November 06, 2017

Oliver F. Hays
Phillips Lytle LLP


Albany, N.Y. – Phillips Lytle LLP and Women in Insurance & Financial Services (WIFS) will host an exclusive program about legal issues raised by recent trends in technology, which will include practical advice for leaders in the insurance and the financial service industries on how to adapt to these emerging legal and technological challenges. The program will provide WIFS members with a simulated data security incident to test the existing practices and know-how. The event will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 8th at Bellini’s Italian Eatery in Latham, NY.

Phillips Lytle offers in-depth experience advising clients, including those in insurance and financial services, on the legal issues surrounding data security and privacy matters. The firm’s attorneys include former technology business owners and IT professionals who are uniquely positioned to provide the perspectives necessary to protect organizations against, and respond to, data security incidents. Phillips Lytle’s experience advising financial services and insurance companies in government investigations and litigation allows the firm to provide valuable insight on how to manage risk in this area.

Phillips Lytle presenters include:

  • Jennifer A. Beckage, Partner, Data Security & Privacy Practice Team Leader – Before beginning her legal career, Ms. Beckage was an owner of a technology company. She successfully helped lead the company through an acquisition to a publicly traded company in which she was retained in a management role overseeing operations of an e-services line of products in 11 states.
    Ms. Beckage concentrates her practice on complex business disputes and commercial litigation involving, among other things, data breaches, cyberattacks, ransomware, intellectual property, employee disloyalty, violations of non-compete agreements and other employment matters, breaches of contract, fraud matters, food product litigation, class actions, corporate compliance with regulatory bodies, and government investigations.
  • Mary E. Burgess, Special Counsel – Ms. Burgess advises business units on legal issues regarding data security, cyber breaches, regulatory compliance, and corporate governance. She also focuses her practice in the energy and telecommunications sectors. She has extensive experience handling regulatory proceedings and investigations of issues related to telecommunications network reliability and security before the New York Public Service Commission.
  • Brendan S. Lillis, Senior Associate – Mr. Lillis concentrates his practice in all areas of intellectual property law, with particular emphasis on patent preparation and prosecution and opinion work in the software, mobile applications, and electronic arts. He has a degree in computer engineering from Syracuse University and prior to working at Phillips Lytle, was a patent examiner for three years in the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia, where he worked in the computer memory art unit.
  • James E. B. Bobseine, Attorney – Mr. Bobseine concentrates his practice in the area of business litigation, including white collar and securities litigation matters. He provides representation for complex commercial disputes, shareholder class actions, derivative cases, and internal investigations, as well as investigations by state and federal government agencies and other regulatory authorities. Mr. Bobseine has helped clients respond to data breach and security incidents, including assisting with customer notification, reporting to governmental agencies, and making public communications.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • FinTech
  • Blockchain
  • Recent Headline Data Incidents
  • DFS Cybersecurity Regulation
  • Incident Preparedness
  • Incident Response – from Consumer Notification to Government and Agency Reporting
  • Government Investigations to Litigation

As the preeminent professional organization for women in the insurance and financial services industry, WIFS is dedicated to attracting capable women to the insurance and financial services sector, developing their talents, and advancing them toward their fullest potential.

WIFS plans programs and delivers benefits tailored to the needs of its membership of financial advisors, agents, representatives, managers, CPAs, and attorneys. Members benefit from monthly educational webinars on a variety of business and professional development topics, mentorship program, and peer connection.

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