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

Cyber Defense Connect

As cyber-attacks become more prevalent, assessing your company’s readiness is crucial. At Cyber Defense Connect on April 16, attendees will engage in a realistic cyber-attack simulation inspired by real events. Teams will face the challenge of swift response, taking control and initiating recovery measures.

Mullen Coughlin Managing Member Jennifer Coughlin will join a panel of incident response and cyber insurance professionals to offer real-time feedback and insights to teams on their mock response efforts and how they can increase their cybersecurity preparedness to mitigate the effects of data privacy and security incident.

Learn more, and register to attend, here.

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State of the Cyber Insurance Market

Mullen Coughlin is proud to once again sponsor this year’s ExecuSummit.

Joining an esteemed panel of cyber insurance professionals at the 12th Annual Cyber Liability Insurance ExecuSummit, Partner Carolyn Purwin Ryan presents during the “State of the Cyber Insurance Market” session on March 19. The panel, moderated by Everest’s Catherine Rudow, will examine the latest trends and predictions for the cyber insurance industry. Using Mullen Coughlin’s collective experience in handling nearly 4,000 data privacy and security incidents in 2023, Carolyn will provide attendees with an overview of the latest cyber threats to organizations and what considerations cyber insurers and their insureds must look at when providing or purchasing cyber insurance.

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Data Privacy and New Regulations

Mullen Coughlin is proud to be part of this year’s PLUS Cyber Symposium, being held in New York from March 5-6, 2024. This year, Partner Carolyn Purwin Ryan served as Co-Chair of the Symposiums planning committee.

On March 6, Advisory Compliance Co-Chair and Partner, Kevin Dolan, will present on the panel “Data Privacy and New Regulations” with cyber insurance and other cybersecurity professionals from AXIS Capital, Lockton Companies and the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA). The panel will address the leading issues in the privacy and compliance landscape, as well as provide updates on new data privacy and information security laws at the state and federal levels.

Learn more about the PLUS Cyber Symposium here.

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