Burns White launches cybersecurity practice to address increasing client need

Apr 28, 2015 | News

PITTSBURGH, April 28, 2015 — With clients facing increasingly complex regulatory environments and cyber threats to information systems, Burns White has formed a cybersecurity practice to assist businesses in a wide range of industries with preventive strategies, individual and class action litigation defense, insurance assessments for cybersecurity related risks and losses, and regulatory compliance.

The group is headed by Pittsburgh Member Lyle D. Washowich, who is also the Co-Chair of the Banking and Financial Services Group, and Philadelphia Member Stuart T. O’Neal, III who was named Burns White’s first Chief Privacy officer last year. Mr. Washowich focuses his practice in the areas of civil, commercial and complex litigation for clients in the financial services, business and manufacturing sectors, while Mr. O’Neal maintains an active trial practice in commercial, contractual and employment disputes, as well as matters related to medical malpractice on an individual and corporate level.

“An increasing number of our healthcare and banking clients are turning to us for assistance with cyber-insurance policy assessments, internal policies, and federal and state data protection and privacy laws, so offering this service on a more formal level to all of our clients was a natural fit,” said Mr. O’Neal. “As we’re seeing more and more in the news, data breaches can affect any business—no matter the industry—and can be quite damaging to that business if not prepared.”

Initially, Mr. Washowich and Mr. O’Neal will be supported by four associates within the firm.

For more information on the Cybersecurity Group and its services, visit the Cybersecurity page.