Ryan Blaney has joined the Firm as a partner in the Cybersecurity, Privacy & Data Protection Practice. He is based in the Washington Office.

Mr. Blaney advises clients on regulatory investigations, enforcement actions, litigations, cyber incidents, compliance, and corporate transactions in the areas of data privacy, cybersecurity, health care, and artificial intelligence. He has two decades of experience representing health care entities, retail companies, and life sciences, private equity, financial services, and technology firms. Mr. Blaney has served as lead counsel defending clients in regulatory investigations conducted by agencies including HHS-OCR, DOJ, FTC, FCC, and State Attorneys General and in quarterbacking responses to large-scale ransomware attacks and cyber breaches by nation-states. He also has substantial experience defending clients in False Claims Act litigations, obtaining several declinations and dismissals.

"Ryan has represented clients from large multinational companies to startups in a wide range of privacy and data security matters, and has cultivated a particular reputation for excellence in health care privacy and data privacy issues related to transactions, data breach risk assessments, and incident responses," said Lisa Ropple, leader of the Firm's Cybersecurity, Privacy & Data Protection Practice. "This diverse experience is a great complement to the strengths of our worldwide practice and his insights will be of great value to our clients. I am pleased to welcome him to Jones Day."

At Jones Day, he joins a global team of lawyers with in-depth experience working on matters involving cybersecurity breaches, disputes, and litigation alleging data breaches or privacy law violations, regulatory investigations and enforcement actions, and cyber insurance. The Firm's Cybersecurity, Privacy & Data Protection lawyers advise clients worldwide on compliance obligations and their implications in corporate transactions, governance and risk management, and cross-border data transfers, and are experienced across multiple industry sectors, including emerging technologies, health care, financial services, retail, communications, manufacturing, and transportation.

"Ryan has worked at the highest levels of private practice here in Washington and has established himself among the leading lawyers in cybersecurity, privacy, and data security law," said Noel Francisco, Partner-in-Charge of the Washington Office. "His diverse experience advising clients in transactions, litigation, and government investigations is a tremendous addition to our team and I look forward to his contributions to Jones Day."

Mr. Blaney earned his law degree from Notre Dame Law School, and his B.A. and M.Ed. degrees from the University of Notre Dame. He has been recognized by The Legal 500 each year from 2021-2023 for excellence in Cyber Law (including Data Protection & Privacy).

"Jones Day is widely recognized for having an elite global team of experienced cybersecurity, privacy, and data protection lawyers, so it is a great privilege to join this esteemed practice that advises multinational corporations on complex legal challenges every day," said Mr. Blaney. "I am excited to work alongside my new colleagues in Washington and around the world in serving the Firm's clients."