Two BakerHostetler Privacy and Data Protection Attorneys Named to Cybersecurity Docket's Inaugural "Incident Response 30"

News / April 8, 2016

Ted Kobus and Craig Hoffman named to “best and brightest” list

BakerHostetler Partners Ted Kobus and Craig Hoffman have been named to the inaugural “Incident Response 30” by the news service Cybersecurity Docket. Cybersecurity Docket says the list honors the 30 “best and brightest” legal and compliance professionals in the industry “who not only have the right stuff to manage a data breach response, but are also the kind of professionals critical to have on speed-dial when the inevitable data breach occurs.” The winners represent attorneys who are “key players” and have worked on “the most significant data breach responses worldwide.” They were chosen from nominations made by attorneys and other cybersecurity professionals. The awards were announced March 31 at the Incident Response Forum in Washington, D.C.


As the leader of the firm’s award-winning Privacy and Data Protection team, Kobus has led more than 1,000 data breach responses, and spearheaded the launch of BakerHostetler’s innovative Data Breach Hotline to give organizations immediate access to the firm’s team. He focuses his practice in the areas of privacy, data security, and intellectual property, advising clients, trade groups, and organizations on data security and privacy risks, including compliance, developing breach response strategies, defense of regulatory actions, and defense of class action litigation.

Ranked in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Kobus was one of only three attorneys nationwide named an MVP by Law360 for Privacy in Consumer Protection in 2013. He regularly speaks at major industry events regarding data breach response, risk management, and litigation issues affecting privacy, including being the only private attorney to speak at the National Association of Attorneys General on data security issues.


Hoffman is a leading member of the firm’s Chambers-ranked Privacy and Data Protection team, and he has guided clients through hundreds of security incidents and any resulting litigation, regulatory actions, and card network assessments. He also provides proactive counsel on issues that arise from data collection and use, data analytics, technology services, emerging payments, cross-border transfers, and security incident response preparedness.

In addition to this recognition, Hoffman was named a Law360 "Rising Star" in Privacy in 2015, and was honored as a 2016 BTI Client Service All-Star. He serves as the editor of BakerHostetler's Data Privacy Monitor blog, which provides commentary on developments in data privacy, security, social media, and behavioral advertising.

Privacy and Data Protection Team

Over the past year, BakerHostetler’s award-winning, 40-member Privacy and Data Protection team counseled some of the nation’s largest companies in retail, healthcare, financial services, consumer brands, technology, and government municipalities through incident preparedness and high-profile response services, privacy compliance counseling, and litigation and regulatory defense. As one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive practices, the team issued the second annual 2016 BakerHostetler Data Security Incident Response Report, which includes insights generated from the review of more than 300 incidents the team advised on in 2015.

The full 2016 BakerHostetler Data Security Incident Response Report can be found here.

The Privacy and Data Protection team will host a webinar on these findings on April 20 at noon ET.

The team is ranked for “longstanding expertise in major data breaches” and “significant regulatory practice” in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA, and is also ranked in Chambers Global — USA, Privacy & Data Security. For three years in a row, the team has been recognized by Law360 as one of the nation’s top practices for its comprehensive legal counsel in incident response, regulatory defense, litigation, and proactive compliance counseling. Additionally, Class Action Defense team leader Paul Karlsgodt was named a Law360 Privacy MVP in 2014 and 2015.

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