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

  • Richard J. Aponte-Boyd Partner
    (267) 930-4888

    Richard Aponte-Boyd, a Partner at Mullen Coughlin, focuses his practice on data privacy and security incident response. Working with organizations […]

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  • C DiIenno Christopher J. DiIenno Partner
    (267) 930-4775

    Christopher Dilenno is a Founding Partner of Mullen Coughlin, focusing his practice on assisting organizations as they respond to, and […]

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  • Elizabeth R. Dill Partner & Co-Chair, Advisory Compliance
    (267) 930-5327

    Elizabeth (Liz) Dill, CIPP/US is a Partner at Mullen Coughlin, located in Richmond, Virginia. She focuses her practice on counseling […]

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  • Kevin E. Dolan Partner & Co-Chair, Advisory Compliance
    (267) 930-4861

    Kevin E. Dolan is a Partner at Mullen Coughlin and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Advisory Compliance practice group. As Co-Chair, […]

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  • E Finn Edward J. Finn Partner
    (267) 930-4776

    A Partner at Mullen Coughlin, Ed Finn assists organizations in various industry groups with ensuring compliance with a wide variety […]

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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 & Co-Chair, Privacy Litigation and Regulatory Investigation
    (267) 930-2098

    Paulyne Gardner is a Partner in Mullen Coughlin’s Privacy Litigation practice, handling all aspects of third-party claims, including single-plaintiff and […]

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  • Richard M. Haggerty Partner
    (267) 930-1594

    Richard M. Haggerty represents both businesses and non-profit organizations across a variety of industry sectors in data privacy class action […]

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  • Anne Marie Hanson Partner
    (267) 930-4385

    Anne Marie Hanson, a Partner with Mullen Coughlin, is an experienced attorney with nearly 20 years of data privacy experience […]

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Firm News & Events

Mullen Coughlin LLC Grows Incident Response Group, Adding Anne Marie Hanson as Partner in South Carolina

Mullen Coughlin LLC proudly welcomes Anne Marie Hanson as a Partner in the Firm’s Incident Response practice group. Anne Marie will be based in South Carolina, adding to our national footprint and providing Breach Coach services to organizations nationwide.

Anne Marie is a seasoned attorney, having spent nearly 20 years as data privacy and regulatory in-house counsel for a national health insurance provider. She brings a unique understanding regarding what in-house lawyers expect from their outside counsel and is extremely conscientious of business considerations in making decisions.

“During my tenure as in-house counsel, I witnessed the progression of technology and the increased focus on the privacy and security of data. I am thrilled to bring my experience to Mullen Coughlin to support our clients’ needs,” remarks Anne Marie.

Sian M. Schafle, Mullen Coughlin’s Incident Response practice group leader, adds, “Not only does Anne Marie bring significant experience and knowledge to our clients, she will also be a great internal resource and subject-matter-expert for our team to rely on. I look forward to working closely with her to provide effective and efficient incident response counsel, and as a valuable asset to Firm operations.”

Anne Marie received her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina Law School and a Bachelor of Music from the University of South Carolina. She previously was a business analyst for a global information technology company, before practicing as an associate attorney, finally serving as an in-house counsel. Throughout her career, Anne Marie has been on the boards of countless legal-related organizations, including the South Carolina chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, where she served as President during the 2014 term.

Highlighting Anne Marie’s extensive knowledge of data privacy and security incident response, Managing Member Jennifer A. Coughlin notes, “Her experience encompasses all facets of data privacy and information security related to the healthcare and health insurance industries. Her solid appreciation for the laws and regulations, as well as their real-life nuances, strengthens the Firm’s Incident Response practice in responding to, and handling, data privacy and security incidents on behalf of organizations in the healthcare and life sciences industry.”

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Operationalizing Privacy Law in the Transactional Realm

Elizabeth “Liz” Dill, Partner and Co-Chair of Mullen Coughlin’s Advisory Compliance practice, speaks at the Privacy + Security’s Fall Forum on November 10, 2023.

The session, “Operationalizing Privacy Law in the Transactional Realm,” where Liz is joined by Jason Bess, Director of Corporate Legal at AutoZone, focuses on the challenges of, and solutions to, managing a privacy program in the transactional realm. Liz and Jason explore various different aspects of a privacy program, including data protection impact assessments, data processing addenda and consent management programs, giving attendees the practical information needed to further their understanding and knowledge of developing and managing a privacy program for their organization.

The Fall Forum is a follow-up to Privacy + Security’s Spring Forum, where Liz previously spoke about the data privacy and information security concerns that website technologies create. The Fall Forum is held in Washington, D.C. and runs from November 8-10.

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Insuring the Digital Future: Cyber Insurance in an Evolving Threat Landscape

At the 11th annual Cyber Warfare Symposium on October 18 in New York, NY, Mullen Coughlin Managing Member Jennifer A. Coughlin moderates the panel “Insuring the Digital Future: Cyber Insurance in an Evolving Threat Landscape.”

Jenn leads the discussion alongside cyber insurance professionals – Matt Prevost, SVP and Cyber Product Line Manager at Chubb; Anthony Dolce, Head of Professional Liability and Cyber Underwriting at the Hartford; Thomas Regan, Cyber Risk Practice Leader at Marsh; and Bridget Quinn Choi, VP and Head of Cyber Liability at Everest Insurance.

This one-day Cyber Warfare Symposium provides attendees with valuable discussions on all things cyber warfare related, with speakers from various backgrounds including regulatory, law enforcement, insurance, legal and military. Learn more here.

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