Deborah Shinbein Howitt

Deborah Shinbein Howitt


Phone: (303) 228-2502

Data Privacy and Security
• Digital Marketing
• Data Breach Response
• Policy Development

Intellectual Property Transactions
• Licensing
• Internet and Technology Law
• Commercial Transactions
• Trademarks
• Copyrights
• Sweepstakes and Contests

Deborah has focused on commercial transactions, privacy, internet, technology and media law since 1997. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional, having received the CIPP/US designation from the International Association of Privacy Professionals. 

Deborah helps her clients navigate the maze of laws and regulations applicable to personal data, e-commerce and online content, and has worked in the urgent aftermath of security breaches, crafted information security policies, handled digital marketing compliance, and guided clients through numerous other data security and privacy matters. She enjoys following the rapid new developments in privacy and Internet law, as well as helping clients manage their data risks and bringing them into compliance. Her privacy-related work includes drafting privacy policies for websites and mobile applications, international data transfers, data breach notifications/preparedness, vendor privacy/security programs, training programs for clients, as well as compliance with state and federal laws, FTC guidance, PCI compliance, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, TCPA, COPPA, CAN-SPAM, FERPA, HIPAA, international privacy laws, and more. With clients in numerous industries, she is frequently asked to advise on cutting-edge privacy matters such as in-venue beacons, targeted advertising, and tracking of consumers.

With a combination of in-house and large law firm experience, Deborah has worked on multi-million dollar commercial transactions as well as small deals for startups. She frequently drafts and negotiates agreements related to content or technology licensing, professional or technical services, strategic alliances, and more. She has extensive experience in copyright protection and enforcement, user-generated content matters, e-commerce agreements, sweepstakes, contests, and other promotions. In addition, she handles the registration and enforcement of trademarks and copyrights, and has successfully resolved dozens of domain name disputes.

Deborah began her legal career in Silicon Valley at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and she was more recently Special Counsel at Faegre & Benson. Her in-house roles have included The Walt Disney Internet Group, USA Networks,, and General Counsel for She has worked with technology and media companies of all sizes, and tailors her solutions to the needs, budget and culture of each client.

University of California Hastings College of Law, J.D. Cume Laude, Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal (1997)
San Jose State University, B.A., Cum Laude (1990)
Bar and Court Admissions
Colorado (2005)
California (1997)
Honors and Distinctions
Best Lawyers in America Privacy and Data Security Law 2020
Adjunct Professor, Privacy Law, University of Colorado Law School
Co-Chair Denver Chapter, International Association of Privacy Professional (2014-2016)
  • GDPR Crash Course (Silicon Flatirons 2018)
  • New Data Privacy/Security Laws in Colorado and California (CCPA): Colorado Bar Association IP Section 11/2018
  • Data Privacy and Security Update (Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property and Technology Institute 2016, 2017 and 2018)
  • Privacy and Advertising Law Crash Course (Silicon Flatirons 2016)
  • Intellectual Property, Data Security and the TransPacific Partnership (World Trade Center Denver Conference – World Trade Day 2016)
  • FTC Data Privacy/Security Update (Rocky Mountain IP Institute 5/2015)
  • Vital Data Security Policies – Panel (Rocky Mountain IP Institute 5/2015)
  • Data Privacy and Security Best Practices for Scholarship Providers (National Scholarship Providers Association – Annual Conference 2014 and 2015)
  • Legal Issues in Data Privacy and Security for Non Profit Organizations (BKD, LLP CPAs and Advisors – Non Profit Organizations Conference 9/2014)
  • Online and Mobile Marketing Update (Rocky Mountain IP Institute 5/2014)
  • Vendor Relationships – Data Privacy and Security Best Practices and Legal Requirements (IAPP KnowledgeNet 5/2014)
  • Data Security and Privacy Law (Mile High Chapter of ARMA – Association of Records Management Administrators 4/2014)
  • Data Privacy and Security Requirements for Law Firms (Savvy Training and Consulting Webinar 7/2014) • Vendor Relationships – Data Privacy and Security Best Practices and Legal Requirements (CO Bar Association Communications and Technology Section 3/2-14)
  • Many others in prior years

Our Location

1801 California Street, Suite 3400
Denver, Colorado 80202
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Phone 303.861.2828
Fax 303.861.4017