Ron Breaux

Practices

Education and Clerkships

J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 1989, SMU Law Review, 1987-1989

B.S., Louisiana State University, 1986

Bar Admissions

Texas

Court Admissions

United States Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Profile

For more than 24 years, Ron Breaux has focused his practice on complex commercial litigation, the defense of corporations and executives in federal investigations and trials, antitrust, internal corporate investigations and government investigations, and data breach matters. Mr. Breaux is a former co-chair of the firm’s Litigation Department and currently chairs the firm's Privacy and Data Breach group and serves on the Board of Directors of Haynes and Boone.

Professional and Community Activities

  • ABA Litigation Section
    • Council Member (2008-2010)
    • Co-Chair Antitrust Litigation Committee (2001-2002)
    • Co-Chair, Task Force on the Judiciary (1998-2000)
  • Dallas Bar Association
    • Antitrust Section, Chairman (2002)
    • Criminal Justice Section

Data Breach

Data Security Law: Predictions for 2015

It seemed that new data breaches and privacy and data security lawsuits were announced on a near-weekly basis in 2014, and the pace will likely only increase in 2015. In particular, we expect to see a continuation of the following important trends...

Selected Client Representations

  • Internal investigation of data security breach at high profile specialty retailer that implicated payment card information and personal identifying information; counsel client on numerous post-breach issues including disclosure obligations, public disclosure, negotiation of fraud recovery and operational reimbursement fines and penalties with card brands, and related counseling regarding collateral litigation; counsel client on insurance coverage for breach-related expenses.
  • Internal investigation and remediation of a data security breach at a Fortune 50 company; civil prosecution of entity responsible for the security breach.
  • Investigation of criminal spear-phishing attack used to steal funds from public oilfield services technology company; direct forensic investigation of attack; counsel client on disclosure obligations and remediation efforts.
  • Tried to favorable multi-million dollar verdict antitrust and RICO action for national health care provider.
  • Successful defense of corporate executives in numerous civil and criminal international cartel litigation.
  • Successful defense of hedge funds and executives in numerous insider trading investigations by the SEC.
  • Successful defense of CEO of public company in stock options backdating lawsuit by the SEC. 

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit 
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas 
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas 
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas 
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Selected Presentations

  • "Practical Tips on Preventing, Managing, and Insuring for Data Breaches,” Houston Cybersecurity panel, February 18, 2015.
  • "Data Security Law: Predictions for 2015," The Privacy Advisor, January 27, 2015.
  • "Cybersecurity for In House Counsel:  Protecting Your Digital Assets in Today’s Threat Landscape," presented to clients of Haynes and Boone, January 22, 2015.
  • "A Focus on Cybersecurity Litigation Risks and Liabilities," presented to the General Counsel Forum, November 6, 2014. 
  • "A Guide to Data Protection and Breach Response—Part 2,"  Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, Vol. 26, No. 8, August 2014. 
  • "A Guide to Data Protection and Breach Response—Part 1," Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, Vol. 7, No. 3, July 2014. 
  • "What You Need to Know About Data Security and Cyber Insurance: Practical tips on preparing for and responding to a cyber security breach," presented to public and private company clients in the Dallas area, June 26, 2014. 
  • Presentation to Bank of America Private Client Group on Cybersecurity and Cyber Loss Prevention on May 7, 2014. 
  • "Cyber Liability and Loss Seminar," presented to public and private company clients in the Austin area, April 22, 2014. 
  • "Best Practices in Trade Secrets Litigation," presented to public company and private company clients in DFW area. 
  • "Anti-Corruption Compliance: A Focus on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act," presented to the Institute for Internal Auditors.  
  • "Cyber Security for Law Firms," presented to the Law Firm Data Security Roundtable. 
  • "Under Penalty": Production of Documents in Response to Federal Grand Jury Subpoenas, presented to the Corporate Counsel Section of the State Bar of Texas. 
  • "Protecting Your Privileges: The Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine," presented to clients of Haynes and Boone. 
  • "Issues in White Collar Criminal Investigations," presented to DFW Chapter of the American Corporate Counsel Association. 
  • "Parallel Civil and Criminal Proceedings: How Deep is Deep?" presented to the Corporate Counsel Section of the State Bar of Texas. 
  • "Ethical Considerations in Internal Corporate Investigations," presented to the Corporate Counsel Section of the State Bar of Texas.

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized by Chambers USA 2008-2014 as one of the leading practitioners in the United States for Antitrust 
  • Recognized as a Best Lawyer in Dallas for White Collar Defense, Antitrust Law, D Magazine (2011) 
  • Recognized as a "2015 Lawyer of the Year" in Antitrust Law by Best Lawyers (2015) 
  • The Best Lawyers in America - Antitrust Law (2006, 2010, 2012-2015), Litigation - Antitrust (2012-2015), and Criminal Defense: White Collar (2014-2015)  
  • Texas Super Lawyers - Antitrust Litigation (2010-2014) Criminal Defense: White Collar, Business Litigation (2011-2014)  
  • Martindale Hubbell® Law Directory with a Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent™ 
  • Co-editor, Indirect Purchaser Litigation Handbook, ABA Section of Antitrust Law

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