McDonald Hopkins welcomes two distinguished attorneys to its national Data Privacy and Cybersecurity group

McDonald Hopkins is proud to welcome two distinguished attorneys to its national Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group. Attorneys David Lane and Jennifer Torrez bring a wealth of knowledge in their respective practice areas and add to the overall strength of our dynamic Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Group. David and Jennifer both expressed excitement in joining McDonald Hopkins, their destination firm for growing their skillsets and networks.

“I was drawn to the strength and breadth of McDonald Hopkins’ Data Privacy and Cybersecurity practice.  McDonald Hopkins has a strong team of specialized attorneys who possess a deep knowledge of all aspects of this growing area. I was also drawn to the collegial atmosphere of the firm and the collaborative approach to handling data privacy matters,” David said.

Jennifer echoed his sentiment.

“I had the opportunity to witness McDonald Hopkins attorneys in action and have been consistently impressed by the quality of advocacy. I was drawn to the caliber of the firm’s attorneys and the practice’s reputation for thought leadership in this field,” she said.

David joins as member in our Detroit office. He is accredited by the International Association of Privacy Professionals as a Certified Information Privacy Professional for the United States Private Sector, the gold standard certification for information privacy professionals. His vast experience stems from his impressive work helping clients through nearly every stage of a data breach. He has advised and coached businesses, assisted forensic investigators, and offered incident response plans that are compliant with the numerous state, federal, international and industry-specific privacy laws and breach notification laws. David also specializes in privacy litigation, regulatory defense and wire fraud matters.

He is known for providing valuable legal advice that takes into account the client’s unique set of circumstances, including the client’s industry, size, experience and knowledge of the legal landscape. He approaches each matter with the goal of providing clear advice and high-level work product in order to bring each matter to a positive resolution.

Jennifer joins as Counsel in the firm’s Chicago office. Her practice runs the gamut of data privacy and cybersecurity matters, including compliance, incident response, and litigation. She is also accredited by the International Association of Privacy Professionals as a Certified Information Privacy Professional for the United States. In approaching data privacy and cybersecurity matters, Jennifer draws upon her significant litigation experience and advises clients with an eye toward the future, aiming to minimize exposure.

In her litigation practice, Jennifer defends clients in both single-plaintiff and complex class action cases with a specific focus on privacy litigation.  She has litigated data breach cases, as well as cases filed pursuant to various state and federal privacy laws.  In addition, Jennifer has first-chair trial experience in both state and federal court, as well as experience in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration. She also has significant experience guiding clients in various industries through data security incidents and advising on compliance with state, federal, and international laws. Jennifer works with law enforcement, forensic investigators, and notification vendors to promptly address incidents as they arise and facilitates communication with state and federal regulatory agencies. She routinely advises clients on compliance with the ever-evolving privacy protection laws, drafting policies and consistently reviewing existing policies for compliance.

She approaches complex legal matters with business-focused solutions to ensure issues are handled thoroughly and efficiently, approaching clients as partners with a shared goal of prompt resolution.

Dominic Paluzzi, co-chair of the firm’s Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group said he is thrilled to add David and Jennifer to the growing team of more than 45 attorneys.

“We are so excited to welcome David and Jennifer to our group. Their level of knowledge and willingness to contribute to our collective team is exactly why McDonald Hopkins is so special. We attract great attorneys and people. We can’t wait to see the two of them continue to grow their careers and find success for their clients,” said Dominic.

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