United States: Partner Randy Gainer Named To National Law Journal’s Inaugural List Of IP Trailblazers And Pioneers
Last Updated: October 29 2014

Seattle, October 27, 2014—BakerHostetler Partner and Privacy and Data Protection team member Randy Gainer has been recognized in The National Law Journal's inaugural list of "50 Intellectual Property Trailblazers and Pioneers." His selection adds to the host of recognitions the practice and its attorneys have received as it continues to expand to meet client demands and secure major client victories in high-profile privacy and security matters.

Gainer's inclusion in the list recognizes his extraordinary accomplishments in the management and protection of client information. As one of the few practicing lawyers in the U.S. who holds a Certified Information System Security Professionals (CISSP) designation, he is a trusted advisor to boards and senior management who rely on his counsel on data and network security regulations and privacy requirements. Gainer is known for being ahead of the curve in helping clients safeguard IT systems and the proprietary intellectual property they hold.

Gainer directs and manages risk assessments and oversees network penetration tests and vulnerability scans, which gives him an advantage when counseling companies on data and network security regulations and privacy requirements. He identifies cyber-weaknesses and help clients fortify themselves to close security gaps. Gainer has conducted risk assessments for small, medium, and global organizations in the banking/finance, healthcare, insurance, retail, education, and telecom industries. His profile will appear in the October 27, 2014 issue of The National Law Journal, where he will be featured along with fellow groundbreaking thinkers and innovators in the IP space.

"This announcement caps off a big year for our preeminent privacy and data protection team. We are very proud that Randy's expertise in helping companies assess their global information security risks has been recognized. When clients combine our experience from managing hundreds of breaches and responding to over 100 regulatory investigations with Randy's expertise in mitigating security risks, they feel better prepared to face a breach," said Theodore J. Kobus III, Co-chair of the firm's Privacy and Data Protection team. "This recognition reflects the depth of experience Randy adds to the BakerHostetler team and our ability to anticipate client needs and industry trends before they become high-profile news stories. Companies don't always understand the risks involved when they race forward with emerging technology; our proactive 'privacy by design' approach helps clients tackle compliance head-on without sacrificing innovation."

Gainer's addition to the firm was just one of many high profile lateral moves to BakerHostetler's Privacy team this year. In July, Tanya Forsheit (IAPP Certified Information Privacy Professional) and Scott Koller (CISSP and IAPP Certified Information Privacy Professional) joined the firm's LA office. They followed the March arrival of media convergence and data audit attorney Alan Friel. Counsel Eric Packel (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) joined the Philadelphia office in January 2014.

BakerHostetler's Privacy and Data Protection team is recognized as a premier practice by top legal rankings organizations, including Chambers and Partners, Chambers Global, and Law360. Chambers USA has noted the team's deep expertise in data breach incidents, and sources have lauded the team as "terrific lawyers - very knowledgeable, good with clients and very savvy on cybersecurity" (Chambers USA, 2014). The national Privacy and Data Protection team has nearly 40 attorneys based in offices across the U.S., including New York, Washington D.C., California, Seattle, and several other locations. In 2014, legal trade publication Law360 named the team a "Practice Group of the Year," and in 2013, Co-chair Ted Kobus was one of only three attorneys named an MVP by Law360 for Privacy & Consumer Protection. The team has responded to more than 750 data breaches, including over 175 incidents just in the past year.

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