Privacy & Data Security
Our Privacy and Data Security practice provides law firms with comprehensive services in this vital area. The firm’s attorneys and dedicated data technologists combine a deep familiarity with technical issues born of decades of experience spanning from the public and private sectors, including experienced litigators, corporate advisors and former federal prosecutors. The group advises on a broad range of privacy and data protection matters including prevention and compliance, data breach response, special board and committee representation, internal investigations, and litigation. Patterson Belknap also draws on valuable resources, including highly credentialed forensic consultants, security professionals, and crisis communications teams, who add insight and value on key aspects of cybersecurity matters.
Prevention and Compliance
The starting point for effective cybersecurity risk management is the development, implementation and monitoring of an enterprise-specific data security and compliance program. Our lawyers team with law firms to assist them in developing privacy and data security practices and controls tailored to the specific needs and demands of the organization, which include their relationships with third-party vendors and service providers.
Data Breach Response
Once a data breach is discovered, critical decisions must be made quickly. Patterson Belknap works with clients immediately upon the discovery of a breach to assist in implementing and executing an appropriate step-by-step response plan to manage enterprise risk.
Investigations and Litigation
Our attorneys work closely with clients in internal investigations in the aftermath of a data breach. They also act as liaisons to relevant governing authorities where necessary, and are skilled in handling civil litigations that arise from data breaches. A number of our team members are former government attorneys active in both civil and criminal white collar defense and investigations.
Data breaches can also lead to litigation claims, including derivative claims and class actions in matters where sensitive information has been compromised. Patterson Belknap regularly defends class action litigation nationwide in a variety of areas. As is always our goal, we seek to secure dismissal of these claims at early stages of the litigation.
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