BakerHostetler's National Privacy and Data Protection Team Named a Practice Group of the Year

Press Releases / January 14, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Jan. 14, 2019 — BakerHostetler is pleased to announce that the firm’s national privacy and data protection team has been recognized as a Law360 2018 “Practice Group of the Year” in the Cybersecurity & Privacy category. The accolade honors practices for noteworthy work performed and key accomplishments over the past year.

Helmed by partner Theodore J. Kobus III, a trusted advisor to businesses, government agencies and other organizations as well as a leading authority in the privacy, data security and cybersecurity space, the elite team of attorneys is consistently selected by general counsel worldwide to address their most critical issues. Providing a full range of practical, strategic advice across a myriad of industries in key cities with global reach, the team’s comprehensive experience includes working on nearly 25 percent of all data breaches reported in the last year.

Beyond breaches and high-stakes class action litigation, the team handles cutting-edge work including how biometric data is handled, the new California Consumer Protection Act and the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation. With the addition of nearly 20 attorneys in 2018, the team has garnered a reputation as one of the most robust, full-service privacy and data protection teams in the legal industry. Many attorneys on the team are regularly sought after for commentary as thought leaders on the constantly shifting issues and regulations affecting this area of the law.

Included among the team’s wide-ranging matters successfully handled in 2018 were defending a supermarket chain against RICO claims, Illinois Consumer Fraud Act and common law claims brought by banks issuing payment cards affected in a data breach and affirming the dismissal after the plaintiffs appealed; defending Southwest Airlines in one of the few Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) lawsuits successfully removed to federal court and dismissed on substantive grounds alleging BIPA violations claims; representing the University of California in an investigation brought by the U.S. Department of Education; attaining the dismissal of claims against Sharp Healthcare in a case alleging violations of the Confidentiality of Medical Information Act; and obtaining a favorable outcome for Partners HealthCare in negotiations with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Office for Civil Rights.

“As we continue to see an increasing need for thoughtful, tailored and thorough counsel on cybersecurity and privacy-related issues, our team has consistently risen to the challenge, from managing crises to providing business-driven practical solutions,” said Kobus. “I’m honored that we’ve been recognized again for our commitment to our clients and for the team’s uniquely broad experience and agility, which has allowed us to adapt to the demands of this rapidly evolving practice.”

For the 2018 list of winners, Law360 reviewed nearly 760 submissions and selected 185 groups across 38 practice areas. The firm was also named to the exclusive Practice Group of the Year list in the Privacy category in 2015, 2014 and 2013.

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About BakerHostetler

Recognized as one of the top firms for client service, BakerHostetler is a leading national law firm that helps clients around the world to address their most complex and critical business and regulatory issues. With five core national practice groups – Business, Employment, Intellectual Property, Litigation and Tax – the firm has more than 960 lawyers located in 14 offices coast to coast. BakerHostetler is widely regarded as having one of the country’s top 10 tax practices, a nationally recognized litigation practice, an award-winning data privacy practice and an industry-leading business practice. The firm is also recognized internationally for its groundbreaking work recovering more than $13 billion in the Madoff Recovery Initiative, representing the SIPA Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC. Visit bakerlaw.com.

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Ivette Delgado, 202.861.1766 (idelgado@bakerlaw.com) or Jacob Fischler, 202.861.1647 (jfischler@bakerlaw.com)

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