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Privacy & Data Security: Healthcare — USA - Nationwide


Baker & Hostetler LLP - Privacy & Data Security Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Noted for its strength in litigation and defending regulatory investigations, and sought after for its wide-ranging compliance advice. Maintains a strong reputation for its standout breach response practice. Represents clients in hospitality, financial services, retail, IT and healthcare. Held in high regard for its payment card security expertise. Handles matters relating to emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence and blockchain.

Strengths An interviewee explains that "the team's strengths are responsiveness and the quality of their work product. They have a deep bench of expertise in incident-response globally. They have handled hundreds of breaches globally across sectors like healthcare, retail and financial services."

Work highlights Assisted on the payment card aspects of Equifax's breach affecting 143 million US clients.

Advised Hyatt Hotels on a payment card security incident that implicated more than 300 properties globally.

Notable practitioners

Theodore Kobus "is absolutely fantastic" according to a source, who adds that "he is a premier expert in privacy and data security, and always ultra responsive to the needs of our organization." He leads Baker & Hostetler's privacy and data protection team, and a peer highlights that "he is just a tremendous success story in this area. He has handled so many incidents that he has a tremendous breadth of knowledge and experience."

A "go-to lawyer for health privacy," Lynn Sessions wins praise for her expertise in HIPAA investigations and breach responses, and her knowledge of regulatory procedures. A source remarks: "She knows the field well. She is smart, reasonable and great to work with. She has a depth of knowledge on health privacy that is hard to find."

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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP - Privacy & Data Security Department

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What the team is known for Well regarded for prowess in privacy and data security relating to healthcare. Skilled on a range of issues such as breach response, the protection of health information and HIPAA compliance. Clients include traditional healthcare providers, as well as technology and corporate businesses.

Notable practitioners Adam Greene is a key contact.

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Hogan Lovells US LLP - Privacy & Data Security Department

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What the team is known for Remains one of the country's preeminent privacy and data security practices. A highly talented roster of attorneys advising clients on major data breaches and complex policy matters across a multitude of industries, including retail, automotive and media. Particular expertise in healthcare privacy issues such as HIPAA compliance, wearable technology and medical data cyberattacks. Additionally capable in a regulatory capacity, especially relating to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), working in conjunction with the firm's European offices.

Strengths One satisfied source reports that "I have benefited from their international footprint and they are able to provide jurisdiction-specific advice to foreign clients. The strength of the team is its comprehensive coverage. I know that I can reach out and the firm will have someone who can answer the question. Hogan Lovells sets itself apart by consistently going beyond, providing a focused, practical business application of the legal analysis."

"Hogan Lovells has developed an impressive team with a physical presence and relationships in multiple jurisdictions, with personnel that have worked in government as well as in-house." states an interviewee.

Work highlights Lead negotiators for 21st Century Fox's global vendor agreements, devising plans to safeguard data when in the possession of third-party vendors and implementing those protections in contracts.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Wolf is "very well known in the industry," says a source, mentioning him as "one of the founders" in this space. A respected veteran of data security, he continues to provide direction on regulatory matters and public policy developments. Peers describe him as "very knowledgeable and a thought leader."

An "excellent healthcare lawyer," Marcy Wilder is known to interviewees as "one of the best" in privacy, cybersecurity and data breaches, with specific emphasis on the health sector. Clients value that she is "very knowledgeable," adding that "she responds quickly with high-quality advice and is approachable."

"Top-notch cyber lawyer" Harriet Pearson "is really one of the best-known in the country," affirms a peer. Head of the firm's cybersecurity practice, her expertise encompasses defensive planning and reactive responses to data breaches, as well as guidance on GDPR compliance.

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McDermott Will & Emery LLP - Privacy & Data Security Department

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What the team is known for Continues to display impressive strength in the healthcare sector. Renowned for its excellent HIPAA practice, with a strong US base and key locations nationally to provide an expansive service. Also advises clients on privacy-related matters concerning M&A and other transactions. Additional expertise in cyber crises, e-commerce and internal investigations. Called in to handle breaches and ransomware attacks affecting healthcare companies.

Strengths According to a satisfied interviewee, the team "has excellent client service; they are very responsive and even keeled in the face of time pressure."

"We owe a good bit of our success to them," says a client: "They are trusted counselors, not just lawyers. They bring a lot of value and practical guidance to us, which is greatly appreciated ."

Work highlights Represented Pacific Alliance Medical Center, a Los Angeles-based hospital and healthcare provider, in response to a ransomware incident.

Advised Modernizing Medicine on data security issues as part of an ongoing relationship.

Notable practitioners Daniel Gottlieb is a co-head of department and a key contact.

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Ropes & Gray LLP - Privacy & Data Security Department

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What the team is known for Continues to be a powerhouse in privacy litigation and breach response work. Challenges major FTC decisions, defends indemnification claims and is well known for its fine track record in dealing with privacy violations linked to the payments industry. Recognized for its strength in matters pertaining to the healthcare sector. Notable for increased presence in advisory work, including GDPR compliance.

Strengths An admiring client states that "they are outstanding; available when needed, respond to all inquiries in a timely manner and provide the information necessary to make an informed and sound decision based on their legal advice. Given their expertise in this field, they provide immense value for money. They have been very helpful."

Another interviewee says that the firm's privacy attorneys "truly live up to the stellar reputation of the firm as a whole. The level of professionalism coupled with deep expertise distinguishes this team from the rest."

Work highlights Representing medical laboratory LabMD in its petition to the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit for review of an FTC decision that held LabMD liable for allegedly having “unfair” data security practices in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act.

Serves as lead counsel to Arby's Restaurant Group, defending against all third-party claims arising from a recent payment card breach.

Notable practitioners

Douglas Meal is praised for his hard-nosed approach to handling disputes, with one source describing him as "a wrecking ball litigator. He fights trench warfare in the payment card industry and is excellent at that," remarks an industry insider. He also handles government enforcement matters and incident response.

Heather Egan Sussman is cochair of Ropes & Gray's privacy and cybersecurity group, and "a very good lawyer and good counselor," according to interviewees. An additional source comments: "Heather is an extremely learned and skilled attorney who has a robust privacy experience. Notably, she is generous with her time and endeavors greatly to educate her clients and understand a given client’s risk profile."

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Ropes & Gray’s privacy & cybersecurity practice has long been ranked as a leader by Chambers USA, Chambers Global and The Legal 500, and has been named a “Privacy & Consumer Protection Group of the Year” by Law360 four times. From managing complex global privacy and data protection advisory matters, to responding effectively to litigation and regulatory investigations stemming from security incidents and alleged privacy violations, Ropes & Gray is a leader in helping clients navigate the increasingly complex legal landscape surrounding privacy and cybersecurity.

To learn more about our practice, please visit: https://www.ropesgray.com/practices/Privacy-and-Cybersecurity.aspx

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Wiley Rein LLP - Privacy & Data Security Department

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What the team is known for Acknowledged for its impressive work in healthcare privacy matters and considered highly adept at handling data breaches. Serves hospitals, pharmacies, insurers, advertisers and accountancy firms within the healthcare space. Experts in tax privacy, international and EU data transfer matters, as well as electronic surveillance and law enforcement. Frequently called on for advice on regulatory compliance issues, including HIPAA.

Strengths Sources enthuse that "Wiley’s efficiency and practical approach in providing advice make them among the first we tap to assist us with new issues."

Notable practitioners

Interviewees say that Kirk Nahra "is a national expert" in insurance matters related to HIPAA and data privacy matters. Sources appreciate that "he approaches privacy issues from a very practical, pragmatic standpoint. He is extremely intelligent and really knows this area."

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The firm provides clients with an in-depth understanding of the current and potential rules and risks associated with privacy, data security, and cybersecurity principles, along with a broad range of compliance and strategic advice. The firm’s attorneys offer legal solutions that harmonize client needs with policy, best practices, and emerging information access restrictions across a wide range of privacy and security laws. The group provides guidance to businesses ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to small startups, to ensure compliance with data security rules, prevent breaches, and effectively respond if a data breach occurs. The firm has deep experience in the health care, communications, government contracts, insurance, and financial services sectors.

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