We’re excited to announce today that the ILN is forming a Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Specialty Group, which will be co-chaired by James Giszczak of McDonald Hopkins (Cleveland, Ohio) and Stuart Gerson of Epstein Becker & Green (Washington, DC). The group joins the ILN’s thirteen other practice and industry-focused specialty groups.

I have the opportunity to work closely with the chairs of our specialty groups as their facilitator, and I particularly enjoy working with lawyers who have a passion for their work, which Jim and Stuart certainly do in this area. I expect great things to come from the CDP guys and gals! 

I include the remainder of the press release for additional information about the group, and our two co-chairs. 

Both chairs are enthusiastic to push the group forward, with a goal of working together with the other members of the group to co-promote the combined strength and depth of expertise of its members, both domestically and internationally. A directory of ILN firms with Cybersecurity & Data Privacy expertise is already available on the ILN website.


The ILN’s Director of Global Relationship Management and the Group’s facilitator, Lindsay Griffiths, said:

We have incredibly talented lawyers at the forefront of this important area of the law, who become even stronger by working together. This group will allow for not only the sharing of information across various jurisdictions, but also collaboration and enhanced communication for clients and potential clients."

About the Co-Chairs
James Giszczak: Jim is the Vice Chair of the Litigation Department and Chair of the Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group at McDonald Hopkins, and works out of both their Cleveland, Ohio and Bloomfield Hills, Michigan offices. He advises clients regarding data security measures and responding to security breaches involving sensitive personal information and protected health information. He also works with clients in a myriad of industries to assess and implement appropriate data security safeguards. If a breach occurs, Jim acts as a breach coach, ensuring compliance and minimizing exposure. Jim also works with federal, state and local authorities, as well as third party vendors. Moreover, Jim litigates matters involving data security and data privacy, including defending single plaintiff and class action litigation. He is a frequent speaker and writer in data privacy law, and regularly conducts Incident Response Workshops for clients and their data breach risk management teams. Jim will be speaking at the upcoming Net Diligence Conference on June 2-3, 2015 in Philadelphia (Registration and additional information is available here).

Jim can be reached at jgiszczak@mcdonaldhopkins.com

Stuart Gerson: Stuart, who is former Acting Attorney General of the United States and Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division of the Department of Justice, is a Member of EBG’s Litigation and Health Care and Life Sciences practices in the firm’s Washington, DC and New York offices. He concentrates on the defense of complex civil and criminal fraud cases, antitrust and securities cases, and class action litigation generally. Much of his practice is centered in the health care industry and in matters of science and technology, including cybersecurity and the protection of confidential data, including health care information. Stuart has successfully tried many complex cases before judges and juries, and also has acted as settlement counsel, mediator and arbitrator. Recently, he led a team of lawyers in the successful defense of class action claims in a massive health care data breach case and is active in similar matters, both in investigation and litigation contexts. Stuart also has served as an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, is a frequent guest on CNBC, Fox News and other broadcast outlets, and his commentaries have been published in law journals and newspapers including The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times.

Stuart can be reached at sgerson@ebglaw.com

About the ILN
The International Lawyers Network facilitates personal relationships among lawyers in mid-sized law firms all over the world, allowing them to confidently operate in a global marketplace while retaining their independence and local expertise. As one of the largest networks of experienced attorneys in the world, the ILN provides a platform for clients to access quality legal professionals worldwide with the cost-effectiveness and personalized service only independent, regional law firms can provide. With 91 high-quality, full-service and specialized law firms and over 5,000 lawyers in 66 countries on six continents, the excellence, demonstrated experience, worldwide presence, and relationships of the International Lawyers Network combine to make this Network one of the leading associations of independent law firms in the world. The ILN: Where lawyers become friends.

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Lindsay Griffiths is the International Lawyers Network’s Executive Director. In this capacity, Ms. Griffiths is responsible for the oversight and management of day-to-day operations of the International Lawyers Network (ILN). She develops strategies and implementation plans to achieve the ILN’s goals, and handles…

Lindsay Griffiths is the International Lawyers Network’s Executive Director. In this capacity, Ms. Griffiths is responsible for the oversight and management of day-to-day operations of the International Lawyers Network (ILN). She develops strategies and implementation plans to achieve the ILN’s goals, and handles recruitment, member retention, and a high level of service to members. She is engaged in the legal industry to stay on top of trends, both in law firms and law firm networks.

In her role as Executive Director, she develops and facilitates relationships among ILN member firm lawyers at 90+ law firms in 67 countries, and seeks opportunities for member firms to build business and relationships, while ensuring member participation in Network events and initiatives. These initiatives include facilitating referrals, the management and execution of the marketing and business development strategy for the Network, which encompasses all communications, push-down efforts, and marketing partnerships, providing support and guidance to the chairs and group leaders for the ILN’s thirteen practice and industry specialty groups, the ILN’s women’s initiative, the ILN’s mentorship program, the management and execution of all ILN conferences, and more.

JD Supra Readers Choice Top Author 2019

During her previous tenure as Director of Global Relationship Management, the ILN has been shortlisted as a Global Law Firm Network of the Year by The Lawyer for 2016 and 2017, and included as a Chambers & Partners Leading Law Firm Network since 2011. She was awarded “Thought Leader of the Year” by the Legal Marketing Association’s New York chapter in 2014 for her substantive contributions to the industry, and was recently included in Clio’s list for “34 People in Legal You Should Follow on Twitter.” She was also chosen for the American Bar Association Journal’s inaugural Web 100‘s Best Law Blogs, where judge Ivy Grey said “This blog is outstanding, thoughtful and useful.” Ms. Griffiths was recently chosen for as a Top Author by JD Supra in their 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards, for the level of engagement and visibility she attained with readers on the topic of marketing & business development. She has been the author of Zen & the Art of Legal Networking since February of 2009.