Andrew Baer is the founder and chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Technology, Privacy & Data Security practice. He was among the first attorneys in the country to launch a dedicated technology practice and has led development of a unique multidisciplinary approach to tech, privacy, IP, cyber, and internet law.
Today, Andrew’s practice focuses on advising sophisticated clients on cutting-edge technology transactions and privacy/cybersecurity compliance. He represents diverse clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 giants, including financial institutions, SaaS/IaaS/PaaS companies, digital interactive agencies, adtech companies, online ad networks, data brokers, mobile app developers, life sciences companies, media monitors, and e-commerce companies.
Andrew regularly leads mission-critical deals — from both the buy-side and sell-side — that implicate issues in cloud computing, software, data privacy, security compliance, copyrights and trademarks, digital advertising systems and platforms, and interactive marketing compliance. He is deeply knowledgeable about state, federal, and international legal regimes relating to data privacy and cybersecurity.
Since joining Cozen O’Connor, Andy has built a technology practice leading the way on team training, client service, and alternative fee structures. Before coming to Cozen O’Connor, Andrew served for 10 years as managing partner of Baer Crossey McDemus, a technology and venture capital boutique that he co-founded. Prior to that, he was lead tech/IP/privacy counsel at Advanta Corp., chief legal officer to a life sciences technology company, and an attorney in the intellectual property and information technology practice groups of WolfBlock.
Andrew is a frequent speaker, author, podcaster, and blogger. He is a lecturer at The Wharton School, a faculty member with the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and other continuing legal education groups, and a national contributor to online and print legal publications on technology and cybersecurity law. In 2010, Andrew co-authored the “Corporate Security and Privacy Duties, Policies and Forms” chapter of West’s Data Security and Privacy Law treatise.
Andrew earned his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and his law degree from University of Chicago Law School.