Data breaches have received increased attention over the past several years as they have become increasingly prevalent and have come to impact a large segment of the population. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, U.S. companies and government agencies suffered a new record high of 1,579 breaches in 2017, a 44.7% increase from 2016. Victims, particularly those of targeted breaches, are highly susceptible to future incidents of identity theft and financial fraud, and often incur various pecuniary injuries in order to mitigate further harms. Fortunately, the increased attention to data privacy has led to a rapidly evolving legal landscape, such that employees and consumers — who are most often the victims of data breaches — can seek redress for exposure of their personal and confidential information in state and federal courts.
Presenters Jeremiah Frei-Pearson and Chantal Khalil will discuss the developments in privacy and data breach law, and will provide best practices for those litigating on behalf of breach victims.
Jeremiah Frei-Pearson is a founding partner of Finkelstein, Blankinship, Frei-Pearson & Garber. Mr. Frei-Pearson is a member of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers and the Best Attorneys of America, and he is also designated as New York Metro Area Super Lawyer. Mr. Frei-Pearson practices in federal and state courts throughout the country and his areas of expertise include class actions, privacy, consumer fraud, employment law, and civil rights. Among other achievements, he served as co-class counsel in Saint Joseph Health System Medical Information Cases, JCCP No. 4716 (Cal. Sup. Ct.), where he negotiated a settlement valued at approximately $39 million – the largest per capita settlement of known data breach settlements. Prior to founding FBFG, Mr. Frei-Pearson was an associate with Kaye Scholer LLP, a multinational law firm, a staff attorney with Children’s Rights, a national public interest law firm representing children in foster care in class action reform lawsuits, and an associate at a plaintiffs’ class action firm. Mr. Frei-Pearson graduated from Stanford Law School and Skidmore College.
Chantal Khalil is an associate at FBFG, where she specializes in class actions in state and federal courts. Prior to joining FBFG, Ms. Khalil worked as a legal consultant with the World Bank’s Women, Business, and the Law team, and interned at various public interest organizations, such as the Brennan Center for Justice and the American Civil Liberties Union. Ms. Khalil received her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and her B.A. from New York University. During Law School, Ms. Khalil served on The George Washington International Law Review, was recognized as a Thurgood Marshall Scholar, and received President Obama’s Volunteer Service Award.
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