Ambre N. McLaughlin

Counsel | WASHINGTON, D.C.

Industry Experience:

Ambre’s practice focuses on transactional and litigation matters involving information technology, with a particular emphasis on cloud computing initiatives at the enterprise level, as well as discovery in complex litigation in federal and state courts. She understands how to balance a client’s business needs with its legal obligations to achieve positive results.

While in-house counsel for a cloud services provider, Ambre successfully negotiated a wide variety of cloud computing agreements, including contracts for SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS. She proactively counsels clients on managing the legal risk associated with information technology agreements, particularly with regard to data privacy and cyber security aspects of cloud computing and other sourcing arrangements.

Ambre previously worked as a litigation associate at the international law firm of White & Case LLP. There, she successfully advocated on behalf of foreign, domestic, and sovereign clients in all phases of complex litigation, with particular emphasis on defending clients in criminal antitrust and foreign asset control matters. She has extensive motions practice and discovery experience, including preparing corporate witnesses for deposition.

Prior to that, Ambre worked as a litigation associate at Steptoe & Johnson LLP. There, she was part of the national trial counsel team defending a large insurance company involved in asbestos, silica, and welding rod litigation. Her practice focused on all aspects of trial preparation beginning at the complaint stage through discovery, developing trial themes and preparing expert witnesses for testimony at deposition, and trial. In addition, she successfully managed the day-to-day litigation demands for hundreds of cases in twelve jurisdictions across the United States.

She served as a law clerk in the Office of the Legal Advisor (International Claims and Investment Disputes) at the U.S. Department of State for two years where she was presented with a Meritorious Honor Award for her work in defending the United States in litigation before the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal.

Organizational Involvement & Memberships:

Ambre is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), and The Sedona Conference® Working Group on Data Security and Privacy Liability (WG11) and the Working Group on International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure (WG6).  Ambre is fluent in Spanish.


Ambre received her J.D., cum laude, from American University, Washington College of Law and a B.A. in International Relations from San Francisco State University.  She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.