Kathryn C. Mellinger

Associate

Philadelphia
T +1 215.564.1831  |  F +1 215.568.3439

Kathryn Mellinger focuses her practice on privacy and data protection, assisting clients with data incidents by developing responses compliant with applicable federal and state laws. Kathryn places a high value on her ability to communicate with clients and regulators, understand her clients' needs, and apply thorough and efficient solutions.

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  • Represented an entertainment industry client in an action for defamation and invasion of privacy, obtaining dismissal of all claims with prejudice.
  • Defends clients in privacy class action lawsuits, including successfully obtaining the full dismissal of two actions against a payroll processing company in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
  • Counsels clients on all aspects of data security event evaluations and responses, including investigating security systems to determine cause(s) of breach, identifying types of affected data, and analyzing applicable international, federal and state laws that govern notice obligations.
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Experience

  • Represented an entertainment industry client in an action for defamation and invasion of privacy, obtaining dismissal of all claims with prejudice.
  • Defends clients in privacy class action lawsuits, including successfully obtaining the full dismissal of two actions against a payroll processing company in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
  • Counsels clients on all aspects of data security event evaluations and responses, including investigating security systems to determine cause(s) of breach, identifying types of affected data, and analyzing applicable international, federal and state laws that govern notice obligations.
  • Creates risk management strategies for clients by conducting pre-event analyses of the entity's security systems, including the assessment of forensic and legal issues and the development of proactive measures to address and mitigate identified risks.
  • Advises on privacy and regulatory issues under federal and state data privacy laws and industry standards, including HIPAA/HITECH, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI/DSS).

Community

  • Manna on Main Street: Volunteer
  • Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts: Legal Volunteer

Services

Industries

Admissions

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

Education

  • J.D., Villanova University School of Law, 2010; Managing Editor of Outside Articles, Villanova Environmental Law Journal; Co-Founder and Secretary, Villanova Family Law Society; Dorothy Day Award for Pro Bono Services
  • B.A., English, University of Richmond, 2007

Languages

  • French

Blog

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Data Privacy Monitor
FTC Goes After IoT Device Manufacturer for Alleged Security Vulnerabilities in Routers, IP Cameras
By Melinda L. McLellan, Kathryn C. Mellinger
January 13, 2017
On January 6, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had filed a complaint against Taiwanese D-Link Corp. and its U.S. subsidiary, D-Link Systems Inc. (D-Link), alleging the company made deceptive claims about the security of...
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