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Joseph A. Dickinson

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Bertha Dixon
Phone: 919.838.2035
bdixon@smithlaw.com

Overview

Joe Dickinson is a seasoned data use, privacy and security lawyer with more than 25 years of business and legal experience advising technology companies as well as healthcare and government entities. Joe’s extensive experience includes developing and implementing data privacy and security programs, HIPAA compliance, data breaches and governmental privacy-related investigations, technology licensing and transfer, contracts involving data flows and managing the related legal risks and obligations, intellectual property and information technology, and conducting internal investigations related to corporate compliance. His practice also includes evaluating the software development process, advising clients in responding to software audit requests and on the risks associated with the use of the Internet on an international basis.

Joe is the leader of Smith Anderson’s Data Use, Privacy and Security practice and is Certified in Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC®). His focus is on helping clients identify their risks and designing, implementing and managing data privacy and security programs that are appropriate for their business, industry and stage of development.

In addition to having a robust private practice, Joe is also a former privacy and chief information security officer for a large academic medical system. With his background that spans both business and law, Joe knows firsthand what it is like to be in the shoes of his clients, and is able to quickly create and operationalize data security programs for real world applications.

Joe is a speaker on data privacy, cybersecurity and healthcare topics, and has presented at some of the nation’s most prestigious technology and healthcare conferences. He is also an active member of several key technology, legal and healthcare based industry associations.

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  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • University HealthSystem Consortium, Data Privacy and Security Committee
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
    • Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection, National Advisory Board
    • Center for Health Law & Policy, Advisory Council
  • Health Care Compliance Association
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Northeast Ohio Chapter
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Healthcare Practice Group
  • Ohio State Bar Association

News & Publications

Events & Webinars

Events

  • Speaker, "The Board, Senior Leadership and Cybersecurity," AHLA Fraud and Compliance Forum, Baltimore, Md.
    10.2017
  • Speaker, "Cybersecurity from a Legal Perspective," TCDI Leadership Summit, Greensboro, N.C.
    08.2017
  • Moderator, "Roundtable Discussion of Cybersecurity," TCDI Leadership Summit, Greensboro, N.C.
    08.2017
  • "There’s an App for That: Use and Creation of Apps, Texting and Social Media in Research,” Academic Medical Center (AMC) Security & Privacy Conference, Chapel Hill, N.C.
    06.2017
  • "Third-Party Vendor Management," 2017 Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection Conference, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio
    04.2017
  • "Best Practices in Vendor and Business Associate Risk Management," 2017 GHX Healthcare Supply Chain Summit, National Harbor, Md.
    04.2017
  • "Regulating Information: A Candid Conversation About HIPAA and Privacy," Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio
    04.2017
  • "Bored with Your Board’s Lack of Interest?" Health Care Compliance Association’s 21st Annual Compliance Institute, National Harbor, Md.
    03.2017
  • "Healthcare Cybersecurity and Privacy Litigation," Health Care Law Update & Medical/Legal Summit 2017, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Assoc./Academy of Medicine Education Foundation/The Academy of Medicine of Cleveland & Northern Ohio, Cleveland, Ohio
    03.2017
  • "HIPAA Best Practices and Audit Readiness," Health Action Council Webinar
    02.2017
  • "Computer Law," Guest Lecturer, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio
    11.2016
  • "Business Associates," GHX Webinar
    11.2016
  • "Cyber Security Month – Security Panel," Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
    10.2016
  • "Healthcare Update – Regulations, HIPAA, and Risk Avoidance," 2016 In-House Counsel Summit, Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland, Ohio
    10.2016
  • "A Practical Guide to Your Incidence Response Plan," Practical Tips and Tools to Deal with Cybersecurity Challenges, Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland, Ohio
    07.2016
  • Data Breach Webinar, University HealthSystem Consortium
    10.2014
  • Data Privacy and Security, The Risk Management Society, Cleveland, Ohio
    09.2014
  • Data Privacy and Security Seminar, Association of Corporate Counsel, Cleveland, Ohio
    06.2014
  • "Privacy and Security Task Force – Breach Investigations and Most Common Breaches," University HealthSystem Consortium Legal and Compliance Counsel Annual Meeting, Chicago, Ill.
    05.2014
  • HIPAA Webinar, Health Care Compliance Association
    11.2013
  • "HIPAA HITECH Compliance Seminar: What Organizations and Their Business Associates Need to Know," sponsored by Tri-C and JurInnov
    07.2013

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Ohio
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio

Education

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1993

Malone University, B.A., 1989

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