McDonald Hopkins Named a Finalist for Advisen’s 2015 Cyber Risk Awards



CLEVELAND, Ohio (April 29, 2015) – McDonald Hopkins LLC has been nominated by Advisen readers as a finalist for their 2015 Cyber Risk Awards in the category of Cyber Risk Pre-Breach Team of the Year. The firm’s national data privacy and cybersecurity team, comprised of 20 attorneys, is led by James J. Giszczak. Voting is now open through May 28, 2015. You can request your ballot via email to The winners will be announced on June 17, 2015, at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.

The Advisen Cyber Risk Awards are selected by “People’s Choice” and leverage Advisen’s vast contact database of over 40,000 Property and Casualty professionals who focus on cyber risk. The category of Cyber Risk Pre-Breach Team of the Year will honor a team or corporation that has shown excellence in preparing companies to respond to an event pre-breach. This year will mark the 2nd annual Cyber Risk Awards.

“The increasing cost of a data breach can be devastating to an organization,” said Giszczak. “Moreover, the public relations damage is incalculable. Unfortunately for most organizations, it is not a matter of if the company will become a victim of a data breach, but when.”

McDonald Hopkins conducts breach response workshops for clients on a global basis. The interactive workshops, led by Giszczak and Dominic A. Paluzzi, are designed for the individuals who are in the front line of data breach risk management. The breach response workshops help organizations to be better prepared to respond to a data privacy incident and safeguard their assets.

More information on the 2015 Cyber Risk Awards can be found on Advisen’s website.

About the National Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice at McDonald Hopkins
McDonald Hopkins  national Data Privacy and Cybersecurity team has a wealth of experience advising clients on best practices for data privacy, security, storage, and disposal. We specialize in breach coaching clients through the myriad of rapidly changing state, federal, international, and industry privacy and breach notification laws, including drafting and implementing proactive measures and employee training. Our skilled attorneys also provide client support during investigations by state and federal regulators. We have significant expertise in litigation prosecution (indemnification) and litigation defense (single plaintiff and class action).The national Data Privacy and Cybersecurity team at McDonald Hopkins has counseled clients in nearly every industry through hundreds of privacy incidents. When a data breach occurs, it’s fast moving and there’s no time to spare. We are here to advise your organization and advocate for your business. We don’t just practice data privacy law. We live data privacy law 24/7. If you suspect that your organization has suffered a data breach or privacy incident, call our 24/7 Hotline at 855-MH-DATA1 (855-643-2821).

About McDonald Hopkins
Founded in 1930, McDonald Hopkins’ mission is to provide insightful legal solutions and business counseling that help our clients strategically plan for an increasingly competitive future. McDonald Hopkins is a business advisory and advocacy law firm with locations in Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Miami, and West Palm Beach. Our subsidiary, McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies LLC, is based in Washington, D.C. and led by former Congressman Steven LaTourette. McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies is not a law firm and does not provide legal services. For more information about McDonald Hopkins, visit


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