Theodore J. Kobus III

Partner

New York
T 212.271.1504  |  F 212.589.4201

Ted Kobus focuses his practice in the area of privacy, data security, and intellectual property. He advises clients, trade groups, and organizations regarding data security and privacy risks, including compliance, developing breach response strategies, defense of regulatory actions, and defense of class action litigation. Ted counsels clients involved in breaches implicating domestic and international laws, as well as other regulations and requirements. Having led more than 750 data breach responses, Ted has respected relationships with regulators involved in privacy concerns as well as deep experience to help clients confront privacy issues during the compliance risk management stages. He is invested in his client relationships and approaches engagements practically and thoughtfully.

Ted is national co-leader of the firm's Privacy and Data Protection team. He is ranked in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and was one of only three attorneys named an MVP by Law360 for Privacy & Consumer Protection in 2013. Ted is a regular contributor to BakerHostetler's Data Privacy Monitor blog and regularly speaks at major industry events regarding data breach response, risk management, and litigation issues affecting privacy, including being the only private attorney to speak at the National Association of Attorneys General on data security issues.

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  • Leading breach response, regulatory defense, and class action defense of massive credit card breach on behalf of large, privately held retailer. Guided client through initial investigation of criminal attack on payment processing network, including engagement of forensic team and collaboration with governmental entities to pursue attackers. Led the defense against six putative class actions, a single plaintiff lawsuit, and inquiries from state attorneys general and the Federal Trade Commission, convincing regulator not only to close investigation against client, but to establish client as victim in the breach. Developed strategic plan to defend against lawsuits and actions filed in six different state and federal jurisdictions and negotiated settlement with putative plaintiffs. Continues to defend client against demands by issuing banks alleging losses related to fraudulent charges and card reissuance costs and provides guidance to client regarding obligations held to payment processor under specific regulations.
  • Leads engagement with health system, providing advice on breach analysis, notification obligations, crisis management, investigation of incident, and regulatory compliance following theft of computers containing information of approximately four million patients. Coordinates breach investigation, including forensic team, and leads breach response, crisis management, and notification of all patients and physicians affected. Leads post-breach response as well, involving resolution of patient complaints and regulatory investigations. Assisting and advising client in responses to investigations initiated by governmental agencies. Ted has led the response to nearly half of the 12 largest HIPAA breaches announced to date.
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Experience

  • Leading breach response, regulatory defense, and class action defense of massive credit card breach on behalf of large, privately held retailer. Guided client through initial investigation of criminal attack on payment processing network, including engagement of forensic team and collaboration with governmental entities to pursue attackers. Led the defense against six putative class actions, a single plaintiff lawsuit, and inquiries from state attorneys general and the Federal Trade Commission, convincing regulator not only to close investigation against client, but to establish client as victim in the breach. Developed strategic plan to defend against lawsuits and actions filed in six different state and federal jurisdictions and negotiated settlement with putative plaintiffs. Continues to defend client against demands by issuing banks alleging losses related to fraudulent charges and card reissuance costs and provides guidance to client regarding obligations held to payment processor under specific regulations.
  • Leads engagement with health system, providing advice on breach analysis, notification obligations, crisis management, investigation of incident, and regulatory compliance following theft of computers containing information of approximately four million patients. Coordinates breach investigation, including forensic team, and leads breach response, crisis management, and notification of all patients and physicians affected. Leads post-breach response as well, involving resolution of patient complaints and regulatory investigations. Assisting and advising client in responses to investigations initiated by governmental agencies. Ted has led the response to nearly half of the 12 largest HIPAA breaches announced to date.
  • Develops incident response plans and privacy policies, provides proactive incident response training, and counsels on privacy and security issues globally.
  • Has defended more than 50 investigations brought by all Regional Offices the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR).
  • Defending several Civil Investigative Demands (CIDs) brought by state Attorneys General regarding his client's data security practices and compliance with federal and state laws.
  • Defending clients in statutory damage claims brought regarding the collection, use and sharing of customer information.
  • Representing financial institution following discovery of malicious software on employee workstation computer possibly capturing confidential customer information. Coordinates breach investigation, response strategy, and post-breach response, including resolution of customer complaints and defense of investigation by banking regulators.
  • Leading defense of putative class action seeking damage for technology client's use of cookies on its website. Filed Notice of Removal and motion to transfer venue in state court to preserve client rights if case is ultimately remanded.

Recognitions

  • Chambers Global: Privacy & Data Protection (USA) (2014, 2015)
  • Chambers USA: Nationwide Privacy and Data Security (2013 to 2015)
  • Law360: MVP in Privacy & Consumer Protection (2013)
  • Certified Information Privacy Manager

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Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1995
  • Pennsylvania, 1994

Education

  • J.D., Widener University School of Law, 1994, cum laude
  • B.S., Purdue University, 1987

Blog

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Data Privacy Monitor
To Err Is Human; to Indemnify, Divine?: Human Foibles in the Cloud
May 19, 2015
BakerHostetler’s inaugural Data Security Incident Response Report (the “Report”) concluded that employee negligence and theft were two of the top five causes of data security incidents for the more than 200 incidents that we handled in...
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Data Privacy Monitor
Explaining the Implications for Merchants of EMV and the Liability Shift
May 18, 2015
The EMV liability shift is coming. Sounds ominous, but what does it really mean? And how can retailers and merchants determine the potential impact of the shift on their business? Like many issues in the payment card industry, there is...
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Data Privacy Monitor
The DOJ Sets Out to Establish Standard for Data Security Incident Response and Preparation
May 14, 2015
Editor’s Note: The author is the most recent attorney to join our Privacy and Data Security Team. Paul represents clients in responding to potential data security incidents, counsels on incident response preparedness, and works with...
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Data Privacy Monitor
2015 BakerHostetler Incident Response Report Deeper Dive—Retailer Liability Arising from Stolen Payment Cards
May 12, 2015
We released the inaugural BakerHostetler Data Security Incident Response Report, which provides insights generated from the review of more than 200 incidents that our attorneys advised on in 2014. Over the next four weeks, we will post...
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Data Privacy Monitor
BakerHostetler’s First Data Security Incident Response Report Shows Human Error is Most Often to Blame
May 7, 2015
We are pleased to announce the release of the first BakerHostetler Data Security Incident Response Report, which provides insights generated from the review of more than 200 incidents that our law firm advised on in 2014. It looks at the...
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