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Natalie Prescott


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Natalie is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and an award-winning trial lawyer. She is the go-to lawyer in bet-the-company cases, class actions, and complex litigation matters. 

She has been recognized with such prominent awards as “Super Lawyers,” “Women in the Law,” “Top Attorneys,” and “The Best Lawyers in America.”  She was the first female recipient of the prestigious Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award from the International Bar Association. 

After graduating at the top of her class from Duke Law School, Natalie clerked for the District Court Judge Roger Benitez of the Southern District of California. She then spent many years as a litigator at the highest-ranked law firm in the nation before joining Mintz. She is a graduate of the highly selective Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College and has further honed her trial skills as a volunteer Assistant District Attorney.  She has taken and defended hundreds of depositions; has argued twice before the Ninth Circuit; and has tried many cases to verdict.  

Natalie is also an award-winning book author and an avid writer. She has published numerous articles in the areas of privacy law, consumer litigation, CCPA, CIPA, TCPA, and arbitration.  Her works have appeared in Bloomberg, Law 360, and the Daily Journal. She has presented at numerous conferences and events, moderated numerous panels on CCPA, GDPR, and TCPA, and taught a course on Privacy at the USD Cyber Security Executive Program.

A member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, Natalie assists clients with defending consumer class actions, responding to regulatory inquiries into data security practices, data breach notifications, compliance, and incident management and response. She helps with drafting and implementation of privacy policies and best practices and assessing risks associated with their privacy practices across the globe. She also defends companies in high-stakes litigation matters, insurance coverage disputes, call recording class actions, privacy cases, consumer class actions, breach-of-contract cases, and cases involving alleged violations of California’s unfair competition law, Business and Professions Code §§ 17200 et seq. Fluent in Russian and Ukrainian, Natalie brings international expertise to global companies with U.S. and international presence.

A single mom, Natalie is passionate about the advancement of women. She serves on the firm’s Women’s Initiative subcommittee and has previously served on the Board of the Mother Attorneys Mentorship Association, Couture for a Cause, and Lawyers Club.


  • Duke University (JD, cum laude)
  • Tulane University (MA)
  • University of Southern Mississippi (BA, summa cum laude)


  • Defended major pharmaceutical companies in nationwide consumer fraud class action litigation and in mass tort litigation, including serving as one of lead attorneys in charge of interviewing and retaining experts.
  • Obtained a complete trial victory in a high-value multimillion-dollar real estate development litigation.
  • Obtained a summary judgment victory in a high-profile lawsuit involving defamation, UCL claims, and First Amendment issues.
  • Successfully defended an engine manufacturer in Diesel Engine Products Liability Litigation.
  • Represented manufacturers of foods and medicine products in false advertising and California Unfair Competition claims (17200).
  • Represented multinational technology corporation in a high-profile data breach matter, advising the company on data-breach notification requirements in various states, analyzing compliance issues, working closely with the government with respect to reporting obligations, and assisting with notification letters.
  • Successfully defended a global entertainment company and an award-winning director in a copyright infringement case of an Oscar-winning motion picture.  Matter resulted in a dismissal with prejudice at the motion-to-dismiss stage.
  • Represented a global athletic apparel manufacturer in multiple state and federal matters, insurance coverage issues, and appellate issues.
  • Defended small and medium-sized companies in cases involving do-not-call violations, The Junk Fax Prevention Act (JFPA), and Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
  • Assisted employers and employees with issues related to employee privacy issues, trade secrets, workplace monitoring and recording, and securing and return of confidential information.

Recognition & Awards

  • Super Lawyers, Top Rated Class Action & Mass Torts Attorney (2017-2019)
  • Best Lawyers in America: Litigation - Insurance (2015 – 2020)
  • Best Lawyers in America: Women in the Law (2018)
  • San Diego Magazine: “Top Lawyers in San Diego” (2014 – 2018)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent (2013 – 2018)
  • San Diego Super Lawyers: Rising Star (2015 – 2016)
  • San Diego Metro Magazine: Top Attorneys (2012)
  • San Diego Daily Transcript: "Top Attorneys in the Insurance Category" (2010)
  • International Bar Association: Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year (2010)
  • San Diego Metro Magazine: 40 Under 40  (2009)
  • California Bar Association: Jack Berman Award of Achievement (2008)


  • Publications Advisory Board Member, IAPP (2016 - 2018)
  • Co-Chair, San Diego Knowledge Net Chapter, IAPP (2016 - 2018)
  • Member, IAPP Women in Privacy (current)
  • Past Vice President, Lawyers Club of San Diego (2012 - 2013)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Lawyers Club of San Diego (2010 – 2013)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association (2011 – 2012)
  • Member, Couture for a Cause Steering Committee (2008 – 2011)
  • Holocaust Reparations Project (2010 – 2012)


- German

- Russian

- Ukrainian

Recent Insights

News & Press


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COVID-19 Will Apparently Not Delay CCPA Enforcement

March 26, 2020 | Blog | By Natalie Prescott

While many companies around the world are coping with a global pandemic, some are facing additional challenges in light of a looming deadline triggered by the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”).  Citing #covid19 concerns, a coalition of more than 60 such companies made a plea this week to California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra (“AG”) to delay the AG’s enforcement of the CCPA.
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Although it may not seem like it, there are privacy-related issues to discuss beyond COVID-19.   Before the state of emergency, we saw the first complaint under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) filed in a California federal court.  This action, styled as Fuentes v. Sunshine Behavioral Health Group, LLC, Case No. 8:20-cv-00487 (C.D. Cal. March 10, 2020)[LINK TO PDF], arose from a data breach, which allegedly exposed highly sensitive personal and medical information of thousands of patients of Sunshine Behavioral Health Group (“Sunshine”).
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The New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) issued guidance to financial institutions engaged in virtual currency business activities, mandating that an emergency preparedness plan from each firm be submitted to NYDFS within 30 days from March 10, 2020.  The agency also outlined the respective responsibilities of the boards of directors, senior management, and CEOs (or their equivalents).
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Analysis of Modified Attorney General Regulations to CCPA—Part 3: Verification of Requests

February 19, 2020 | Blog | By Natalie Prescott, Cynthia Larose

In this post, we offer insights on the revisions recently made by the California Attorney General’s office to Article 4 of its draft regulations pertaining to verification requirements.  Article 4 specifies how businesses should verify consumers’ identities when they receive consumers’ data requests.  We previously reported on this part of the draft regulations.
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The companies, Inc. and Hanna Andersson, LLC are on the receiving end of a novel lawsuit, which appears to be the very first data breach class action ever filed with alleged violations of the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”).  The case is styled as Barnes v. Hanna Andersson, LLC , N.D. Cal., Case No. 20-cv-00812.
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As more and more states seek to expand biometric privacy protection, plaintiffs begin to explore new claims under these legislative schemes. Companies, therefore, must proactively monitor their compliance with emerging privacy laws.
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Monthly TCPA Digest – January 2020

January 14, 2020 | Article | By Joshua Briones, Russell Fox, Esteban Morales, Natalie Prescott, Elana R. Safner

Our first TCPA Digest of 2020 provides insight into the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the potentially game-changing Barr TCPA case and a list of deadlines related to the recently enacted TRACED Act.
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TCPA Litigation Update — Breaking: U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Whether TCPA Exception Is Unconstitutional

January 14, 2020 | Article | By Joshua Briones, Natalie Prescott, Esteban Morales, Elana R. Safner

Our first TCPA Digest of 2020 provides insight into the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the potentially game-changing Barr TCPA case and a list of deadlines related to the recently enacted TRACED Act.
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The California Attorney General’s draft regulations specify how businesses verify consumers’ identities when they receive consumers’ data requests.  Specifically, Section 999.323 requires a business (i) to verify consumers’ requests by using available data and implementing reasonable security measures, (ii) not to collect new data for verification unless necessary for security purposes, and (iii) to promptly delete newly collected information.
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Analysis of Attorney General Regulations to the California Consumer Privacy Act – A Series

October 15, 2019 | Blog | By Christopher Buontempo, Brian Lam, Cynthia Larose, Natalie Prescott, Elana Safner

The California Attorney General’s office (CA AG) has published the long-awaited implementing regulations to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).  In addition to the regulations, the CA AG also released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Initial Statement of Reasons  to support the draft regulations. The CA AG will hold a series of public hearings as outlined in the Notice of Proposed Regulations, and will be accepting written comments from the public on the regulations until 5:00 PM PST on December 6, 2019. 
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Mintz Member Evan Nadel and Associate Natalie Prescott co-authored this Bloomberg Law “Professional Perspective” column examining critical legal considerations for companies using artificial intelligence, biometrics, or bot technology.
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Mintz attorney Natalie Prescott authored this article published by The Recorder analyzing the notable trend towards state regulation of biometric data and detailing how companies can proactively monitor their compliance with emerging privacy laws.
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Mintz Levin is pleased to announce that nine attorneys have been named San Diego Super Lawyers for 2018 while two others have been named San Diego Rising Stars. The annual publication identifies lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. 
Natalie Prescott, a litigation Associate in the Mintz San Diego office, authored an article in the Bloomberg Law Privacy and Security Report on the uptick in class action suits against companies that record consumer calls, and how those companies can protect themselves against future litigation.
Mintz attorney Natalie Prescott, who is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), an article for IAPP’s The Privacy Advisor reviewing the book, Privacy in the Workplace.
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Mitch Danzig, a Member of the Mintz San Diego office, and Natalie Prescott, an Associate in the same office, were featured in an AmLaw Litigation Daily article covering the sanctions granted to CrossFit in its legal proceedings responding to alleged injury claims.
Mintz's Joshua Briones, Esteban Morales, and Natalie Prescott authored an article in The Daily Journal covering a Kentucky federal court dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a drone pilot against the “Drone Slayer.”
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Mintz achieved another victory for client CrossFit, Inc. in an ongoing dispute against the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). In this latest victory, the Court imposed harsh evidentiary, issue, and monetary sanctions against the NSCA.
Joshua Briones, a Managing Member in Mintz’s Los Angeles office; Esteban Morales, an Associate in that office; and Natalie Prescott, an Associate in Mintz’s San Diego office, authored this Law360 article discussing the new legal challenges presented by drones.
Mintz is pleased to announce a significant victory on behalf of its client CrossFit, Inc. against the National Strength & Conditioning Association. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California issued rulings on both parties’ motions for summary judgment.
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This Law360 article discusses a former NFL player Shawne Merriman's trademark lawsuit against Vermont Teddy Bear Co. Inc. for using his "Lights Out" nickname on their products without his permission. Mintz Member Andrew Skale and Associate Natalie Prescott are mentioned as counsel for Merriman.



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