Honors and Awards

Sharon R. Klein Recognized in Orange County Business Journal's Women in STEM 2024

Orange County Business Journal

Blank Rome partner Sharon R. Klein, who serves as co-chair of Blank Rome's Privacy, Security & Data Protection practice and co-chair of our Orange County office, has been recognized in the Orange County Business Journal's ("OCBJ") Women in STEM ("Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics") 2024.

Sharon is one of 42 honorees recognized in the "Women in STEM 2024" list. According to the OCBJ, the honorees "exemplify the diverse opportunities and significant impact that women can have in STEM fields within Orange County" and help pave the way for future generations of women in STEM.

To view "Women in STEM 2024," please click here.


Sharon's honoree profile, as published in the OCBJ, is copied in full below.

Sharon R. Klein

Partner and Co-Chair, Privacy, Security & Data Protection Practice; Office Managing Partner, Orange County Office

Blank Rome LLP

  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, JD
  • Syracuse University, BA, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Sharon Klein is a nationally recognized leader in data privacy and cybersecurity law. Cybersecurity risk and legislation are rapidly evolving globally. In 2023, ransomware affected 72 percent of businesses, costing more than $20 billion a year. Klein ensures that her business clients minimize their risks, comply with regulations, and avoid cyberattacks and breaches while leveraging the value of data. Klein has more than 40 years’ experience as a thought leader and problem solver in data privacy, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and complex technology transactions, including 12 years as associate general counsel at Siemens Medical Solutions USA.

Klein has a stellar track record of resolving clients’ legal issues related to ransomware and other data breaches. She is handling a significant data breach for a global software as a service (“SaaS”) company, which allegedly compromised millions of data subjects’ personal information. She has counseled her clients in attorney general regulatory investigations in every state and before federal consumer protection regulators, advised clients on data breach litigation including class action lawsuits, and has worked extensively with the FBI and law enforcement on individual client matters and public policy initiatives to strengthen the nation’s cybersecurity infrastructure.