Irell Launches Cyber Liability and Privacy Practice

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February 2015

Irell & Manella LLP is pleased to announce the formation of its Cyber Liability and Privacy Practice, a cross-disciplinary group dedicated to assessing, investigating and litigating matters arising from information security and data breach incidents.

"There is a wave of international cyber terrorism and identity theft sweeping our nation and businesses need to prepare themselves for the inevitable exposure to this risk,” stated Marc Maister, a member of the Cyber Liability and Privacy Practice group. "Our goal is to help companies proactively plan for potential cyber threats in addition to providing representation across disciplines to protect and defend companies confronting legal issues following an attack. We are uniquely suited to help clients manage risk and protect their interests when facing the rapidly increasing cyber liabilities that could put their businesses and reputations on the line."

The multi-disciplinary group consists of lawyers from the firm's insurance, class action, securities, intellectual property, white collar and corporate governance practice groups. Unique among law firms, the team is built around three pillars, which include Marc Maister, a leading insurance expert who has obtained hundreds of millions in policy benefits for his clients; Andra B. Greene, head of Irell's class action defense practice with a strong track record of defeating class claims; as well as a seasoned group of computer science IP litigators with vast technical experience in matters involving networks, software and security.

The group's primary objective is to help clients proactively prepare for their specific cyber exposure, often in concert with security experts. The group's cross-practice approach can provide an in-depth assessment to help reduce risk and position and prepare clients should a breach occur. Actions include reviewing insurance policies to analyze coverage and recommending policies to help protect electronic data and trade secrets.

If a breach occurs, the group is well-equipped to guide clients on how to deal with insurers, the media and federal and state regulators. The firm's extensive class action experience provides groundwork to mitigate loss, prepare for potential shareholder and consumer class action suits and if necessary defend against them.