WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2018 — King & Spalding today announced that Robert Hudock and Adam Solander have joined the firm as partners on its Data, Privacy and Security team, which is part of the Government Matters practice group, in the Washington, D.C., office.
“One of the most serious challenges companies face today is to avoid becoming a casualty of cybercrime,” said Phyllis Sumner, King & Spalding’s chief privacy officer and Data, Privacy and Security team leader. “Robert and Adam are well known for their deep technical backgrounds and significant experience advising businesses, particularly in the healthcare and financial services industries, on how to proactively assess and develop more mature cybersecurity programs.”
Mark Jensen, managing partner of the firm’s Washington, D.C., office, added: “Robert and Adam have strong reputations and significant practices in the cybersecurity space, making them a great fit for our team. Their experience is invaluable to businesses that are under extreme pressure to ensure their technology infrastructure is secure.”
“What drew me to King & Spalding is the firm’s nationally-recognized Data, Privacy and Security team and its talented lawyers,” Hudock said. “I am looking forward to working with my colleagues to help clients protect their customers and their sensitive business information.”
Solander added: “The team has a formidable reputation in addressing data breaches, as well as the government investigations and litigation that can arise from a cyber attack. Its bench complements my practice well, and will enable me to expand the level of client service I can provide.”
Both new partners join King & Spalding from Epstein Becker & Green.
Last week, Scott Ferber, former Counsel for Cyber Investigations in the National Security Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, also joined the firm’s growing Data, Privacy and Security team.
Hudock counsels clients on preparing for and responding to cyber-based attacks on their networks and information, assessing their security controls and practices for the protection of data and developing and implementing information security programs. He has also advised companies on a range of cybersecurity and data-security incidents, including dozens of data-security breach matters involving tens of millions of affected consumers. Hudock regularly conducts proactive risk assessments and IT audits for healthcare and financial services companies and designs and implements cost-effective strategies for managing electronic documents.
Before joining his previous firm, Hudock served as the chief privacy and data security officer and senior vice president of a major intelligence, military, aerospace, engineering and systems contractor, where he managed all aspects of privacy and cybersecurity compliance across the company. Hudock received his undergraduate degree from St. Lawrence University and his J.D. from Cornell University Law School.
Solander provides counsel on data breach and cybersecurity issues across various industries, particularly healthcare. He is a Certified CSF Practitioner, a designation given by the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST), an organization that provides training to develop and maintain effective security programs for healthcare and life sciences companies that comply with security laws, regulations and standards, including HITECH, HIPAA, NIST and various other federal, state and business requirements. Solander has developed a program for cybersecurity preparedness and HITRUST common security framework certification for healthcare clients. He also advises healthcare companies on issues concerning ERISA preemption, obligations of plan fiduciaries and breach of fiduciary duties, prohibited transactions and denial of benefits.
Prior to joining his previous firm, Solander served as health policy counsel at the ERISA Industry Committee in Washington, D.C., where he counseled Fortune 500 companies on healthcare legislation. He received his undergraduate degree from West Virginia University and his J.D. from Pennsylvania State University.
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