Privacy and Data Protection Team Named Finalist for "Team of the Year" Award

Firm Is One of Seven in the United States Shortlisted by Chambers and Partners

Press Releases / March 27, 2015

CLEVELAND, March 27, 2015 — BakerHostetler is proud to announce that the firm’s Privacy and Data Protection team has been shortlisted by Chambers and Partners for a Chambers USA Award as “Privacy & Data Security Team of the Year” for its outstanding work, strategic growth, and client service excellence over the past year. The group is one of only seven privacy and data security teams in the United States to be nominated. Nomination to the list is determined by research and interviews conducted by 150 full-time editors and researchers at Chambers and Partners throughout the year. The “Team of the Year” honor will be announced during the Chambers USA Awards 2015 ceremony on May 19 at Cipriani in New York City.

BakerHostetler’s Privacy and Data Protection team is an award-winning cross-disciplinary practice led by Partners Ted Kobus and Jerry Ferguson and consisting of more than 40 attorneys who counsel clients nationally and internationally. The team has helped organizations respond to more than 750 privacy incidents, and that experience has created a high demand for proactive compliance counseling. Ranked with “considerable praise” in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA and identified by Chambers as being “Recommended for Client Service” and “Recommended for Commercial Awareness,” the team is also ranked in Chambers Global – USA, Privacy & Data Security. Law360 also recognized the team as one of the nation’s best practices, selecting the team as a “Practice Group of the Year” in 2013 and 2014. Law360 previously named Kobus and Class Action Defense team leader Paul Karlsgodt as Law360 MVPs for Privacy & Consumer Protection. The firm has experienced exponential growth in 2014 and 2015 with the addition of high-profile laterals, including Randy Gainer in Seattle; Tanya Forsheit, Scott Koller, and Alan Friel in Los Angeles; Eric Packel in Philadelphia; Melinda McLellan in New York; and Will Daugherty in Houston.

“We are honored to be considered for this prestigious award,” said Kobus. “This has been a pivotal time for the team due to the prominent privacy and security matters we’ve handled, recognitions we’ve earned, and the addition of high-profile laterals to the firm. We couldn’t be more pleased to have our accomplishments recognized by an international legal rankings firm.”

“This recognition is an endorsement of the superior work the team is providing to our clients,” said Ferguson. “The diversity of skills we can deploy in response to clients’ needs is one of our strengths. We are always evolving as the data privacy landscape changes. It’s gratifying to have Chambers and our clients affirm those capabilities.”

BakerHostetler’s Privacy and Data Protection team experienced successes in two separate breach class actions on behalf of healthcare clients Advocate Health & Hospitals Corp. and Eisenhower Medical Center that helped change the way regulators view healthcare privacy. The team successfully defended Advocate Medical Group against unique issues rarely before applied to healthcare, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and overpayment theories. The team won the first of four substantive rulings in the case involving the theft of computers containing information on approximately four million patients. In a California court decision, the team successfully defended Eisenhower Medical Center against the definition of “medical information” and breach notification and reporting processes under California’s Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA). This ruling spared Eisenhower from $500 million in potential damages. This matter helped establish transformational reporting boundaries on data breach notification laws set by the CMIA and Customer Records Act (CRA) for all healthcare agencies licensed by the California Department of Public Health.

BakerHostetler is currently serving as lead counsel for Premera in its recently disclosed data security incident and is advising employers with regard to the Anthem data breach. The firm also has served as lead defense counsel for Community Health Systems, Schnucks Markets, LivingSocial, Inc., Sentara Healthcare, and Vistaprint.


About BakerHostetler
One of the nation’s leading law firms, BakerHostetler 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 900 lawyers located in 14 offices coast to coast. BakerHostetler is recognized for its role as court-appointed counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee in the recovery of billions of dollars in principal lost in the Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Bernard L. Madoff. Additionally, BakerHostetler is widely regarded as having one of the country’s top 10 tax practices, a nationally recognized litigation practice, data privacy practice, and an industry-leading middle market business practice. For more information, visit


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