Grant D. Petersen

Shareholder Tampa

Mr. Petersen represents and counsels employers in a broad range of U.S. and international labor and employment laws, U.S. and global data privacy and data protection laws, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other international anti-corruption laws. He is the founder of the firm’s Data Privacy Practice Group and co-founder of the firm’s International Practice Group. Mr. Petersen has advised many clients regarding the impact of global data privacy laws in the workplace, the complexities of international transfers of human resources data, and practical steps for compliance with the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation. He speaks and writes on data privacy and employment issues regularly.


Mr. Petersen handles the following types of matters:

  • Advises clients regarding legal issues arising under international labor and employment laws and data protection and privacy laws
  • Assisting clients to self-certify under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield
  • Assisting clients to self-certify under the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield
  • Developing Global Data Privacy Policies
  • Drafting international data privacy notifications and consents.
  • Drafting international data transfers
  • Assisting clients with GDPR compliance
  • Advising on international data retention periods
  • Litigates all aspects of labor and employment law cases in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies
  • Drafts expatriate employment contracts and international non-competition agreements
  • Prepares and reviews global policy and procedure manuals and employee handbooks
  • Presents seminars and management training programs for clients and employer organizations on U.S. and international labor, employment, and data privacy topics
  • Prepares and implements compliance programs for the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-corruption laws
  • Assists clients with internal and cross-border investigations regarding labor and employment and anti-corruption matters
  • Assists clients in union organizing campaigns
  • Represents employers in collective bargaining

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law and International Sections)
  • Florida Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law and International Sections)
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Tampa Bay International Business Council (President)
  • Bay Area Manufacturers Association (Director)
  • British American Business Council Tampa Bay (President)
  • French-American Business Council of West Florida (Director)
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E)


  • Corporate Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''Securing Your Workplace in the World of Data Privacy and Cybersecurity'' - La Quinta - November 09, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Pitfalls and Action Items as the General Data Protection Regulation Becomes Effective'' - Phoenix - May 10, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins International Practice Group Seminar - ''Employee Data Privacy Worldwide: GDPR and Beyond'' - Washington, D.C. - March 29, 2018
  • Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''Data Makes the Work Go Around: Engaging Employees to Prevent Data Loss'' - Boca Raton - November 10, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''In Search of the Truth: Foolproof Interview Techniques for Workplace Investigations'' - San Diego - May 03, 2017

Published Works


Our Insights

Working Party Confirms That Employers of All Sizes Must Maintain Article 30 Records of Processing for Human Resources Data

May 09, 2018

EU Regulator Discusses Enforcement Priorities for the GDPR

April 04, 2018

The Highest Risk Area for GDPR Compliance: Processing HR Data

December 04, 2017

EU Commission’s First Annual Review Confirms Adequacy of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

October 20, 2017

EU Regulators Issue an Updated Opinion on Processing Data in the Workplace

July 27, 2017

The Countdown Begins for GDPR Compliance for EU Human Resources Data

May 30, 2017

The Top 5 International Data Privacy Issues for Employers in 2017

February 03, 2017

Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield to Replace the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework

January 22, 2017

EU Commission Adopts EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

July 13, 2016

New Agreement on Privacy Shield Set to Become Final in Early July

June 27, 2016

European Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce Publish Details Regarding the EU-US Privacy Shield

March 07, 2016

EU Extends "Qualified" Moratorium on Enforcement Actions for Data Transfers to the U.S.

February 04, 2016

New ‘EU-US Privacy Shield’ to replace Safe Harbour

February 02, 2016

Europeans Agree on New Data Privacy Laws

December 18, 2015

Current Status of EU Data Transfers and Recommended Next Steps for Former Safe Harbor Companies

November 20, 2015

The Schrems Saga Continues: Israeli Law, Information and Technology Authority Revokes Transfer Authorizations

October 22, 2015

The Fallout from the Schrems Decision Continues

October 19, 2015

European Court of Justice Invalidates European Commission’s Safe Harbor Decision

October 06, 2015

Is the Safe Harbor Framework Still Safe?

October 05, 2015

Florida’s New Data Breach Notification Requirements Take Effect July 1

June 27, 2014

The DOJ and SEC Issue Their Comprehensive Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

November 16, 2012


Media Quotes

May 15, 2018 - SHRM Online - "3 GDPR Compliance Steps Explained"
February 06, 2018 - SHRM Online - "Improved Employment Screening Will Make Candidates Happier in 2018"
June 24, 2016 - Tampa Bay Times - "Here's how Brexit will affect Florida and the Tampa Bay area"