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@UofSCLaw Legal IT Seminar:
“Breach Response: Be Prepared or Face the Consequences”

26 October 2017 @ 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

OCT. 26, 2017 | SPEAKER: Karen Randall, founder and chair of the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy practice, co-chair of the Professional Liability practice, and a senior trial counsel at Connell Foley

One can hardly turn on the news these days without hearing about the latest victim of a cyber-attack. The legal profession is not immune from the threat of a costly cyber breach. Cybersecurity is one of the biggest risks that law firms face today. Law firms are attractive targets because they hold valuable client information such as PII, PHI, and proprietary information including corporate mergers, patent and trade secrets, litigation strategy, and more. In fact, corporate clients are now conditioning retention on the strength of a firm’s data security plan and protection tools. The 2016 ABA Legal Technology Survey Reported that 30.7% of all law firms and 62.8% of firms over 500 lawyers had clients requesting details of its security protocols. The FBI repeatedly has issued warnings and held meetings with nearly all of the largest law firms in the United States about the risk of a data breach and theft of confidential and proprietary client information by countries such as China, Russia, North Korea and many others. Despite these warnings we continue to see some of the largest law firms in the United States get tangled up in major cybersecurity breaches. Whether or not you are prepared to manage a security breach will determine the final outcome. Thus, this program will focus on the importance of being prepared to respond to a data breach quickly to mitigate legal, ethical, regulatory and reputational loss.

The program starts at 8 am, but come early for coffee, breakfast, and a chance to network.


Speaker Bio:

Karen Randall is founder and chair of the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy practice, co-chair of the Professional Liability practice and a senior trial counsel at Connell Foley. She represents clients in complex litigation and regulatory compliance and defense matters involving cybersecurity, data protection and privacy, social media and professional liability. Karen also has substantial experience with employment law, business litigation and insurance law. Her counsel and advocacy in federal and state courts for professionals and businesses spans a broad range of industries, including legal, health care, financial, retail and design.

Karen has an extensive background developing proactive plans to reduce cyber-attack risks and conducting risk/security assessments for lawyers and law firms, health care professionals and institutions, financial entities and professionals, and retailers. She helps companies implement data security and information governance policies and procedures, security awareness training for employees, and incidence preparation and response. In addition, Karen offers strategic solutions related to post-breach matters, including statutory notification requirements, class action litigation, regulatory enforcement actions, forensics and crisis management.

Karen also maintains a strong professional liability practice, working closely with law firms, health care and assisted living institutions, architects and engineers, directors and officers and accountants. In her complex litigation work, she handles premises liability matters for major retailers and substance abuse treatment centers as well as amusement parks, concert venues and bowling centers. She defends these entities against diverse claims, including significant sexual molestation and elder abuse matters.

Often tapped for key state and national leadership positions in both cybersecurity and professional liability, Karen received ABA presidential appointments to serve on the Cybersecurity Task Force and the Standing Committee on Lawyer’s Professional Liability. She was nominated to the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, and is founder and co-chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Cyber Security Task Force. Karen was also appointed by New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner to serve on the state Board on Civil Trial Certification. Among other roles, she serves as vice chair of the Cyber Security and Data Privacy Group of USLAW Network Inc.; regional chair of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (including as a Member of the Cyber Liability and Cyber Summit Committees); and mentor for the National Association of Women Lawyers. Her accolades include listings for New Jersey’s Women Leaders in Law, Complex Litigation; National Finalist, CLM Litigation Management Professional of the Year; NJBIZ’s Best 50 Women in Business; and Prominent Woman Among Women.

Karen speaks and writes frequently on data security and privacy, business litigation, professional liability, director and officer issues, and social media use and ethics ranging from risk management to insurance defense and coverage. Prior to joining Connell Foley, she served as a legal clerk to Governor Richard W. Riley of South Carolina.


26 October 2017
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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