Colin is a member in the firm’s national Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group. He is certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals as a Certified Information Professional for the United States, which is considered the gold standard for information privacy professionals. 

He advises clients on best practices to prevent and respond to cybersecurity concerns, including leading data breach incident response efforts in combination with forensic technical vendors and company decision-makers, provides counsel on post-breach notice obligations in accordance with state data breach notice statutes or specific contractual obligations, drafts and coordinates the delivery of required notice throughout the United States and advises on post-breach remedial measures.

Prior to joining McDonald Hopkins, Colin was the co-founder and co-leader of the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Service at Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C.

Colin also represents large and small businesses across many industries in claims alleging breach of contract, tort, product liability, legal and accounting malpractice and securities violations.

He earned his J.D. from Wayne State University Law School in 2007. Colin received a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Michigan in 2004.

Honors & Recognition

Selected for inclusion in Michigan Rising Stars (2013-2017)

Leadership Oakland, LOXXI Graduating Class



Wayne State University Law School

University of Michigan

Admissions – Court

Admissions – State

Professional & Civic

Professional Activities

International Association of Privacy Professionals 

State Bar of Michigan

Community Involvement

Old Newsboys’ Goodfellows Fund of Detroit, Board of Directors

News & Insights

External News & Publications

Quoted, " Governments Byte Back on Cyberattacks," Corp! Magazine (November/December 2019)

Quoted, “Deadline looms for broad new EU data privacy rules,” Crain’s Detroit Business (February 18, 2018)

Quoted, “Online protection vital for today’s law firms,” Detroit Legal News (June 2, 2017)

“Law firms are setting up cyber specialties as attacks grow,” Michigan Lawyers Weekly (May 22, 2017)


Speaking Engagements

Speaker, "Trends in Workplace Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Threats," 47th Annual Labor & Employment Law Institute, April 20, 2022

Panelist, "The Most Common Mistakes When Responding To A Cyber Attack," CyberClan, October 14, 2021

Panelist, "Incident and Breach Management 101: What Your Organisation Needs to Know Now," Lexology, June 17, 2021

Speaker, "Technology for Solo or Small Firm Practitioners," Oakland County Bar Association, May 21, 2021

Speaker, "The Lifecycle of Ransomware," InfraGard Quarterly Meeting, February 4, 2021

Speaker, "Data Privacy and Cybersecurity for your Practice and Personal Life: Protecting your Most Valuable Assets," Strategic Wealth Consulting Group, Inc., Troy, Michigan, February 5, 2020

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Panelist, "Harnessing the Blockchain for Tax...Practical Business Strategies to Incorporate Technology and How Fully Implemented Blockchain Technology Will Transform Business Tax Departments," 29th Annual Ohio Business Tax Conference, January, 29, 2020

Panelist, “A Look at the Land: Regional FBI Cyber Threat Briefing," Cleveland, Ohio, November 21, 2019

"Be Ready for the Billion Dollar Scam," ePlace Solutions Webinar, October 29, 2019

Panelist, "Cybersecurity," WWJ Newsradio 950’s Leaders & Innovators Series, October 17, 2019

Speaker, “Data Privacy and Cybersecurity for Municipalities,” Bay City, Michigan, October 26, 2018

Panelist, "Cybersecurity Symposium," Travelers Institute, Oak Brook, Illinois, October 24, 2018

Speaker, “Creating the Best Incident Response Plan with McDonald Hopkins," Webinar, September 19, 2018

Panelist, “Protecting the fleet… and the car business: Today’s cyber-physical threats disrupts automotive operating models,” KPMG’s 13th Annual Automotive Executive Forum, Cobo Center, Detroit, January 17, 2018

“Cybersecurity for the Energy Sector,” Findlay, Ohio, November 30, 2017

"An Update on Cybersecurity in the Financial Industry," Birmingham, Michigan, October 12, 2017

“Why and How You Must Secure Your Business from a Cyber Attack,” Small Business Legal Academy, Masonic Temple, Detroit, May 22, 2017

“Cybersecurity for the Energy Sector,” Jackson, Michigan, April 26, 2017

“Cybersecurity Concerns for Mid-Marketing Lending,” Detroit, April 19, 2017

Panelist, “The Law of Data and Cybersecurity,” Wayne State University Law School, November 20, 2016

"Cybersecurity Issues for In-House Counsel," Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, October 27, 2016

"Cybersecurity Issues Facing the Financial Industry," Birmingham, Michigan, October 20, 2016

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