Joseph L. Bruemmer

Counsel

Cincinnati
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Overview

Joe Bruemmer is a member of the firm’s Digital Assets and Data Management group, with a focus on data privacy, cybersecurity, and data breach response. Leveraging his prior experience as a litigator and as assistant general counsel for a leading legal support services provider, he helps clients to identify practical, business-oriented solutions to data security incidents. He has handled a variety of matters involving ransomware, business email compromises, payment card compromises, inadvertent disclosures, and wire fraud issues for clients in the hospitality, restaurant, retail, professional services, financial, and educational sectors. As soon as clients discover a data security incident, he works with them to assess the scope, assemble the necessary internal and external response teams, implement a containment and remediation strategy, conduct an investigation, develop messaging, evaluate regulatory obligations, and respond to consumer and regulatory inquiries in a way that is designed to preserve customer relationships and minimize regulatory and litigation risk.

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  • Represented multi-brand restaurant operator and franchisor in nationwide payment card incident. Representation required coordination of dual-track forensic and PFI investigations, advising on PCI DSS rules and state data breach notification laws, liaising with the FBI, developing a comprehensive communications strategy for customers, franchisees, and employees, and resolving regulatory inquiries.
  • Represented super-regional hotel chain in managing vendor data security incident requiring nationwide notice, coordination with vendor and vendor’s PFI, and resolution of regulatory inquiries.
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Experience

  • Represented multi-brand restaurant operator and franchisor in nationwide payment card incident. Representation required coordination of dual-track forensic and PFI investigations, advising on PCI DSS rules and state data breach notification laws, liaising with the FBI, developing a comprehensive communications strategy for customers, franchisees, and employees, and resolving regulatory inquiries.
  • Represented super-regional hotel chain in managing vendor data security incident requiring nationwide notice, coordination with vendor and vendor’s PFI, and resolution of regulatory inquiries.
  • Represented multiple information technology managed service providers in ransomware incidents involving the MSPs and their clients.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Ohio Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2009)

Memberships

  • Ohio State Bar Association (2006 to present)
    • OSBA Leadership Academy (2010)

Community

  • Boys Hope Girls Hope of Cincinnati, Ohio
    • Associate Board Member (2014 to present)
    • Mentor (2014 to present)

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • Ohio

Education

  • J.D., The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, 2005, with honors
  • B.S.B.A., Xavier University, 2002

Blog

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Data Counsel
The Destruction of Privilege and Work Product Protection for Data Breach Investigations?
By Joseph L. Bruemmer, David A. Carney, Casie D. Collignon, Craig A. Hoffman, Thomas E. Hogan, Theodore J. Kobus III, Aleksandra Vold
June 17, 2020
Attorneys play an important role in the incident response process. A skilled and experienced attorney can help organizations effectively respond to a security incident in a way that complies with obligations, protects key relationships...
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Data Counsel
Cybersecurity Firms Issue Annual Threat Reports
By Joseph L. Bruemmer
March 12, 2019
CrowdStrike, FireEye and IBM Security recently released their annual threat reports. These reports contain a wealth of information on recent trends in cybersecurity attacks and recommendations on the preventive measures companies can take...
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