Una A. Dean is a distinguished former federal prosecutor and partner in Fried Frank’s Cybersecurity and White Collar Defense, Regulatory Enforcement & Investigations Practices. Ms. Dean routinely advises corporate clients on issues relating to cybersecurity corporate governance, cyber preparedness and incident response. She also represents individuals and institutions in critical matters, including criminal defense, regulatory investigations and internal investigations.
Ms. Dean advises boards and companies on compliance with GDPR and cybersecurity regulations, cybersecurity corporate governance, breach preparedness, training, cybersecurity risk disclosures, and M&A due diligence. She also routinely represents companies that have been the victims of a successful cyber-attack or data breach, assisting with crisis management and serving as a critical liaison between clients between clients and regulatory agencies and law enforcement.
Ms. Dean is a lecturer and advisory board member at UCLA’s Global Cyber Institute, a Program Mentor at NYU Law’s Executive Masters of Science in Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy, and a member of the Women in the Legal Profession: White Collar Crime Subcommittee of the New York City Bar Association.
Prior to joining Fried Frank, Ms. Dean served as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for the Eastern District of New York (EDNY), where she investigated and prosecuted some of the EDNY’s most important and high-profile cases involving international money laundering, insider trading, trade sanctions, and cybercrime. She secured convictions in seven jury trials and argued numerous cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
During her time as an AUSA, Ms. Dean served as the first Cyber Specialist, developed the EDNY’s cross-border cybercrime practice and served as a Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Coordinator (CHIP). She was also the recipient of the Director’s Award for Superior Performance and the Federal Drug Agents Foundation’s True American Hero award.
Ms. Dean was named to Crain’s New York Business’ 2019 list of Notable Women in Law, a feature honoring achievements of the brightest and boldest legal minds with both distinguished careers and exceptional civic and philanthropic activities. Ms. Dean is also profiled among in Global Investigations Review’s 2018 Women in Investigations, a special feature highlighting remarkable women in the field of investigations, including lawyers and other specialists from a variety of countries and backgrounds. She was recently selected as a Rising Star by Thomson Reuters for its Transforming Women’s Leadership in the Law program, a program designed to address structural barriers and create cultural change needed for women to succeed and advance in the legal industry.
Ms. Dean served as a law clerk for the Honorable William J. Martini in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey from 2005-2006. She received her JD from University of Michigan Law School in 2004 where she served as a Contributing Editor of the Michigan Law Review, and her BA, magna cum laude, from Harvard University in 1998. She is admitted to practice in New York, Connecticut, the US District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York (EDNY), and the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.