Robert J. Munnelly, Jr. and Patrick T. Clendenen Present Data Security Program for MCLE


April 6, 2017 - Boston, MA
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On April 5, Robert J. Munnelly, Jr. and Patrick T. Clendenen, shareholders at Davis Malm, presented the program, “Protecting Data & Dealing with Breaches Globally in 2017,” as a seminar for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE).

The program provided a comprehensive overview of data security developments affecting Massachusetts businesses and institutions in 2017, including global issues, recent litigation precedents affecting exposure to class action lawsuits for significant breaches, and emerging insurance coverage issues. The panel also provided a timely update on recent enforcement trends and the evolving roles of the Consumer Protection Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office as reviewers of business practices and protectors of consumer rights relative to sensitive data.

Mr. Munnelly practices in the Regulatory area. He has extensive experience with legal, regulatory, and local taxation issues faced by energy, cable television, and telecommunications companies in New England and nationally. Mr. Munnelly’s data security and information privacy practice focuses on advising and working with companies to develop written plans, improve security-related polices, support compliance training, and respond to potential security breaches. Mr. Munnelly also has substantial experience working with companies in other regulated industries and in appellate practice in state and federal courts.

Mr. Clendenen practices in the Litigation and Business Law areas. He is a trial lawyer with significant experience in sophisticated business and fiduciary disputes and intellectual property litigation. Mr. Clendenen’s cybersecurity practice focuses on advising and defending companies and fiduciaries involved in data breaches, including class action lawsuits and insurance coverage issues. He also represents business and corporate clients in international cross-border disputes, both in litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

MCLE aims to keep raising the caliber of lawyers' professional and ethical service to their clients and communities, by providing comprehensive and practical continuing legal education of the highest quality to the broadest possible audience. The “Protecting Data” program focused on key legal and operational measures that should be instituted to ensure local and multi-location businesses maintain an effective information security program.

About Davis, Malm & D’Agostine, P.C.
Founded in 1979, Davis Malm is a premier mid-sized, full-service New England firm. The firm provides sophisticated, cost-effective legal representation to local, national, and international public and private businesses, institutions, and individuals in a wide spectrum of industries. The attorneys at the firm practice at the top level of the profession and deliver successful results to clients through direct partner involvement, responsive client service, and practical and creative problem solving. Davis Malm is the member firm for the International Lawyers Network representing Massachusetts and northern New England.

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The program provided a comprehensive overview of data security developments affecting Massachusetts businesses and institutions in 2017.