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Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Technology

The lawyers in our Cybersecurity, Privacy & Technology Practice Group counsel businesses regarding the protection and preservation of digital information including trade secrets, proprietary business information, personally identifiable information (PII), personal healthcare information (PHI) and other sensitive or private information. We also provide representation in data breach litigation.

Our lawyers are available to consult with any business or individual that maintains digital information that must be protected. We work closely with our clients to help them establish appropriate cybersecurity policies, procedures, and best practices to minimize cybersecurity risks, respond to data security breaches, and defend against cyber-liability claims.

Comprehensive Cybersecurity & Technology Risk Mitigation and Dispute Resolution Services

The Cybersecurity, Privacy & Technology Practice Group at Hand Arendall Harrison Sale provides consultation and representation in the following areas:

Risk Assessments

The starting point for an effective cybersecurity program is effective risk assessment. What digital information do you have, who is interested in it, what might they do to get it, and what rules or regulations apply to your protection and preservation of that information? Our lawyers work with our clients, engaging the services of technical consultants as necessary, to assess the risks associated with our clients’ maintenance of digital information systems.

Cybersecurity Compliance Programs

We work with clients to develop and implement effective cybersecurity compliance programs that are tailored to their specific needs and requirements. We focus on systems and structures that minimize the risk of data breaches, on education of personnel authorized to control or handle the client’s digital information, and on compliance with applicable statutory or regulatory requirements.

Cybersecurity Incident Investigations

Data breaches and other security lapses are a significant threat to a company’s viability and business sustainability. When these events occur, our lawyers conduct internal investigations with technical experts to assess the source of an intrusion and quickly determine our clients’ next steps. In those cases in which data breaches or security lapses result in a government-initiated investigation, our lawyers represent our clients in responding to governmental inquiries as well.

Data Breach Response

Data breach incidents are becoming more prevalent. Cyber-attacks can cause significant, and potentially irreparable, harm, and an immediate response can be critical to mitigating potential losses. Our lawyers counsel cyber-attack victims on their consumer and regulatory notice obligations under state and federal laws, on minimizing and protecting against litigation risks, and on developing and implementing incident response plans.

Cyber Risk Insurance Coverage

Our coverage lawyers advise clients regarding the availability and acquisition of cyber risk-related insurance coverage. Every business has unique risks, and we are able to help our clients understand the types of coverage available and evaluate the coverage that is suited to the particular risks associated with their business operations.

Cybersecurity Litigation

Our lawyers defend companies against consumer and employee claims arising out of the unauthorized release of PII and other private information. We also serve as plaintiff’s counsel for pursuing claims for theft of digital information and trade secrets against individuals and other businesses.  Finally, our lawyers represent businesses involved in litigation regarding social engineering or wire instruction fraud where cyber criminals steal money intended for a different party.

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Employment Consulting

The lawyers in our Employment Consulting Practice Group assist companies of all sizes with all aspects of employment law compliance and workforce liability risk management. By fully integrating with our clients yet remaining as outside counsel, we are uniquely positioned to provide representation for sensitive employment law situations. We assist our clients with all aspects of the employment relationship, from developing company-wide policies and procedures to providing counsel to management, and our lawyers make themselves available to our clients’ in-house attorneys, senior managers and human resources personnel on an as-needed basis.

Regardless of the size of a company’s workforce, ensuring compliance with all pertinent employment laws and regulations needs to be a priority. At Hand Arendall Harrison Sale, we assist our clients with all aspects of state and federal employment law compliance, and we provide our clients with the information, documentation and other resources they need to effectively mitigate their risk of employment practices liability. We provide strategic counseling for matters related to insurance coverage, benefit offerings, and other employment-related matters as well, working closely with our clients to offer practical solutions that are custom-tailored to their specific needs.

We Serve as Employment Counsel for Companies of All Sizes in a Broad Spectrum of Industries

We serve as employment counsel to companies ranging from startup enterprises to large corporations that have employees in multiple facilities located throughout the United States. Our clients operate in a broad spectrum of industries from construction to health care, and from ground transportation to aviation and high technology. The scope of our employment consulting practice is similarly broad, with our attorneys routinely advising companies on matters such as:

  • Anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policy drafting and implementation
  • Employee discipline and discharge
  • Employment contract negotiations (as well as severance negotiations)
  • Employee training
  • Hiring and onboarding practices
  • Union and other organized labor issues
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) compliance
  • Protection of employees’ personally identifiable information (PII) and health information
  • Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act) compliance
  • Workers’ compensation insurance coverage and claim management
  • Workplace investigations

Learn More about the Services Provided by Our Employment Consulting Practice Group

For more information regarding the Employment Consulting Practice Group at Hand Arendall Harrison Sale, please contact Practice Group Leader Mark Waggoner or any of the other lawyers in the Practice Group.

Insurance Coverage & Bad Faith

The lawyers in our Insurance Coverage & Bad Faith Practice Group represent businesses and insurers in all types of coverage-related matters. Our goal is to secure efficient and effective resolutions of insurance coverage disputes whenever possible, recognizing that avoiding protracted litigation will often be in the best interests of all parties involved. Prior to suit being filed, our lawyers provide advice regarding our clients’ rights and responsibilities, preparing formal opinion letters when necessary. When a coverage dispute leads to arbitration or litigation, our lawyers rely on their extensive experience prosecuting declaratory judgment actions, pursuing intervention in underlying suits and executing other legal strategies to protect our clients’ interests to the fullest extent possible.

At Hand Arendall Harrison Sale, we routinely handle lawsuits involving agents’ and brokers’ conduct, claims handling conduct, and bad faith refusal to settle. Our lawyers have also successfully defended many insurance companies accused of breaching their insurance contracts and failing pay covered claims. Our lawyers have litigated numerous large-loss commercial property claims, and we have secured favorable results on behalf of insurance companies and insureds in jurisdictions across the country.

We Serve as Arbitration and Litigation Counsel for All Types of Insurance Coverage Disputes Nationwide

Our work in the area of insurance coverage and bad faith litigation covers the entire spectrum of policies and coverages, ranging from commercial general liability insurance to environmental liability insurance, and from business interruption insurance to life and disability insurance policies. The lawyers in our Insurance Coverage & Bad Faith Practice Group have experience in matters involving individual first-party and third-party claims as well as mass-casualty claims arising out of natural disasters; and, in addition to handling coverage disputes at the trial level, we also regularly handle appeals of coverage cases across the insurance spectrum in state and federal courts.  

Our lawyers’ experience includes favorably resolving disputes involving the following types of product lines:

  • Commercial policies, including commercial general liability, property and auto
  • Commercial inland marine
  • Business owners
  • Executive protection (directors and officers and entity coverage)
  • Professional liability (errors and omissions and professional malpractice)
  • Employment practices liability
  • Fiduciary liability (including ERISA fiduciaries)
  • Crime and dishonesty bonds
  • Trucking lines
  • Garagekeepers
  • Personal lines, including auto, homeowners and umbrella
  • Boiler and machinery
  • Excess and umbrella insurance
  • Surplus lines

Speak with a Lawyer in Our Insurance Coverage & Bad Faith Practice Group

For more information about our insurance coverage dispute resolution practice, please contact Practice Group Leader Joseph L. Cowan or any of the other lawyers in our Insurance Coverage & Bad Faith Practice Group.

Employment Litigation

The lawyers in our Employment Litigation Practice Group represent both employers and employees in contract disputes and in litigation involving allegations of discrimination, harassment and other employment law claims. Our lawyers also have significant experience in administrative proceedings and civil service hearings involving claims for unemployment compensation, workers’ compensation and civil rights violations.

Our employment litigation lawyers also represent management personnel in affirmative action compliance reviews, wage and hour investigations, Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) complaints, veterans’ rights claims, and other investigations and proceedings conducted by the U. S. Department of Labor. Regardless of the scope of the issue and the circumstances involved, if you or your company is facing an employment-related legal dispute, our lawyers can use their extensive experience to protect you.

Employment Litigation Counsel for All Types of Employment-Related Claims

Our firm’s employment litigation practice encompasses all types of employment-related claims under state and federal law. This includes state-level claims as well as claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Sections 1981 and 1983, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), and the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act).

Our lawyers routinely represent employers, management personnel and employees in mediation, arbitration, litigation, and administrative and civil service hearings involving:

  • Data security breach claims
  • Employment-related tort actions
  • Fiduciary duty claims
  • Harassment and discrimination claims
  • Non-competition and non-solicitation covenant breach claims
  • Retaliation claims
  • Trade secret misappropriation
  • Wage, hour and labor disputes
  • Workers’ compensation claims
  • Wrongful discharge actions

Employment litigation often presents unique dynamics; and, for employers, the risks of facing employment-related allegations can extend beyond the potential liability arising out of the dispute itself. We help our clients make informed and strategic decisions that take into account both their immediate and long-term interests, and we aggressively target favorable results that protect our clients to the fullest extent possible.

Speak with a Lawyer in Our Employment Litigation Practice Group

For more information regarding the Employment Litigation Practice Group at Hand Arendall Harrison Sale, please contact Practice Group Leader Mark T. Waggoner or any of the other lawyers in the Practice Group.

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