulators on issues related to privacy and technology.
In 2019, Ben served on the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he advised the Committee on proposed comprehensive privacy legislation. Ben's practice draws on his deep knowledge of state, federal, and international privacy laws, including the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), to advise clients on data privacy compliance and strategy.
During his time at the FTC, Ben received multiple awards, including the Bureau of Consumer Protection Director’s Award and Janet D. Steiger team awards for his work on important FTC matters. Ben speaks regularly on privacy and security topics, including state and federal privacy regulation, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and ransomware.
Earlier in his career, Ben co-founded a technology start-up and practiced litigation at leading New York law firms, where he represented technology firms, pharmaceutical companies, and financial institutions in all aspects of complex commercial litigation. He also served as a law clerk in the Eastern District of New York.