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

Cyber: Prepare, Prevent, Mitigate, Restore

Continuing its collaboration with Travelers and the Travelers Institute, Mullen Coughlin Partner Carolyn Purwin Ryan joins a panel of cyber industry leaders for the first 2024 session of the Travelers Institute’s “Cyber: Prepare, Prevent, Mitigate, Restore” series of national educational symposiums on February 27 in Salt Lake City.

Hosted by Joan Kois Woodard, President at the Travelers Institute, Carolyn uses Mullen Coughlin’s collective experience in handling over 25,000 data privacy and security incidents to provide attendees with an in-depth discussion on how to prepare and respond to incidents such as ransomware attacks, business email compromises (BEC) and other network intrusions. Alongside Rehman Kahn, AVP of Travelers’ Cyber Risk Management team, Carolyn will review the current cyber threat landscape and best practices to mitigate the chances of a successful data privacy and security incident.

The “Cyber: Prepare, Prevent, Mitigate, Restore” series of symposiums brings together industry leaders from both the public and private sectors to provide business owners with the key information needed to tackle today’s evolving cyber threats to their business. Learn more, and register to attend, here.

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Creating a Cyber Security Risk Mitigation Plan

On February 21, Mullen Coughlin Partner Carolyn Purwin Ryan and Newfront Insurance’s Jennifer Wilson present at Agsafe’s annual conference, ACTIVATE24.

Presenting the session, “Creating a Cyber Security Risk Mitigation Plan,” Carolyn discusses the cyber risks relevant to farming, agriculture and food distribution organizations and how they can prepare themselves for a data privacy and security incident. Other areas of focus, including cyber insurance and other real-life scenarios, will also be discussed.

Using Mullen Coughlin’s collective experience in responding to nearly 4,000 data privacy incidents last year, Carolyn examines the different types of incidents most prevalent to organizations in the farming, agriculture and food & beverage industries. She explores the incident response process, how an incident at one organization can have trickle down effects on a whole industry and what can be done now to best prepare for a data privacy and security incident. Carolyn and Jennifer will look at how cyber insurance plays a part in the IR process, and using real-life “war” stories, present the best practices for responding and investigating a data privacy and security incident.

Agsafe is a non-profit organization devoted to provided practical health and safety education to the agriculture and farming business communities. ACTIVATE24 is held in Monterey, CA from February 20-21, 2024.

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Challenges Associated with Cyber Claims in the UK/EU for Complex Breaches

On February 8 in London, Mullen Coughlin LLC UK Partner Cameron Carr and Managing Member Jennifer A. Coughlin join a “Masterclass” panel at Intelligent Insurer’s 2024 Cyber Risk & Insurance Innovation Europe conference.

The panel presentation – “Challenges Associated with Cyber Claims in the UK/EU for Complex Breaches” – Cameron and Jenn are joined by incident response professionals from Integreon and S-RM, will dive into the various aspects of complex breaches that impact cyber claims including restoration costs; differences, similarities and challenges between US and UK/EU incident response; and stakeholder fatigue.

Cameron is also named a finalist for the “Rising Star in Cyber Insurance” award by Intelligent Insurer. Prior to the Conference, winners announced at the Cyber Insurance Awards Europe dinner on February 7.

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