DES Data Breach Investigation

Turke & Strauss LLP, a leading data breach law firm, is investigating DES Architects and Engineers, Inc. (“DES”) regarding its recent data breach. The DES data breach involved sensitive personal identifiable information belonging to over 1,100 individuals.


DES is an integrated design firm based in California. Founded in 1973, DES collaborates between disciplines, from architecture and interior design to planning and engineering.3 Today, the clients DES attracts spans a wide range of fields, including technology, education, life science, healthcare, and real estate development.3 Headquartered in Redwood City, California, DES has an additional location in San Francisco, California, and employs over 50 individuals.


Recently, DES discovered that it had experienced a data breach in which sensitive personal identifiable information in its systems may have been accessed and acquired. Through its investigation, DES determined that an unauthorized actor may have accessed this sensitive information between September 7, 2023, and October 21, 2023. On November 10, 2023, DES began notifying individuals whose information may have been impacted. The type of information potentially exposed includes:

  • Name
  • Social Security number

If you received a breach notification letter from DES Architects and Engineers, Inc.:

We would like to speak with you about your rights and potential legal remedies in response to this data breach. Please fill out the form, below, or contact us at (608) 237-1775 or

If you were impacted by the DES data breach, you may consider taking the following steps to protect your personal information.

  1. Carefully review the breach notice and retain a copy;
  2. Enroll in any free credit monitoring services provided by DES Architects and Engineers, Inc.;
  3. Change passwords and security questions for online accounts;
  4. Regularly review account statements for signs of fraud or unauthorized activity;
  5. Monitor credit reports for signs of identity theft; and
  6. Contact a credit bureau(s) to request a temporary fraud alert.

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