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2nd Quarterly Lecture IN PERSON - Keeping the Barbarians Away from the Gates
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IAHA is pleased to present The Intersection of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act and the Medical Studies Act: Steps to Maximize State and Federal Privilege Protections

When: Thursday, June 27, 2019
8:30 am
Where: Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
525 W. Monroe Street
Chicago, Illinois  60661
United States
Presenter: Steven Puiszis and Michael Kraft
Contact: Kimberly LaBounty
(630) 433-4516

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Keeping the Barbarians Away From the Gates


A lawyer's duty to provide competent representation includes understanding the risks and benefits of the technology the lawyer uses in providing services to a client.  This duty includes preventing the inadvertent or unauthorized access to or acquisition of confidential or sensitive client information. Data security is becoming increasingly complex and malware is becomingly increasingly sophisticated and dangerous. This presentation will address a lawyer's duty of technology competence and explain measures that lawyers should consider to meet that duty and protect client information.   




Michael Kraft is a founder and the General Counsel of Kraft & Kennedy, Inc., a consulting and systems integration firm founded in 1988. He began practicing law in 1970 as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of New York. Michael moved to private practice with the firm of Choate Doman Moore & Hahn, where he specialized in international litigation. Thereafter, Michael joined a financial printing firm where he became Executive Vice President in charge of marketing, sales, and product development. Michael is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Bar Association of the City of New York, the DRI defense bar association, the American Bar Association and an active member of the Association of Corporate Counsel. He served on the Board of the New York Chapter of ACC for more than ten years, co-chaired the Technology/Privacy Committee for the New York Chapter. He is also a member of the Litigation Committee and the Law Office Management Committee of the national organization. Further, Michael was one of the founding board members of the Members-in-Transition Committee, which provided support to members of the corporate bar who were seeking new opportunities to use their extensive skills. He was a contributing author of a book,Managing Outside Counsel,published by ACC and a contributing editor of a report issued by the New York Chapter on the Selection of Outside Counsel. He is a frequent speaker on technology and the practice of law for both law firms and corporate legal departments. He graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 1969.

Steve Puiszis is a partner with Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP and serves as the Firm's General Counsel. He is a certified (CIPP/US) in information privacy by the International Association of Privacy Professionals.  Steve is a member of Hinshaw's Lawyers for the Professions Practice Group, counseling and defending both lawyers and law firms in ethics, data security, breach risk, professional liability and disciplinary matters.  He is a past president of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel and is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  Steve is the Chair of DRI's Center for Law and Public Policy, and formerly served on DRI's Board of Directors. Steve's publications include book chapters on mitigating law firm cyber risk and data protection and privacy in the United States. He has also published articles on managing the ethical and risk management issues presented for law firms adopting a "Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)" policy and who bears the risk of loss when a hacker targets a settlement.  

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