Hiruy Berhane

Associate

Philadelphia
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Overview

Hiruy Berhane focuses on guiding his clients through the complex field of data security incidents. From determining the scope of the actual or suspected data security incident to assisting his clients in selecting the necessary third-party vendors, Hiruy is focused on mitigating any damage that could occur as a result. His attention to detail extends to assisting in drafting notifications to potentially impacted parties, counseling his clients through state and federal regulatory investigations, and pre-breach planning and compliance.

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  • Advised numerous clients through all facets of their assessment of and response to actual or suspected data security incidents, including, but not limited to, ransomware events, business email compromises and various third-party data incidents. Assessments of client data incidents typically require a rapid gathering of the necessary facts, a determination of the nature and extent of the intrusion/data event and the planning of an expedient course of action based on the particular data incident/inquiry and the client's relevant industry/regulator(s).
  • Guided clients in the selection and retention of third-party vendors, including forensic investigators and notice mailing/call center/credit monitoring vendors, and appropriately directed the work of engaged vendors to best mitigate any harmful effects resulting from the data incident and ensure clients' compliance with applicable law.
  • Counseled clients in the drafting of notice letters to impacted or potentially impacted individuals whose protected information, as defined by applicable law, was or may have been impacted in a data incident.
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Experience

  • Advised numerous clients through all facets of their assessment of and response to actual or suspected data security incidents, including, but not limited to, ransomware events, business email compromises and various third-party data incidents. Assessments of client data incidents typically require a rapid gathering of the necessary facts, a determination of the nature and extent of the intrusion/data event and the planning of an expedient course of action based on the particular data incident/inquiry and the client's relevant industry/regulator(s).
  • Guided clients in the selection and retention of third-party vendors, including forensic investigators and notice mailing/call center/credit monitoring vendors, and appropriately directed the work of engaged vendors to best mitigate any harmful effects resulting from the data incident and ensure clients' compliance with applicable law.
  • Counseled clients in the drafting of notice letters to impacted or potentially impacted individuals whose protected information, as defined by applicable law, was or may have been impacted in a data incident.
  • Reported relevant data incidents to impacted or potentially impacted individuals and applicable state and federal regulatory authorities on behalf of clients. After notifying individuals and applicable authorities, counseled clients through regulatory investigations by state and federal authorities, as well as relevant industry-based authorities.
  • Provided pre-breach planning and compliance services to clients, including revision of policies and procedures, incident response plans and vendor contract management programs.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Barristers Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Prior Positions

  • TrustArc
    • Regulatory Analyst (2018 to 2019)
    • Privacy Extern (2018)
  • The Honorable Michael A. Shipp, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey: Judicial Intern (2018)
  • The Honorable Glynnis D. Hill, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas: Judicial Intern (2018)
  • FMC Corporation: Law Clerk (2017 to 2018)

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania

Education

  • J.D., Temple University Beasley School of Law, 2019; Temple Student Bar Association; Black Law Student Association; National Bar Association
  • B.A., State University of New York, 2012