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 focuses his practice on data privacy, network security and incident response. Working with clients in all industry sectors, […]

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

    Christopher Dilenno is a founding partner of Mullen Coughlin. He focuses his practice on assisting clients in data privacy and […]

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  • Elizabeth R. Dill Partner
    (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
    (267) 930-4861

    Kevin E. Dolan is a Partner at Mullen Coughlin and an experienced data privacy and incident response attorney. He focuses […]

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

    Ed Finn assists clients with ensuring compliance with a wide variety of data privacy rules, statutes and regulations, including the […]

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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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  • 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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  • S. Chandler Harris Partner
    (267) 930-1290

    Chandler Harris is a Partner at Mullen Coughlin. Mr. Harris’s practice focuses on counseling clients through privacy and cybersecurity matters […]

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Firm News & Events

2023 Zywave Cyber Risk Insights Conference

Mullen Coughlin is proud to support Zywave’s 2023 Cyber Risk Insights Conference (CRIC), being held in New York, NY on September 27, 2023, with presenters from Mullen Coughlin speaking on two panels – “State of the Market: The Loss Landscape” and “Cyber Litigation to Watch.” Additionally, Mullen Coughlin Co-Founder & Managing Member Jennifer A. Coughlin sits on CRIC’s Advisory Board, assisting with the planning and execution of the Conference.

On the “State of the Market: The Loss Landscape” panel, Mullen Coughlin Partner Carolyn Purwin Ryan is joined by threat and risk mitigation professionals Adam Cottini of Crowdstrike, Michael Rogers of MOXFIVE and Josiah Dykstra of the National Security Agency (NSA) for a dynamic discussion on the current cyber threats that pose the greatest risk to organizations and their cyber insurance partners. Carolyn relies on Mullen Coughlin’s collective experience in handling over 2,000 data privacy and security incidents so far in 2023 in providing attendees real-life examples of incident investigations and related cyber claims.

Partner and Chair of Mullen Coughlin’s Privacy Litigation practice, Claudia D. McCarron, moderates the “Cyber Litigation to Watch” panel. Relying upon Mullen Coughlin’s 15-member (and growing) Privacy Litigation team’s experience defending hundreds of organizations across all industry sectors against claims and litigation under state and federal consumer protection and privacy laws, Claudia leads the panel as it addresses the rise of cyber and privacy litigation, discusses various issues such as contractual liability and comments on how policy language is being interpreted by courts and notable areas of contention and trends. 

This hallmark event from Zywave brings together cyber insurance professionals, risk managers and other cyber industry leaders from across the country for one full day of networking, learning and discussions on all topics related to data privacy and security, including the cyber insurance market, privacy litigation, incident response, threat intelligence, emerging trends and more. Learn more about CRIC, and register, here.

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2023 NetDiligence Beverly Hills “Cyber Risk Summit”

Mullen Coughlin is a proud supporter of, and participant in, the 2023 NetDiligence Cyber Risk Summit in Beverly Hills, CA from October 16-18, 2023.

Following NetDiligence’s successful Ft. Lauderdale and Philadelphia Summits earlier this year, the west coast Summit once again brings together cyber insurance, legal and technology leaders from across the globe for three (3) days of premier education and networking opportunities related to the hottest topics and trends in cyber insurance, cyber risk and privacy liability. In addition to being a Silver-level sponsor of the Summit, Mullen Coughlin Partner Carolyn Purwin Ryan moderates the “2023 Claims & Losses Update” panel on Tuesday, October 17 at 9:30 am.

The panel, in which Carolyn is joined by valued cyber insurance partners and other incident response professionals, first delves into NetDiligence’s newly-released “2023 Cyber Claims Study” – interjecting ‘tales from the trenches’ related to the response and investigation into data privacy and security incidents, the financial, reputational and operational impact on victim organizations and associated cyber claims. Attendees then hear from the panel on their data privacy and security experience to date, as well as predictions for the rest of 2023 and into 2024.

Other programming at the Summit includes sessions related to cyber resiliency, industry-specific risk analysis, attorney-client privilege, third-party incidents, third-party privacy litigation and more. The 2023 NetDiligence Beverly Hills Cyber Risk Summit begins on October 16 and runs through October 18. Learn more here.

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Beyond Hammer and Nails: Cyber Risk in Construction

Mullen Coughlin Partner Amanda Harvey participates in the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance’s (CLM) 2023 Construction Conference on September 29, 2023 in Austin, TX.

On the panel “Beyond Hammer and Nails: Cyber Risk in Construction,” Amanda is joined by cyber insurance professionals Brian Dusek of Mosaic Insurance, Donna Hunt of Ironshore Insurance Company and Laura Zaroski McVicker at Arthur J. Gallagher, as well as Howard Franco of Collins + Collins LLP, for a roundtable discussion on how current construction practices address cyber risk, how cyber insurers can place and underwrite policies and how to engage in meaningful risk management with historically “soft” targets such as construction companies. Amanda shares her experience based on the over 2,000 data privacy and security incidents managed by Mullen Coughlin so far in 2023.

CLM’s Construction Conference is the largest gathering of insurance and litigation professionals serving the construction industry. Learn more here.

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