About Me

I am a lawyer with a strong passion for new technology. My goal is to provide practical solutions to complex issues.

I have a wealth of experience in Privacy, Data Protection and Security. I assist Italian and international clients in managing and protecting their information assets by providing advice (legal opinions, privacy-by-design and privacy-by-default assessments, data protection impact assessments, implementing IoT and M2M solutions, management of complex programmes in service digitalisation and audits) aimed at ensuring compliance with the applicable laws and regulations.

I also have extensive experience in managing data breaches and security incidents, as well as audit activities and assistance in proceedings before the Italian Data Protection Authority.

I work with clients in many sectors - including but not limited to automotive, life sciences and healthcare, new technologies, energy, financial services, media, entertainment, sports, insurance, digital services, telecommunications, OTT, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and online services providers.

You may find me in the Privacy and Data Protection sections of a number of the key international directories, such as Who's Who Legal and Legal 500.

I am author and co-author of various articles and publications for Giuffrè Francis Lefebvre; Thomson Reuters (Practical Law), Law Business Research (Getting The Deal Through), Data Guidance, International Comparative Legal Guides (GLG), Il Sole 24 Ore (Diritto 24), MediaLaws, Iris Merlin and AboutPharma online.

I am also a lecturer for masters' courses, conferences and training workshops.

Prior to joining Bird & Bird, I worked for leading Italian law firms.


  • Rome Tre University, Master's Degree in Law
  • The Center for American and International Law, Postgraduate course in American and International Law


  • Member of the Rome Bar (Italy), 2013
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Adriano D'Ottavio knows very well our business and he is able to assist us in all complex data protection issues.

Legal 500 EMEA, 2023

Rising Star in Data Privacy and Data Protection.

Legal 500, EMEA, 2021-2024

Recommended Lawyer in Data Privacy & Protection and Data Security.

Who's Who Legal, 2021 and 2022

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