William H. Berglund

Counsel

Cleveland
T +1.216.861.7416
F +1.216.696.0740

Overview

Bill Berglund counsels clients in various industries regarding privacy and data security issues, including breach and incident response planning and investigations, risk assessment and management activities, engaging and overseeing technology and forensics experts, and compliance with federal and state law compliance. He has worked closely with clients in healthcare IT, manufacturing, financial services and general middle market companies, demonstrating considerable knowledge and application of privacy and data protection laws and practices.

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  • Assists clients in financial services, manufacturing, marketing, and other industries with privacy and cybersecurity compliance and risk management strategies, including drafting data processing agreements and managing third-party vendor risk.
  • Represent and defend hospitals, health care practices, and business associates in HHS Office for Civil Rights data breach and HIPAA compliance investigations, privacy breach cases, and medical / billing records class actions.
  • Manage incident response matters for HIPAA-regulated entities and manufacturing companies, including engaging and overseeing IT/technology and forensics experts.
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Experience

  • Assists clients in financial services, manufacturing, marketing, and other industries with privacy and cybersecurity compliance and risk management strategies, including drafting data processing agreements and managing third-party vendor risk.
  • Represent and defend hospitals, health care practices, and business associates in HHS Office for Civil Rights data breach and HIPAA compliance investigations, privacy breach cases, and medical / billing records class actions.
  • Manage incident response matters for HIPAA-regulated entities and manufacturing companies, including engaging and overseeing IT/technology and forensics experts.
  • Represents healthcare practices in OCR data breach and HIPAA compliance investigations, including breach factual investigations and risk assessments and oversee communications and responses with government investigators.
  • Represented covered entities and their business associates in medical privacy and data breach litigation; developed legal strategy and conducted discovery and motion practice in Ohio state court resulting in summary judgment on grounds that disclosure of medical records complied with federal and state laws and regulations.
  • Led legal strategy specializing in medical device product liability and class action litigation for Fortune 500 companies involving multi-million dollar cases, including effective and efficient retention and management of counsel across the country while serving in various national counsel roles.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Certified Information Privacy Professional/US (CIPP/US)

Memberships

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Health Care Compliance Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Health Information and Technology Practice Group
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cybersecurity, Data Privacy & Emerging Technologies Section: Co-Chair
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals

Community

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association 3Rs: Rights, Responsibilities, and Realities Volunteer: John Hay High School (2007 to 2016)
  • Open Doors Academy, Board of Directors: Vice President and Governance Committee Chair (2012 to 2018)

Prior Positions

  • The Honorable Carl J. Barbier, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana: Law Clerk (2002-2003)
  • The Honorable James L. Dennis, U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals: Summer Law Clerk (2000)

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • Ohio
  • Louisiana

Education

  • J.D., Tulane University Law School, 2002, magna cum laude; Tulane Law Review, Honoree and Articles Editor; Order of the Coif
  • B.A., Syracuse University, 1996