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Christina Hernandez-Torres Associate

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Education

University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 2019

DePaul University, B.A., 2016

Wilbur Wright College, A.A., 2013

Language

Christina Hernandez-Torres is an associate at Dykema’s Chicago office who concentrates her practice in the Privacy and Data Security group. Ms. Hernandez- Torres’ privacy and data security experience includes advising domestic and international clients on issues of breach response, litigation, employee training, risk assessment and management, policies and procedures, table top exercises, data privacy and information security due diligence during corporate transactions. Within this realm, Ms. Hernandez-Torres has notable experience handling compliance matters related to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Prior to becoming an associate, Ms. Hernandez-Torres was involved in two clinics: the Immigration and the Domestic Violence Clinic and the Family Advocacy Clinic at the University of Illinois College of Law. There, she gained valuable counseling, advocacy and litigation experience. Her assistance in The Family Advocacy Clinic consisted of vigorously advocating for parents and children who were impacted by the Illinois Department of DCFS system. She successfully represented each party while maintaining the best interest of each child. In addition to servicing families, Ms. Hernandez-Torres represented women affected by domestically violent relationships. She assisted each woman in applying for a U-Visa to temporarily stay in the United States legally. As a result of her zealous advocacy in that clinic, Ms. Hernandez-Torres earned a CALI Excellence for the Future Award.

Prior to obtaining her law degree, Ms. Hernandez-Torres attended DePaul University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Political Science with honors. She also attended Wilbur Wright College where she earned an Associate Degree in Arts with high honors.

Experience

Ms. Hernandez-Torres has experience advising domestic and international clients on issues of breach response and privacy compliance. Her experience includes the following:
  • Advising domestic and international clients as they respond to data breaches including personal information, HIPAA-protected information and financial information, including notification to individuals and regulators;
  • Drafting privacy policies compliant with the CCPA and GDPR;
  • Guiding clients through internal data inventories necessary to comply with domestic and international data protection statutes, such as the CCPA and GDPR; and
  • Assisting clients manage vendor relationships, including revising contractual privacy protections to comply with GDPR requirements.

Memberships & Involvement

  • Puerto Rican Bar Association of Illinois, Member

  • Haitian Lawyers Association, Member

  • Chicago Bar Association, Member

  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member

Dykema Scholarship, Outstanding 1st year minority student