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Adams and Reese Atlanta special counsel Amy L. Hanna Keeney has joined a select group certified as a ANSI-Accredited Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US).

The CIPP designation is a global industry standard for professionals entering and working in the field of privacy. Backed by American National Standards Institute/International Organization for Standardization (ANSI/ISO) accreditation, a CIPP/US credential demonstrates a strong understanding of a principles-based framework and knowledgeable base in information privacy within the U.S. context. Achieving the designation requires the recipient to demonstrate these proficiencies by passing an examination.

With this special certification, Keeney brings to the Firm an understanding of broad global concepts of privacy and data protection law and practice, including: protection of consumer data in the U.S.; regulations and enforcement models; essential privacy concepts and principals; legal requirements for handling and transferring data and more.

Licensed to practice law in Georgia and Florida, Keeney’s experience includes advising financial institutions regarding regulatory issues faced in the wake of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. She has represented numerous clients in matters involving alleged violations of federal consumer protection statutes, was an active member of her previous firm’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) practice area and has been observing CFPB developments since its inception.

Additionally, Keeney has defended businesses in state and federal litigation throughout the Southeast. In particular, she has significant experience representing financial institutions in a broad range of commercial litigation .

Georgia Super Lawyers® honored Keeney in 2017 and 2018 as a Top-Rated Consumer Law Attorney in Atlanta and a Rising Star in Consumer Law.  She is a two-time graduate of the University of Florida, earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a J.D. during a seven-year stint in Gainesville, Fla. As an undergraduate student, she was a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society. As a law student, Amy served as an executive editor of the Florida Law Review, received honors in Legal Research & Writing and Appellate Advocacy and later served as a teaching assistant for those two courses. She also earned the Outstanding Achievement in Pro Bono Work Award while at UF Law.