Eckert Seamans expands Data Security & Privacy Group with addition of noted industry authority Matthew H. Meade

Eckert Seamans is growing its data security and privacy group with the addition of Matthew H. Meade, who joins the firm as a member (partner) based in Pittsburgh. Meade arrives from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, where he co-chaired the firm’s cybersecurity and data protection group. 

“We are very pleased that Matt chose Eckert Seamans as the platform to support the continued growth of his practice,” said Timothy Q. Hudak, CEO of Eckert Seamans. “Our clients are facing an increasingly complex data and regulatory framework, and Matt’s addition is an example of our commitment to provide clients with access to the best talent and business advice. His extensive experience in data security makes him an invaluable addition to our firm, which is helping clients tackle these complex issues around the globe,” he added.

Meade concentrates his practice in the area of data security providing advice to clients regarding data breaches, information and records management, and other areas concerning data security. He helps clients identify business risks associated with the use and storage of sensitive information. Meade regularly guides clients through security incident investigations, analysis, communications, and, if necessary, responding to regulatory inquiries and litigation. He advises clients on security breach notification laws and other U.S. state and federal data security requirements (including laws regarding disposal of records). Additionally, Meade drafts agreements addressing issues related to data use, privacy, and security. He also prepares document retention and management policies and develops associated training programs.

Meade speaks and writes regularly on data security matters and serves on The Sedona Conference Working Group Series Leadership Council, after previously serving on the Steering Committee for Working Group II on Data Security and Privacy, through which lawyers, judges, policy makers, security experts, technologists, and business leaders work together to identify and develop principles and best practices to constructively resolve issues surrounding data security and privacy liability. Meade has served as a Co-Chair of the ABA’s First, Second, and Third Annual National Cybersecurity Institute (2016-2018).

Meade earned his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1992 and his B.A. from Yale College in 1987.

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