Morris James Launches Data Privacy and Information Governance Group
Morris James LLP has formed a Data Privacy and Information Governance Group.
The Data Privacy and Information Governance Group is an interdisciplinary team of corporate and fiduciary duty attorneys, attorneys well-versed in electronic data storage and discovery, attorneys with bankruptcy and insurance-related backgrounds, and non-attorney IT staff knowledgeable about trends in data security and technology. Together, the group advises boards of directors and officers in assessing and managing risk and defending claims for alleged breach of fiduciary duty arising from data breaches.
“Our new group combines extensive knowledge and experience in various aspects of law with current data privacy issues which businesses and corporate officers and directors face today,” said David H. Williams, Managing Partner.
The group will offer the following services:
- Counseling companies’ directors and officers, or special committees, on complying with fiduciary duties and making informed decisions to prevent and/or respond to data breaches;
- Advising clients on document retention and litigation readiness with an eye toward reducing potential costs of eDiscovery;
- Helping businesses evaluate and understand their obligations to protect personally identifiable information (PII) and their reporting obligations if the business suffers a data breach; and
- Helping evaluate and develop website privacy/terms-of-use policies so that customers and clients understand what information a business might be gathering, how such information is being used, how such information might be disseminated, and how the information is being protected.
The group includes Lewis H. Lazarus, a corporate and commercial litigator with over 25 years of experience; Carl N. Kunz, III, a bankruptcy and creditors' rights attorney with over 20 years of experience and a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP); Thomas E. Hanson, Jr., a corporate and commercial litigator with over 15 years of experience; Kenneth L. Dorsney, a registered patent and intellectual property attorney with over 15 years of experience; Ian D. McCauley, a business litigation attorney and the firm’s eDiscovery coordinator; and Laura G. Readinger, a business litigation attorney focused on eDiscovery. Partners Carl N. Kunz, III and Thomas E. Hanson, Jr. are co-chairs of the new group.