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Peter A. Blenkinsop



Peter Blenkinsop advises clients on regulatory compliance, focusing on two distinct but overlapping areas: (i) privacy, cybersecurity, data ethics & strategy, and (ii) medical research.

Privacy, Cybersecurity, Data Ethics & Strategy

Peter leads the firm’s Privacy, Cybersecurity, Data Ethics & Strategy Team. He advises organizations on compliance with laws in the US and abroad that govern collection and use of personally identifiable information (PII) and information derived from PII. This includes working with clients to identify privacy risks, build data protection programs, and manage data governance.

In his over 20 years of counseling clients on data protection and data governance, Peter has had the opportunity to work with organizations of all sizes and across many sectors, from small startups to some of the world’s largest corporations. Peter also helps manage two leading industry associations focused on privacy and the responsible use of data – the International Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Privacy Consortium and the Consumer Goods Privacy+ Consortium (CGPC).

Peter has been extensively involved in shaping privacy and data protection laws over the last 20 years, authoring dozens of responses to public consultations on new legislative and regulatory privacy proposals at the US federal and state levels, as well as in Europe and around the globe. 


Medical Research

Peter advises clients that sponsor or conduct medical research on regulatory compliance. He counsels life sciences companies and other research organizations on compliance with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) human subject protection requirements and supports drafting and negotiation of research collaboration agreements, clinical trial agreements, informed consent forms, and other research documents. 

Personal Interests


Peter lives in Maryland with his wife, Courtney, and three sons.


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Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Certified Information Privacy Professional (US & Europe)

Georgetown University Law Center
J.D. magna cum laude (2006)

Yale University
B.A. cum laude (1999)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives

Firm Blog Contributions

  • Discerning Data – a forum that discusses developments in privacy, cybersecurity, information governance and data analytics

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals

Firm Leadership

  • Drinker Biddle Reath & LLP  Co-chair, Information Privacy, Security and Governance, 2016-19; Firmwide Hiring Committee, 2016-19


  • BTI Consulting Group — BTI Client Service All-Star, 2022
  • LMG Life Sciences — Leading Life Sciences Lawyer, 2023
  • LMG Life Sciences — Life Sciences Star, 2022
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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