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McNees Attorney Devin Chwastyk will participate in PBI’s Cyber Security, Ransomware and Digital Ethics Webinar

May 20, 2020
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McNees is pleased to announce that Devin Chwastyk, CIPP/US will serve as a presenter during the PBI webinar on “Cybersecurity, Ransomware, and Digital Ethics” on June 10.  He will share the panel with Sara Beth A.R. Kohut, Esq. of Young Conaway’s Wilmington, Delaware office.

Devin and Sara Beth’s panel is titled “Malware to Malpractice-Cybersecurity and Legal Ethics,” and will address ethical obligations imposed by the Rules of Professional Conduct, which require that lawyers be technically competent and take the steps necessary to reasonably protect confidential client information and client funds.  This discussion will highlight lessons to be learned from recent malpractice cases arising out of law firm data security lapses.

Devin is the Chair of the Privacy & Data Security group of McNees. He began working on cybersecurity issues in 2005, when he represented banks to recover credit card replacement costs from national retailers who failed to safeguard such information; his clients prevailed in some of the first successful data breach lawsuits in U.S federal courts.

Today, Devin counsels with clients on policies and procedures to limit the risk of data exposure events, including developing data security policies, privacy disclosures, breach response plans, and associated training programs. He regularly advises clients on compliance with federal, state, and international privacy laws, including the California Consumer Privacy Act and EU GDPR. He also helps businesses respond to data breaches, including in rectifying and reporting those events, and in limiting their potential liability for such events.

Devin has earned the Certified Information Privacy Professional designation (CIPP/US) from the International Association of Privacy Professionals, which accredits lawyers and other professionals with knowledge of privacy best practices, information technology issues, and relevant U.S. and international laws.

When he is not working on data security matters, Devin’s practice otherwise is focused on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on defending class action lawsuits. He has defended clients from class action claims in areas including civil rights, consumer protection law, and employment practices. He also litigates a vast array of other commercial cases on behalf of organizations and individuals.

Active in the community, Devin has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Dauphin County Bar Association, and presently serves as Chair of the organization’s Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts program and Vice-Chair of its Equal Professional Opportunity Committee.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Bridges Society of the United Way of the Capital Region, the East Shore YMCA, and the Harrisburg Parks Foundation.

Devin is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third and Ninth Circuits and in the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania.

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