BABC sets up privacy/information security team

Dozen or so lawyers will focus primarily on finance, health care, retail

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings has formed a cross-disciplinary privacy and information security team to help clients with some of today’s hottest business issues.

The group will be chaired by partners Paige Boshell, a financial services and intellectual property specialist, and Amy S. Leopard, who focuses her day-to-day work on health care. It will organize about a dozen attorneys from a number of Bradley Arant’s practice groups to get to grips with the risk of data breaches and the laws and regulations tackling security issues in industries including finance, health care and retail.

“This new team allows us to further enhance our focus on meeting our clients’ privacy and security needs by facilitating more sharing and collaboration,” said Boshell. “Companies can be intimidated by privacy and security, so in the past they may have hired a major market law firm with a higher-profile reputation in this practice area without fully realizing that the firm they have trusted and built a relationship with over decades provides the same quality of services.”

Leopard said a key goal of the privacy/security group will be to help smaller companies proactively mitigate their data risk, especially those dealing with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

“Even entities that have been regulated under HIPAA for over a decade often don’t fully comprehend how the bar is being raised, the level of protection that they need, and the steps they can take to guard against future breaches,” Leopard said.

Bradley Arant, which has offices in Nashville and in six others from Mississippi to Washington, D.C., is home to more than 440 attorneys.