Benjamin D. Wanger

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Counsel

Philadelphia
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Overview

Ben Wanger works closely with clients to develop data breach prevention and response protocol. Drawing from a decade of experience litigating both commercial matters and data privacy matters, he offers a distinctive perspective of numerous data breach incidents, enabling him to correct clients' issues before they escalate to litigation. Additionally, Ben has experience representing clients in connection with regulatory investigations arising from data security incidents. In the event of a data breach, Ben applies his problem-solving skills to find solutions that fit his clients' needs, diligently searching for answers that may not be immediately obvious. By combining his knowledge of the data breach response process and analytical thinking skills, Ben is able to walk clients through their trickiest data breach situations.

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  • Prepares cyber incident response plans for potential breaches, including protocols for managing customer/client relations, press releases, communications with regulators/law enforcement, and public disclosures following a cyber incident.
  • Manages cross-functional legal and business groups within client organizations to determine privacy and security objectives and advises on the impact of the clients’ data privacy and security legal and operational strategies.
  • Conducts in-house security training and tabletop exercises to build awareness and help companies prepare to effectively and efficiently manage data security threats and incidents.
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Experience

  • Prepares cyber incident response plans for potential breaches, including protocols for managing customer/client relations, press releases, communications with regulators/law enforcement, and public disclosures following a cyber incident.
  • Manages cross-functional legal and business groups within client organizations to determine privacy and security objectives and advises on the impact of the clients’ data privacy and security legal and operational strategies.
  • Conducts in-house security training and tabletop exercises to build awareness and help companies prepare to effectively and efficiently manage data security threats and incidents.
  • Regularly represents public and private companies from a variety of industries that have been victimized by ransomware attacks or email fraud.
  • Represented multiple financial services companies in connection with investigations conducted by the Federal Trade Commission following data security incidents.
  • Represented multiple healthcare entities in connection with investigations conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights concerning data security incidents.
  • Represented multiple clients in connection with payment card network liability assessments following payment card security incidents.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • First Judicial District of Pennsylvania Pro Bono Roll of Honor (2012 to 2020)
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer "Rising Star" (2018 to 2020)

Community

  • University of Michigan Club of Philadelphia: President
  • University of Michigan Alumni Association, Clubs Counsel: Board Member
  • Anti-Defamation League, Philadelphia Chapter: Board Member
  • American Jewish Committee, Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey Chapter: Board Member

Pro Bono

  • Successfully represented organization in first amendment challenge regarding proposed advertisements on city buses. Argued that banning religious advertisements on city buses violated free speech and won in trial on behalf of client.
  • Represented numerous prisoners in civil rights jury trials through the Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s Prisoner Civil Rights Panel.

Prior Positions

  • The Honorable Gene E.K. Pratter, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania: Judicial Intern

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey

Education

  • J.D., George Washington University Law School, 2008, with honors
  • B.A., Political Science, University of Michigan, 2005, with high distinction

Blog

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Data Counsel
Healthcare Providers Remain Targets for Ransomware Attacks in the Midst of COVID-19 Pandemic
By Sara M. Goldstein, Benjamin D. Wanger
April 1, 2020
Although it was widely reported that several ransomware threat actor groups have pledged to not target healthcare providers until the COVID-19 pandemic is over, BakerHostetler’s Digital Assets and Data Management Practice Group and...
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