Main Practice Contacts

Randall E. Colson
+1 214.651.5665


Ronald W. Breaux
+1 214.651.5688


Pierre Grosdidier, Ph.D.
+1 713.547.2272


Recent Publications

Connecticut Supreme Court: HIPAA Does Not Preempt State Law Claims

In an opinion published on November 11, 2014, Connecticut joined a growing number of jurisdictions that have found that state law causes of action based on a health care provider’s unauthorized disclosure of a patient’s medical records are not preempted by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”). >>

FCC Brings Its First Data Breach Enforcement Action

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) is the latest government agency to make a foray into data breach enforcement, proposing a $10 million fine against two telecommunications carriers for failing to protect the personal information of up to 305,000 consumers. >>

Key Developments in Privacy and Data Security

Cyber threats are inarguably on the rise, and regulators and law enforcement are stepping up their efforts to ensure that companies are managing personal data responsibly, creating a perfect storm of risk. More and more, our clients are asking, “What can we do to protect ourselves?” The answer? Be aware of the risks, understand the legal implications, and prepare for the inevitable. >>

CFPB Relaxes Rules Governing Privacy Disclosures

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced today that it would allow financial institutions to provide their privacy notices to consumers online and would no longer require annual distribution of paper copies, provided that the institutions meet certain requirements. >>





Privacy and Data Breach

Read our special series, A Desk Guide to Data Protection and Breach Response

Companies retain and transmit massive amounts of data that is vulnerable to theft and exfiltration. A complex web of state, federal, and international data privacy and security laws requires companies to protect that data and disclose breaches. Effective data security demands a coordinated effort by management, information technology, and legal personnel.

To address privacy compliance, we:

  • Counsel clients on applicable data privacy and data security issues.
  • Draft or review data use, retention, and destruction policies.
  • Negotiate contract terms to protect sensitive data made accessible to third-party vendors.
  • Advise clients regarding compliance with privacy and data security laws (including HIPAA and Gramm-Leach-Bliley), regulations, and industry standards (including the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard).
  • Review data security compliance programs and train key personnel.
  • Tailor breach response programs unique to clients’ circumstances and risks.

A data breach is a crisis that requires a swift, comprehensive response. Haynes and Boone has helped organizations prepare for, respond to, and mitigate every aspect of data security breaches involving trade secrets, personal identifying information, financial information, payment cardholder data, protected health information, and other sensitive data.

When a data breach occurs, we:

  • Investigate the breach.
  • Develop a client-focused strategy for working with law enforcement agencies.
  • Ensure preservation of evidence while preserving attorney-client privileges.
  • Coordinate clients’ responses to criminal and regulatory authorities.
  • Defend clients against claims, including class actions, arising from the breach.
  • Prosecute civil claims against hackers and other infiltrators.
  • Represent clients before the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and other federal and state enforcement agencies.
  • Advise clients regarding disclosure obligations under federal securities laws and federal and state privacy laws.
  • Counsel clients regarding public statements and managing media coverage.

Data breaches or other cyber incidents can result in the loss of sensitive data and damage to clients’ reputations. Clients need a team with the experience to address the legal and technical issues that will arise. Haynes and Boone has that experience.