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Andy Blair

Dentons US LLP

New York, NY, USA


Andy Blair
Managing Associate

Andy Blair is a member of Dentons’ Corporate practice, focusing on privacy and data security and technology transactions. Andy’s practice draws on his technical background in information security and enterprise IT to counsel clients wherever technology and the law intersect. He has experience in federal and state regulatory compliance and enforcement, litigation, outsourcing and vendor management, privacy and security policies, intellectual property, risk management and data governance.

Andy’s rare combination of legal and technical ability helps clients translate between legal compliance and technical requirements, an obstacle for many organizations. His perspective helps clients understand the technical impact of regulations and implement appropriate technical and procedural controls that manage cost and risk.

Experience

Andy has significant experience in technology matters, including:

  • Counseling multiple clients in major, high-profile multistate AG investigations.
  • Advising a household-name technology company on Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance in product sales and services.
  • Counseling a major cloud hosting provider on US/EU Safe Harbor certification and HIPAA compliance, and designing vendor management and incident response programs.
  • Building a global privacy and security compliance program for a major media company covering privacy and security, as well as addressing joint ventures, vendor management and internal procedures.
  • Advising a mobile analytics company on compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) , privacy policies, user data retention and developer agreements.
  • Advising clients on the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), Patriot Act, Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) and state-level hacking and technology laws.
  • Counseling insurance, health care and other companies in responding to multi-state data breach incidents.
  • Developing corporate policies on employee monitoring, data retention, cross-border data transfers and other internal technology issues.

Recognition

Honors and Awards

  • General Mills Community Service Excellence Award, 2008
  • Council of the Year Award, University of Minnesota Band Alumni Society Board of Directors, 2007

Insights

  • Co-author, "How To Mitigate The IP Risks Of Data Breaches," Law360, April 4, 2013

Activities and Affiliations

Presentations

  • "Privacy and Security in New Technologies," DailyDOOH Investor Conference, 2013
  • Facilitator, "Cyber Risk and Emerging Technologies," Insurance Industry Peer Exchange, NYSE Governance Services/Corporate Board Member, New York Stock Exchange, 2013

Memberships

  • Member, Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Member, Information Systems Security Association, Minnesota Chapter, 2005-2007
  • Council, University of Minnesota Band Alumni Society Board of Directors, 2006-2007

Prior and Present Employment

  • Prior to law school, Andy spent time as a computer security analyst and applications analyst at General Mills, responsible for securing and monitoring over 20,000 end points, drafting and implementing client security policies, and developing comprehensive defense-in-depth security practices. He has significant experience designing and securing Microsoft, SAP, Symantec and other enterprise software systems.

Areas of focus

Practices

Copyright
Corporate
Intellectual Property and Technology
Intellectual Property Litigation
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Patent Litigation
Patents
Privacy and Security

Industry sectors

Communications
Technology

Education

The George Washington University Law School, 2011, JD, executive notes editor, American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal
University of Minnesota
, 2004, BS, Computer Science

Admissions and qualifications

California District of Columbia
New York

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