James M. Paulino

75 S. Clinton Avenue, Suite 510
Rochester, NY 14604

Office: (267) 930-4741


University of Notre Dame Law School
Juris Doctor, 2007, magna cum laude

University of York (England)
Master of Arts, Political Philosophy (Toleration), 2005

University of Rochester
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and Philosophy, 2003, magna cum laude


  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Practice Areas

Professional Memberships

  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
  • Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys


  • U.S. Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US)

James M. Paulino is a Partner at Mullen Coughlin where he counsels organizations of all sizes and from across multiple sectors in data privacy and security issues, including responding to and investigating data incidents. Jimmy brings 5 years’ experience in assisting clients in navigating through a variety of data privacy and security matters including unauthorized access to organizational systems, data compromise and theft, ransomware and other malware attacks, rogue employees and financial-based crimes.

Before joining Mullen Coughlin, Jimmy was a partner at a mid-sized law firm in Rochester, New York, practicing in that firm’s Data Privacy and Cybersecurity, Appellate and Commercial Litigation practice areas. There, he led the firm’s Data Breach Response team and was an active contributor to the firm’s data privacy and security blog.

Jimmy received his Juris Doctor magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame. While a law student, he received the American College of Trial Lawyers “Medal for Excellence in Trial Advocacy” and the “Edward F. Barrett Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy,” while also competing in regional and national trial competitions.

At the University of York in England, Jimmy completed his Master of Arts in Philosophy (Toleration) completing his thesis “Is a Policy of Toleration Compatible with the American Commitment to Individual Rights?”.

Jimmy serves New York’s courts as a member of the Advisory Group to the New York State-Federal Judicial Council, a member of the Technology Working Group of the Commission to Reimagine the Future of New York’s Courts and a member of The New York State Supreme Court Civil Electronic Filing Advisory Committee.


  • “The Nuts and Bolts of Cybersecurity in Constriction,” Virtual, February 18, 2021
  • “Hot Topics in Media and Cyber Law Impacting Underwriters Evaluating Risks,” Overland Park, KS, July 20, 2018
  • “Cyber Attacks Beyond Privacy Harm,” Timely Notice, Podcast, July 17, 2018
  • “Protecting Your Connected World: Where IT and the Law Intersect,” Lawline, Virtual, August 16, 2016
  • “Education Rights of Students with Disabilities,” Greater Association for Women Attorneys, December 3, 2014


  • “The NFL Twitter Hack Shows We Need to Move Past Password Protection,” Legaltech News, February 13, 2020
  • “5 Ways Law Firm Communications Have Become More Complicated,” Legaltech News, October 9, 2019 (Quoted)
  • “Goodbye Email, Hello Brave New World,” Legaltech News, October 3, 2019 (Quoted)
  • “Voters Say ‘No’ to Constitutional Convention,” Wayne Post, November 2017 (Quoted)
  • “Nothing to LOL About: E-Discovery of Texts on the Rise,” Corporate Counsel, June 30, 2017
  • “Anatomy of a Data Breach,” DRI’s For the Defense, March 2015
  • “Pro Bono Spotlight: Younger Attorneys Embrace Campaign for Justice Challenge,” The Daily Record, January 15, 2015 (Quoted)
  • “NY Expanding Computerized Court Records,” Associated Press, April 17, 2014 (Quoted)
  • “Where’s E-Filing, Monroe County?,” Monroe County Bar Association’s The Docket, Summer 2012
  • “Report on the Status of E-Filing in New York State Courts,” New York State Bar Association, March 2012
  • “Harmonizing the Pre-Litigation Obligation to Preserve Electronically Stored Information in New York State and Federal Courts,” New York State-Federal Judicial Council Advisory Committee, October 2010


  • New York-Metro Super Lawyer – E-Discovery (2022)
  • The Best Lawyers in America – Litigation: Insurance (2022)