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Brandon Robinson | Data Privacy & Security Observer Editor | BalchBrandon Robinson 
Editor

Brandon represents a wide variety of industries regarding cybersecurity and data privacy issues to assist them in proactively managing risks while maintaining innovative customer service. As one of the first CIPP/US certified attorneys in Alabama, Brandon counsels clients on policy and compliance issues regarding cybersecurity and data privacy. Brandon’s range of experience and subject matter expertise includes personally identifiable information (PII) and other sensitive information, customer data privacy, drafting and reviewing privacy policies and cybersecurity risk management frameworks, cybersecurity due diligence, smart grid and other electric reliability issues, data breach preparation, management and response, “big data” and Internet of Things (“IoT”), UAS/drones, and more. Brandon has worked with and before a number of federal agencies (e.g., NIST, DOE, FTC, etc.) in developing and providing input on industry-wide cybersecurity and data privacy standards and best practices. Brandon’s expertise in this area has been featured in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Law 360, Inside Counsel, Corporate Counsel, Money Management Executive, and the Birmingham Business Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at @BrandonNRobinso for data privacy and security news and trends.

Chase Espy | Data Privacy & Security Observer Contributor | BalchChase Espy 
Contributor

Chase practices primarily in the areas of appellate and financial services litigation, specializing in the defense of claims under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), as well as other complex litigation, including class actions, business litigation, and § 1983 civil rights claims against local city governments.

Alex Khoury | Data Privacy & Security Observer Contributor | BalchAlex Khoury 
Contributor

Alex’s practice focuses on helping clients navigate the risks that come with the retention and handling of electronically stored information. Alex advises clients on a variety of cybersecurity and data privacy matters, including data breach response planning, document retention and data privacy policies, and conducting due diligence on vendor cybersecurity. As a Certified E-Discovery Specialist and chairman of the firm’s Electronic Discovery and Data Management Group, Alex also specializes in the secure collection and handling of electronically stored information through all phases of litigation. Alex is a frequent lecturer on cybersecurity and e-discovery and is an active member of the Sedona Conference’s Data Security & Privacy Liability working group.

Brad Neighbors | Data Privacy & Security Observer Contributor | BalchBrad Neighbors
Contributor

Brad represents a wide range of financial institution clients and regularly advises them on cybersecurity and data privacy issues. Brad’s experience and areas of expertise include compliance with various regulations and regulatory guidance, personally identifiable information (PII) and other sensitive information, customer data privacy, drafting and reviewing privacy policies, data breach preparation, breach management and response, and third-party vendor contract negotiation. Brad has published articles on cybersecurity in various publications, including Banking Traditions and Money Management Executive.

Jessica Nwokocha | Data Privacy & Security Observer Contributor | BalchJessica Nwokocha
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Jessica has experience in complex commercial litigation, product liability, and mass tort litigation. She helps defend business interests during all phases of litigation in both state and federal courts. She tackles emerging legal challenges related to the intersection of law and technology. Specifically, complicated issues surrounding cybersecurity, data breach, consumer data privacy, and the Internet of Things (IoT). By staying current on these issues, she advises clients on the risks of new technologies, while identifying solutions for safe implementation of those technologies.

Will Hill Tankersley | Data Privacy & Security Observer Contributor | BalchWill Hill Tankersley
Contributor

Will Hill Tankersley is a 30-year practitioner with mainly a courtroom practice. His extensive background in Intellectual Property gives him an awareness of infringement issues that may be part of a data privacy analysis. He has assisted multiple clients in matters involving hacking, data intrusion damages analysis and remediation.

Nick Theodore | Data Privacy & Security Observer Contributor | Balch Nick Theodore
Contributor

Nick’s practice focuses on representing diverse utility companies who deal with a large amount of proprietary and customer data that must be adequately managed and protected. Data privacy and security is an emerging and growing legal issue that stands on the forefront of major technological advancement. Nick takes great pride in counseling clients on dealing with current and future data privacy and security obligations that will only evolve as industry practices change.