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Long before the recent data breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus, electric utilities and financial institutions have been required to comply with the most stringent standards for privacy and data security. For decades, Balch & Bingham’s attorneys have advised highly-regulated companies in these capacities and today the firm is combining nearly 100 years of experience, with its vast technology proficiencies, to launch a Privacy and Data Security Practice Group that will continue to help businesses protect against, prevent and combat technology-related threats.

Through client partnerships with businesses that operate in a broad range of industries, including healthcare, energy and financial services, Balch’s cross-disciplinary team has tremendous experience aggregating state and federal laws and translating the ways in which different industries are required to protect data and navigate breaches in a constantly-evolving landscape. Members of Balch’s Privacy and Data Security Practice Group have a comprehensive understanding of the prevention strategies that organizations must have in place, minimizing exposure to litigation and benefitting clients of all sizes.

“We successfully have provided sophisticated privacy law counsel to clients in highly-regulated industries, including the nation’s second-largest investor-owned electric utility provider, for more than nine decades. Our attorneys consistently ensure that these clients comply with the ever-changing guidance from regulators and stringent federal and state laws,” said Alan T. Rogers, managing partner. “The launch of our Privacy and Data Security Practice Group is a natural extension of that experience. Our attorneys remain at the forefront of this developing and highly-regulated area, and maintain a deep understanding of the evolving technology and intelligence environments.”

While protecting data through breach prevention is critical, the firm’s attorneys have experience providing trusted counsel at every stage of the information and technology lifecycle – including policy development, insurance coverage, data security audits, certification, government affairs and contract negotiation – to protect its clients should a breach occur.

When data security breaches occur, Balch’s rapid-response team employs a resolution-focused approach to help companies address the impact a breach will have on internal and external audiences and develop necessary notifications and procedures for defensible investigations. In addition, Balch’s attorneys regularly provide counsel to management teams that are addressing and evaluating proposed legislation and regulatory efforts by federal agencies and others to address cybersecurity issues effectively.

“We have worked with clients on data privacy for years by following new developments and staying ahead of the curve. The formalization of this practice group provides our clients with a seamless, experienced team that is focused on these issues and committed to delivering efficient, results-driven service in each engagement,” said Rogers.

Members of the Privacy and Data Security Practice Group are located in Balch offices across the Southeast and include: Bruce Barze, David Burkholder, Greg Butrus, Chase Espy, Allen Estes, Stephen GidiereGeremy Gregory, Alex Khoury, Todd Lowther, Kevin McNamee, Brad Neighbors, Brant Pettis, Tashwanda Pinchback Dixon, Brandon Robinson, Alan RogersPhilip Sprinkle, Jeff Starling, William Stiers, Will Hill Tankersley, Spence Taylor, Leonard Tillman and Craig Williams.