Cardlytics Chief Legal & Privacy Officer, Kirk Somers, has been named the 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Corporate Counsel of the Year for Small Legal Departments. The annual Corporate Counsel award honors the achievements of the best and the brightest internal counsel in Atlanta. Somers is one of only seven winners announced this year.
“We are proud, but not surprised, that Kirk has been named the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Corporate Counsel of the year,” said Scott Grimes, Cardlytics CEO & Co-Founder. “As a Purchase Intelligence platform that partners with both banks and marketers, Cardlytics sits between two worlds of rigorous regulations. Kirk flawlessly navigates both worlds, helping Cardlytics keep impenetrable, best-in-class privacy standards. He also played a crucial role in leading Cardlytics to becoming the first tech IPO in 2018. This recognition is very well deserved.”
Somers has more than 25 years of experience, having begun his legal career as an attorney in the U.S. Air Force, during which time he tried over 40 cases. Prior to Cardlytics, Somers was an executive vice president and chief administrative officer at Think Geek, where he was responsible for legal, privacy, and human resources. Previously, Somers led the legal, investor relations, and human resources department for Concurrent Computer Corporation; served as Assistant General Counsel for Melita International; and was a Partner with the law firm of Marshall & Melhorn, LLC. He holds a B.A. in Physics from Cornell University and a J.D. from Ohio State University.
Winners of the 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle Corporate Counsel of the Year Awards will be celebrated during a luncheon on May 9 at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and their names will be published in the May 11 issue of the Atlanta Business Chronicle.