Privacy and Data Protection

Overview

"A collection of very smart and conscientious lawyers who think things through in a very meticulous way."

– Chambers USA 2015

Privacy and data security are enterprise-wide issues that impact nearly every area of a company’s operations. ­Clients of our ranked and award-winning BakerHostetler Privacy and Data Protection team count on us to continue to learn, grow and adapt to meet their needs in this constantly evolving area. Our core team of attorneys are not generalists, but rather focus on serving specific industries or issues so that we can deliver practical and service-oriented counseling.

We serve clients from all tiers of the Fortune 500, as well as health systems, universities, small and midsize businesses, emerging technology companies, and state and municipal entities. Our team members are located in key cities across the United States and have global reach by maintaining strategic partnerships with lawyers, security firms and risk management companies around the world.

Where does our competitive difference come from? It is our experience and our approach. Our attorneys are on-site at client locations hundreds of days a year proactively training incident response teams, conducting security and risk assessments, working through incidents, advising executive leadership teams and boards, preparing witnesses for depositions and regulatory investigations, and providing advice on new initiatives and transactions. We lead clients through the response to hundreds of potential security incidents a year. We respond to dozens of regulatory inquiries and defend dozens of lawsuits. Insights generated from our experience in incident response are set forth in our annual BakerHostetler Data Security Incident Response Report.

In a practice area where experience truly matters and clients expect efficient, tailored and clear advice, our depth of experience is difficult to match. We deliver comprehensive and trusted guidance across six key areas of service:

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Industry Focus

We work with clients across a broad range of industries and have particular experience with the following:

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Recognition

Chambers USA ranks us in its 2016 edition, recognizing our “standout breach response practice” and “wide-ranging compliance advice.” According to the guide, clients say we are “super responsive, cost-efficient and don’t over-staff matters, which [they] appreciate.” And they note that we are “a very good law firm and I have enjoyed working with them.” Clients tell Chambers that our team’s national leader, Ted Kobus, is “one of the best around and has a great and expanding team.” Chambers also nominated us with a select group of firms for a 2015 Chambers USA Award as “Privacy and Data Security Team of the Year” for our outstanding work, strategic growth and client service excellence.

Law360 recognized our team as one of the nation’s best practices when it selected us as one of its Practice Groups of the Year for Privacy in three consecutive years: 2013, 2014 and 2015. In addition, Law360 selected partner Craig Hoffman as one of three 2015 Privacy Rising Stars and partner David Carney as a rising star in 2015 for Privacy Litigation. Our team’s leader, Ted Kobus, was named a Law360 MVP for Privacy and Consumer Protection in 2013, and our Class Action Defense team leader, Paul Karlsgodt, was named a Law360 MVP for Privacy and Consumer Protection in 2014 and 2015.

The Legal 500 included our team as one of the top practices in cyber law and data protection and privacy, noting that “the well-regarded Theodore Kobus leads BakerHostetler’s team and is recommended for his ‘attentiveness, knowledge of the regulators and ability to provide guidance through all stages of an incident, from discovery to litigation – and everything in between.’ Craig Hoffman’s knowledge of the payment card industry is ‘incredible’ and overall the team is praised for its ability to ‘offer immediate and practical advice, including from the most senior partners on the team.’”

Select Experience

  • Premera Blue Cross, handling its incident response and regulatory and class action defense with regard to the largest incident involving medical information ever reported.
  • Schnuck Markets, Inc. as overall incident response counsel on all matters arising from its disclosure that up to 2.4 million payment cards were at risk from a cyberattack, including addressing regulatory investigations, obtaining a declaration from the Missouri Attorney General that Schnuck did not violate any data security laws, defending multiple consumer putative class actions, defending a putative class action brought on behalf of banks that issued affected payment cards, addressing card network liability assessment demands and bringing a successful suit against Schnuck’s acquiring bank and payment processor to enforce a limitation-of-liability provision in the merchant services agreement.
  • Eisenhower Medical Center, acting as lead counsel in a California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA) case arising out of thefts of computers, one of which contained index information for more than 500,000 patients, obtaining a favorable ruling from the California Court of Appeal that the patient index information is not “medical information” as defined under the CMIA, leading to a voluntary dismissal by the plaintiffs, with no payment by Eisenhower, after the California Supreme Court denied review and remanded the case to the trial court.
  • A Fortune 500 electric and natural gas utility on privacy and data security issues, including Identity Theft Red Flags Rule, Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and Fair Credit Reporting Act compliance, state data security regulations and incident response.
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Professionals

Name Title Office Email
Associate Los Angeles
Staff Attorney New York
Associate Cincinnati
Partner New York
Associate Philadelphia
Partner Orlando
Associate Houston
Partner Cleveland
Partner Los Angeles
Partner Denver
Of Counsel Washington, D.C.
Counsel Houston
Associate Cincinnati
Counsel Atlanta
Partner Philadelphia
Associate New York
Partner New York
Partner Atlanta
Partner Los Angeles
Partner Seattle
Partner Cleveland
Partner New York
Associate Philadelphia
Counsel New York
Partner Columbus
Partner Cincinnati
Partner Columbus
Associate Cincinnati
Associate Denver
Partner Cincinnati
Associate Washington, D.C.
Associate Houston
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner Denver
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner Cleveland
Partner New York
Counsel Los Angeles
Partner Los Angeles
Partner New York
Partner New York
Partner Cleveland
Partner New York
Partner Philadelphia
Associate Los Angeles
Partner New York
Partner Cincinnati
Partner Cleveland
Partner Houston
Partner New York
Associate Cleveland
Partner Cleveland
Associate Washington, D.C.
Counsel Cincinnati
Associate Denver
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner Cleveland
Partner Houston
Partner New York

Experience

  • Premera Blue Cross, handling its incident response and regulatory and class action defense with regard to the largest incident involving medical information ever reported.
  • Schnuck Markets, Inc. as overall incident response counsel on all matters arising from its disclosure that up to 2.4 million payment cards were at risk from a cyberattack, including addressing regulatory investigations, obtaining a declaration from the Missouri Attorney General that Schnuck did not violate any data security laws, defending multiple consumer putative class actions, defending a putative class action brought on behalf of banks that issued affected payment cards, addressing card network liability assessment demands and bringing a successful suit against Schnuck’s acquiring bank and payment processor to enforce a limitation-of-liability provision in the merchant services agreement.
  • Eisenhower Medical Center, acting as lead counsel in a California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA) case arising out of thefts of computers, one of which contained index information for more than 500,000 patients, obtaining a favorable ruling from the California Court of Appeal that the patient index information is not “medical information” as defined under the CMIA, leading to a voluntary dismissal by the plaintiffs, with no payment by Eisenhower, after the California Supreme Court denied review and remanded the case to the trial court.
  • A Fortune 500 electric and natural gas utility on privacy and data security issues, including Identity Theft Red Flags Rule, Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and Fair Credit Reporting Act compliance, state data security regulations and incident response.
  • A multibillion-dollar financial and commodity derivatives exchange, as global privacy and incident response counsel, including developing a coordinated incident response plan, preparing “playbooks” for different incident response team disciplines, vetting and advising on the selection of incident response service providers and working with the incident response team to investigate and resolve suspected data breaches.
  • Both cloud service providers and enterprise purchasers, including Software as Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), conducting due diligence and negotiating more than 100 cloud computing transactions.

Recognition

  • Chambers Global: Privacy & Data Protection (USA) (2014 to 2017)
  • Chambers USA: Nationwide Privacy & Data Security (2013 to 2017)
    • Chambers USA Award: “Privacy & Data Security Team of the Year” finalist (2015, 2017)
  • The Legal 500 United States (2016)
    • Media, Technology and Telecoms: Cyber law
    • Media, Technology and Telecoms: Data protection and privacy
  • Law 360: Privacy "Practice Group of the Year" (2013 to 2015)
  • BTI Client Service 30: BakerHostetler advanced 19 positions to #9 (2016)

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Data Privacy Monitor
SEC Cybersecurity Risk Alert Emphasizes Proactive Compliance and Ongoing Vigilance
By Jonathan A. Forman, Melinda L. McLellan
August 16, 2017
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FINRA Video Series Highlights Broker-Dealers’ Common Cybersecurity Deficiencies
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Data Privacy Monitor
FTC Announces Internal Process Reforms in Connection with Civil Investigative Demands
July 27, 2017
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Data Privacy Monitor
Oregon Expands Deceptive Trade Practices Act to Include Misrepresentations About PI Usage
July 26, 2017
Effective January 1, 2018, Oregon will join Pennsylvania and Nebraska in expanding its definition of deceptive trade practices to explicitly include a material misstatement regarding the use of personal information. House Bill 2090 applies...
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