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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  • James A. Cope Partner
    (267) 930-4766

    James A. Cope is a Partner at Mullen Coughlin where he focuses his practice on assisting clients with data privacy […]

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  • J Coughlin Jennifer A. Coughlin Partner & Managing Member
    (267) 930-4774

    Jennifer A. Coughlin is a Founding Partner of Mullen Coughlin and its Managing Member, guiding the Firm in its commitment […]

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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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Firm News & Events

Mullen Coughlin LLC Takes Home Two Honors at the 2024 Zywave “Cyber Risk Awards”

Mullen Coughlin is thrilled to announce that it is the recipient of two awards presented at the 2024 Zywave Cyber Risk Awards and voted upon by nearly 10,000 cyber insurance and cyber industry peers – the Cyber Law Firm of the Year award and the Cyber Risk Industry Person of the Year – Attorney award.

The Cyber Law Firm of the Year award, in which Mullen Coughlin previously won in 2017, 2018, 2021, 2022 and 2023, recognizes a law firm that has been “unparalleled in its work within the cyber insurance space in 2023.” Having handled nearly 4,000 data privacy and security incidents, as well as counseling over 500 organizations with pre-incident and proactive Advisory Compliance solutions and representing over 250 clients in Privacy Litigation and formal Regulatory Investigation in 2023 alone, this award is a testament to the continued trust the cyber insurance community has in Mullen Coughlin and its team members in providing data privacy and information security counsel for their insureds around the globe.

Mullen Coughlin CEO, John F. Mullen, said about the honor, “Our team works around the clock – 24/7/365 – to provide the most effective and efficient legal counsel for our clients, and this award recognizes once again our unbridled commitment to the industry and data privacy law.”     

Partner Carolyn Purwin Ryan was voted as the Cyber Risk Industry Person of the Year – Attorney, recognizing her commitment and skills as a Breach Coach attorney on behalf of the cyber insurance community, as well as a go-to partner and resource for the cyber insurance ecosystem – including carriers, brokers, industry partners, law enforcement and regulatory bodies. This is Carolyn’s first time winning this award, having also been nominated in 2023; Mullen Coughlin CEO, John F. Mullen, and Managing Member, Jennifer A. Coughlin, received this honor in 2017 and 2018 (Mullen) and 2022 (Coughlin).

“I am gushing and thrilled for this honor,” says Carolyn. “I am so grateful to my cyber industry friends, my Mullen Coughlin colleagues and the numerous industry partners we work with for their continued support.”

“Carolyn is a true professional and a leader in the cyber insurance industry and for Mullen Coughlin. She is not only a thoughtful and knowledgeable data privacy attorney and Breach Coach, but she is also one of the most encouraging and positive persons I know. This honor solidifies her accomplishments as a go-to resource for our cyber insurance clients, their insureds and our industry partners. We could not be happier for Carolyn and are excited to witness her continued success at Mullen Coughlin and within the industry,” adds Managing Member Jennifer A. Coughlin.

John adds, “These awards are a true testament to Mullen Coughlin’s hard work, unparalleled experience and devotion to the cyber industry and our clients, business partners and law enforcement.”

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ClaimsXchange Cyber Claims Academy

Carolyn Purwin Ryan, Partner at Mullen Coughlin, is a professor at the 2024 Cyber Claims Academy presented by ClaimsXchange from July 17-18 in Chicago, IL.

Alongside cyber insurance professionals from prominent cyber insurance industry stakeholders, Carolyn teaches three courses:

  1. “Regulatory Environment — International, Federal, and State Breach & Privacy Laws”;
  2. “Cyber Claims Overview — Ransomware, BEC, Etc.”; and
  3. “Crisis Communications – Communicating with Law Enforcement, Customers, Clients, and Employees During a Breach”.

Learn more, and register to attend, here.

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Optimize Cyber Resiliency and Security Operations

Mullen Coughlin Partner Carolyn Purwin Ryan joins a panel of cyber insurance and IT professionals for a discussion on cyber resiliency and operations on June 5 in Radnor, PA.

Moderated by Margaux Weinraub of The Graham Co., Carolyn, along with David Armstrong (CISO at The Judge Group), cover a blended perspective of cyber and information security operations, as well as best practices on the recovery of essential applications and infrastructure after a ransomware incident.

Learn more, and register to attend, here.

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