Cyber Liability & Technology Law

The proliferation of electronically stored data – and the corresponding growth in incidents of data breaches and hacking – has raised the bar for corporations and their directors and officers to ensure the security of the confidential data and proprietary information entrusted to the company. Litigation of claims involving data breaches is on the rise, and the attorneys of Pietragallo’s Cyber Liability & Technology Law Group possess a wealth of expertise to advise and advocate on behalf of clients in these important matters. We regularly handle cases for corporate entities within highly-regulated fields such as health care, financial services, government contracting, telecommunications, and retail. During the course of our representation, we counsel clients on crisis management and develop a comprehensive strategy to evaluate and mitigate damages and notify proper parties as required by federal and state law. Our experience extends to cases involving “cyber-bullying,” threats made via e-mail or social media, and identity theft.

Our attorneys recognize the complexity of cyber-related claims and understand that the expertise of a highly-trained counsel with knowledge of the relevant technology is critical. In addition to litigating such claims, our counsel can advise clients regarding responses to regulatory entities and insurance coverage for cyber security issues. Litigation can arise from any of the following:

  • Lost, stolen, or damaged data due to corporate network and information security policies
  • Hacking or other unauthorized access of confidential information or trade secrets
  • Alleged failure to maintain security of confidential data including names, addresses, patient health data, credit card numbers, financial and wage information, and social security numbers
  • Threat of unauthorized release of data by a former employee or vendor
  • Lost or stolen computers, smartphones, tablets, or memory devices

The attorneys of Pietragallo’s Cyber Liability & Technology Law Group continue to maintain a strong focus on substantive developments and emerging issues associated with cyber liability and technology law:

  • “Corporate Compliance and Ethics: A Legal Requirement and Business Imperative”, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) - April 13, 2015
  • “Cyber Security Threats, Trips, and Traps: Managing Risk and Protecting Data in the Cyber Age,” Professional Liability Attorney Network (webcast available at www.PLANattorney.org) – January 21, 2015
  • "The Exchange Presents Data Privacy and Cyber Security," Co-Chair, Today's General Counsel Institute (Washington, D.C.) - November 18-19, 2014 (Link)
  • "Cybersecurity Law 2014: Minimizing Data Legal Liability Risk in the Digital Age,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) – August 11, 2014 
  • “DOJ Wins Landmark Case Involving Trade Secrets Sent To China By Former DuPont Scientist,” White-Collared.com, Pietragallo White Collar Blog – March 6, 2014 (Link)
  • “Feds Charge British Hacker With Data Theft From The Federal Reserve,” White-Collared.com, Pietragallo White Collar Blog – March 3, 2014 (Link)
  • “Corporate Compliance & Ethics: Trends in Enforcement & Corporate Compliance,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) – December 10, 2013
  • “When Can an Employer Terminate an Employee for Comments Made on a Social Networking Site – Is Calling the Employee’s Supervisor a “Jerk” Enough?,” PBI's Employment Law Institute West – November 2013
  • “Former Eli Lilly Scientists Indicted for $55 Million Trade Secret Theft,” White-Collared.com, Pietragallo White Collar Blog – October 11, 2013 (Link)  
  • “Data Wars: Securing Your Cyber-Footprint and Staying Ahead of the Curve,” Government Enforcement & Corporate Compliance Seminar, Defense Research Institute (Washington, D.C.) – June 28, 2013
  • “New Jersey Supreme Court to Consider the Legality of the New Jersey Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Control Act,” White-Collared.com, Pietragallo White Collar Blog – April 23, 2013 (Link)
  • “Better the Devil You Know? Dangers of Corporate Hacking,” Pietragallo White Collar News Alert – March 6, 2013 (Link)
  • “DOJ Files Charges in $200 Million Bank and Credit Card Fraud Scheme,” White-Collared.com, Pietragallo White Collar Blog – February 7, 2013 (Link)
  • “U.S. Sentencing Commission Considers Revisions to Sentencing Guidelines on Intellectual Property Theft and Tax Evasion,” White-Collared.com, Pietragallo White Collar Blog – January 22, 2013 (Link)
  • “SOX to Dodd Frank, 10 years of Increased Government Enforcement,” The Defense Research Institute Annual Meeting, Government Enforcement and Corporate Compliance Committee CLE (New Orleans, LA) – October 2012
  • “Federal Judge to Hold Electronic Discovery in Pay Pal Criminal Hacking Case,” White-Collared.com, Pietragallo White Collar Blog – October 17, 2012 (Link)
  • “Fourth Circuit Refuses To Apply Computer Fraud And Abuse Act To Employee's Theft Of Trade Secrets,” Pietragallo White Collar News Alert – September 6, 2012 (Link)
  • “21st Century Considerations: Data-Security, Social Media and The Cloud," Featured Moderator, Executive Counsel Institute (New York, New York) – July 16, 2012
  • “E-Discovery in Pennsylvania: Bridging the Gap in the Electronic Age,” E-Discovery and Digital Evidence Journal, American Bar Association Section of Science & Technology Law – September 2011 (Link)
  • “Document Retention and Destruction,” Lorman Education Services (Pittsburgh, PA) – September 2009



James W. Kraus

John A. Schwab