Anna R. Gressel is a senior associate and a member of the firm’s Data Strategy and Security Group and its FinTech and Technology practices. Her practice focuses on representing clients in regulatory investigations, supervisory examinations, and civil litigation related to artificial intelligence (“AI”) and other emerging technologies.
Ms. Gressel has a deep knowledge of regulations, supervisory expectations, and industry best practices with respect to AI governance and compliance. She regularly advises boards and senior legal executives on governance, risk, and liability issues relating to AI, privacy, and data governance. Her recent matters include assisting global financial institutions, publicly traded companies, insurers, and technology companies in establishing AI and data governance policies and procedures, advising on relevant regulatory and compliance obligations, and conducting targeted assessments of internally developed or third-party technologies.
Ms. Gressel is an active thought leader and speaker on emerging issues related to AI and data regulation and litigation, including before agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She is a member of the Artificial Intelligence Planning Sub-Committee for the 2022 Second Circuit Judicial Conference, as well as a member of the Law Committee of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems. Ms. Gressel recently created and chaired a roundtable series in collaboration with the IEEE, which focused on delivering cutting-edge information on AI regulation and risk management for general counsels and other senior legal executives. She also regularly participates in industry efforts to establish best practices in the areas of AI explainability, risk assessment, and governance.
Ms. Gressel also has broad commercial litigation experience representing clients in federal and state courts, including in securities litigation and enforcement actions, commercial disputes, and shareholder derivative suits. She is admitted to appear before the Second, Third, and Seventh Circuits and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Ms. Gressel is actively involved in the development of young lawyers, particularly women lawyers. She is a leader of the firm’s Women’s Resource Group and a member of its Diversity Committee. Ms. Gressel is also a former member of the board of directors of Ms. JD, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the success of women in law school and the legal profession, and she currently serves on the Host Committee for Ms. JD’s flagship conference, LaddHer Up.
Ms. Gressel received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. from Pomona College, where she was awarded the senior prize in neuroscience for her thesis on protein-receptor dynamics. Prior to law school, Ms. Gressel was the recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship to Morocco.
Recent speaking engagements include:
- “CFPB NPRM on Small Business Lending Data Collection,” Business Banking Loan Center Managers Round Table (January 19-20, 2022);
- “Whistleblowers for Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence Issues – Tips for Preparation and Response,” Debevoise & Plimpton LLP Webcast (December 16, 2021);
- “Who is Responsible for AI? Emerging Approaches to AI Civil Liability in the EU and US, and How Companies Should Prepare,” The Athens Roundtable Artificial Intelligence and the Rule of Law (December 6-7, 2021);
- “FinTech and Racial Equity in Global Perspective,” The World Bank, Law, Justice and Development Week 2021—Law, Racial Equity and Development (November 10, 2021);
- “Practical Tips on Managing AI Risks in the Insurance Sector,” Debevoise & Plimpton LLP Webcast (November 3, 2021);
- “Foreign Banks” Debevoise & Plimpton LLP Webcast (October 21, 2021);
- “Comparative Approaches to AI Transparency: Lessons from Recent Regulatory Efforts,” FDA Workshop on Transparency of Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning-enabled Medical Devices (October 14, 2021);
- “Artificial Intelligence and Discrimination in the Insurance Industry,” Debevoise & Plimpton LLP Webcast (October 8, 2021);
- “The Future of Artificial Intelligence and Privacy Law,” Michigan Bar Association, IT Law Section (August 5, 2021);
- “The Future of Artificial Intelligence Regulation,” Debevoise & Plimpton LLP Webcast (May 3, 2021);
- “Artificial Intelligence and Consumer Data: A Discussion with Kaitlin Asrow, Fintech Policy Advisor for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco,” Debevoise & Plimpton LLP Webcast (March 3, 2021);
- “Artificial Intelligence and Government Contracting – Emerging Issues and Considerations,” American Bar Association Section of Public Contract Law (December 17, 2020);
- “Supervising AI: The Role of Corporate Boards,” The Athens Roundtable on Artificial Intelligence and the Rule of Law (November 16, 2020); and
- “Be the GC,” National Association of Women Lawyers, 2020 General Counsel Institute (November 11, 2020).
Ms. Gressel is also a regular contributor to the firm’s Data Blog. Her recent publications include:
- “AI Oversight Is Becoming a Board Issue,” Harvard Forum on Corporate Governance (April, 2022);
- “The Value of AI Incident Response Plans and Tabletop Exercises,” NYU Compliance & Enforcement (April, 2022);
- “Why Ethical AI Initiatives Need Help from Corporate Compliance,” NYU Compliance & Enforcement (April, 2022);
- “Model Destruction – The FTC’s Powerful New AI and Privacy Enforcement Tool,” NYU Compliance & Enforcement Blog (March, 2022);
- “Debevoise & Plimpton Discusses Federal Regulators’ Focus on AI and Consumer Protection in Finance,” Columbia Blue Sky Blog (November, 2021);
- “Face Forward: Strategies for Complying with Facial Recognition Laws (Part II of II),” NYU Compliance & Enforcement Blog (November, 2021);
- “Face Forward: Strategies for Complying with Facial Recognition Laws (Part I of II),” NYU Compliance & Enforcement Blog (October, 2021);
- “Three Takeaways from the IOSCO Report to Securities Regulators on Artificial Intelligence,” NYU Compliance & Enforcement Blog (October, 2021);
- “AI Legal Work Is Mirroring Cybersecurity Practice Path.” Bloomberg Law (September, 2020);
- “The Future of AI Regulation: 24 Ways That Companies Can Reduce Their Regulatory and Reputational AI Risks,” NYU Compliance & Enforcement Blog (May, 2021);
- “The Future of AI Regulation: The FTC’s New Guidance on Using AI Truthfully, Fairly, and Equitably,” NYU Compliance & Enforcement Blog (May, 2021);
- “The Future of AI Regulation: Draft Legislation from the European Commission Shows the Coming AI Legal Landscape,” NYU Compliance & Enforcement Blog (April, 2021);
- “Tips for Creating a Sensible Cybersecurity and AI Risk Framework for Critical Vendors,” NYU Compliance & Enforcement Blog (February, 2021);
- “Data Privacy and Cybersecurity: Crisis Avoidance and Management Strategies,” Latin Lawyer – The Guide to Corporate Crisis Management (February, 2021);
- “SEC Settlement With Hedge Fund Offers Corporate AI Lessons,” Law360 (January, 2021);
- “Destruction Emerges as a Powerful Enforcement Measure for AI: FTC Requires Company to Delete Models Trained with Improperly Utilized Consumer Data,” NYU Compliance & Enforcement Blog (January, 2021);
- “Banks, Fintech Firms Eyeing CFPB Proposal on Consumer Access to Financial Records,” Bloomberg Law (December, 2020); and
- “Health Care AI Increasingly In Crosshairs Of State, Fed. Gov't,” Law360 (9 January, 2020).