Mullen Coughlin, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

Mullen Coughlin LLC is a law firm uniquely dedicated exclusively to representing organizations facing data privacy events, information security incidents, and the need to address these risks before a crisis hits. Founded by John Mullen, Jennifer Coughlin, Jim Prendergast, and Chris DiIenno, our team of accessible and motivated attorneys have handled thousands of events and possess experience and talent in data breach response, regulatory investigation defense, pre-breach planning and compliance, and privacy litigation defense unmatched in the industry.

Meet Our Team

  • Gregory Bautista Partner
    (267) 930-1509

    Gregory Bautista is a Partner at Mullen Coughlin and an experienced cybersecurity attorney and civil litigator. Mr. Bautista specializes in […]

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  • B Fox Brian F. Fox Partner
    (267) 930-4777

    Brian Fox focuses his practice on privacy and data security matters, helping clients navigate the various state, federal and international laws that govern the protection of data. When a privacy event occurs, he assists clients with locating the source of the breach, identifies affected individuals and prepares the legally required notice to individuals and regulatory officials.

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  • A Freind Angelina W. Freind Partner
    (267) 930-4782

    Angelina Freind is a Partner with Mullen Coughlin, LLC. Ms. Freind assists clients with the preparation for and response to data security incidents.

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  • Paulyne Gardner Partner
    (267) 930-2098

    As a Partner in Mullen Coughlin’s Litigation practice, Paulyne handles all aspects of data privacy and security class actions, third-party […]

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  • Amanda Harvey Partner
    (267) 930-1697

    Amanda Harvey is a Partner at Mullen Coughlin and focuses her practice on providing organizations of all sizes and from […]

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  • Lynda Jensen Partner
    (267) 930-2303

    Lynda Jensen is a Partner at Mullen Coughlin and an experienced privacy, cybersecurity and incident response attorney. Ms. Jensen focuses […]

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  • Rebecca J. Jones Partner
    (267) 930-4839

    Rebecca Jones is a Partner with Mullen Coughlin. Ms. Jones focuses her practice entirely on cybersecurity and privacy issues, including […]

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  • Greg Lederman Partner
    (267) 930-4637

    Greg Lederman is a Partner at Mullen Coughlin and concentrates his practice on data privacy and cybersecurity beginning with the […]

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  • R Loughlin Ryan C. Loughlin Partner
    (267) 930-4786

    Ryan Loughlin’s practice focuses on assisting clients to prepare for, minimize and respond to data security incidents. Mr. Loughlin guides […]

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  • C McCarron Claudia D. McCarron Partner
    (267) 930-4787

    Claudia McCarron, a Partner at Mullen Coughlin, is the Chair of the firm’s Litigation. She also serves as the firm’s […]

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Firm News & Events

Mullen Coughlin Welcomes James M. Paulino to the Firm as Senior Partner

Mullen Coughlin LLC proudly welcomes James (Jimmy) M. Paulino to the firm as a Senior Partner in the Incident Response practice. Jimmy joins the firm from Goldberg Segalla LLP in Rochester, New York where he was a Partner in their Data Privacy and Cybersecurity and eDiscovery practices, and the leader of their incident response team.

“I am proud to join the nation’s leading team of data privacy and cybersecurity attorneys dedicated to helping clients navigate the anxieties and legal obligations following a potential data incident,” said Jimmy.

Jimmy received his Juris Doctor magna cum laude from University of Notre Dame Law School.  Jimmy also has a Master of Arts in Political Philosophy from the University of York in England and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy magna cum laude from the University of Rochester. He is a U.S. Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).  

Throughout his legal career, Jimmy has been recognized by numerous local and national organizations. He has been named a “Rising Star” by SuperLawyers for seven straight years, won the “Outstanding Young Lawyer Award” from the New York State Bar Association and was named as a member of the “40 Under 40” by the Rochester Business Journal. He also is an active member in his local legal community, particularly with advancing technology and diversity in the legal profession.

“With his years of experience in counseling organizations through the investigation and response to data privacy incidents, as well as his experience as a skilled litigator, Jimmy is a tremendous asset to Mullen Coughlin and further builds out our team of attorneys with unmatched data privacy and security experience,” said Jennifer Coughlin.

John Mullen, the firm’s Managing Partner, adds, “One of the ways Mullen Coughlin is addressing the exponential growth of the cyber market is identifying and hiring people like Jimmy. His background and ‘can-do’ attitude fits seamlessly into what we continue to build. We are thrilled to have him.”

With experience in handling over twenty thousand data privacy and security events on behalf of organizations of all sizes, across all industry sectors and from all geographic locations, Mullen Coughlin has over 85 experienced attorneys uniquely and solely dedicated to providing bespoke counsel relating to pre-event compliance and planning, data privacy and security event investigation and response, regulatory investigation defense and single-plaintiff and class action litigation defense. For more information, please visit

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Mullen Coughlin Announces New Director of Industry Relations

Mullen Coughlin LLC is proud to announce the promotion of Patricia (Patty) Huff to Director of Industry Relations. Patty, who has been with the firm since its inception (and before), previously held the role of Director of Cyber Administration Team where she created and oversaw the legal administration and cyber matter intake team for the firm.

In her new role, Patty will work with key firm stakeholders to deepen the carrier relationships the firm currently has, as well as identify new opportunities. She will also participate on-site at various carrier and broker events. Furthermore, she will work current long-standing Mullen Coughlin clients to identify and manage opportunities for attorney secondments.

Patty began her legal administration career as an Executive Legal Assistant before joining Managing Partner John Mullen as his Executive Assistant and Cyber Team Coordinator. Since then, she has been a key member of the firm’s growth on the administration side, building a team of over 30 legal assistants and facilitating the intake of thousands of data privacy and security matters to the firm over the past five years.

Mullen Coughlin has over 85 attorneys who counsel organizations solely in data privacy and security event preparation, incident response, regulatory investigation and litigation with a massive focus on insured entities. Patty has been a key part of the team for over a decade. She is a known entity throughout the cyber insurance industry. We are excited to see her growth. 

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Mullen Coughlin Sponsors and Participates in 2021 PLUS Cyber Symposium

Mullen Coughlin is proud to be a sponsor of Professional Liability Underwriting Society’s (PLUS) 2021 Cyber Symposium, being held virtually May 5-6, 2021.

At this year’s virtual symposium, brokers, underwriters and reinsurers, as well as other cybersecurity professionals, will come together to hear the latest trends and upcoming cybersecurity issues to stay current. The annual event is the premier event of the year for cyber thought-leaders.

Mullen Coughlin Partner Jenn Coughlin will also moderate a panel on Thursday, May 6 – “The Best Cyber Control Measures for Today’s Cyber ‘Common Incidents’ – along with panelists John Menefee (Travelers), Joe Mann (Arete) and Jon Rose (Bishop Fox). Panelists will explore the impact of cybersecurity “Common Incidents” from 2020 and 2021 on the cyber insurance community and best practices for organizations in preparing for, defending against and responding to these types of events.

For more information about the Cyber Symposium and to register, visit the PLUS event website.

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