Anthony P. Valach

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Counsel

Philadelphia
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Overview

Anthony Valach has advised hundreds of clients on responding to cybersecurity and data privacy incidents. Anthony uses his incident response experience and technical background to assist clients with proactive compliance, privacy and data security initiatives.

The interest in technology that led Anthony Valach to an engineering degree now inspires a dedicated approach to his privacy and data protection practice. He advises clients on data breach response, risk management and litigation issues associated with an incident, and strategies to avoid future harm. As the former General Counsel and Vice President of Operations for a leading information technology managed service provider, as well as the Chief Information Security Officer for a mid-sized, regional law firm, Anthony is well versed in providing practical advice to assist with developing and overseeing effective compliance programs and incident response preparedness initiatives.

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  • Advised multinational hotel chain during a major data breach incident involving up to 325 million customers, providing guidance from incident response to resolution.
  • Represented an auto insurance company in connection with an incident resulting in notifications to over 5.8 million individuals and regulators in over 30 states.
  • Lead BakerHostetler’s response to an incident at a cloud software company that involved over 75 firm clients, including coordinating the incident response process and a team of attorneys working directly with clients.
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Experience

  • Advised multinational hotel chain during a major data breach incident involving up to 325 million customers, providing guidance from incident response to resolution.
  • Represented an auto insurance company in connection with an incident resulting in notifications to over 5.8 million individuals and regulators in over 30 states.
  • Lead BakerHostetler’s response to an incident at a cloud software company that involved over 75 firm clients, including coordinating the incident response process and a team of attorneys working directly with clients.
  • Represented global e-commerce retailer company in a payment card security incident involving worldwide legal and regulatory notification analysis, and coordinating both internal and PFI forensic investigation.
  • Assisted nearly 150 companies globally and nationally in response to ransomware incidents, including guiding clients through forensic investigations, working with law enforcement, negotiating with threat actor and communications strategy.
  • Aides companies in investigating business email compromise incidents related to phishing campaigns and assists with recovery of fraudulent transfers of funds.
  • Recovered a misdirected invoice payment of $1.1 million for a construction company.
  • Assisted clinical trial company with recovery of $1.7 million in invoice payments that were transferred to a fraudulent account.
  • Coordinated network security and monitoring, data breach response, disaster recovery, HIPAA compliance and more for a leading information technology managed service provider.
  • Coordinated data breach response and implemented cybersecurity initiatives for a large construction equipment company.
  • Conducts cybersecurity workshops and incident response tabletop for clients.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals

Community

  • St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia 
  • The Society of the Friendly Sons and Daughters of St.Patrick for the Relief of Emigrants from Ireland
  • Michael’s Way Young Professionals Group: Board Member 

Prior Positions

  • Chief Information Security Officer for mid-sized, regional law firm (2016 to 2017)
  • Liberty Technology Solutions: General Counsel, Vice President of Operations (2015 to 2016)

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Illinois [Inactive]

Education

  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2004; Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property, Managing Editor (2004), Associate Editor (2003); Certificate in Intellectual Property; Certificate of Distinction -- Strategies in Intellectual Property Law
  • B.B.E., Biomedical Engineering, The Catholic University of America, 2001

Blog

In The Blogs

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Data Counsel
Fraudulent Wire Transfer Instruction Changes on the Rise (Again)
By Anthony P. Valach, Aleksandra Vold
June 2, 2020
Phishing and social engineering attacks to divert wire transfers or invoice payments are not new fraud techniques, but they have recently taken a back seat to ransomware as posing the greatest cyberthreat to businesses. However, over the...
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Data Counsel
DSIR Deeper Dive: The Ransomware Epidemic
By Anthony P. Valach
May 18, 2020
Ransomware is among the most common and persistent threats faced by organizations of all sizes. In 2019, the ransomware threat landscape worsened in several significant ways: (1) average demands increased more than tenfold; (2) all...
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Data Counsel
Threat Actors are Finding New Ways to Commoditize Data
By David H. Potter, Anthony P. Valach
April 21, 2020
While all businesses continue to adjust to the remote work environment, it’s business as usual for cybercriminals. Although there are reports of phishing schemes tied to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not really seeing different types of...
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