New Paradigms in Cybersecurity & Data Privacy for Law Firms Targeting Risks and Capitalizing on Growth Opportunities

Event Details

Nov 08, 2017

8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Atlanta, GA


News reports of data breaches at some of the nation’s top law firms are all too common in the current market. From New York to Los Angeles or Seattle to Atlanta, the threats facing law firms both within and outside the organizational walls can undermine credibility, erode trust with clients, and lead the firm toward greater liability. Understanding how the cybersecurity landscape has changed within the past year is critical to ensuring one’s firm remains sufficiently prepared. This November, the Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute proudly presents a timely, practical, and engaging forum on best practices and key considerations for fortifying one’s business against a breach.

Leveraging some of the nation’s most knowledegable minds, this summit delivers comprehensive takeaways for law firm executives throughout the region.  Attendees from solo, medium-sized and large global firms will not want to miss this marquee summit! Save the date and plan to attend.

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Why You Should Attend

  • Cyber theft is the fastest growing crime committed in the United States
  • In 2016, companies spent over $80 billion USD on cybersecurity services & products to protect their property
  • Despite investing heavily in preventative products and policies, law firms (along with corporate legal departments) remain top priorities for malicious, global actors
  • This forum delivers cutting edge advice to combat the ever-changing face of risk facing law firms today

    Who Should Attend

  • Law Firm Chairs
  • Law Firm Managing Partners
  • Law Firm Executive Committee Members
  • Law Firm C-Suite Officers
  • Law Firm Technology & Security Personnel
  • Event Co-Chairs

    Daniel Garrie

    Senior Partner & Co-Founder
    Law and Forensics

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    Brandon Robinson

    Partner, Balch & Bingham LLP

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    Event Details

    Wednesday, Nov 08

    8:30 AM
    Registration & Breakfast
    9:30 AM
    Opening Remarks
    9:45 AM
    Educating Lawyers: Cybersecurity and the Human Element

    Even the most advanced cybersecurity safeguards will be ineffective unless employees adhere to basic but essential cybersecurity procedures. One challenge facing firms is the task of educating and training employees on proper information security practices, especially when busy, successful lawyers are asked to take time away from clients. This engaging session will address how to:

    • Engage lawyers on the importance of cybersecurity;
    • Develop cybersecurity standards and procedures across your law firm for sincere buy-in and adoption;
    • Establish a firm wide communications strategy around  the vital importance of cybersecurity

    Daniel B. Garrie, Executive Managing Partner, Law and Forensics LLC; Special Master, Netural, and Arbitrator, JAMS

    Jamil Farshchi, Chief Information Security Officer, The Home Depot, Inc.
    Chad Hunt, Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)

    10:45 AM
    Morning Break
    11:15 AM
    Creating and Managing an Incident Response Program: Protecting Your Reputation

    It takes twenty years to build a reputation,” quipped Warren Buffet, “and five minutes to ruin it.” So, in prescient fashion, might the same be said of law firm reputations in the wake of a data incident. As evidenced by the painful fallout of the Panama Papers, understanding how to respond to a potentially catastrophic breach is a critical skill every legal executive must master. Indeed, irrespective of firm size or specialism, how one attempts to alleviate client concerns and execute an effective incident response plan will determine winners from losers in the court of public opinion. This conversation offers practical guidance around reputational risk and operational effectiveness in the wake of an unwanted incursion. Leveraging their vast experience as law firm executives, this panel will examine:

    • Fundamental steps toward crafting and funding a bespoke cybersecurity response plan;
    • Best practices when conducting cybersecurity audits on behalf of the firm or clients;
    • Developing proper messaging around public relations and client concerns;
    • Engaging third-party consultants or federal agencies in the wake of a given incident

    Jon Neiditz, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend LLP

    12:15 PM
    1:15 PM
    Adapting Law Firm Client Service to a Changing Regulatory Environment

    As compliance burdens and vendor management initiatives shift the onus of security requirements onto law firms, a number of vexing challenges arise from a business and operational perspective. This session offers cogent insights into how law firms can effectively address:

    • Compliance burdens with third-party providers or business partners;
    • Unique compliance challenges of specific industries or institutions;
    • Best practices and proven solutions to client driven compliance challenges

    Brandon N. Robinson, Partner, Balch & Bingham LLP

    2:15 PM
    Leveraging Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Data Analytics to Combat Data Breaches

    Artificial Intelligence or ‘AI’ within the legal sector has received lots of attention over the past year. During this engaging and thought provoking discussion, we will take a deep dive into the opportunities posed by AI technology to strengthen cybersecurity safeguards of critical legal and financial data, along with  an we an examination of the broader impact and opportunities for cognitive AI within the legal services arenas. Key discussion points will include:

    • Disseminating fact from fiction regarding practical implications of AI for lawyers
    • Understanding the tools and technologies that comprise AI
    • Leveraging and deploying AI capabilities to combat data breaches
    • Predictive Analytics and how they can be leveraged for maximum efficiency
    • Future capabilities and the evolution of AI within the legal sector over the next five years

    3:15 PM
    Afternoon Break
    3:30 PM
    Cybersecurity Around Deals & Transactions: Protecting Your Critical Data and Information

    Companies and entities involved in a merger, acquisition or divestiture are at especially great risk for hacking given the opportunity to gain competitive advantage through attainment (albeit illegal) of critical data and information. Similarly, law firms handling large M&A deals are increasingly becoming a favorite target of cyber attacks. As a result, key safeguards for both corporations and law firms must be in place. This session will delve into:

    • Protecting deal data and information through all phases of an M&A transaction
    • Adopting new approaches to data storage and communications
    • Lessons learned and best practices for safeguarding digital information and data in M&A deals

    Brandon N. Robinson, Partner, Balch & Bingham LLP

    Maranda E. FritzPartner, Thompson Hine LLP

    4:30 PM
    Closing Remarks & Conclusion


    Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center

    800 Spring Street NW
    Atlanta, GA 30308

    Located on the Georgia Tech campus in Technology Square – the heart of Midtown Atlanta’s thriving retail neighborhood – the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center is located only moments from the city’s best restaurants, coolest shops and most fascinating attractions. Visit the High Museum of Art, the Fox Theater, explore the Georgia Aquarium or stroll through Midtown Atlanta.

    Please be advised, we have not reserved a room block for this event.

    The Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center provides the nearest guest room accommodations to the Global Learning Center, and is connected to the venue via the 2nd floor and shared parking garage. Please contact The Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center directly for rates and availability.

    Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center
    800 Spring St. NW
    Atlanta, GA 30308
    Reservations: 404.838.2100 / 800.706.2899
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    Please contact our Conference Planner, Meghan Landis, at or 201.912.3042 for assistance with guest room reservations.

    Dress Code: business casual
    We recommend dressing in layers, as meeting room temperatures tend to fluctuate.

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