Amy S. Mushahwar, who counsels companies in connection with data security and privacy matters and advises on regulatory issues involving e-commerce, including social networking sites, the use of mobile platforms in banking transactions, and PCI compliance for payment cards, has joined Ballard Spahr as of counsel in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office, Chair Mark Stewart announced today. She joins us from Reed Smith, where she was a member of the Data Privacy, Security, and Management practice group.

As a member of the firm’s nationally recognized Consumer Financial Services Group, Ms. Mushahwar will counsel clients on the development of integrated digital platforms, particularly those using the Internet, cloud computing, emerging payments, database APIs, and mobile technology. She is also a member of the firm’s Privacy and Data Security Group and E-Discovery and Data Management Group.

“Emerging payments and mobile technology are the future of financial services and we are doing cutting-edge work in that space. Amy will further strengthen our capabilities in this important area and we are thrilled to have her,” said Alan S. Kaplinsky, who leads the firm’s Consumer Financial Services Group. “In addition, privacy and data security concerns have become critically important to our clients. Amy’s experience in the technology consulting business will be a boon for our clients who seek lawyers who understand the technology as well as the law.”

Ms. Mushahwar develops compliance procedures and training programs for Fortune 500 companies across the nation. She conducts privacy assessments and information security policy audits, counsels on FTC and state attorneys general investigations and CFPB examinations and investigations, and advises on federal, state, and international privacy requirements and data protection laws.

“Ballard Spahr has the largest and best full-service consumer financial services practice in the nation,” said Ms. Mushahwar. “The firm handles an impressive range of complex matters involving technology for clients in the financial services industry. I look forward to adding my experience to that team.”

Before becoming a lawyer, Ms. Mushahwar owned and operated her own technology consulting company, where she performed network security design and implementation. She is a frequent presenter on data privacy and security matters for bar and industry associations and has been quoted by The Washington Post, Reuters, National Public Radio, and Politico on privacy and security issues.