Mari-Liis Orav primarily focuses on personal data protection law. She has extensive practical experience in advising clients from various sectors, among them being IT, financial, hospitality, retail, e-commerce, employment, real estate, industrial, regarding the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), as well as other data protection laws, such as e-privacy. Mari-Liis assists clients comprehensively, starting from conducting data protection trainings, carrying out compliance analyses, drafting and reviewing documents, assisting in negotiations, supporting the work of data protection officers and in-house lawyers, as well as representing clients in the Data Protection Inspectorate. Her approach to data protection is uniquely versatile because of her additional prior experience from the public sector, with the European Data Protection Supervisor.
In addition to data protection law, Mari-Liis concentrates on intellectual property and IT law, where she advises clients on matters such as licensing and transferring intellectual property rights, trademark disputes, confidentiality, software development, etc.
As a guest lecturer, Mari-Liis teaches intellectual property law to master’s degree students of Estonian Business School’s and Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre’s joint curriculum for cultural management. She has also taught data protection as a guest lecturer in Estonian Business School and Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences, and intellectual property and IT in the Institute of Computer Science in the University of Tartu.
Mari-Liis is the only member representing Estonia in the International Network of Privacy Law Professionals (INPLP), a not-for-profit international network of qualified professionals providing expert counsel on legal and compliance issues relating to data privacy and associated matters. Among other things, Mari-Liis and the other members of the INPLP continuously provide privacy updates in the INPLP’s website’s news section (https://inplp.com/latest-news/).