Peter Guffin on Faculty at 2023 Maine State Bar Association Summer Bar Conference: Cybersecurity – Lawyer Obligations in the Aftermath of a Data Breach

Peter Guffin, Pierce Atwood attorney and chair of the firm’s Privacy & Data Security practice, will join Laura M. O'Hanlon, Esq., Deputy General Counsel, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, to explore the potential for regulatory enforcement actions and private litigation in the aftermath of a data breach,  and how those actions intersect with professional rules, common law duties, and contractual obligations to clients. They will examine several current and recent actions brought against law firms that have been victims of cybersecurity attacks.

Peter and Laura will address specific questions, including:

  • What is the standard of care that must be met by attorneys in the event of a data breach?
  • What is the scope of such duty beyond notification?
  • Does the lawyer have a duty to conduct an analysis of the compromised data for any PII so the client can meet its legal obligations resulting from the data breach?
  • How should the lawyer respond to a subpoena demanding disclosure of client confidential information (including client names) that may have been compromised in the cyberattack?  

For more information on this and all conference sessions, please click here to download the full brochure and registration form.

Pierce Atwood attorney Peter J. Guffin Peter focuses his practice in the areas of information privacy and cybersecurity law, drawing on his extensive experience in the areas of intellectual property, the internet, and information technology. He is also Professor of Practice at the University of Maine School of Law and director of the school’s Information Privacy Law Program, and a frequent author and speaker on the subjects of privacy law, cybersecurity, governance, and compliance.