Smith Anderson Welcomes Joseph Dickinson as the Leader of its Data Use, Privacy and Security Group

Smith Anderson announced that Joseph Dickinson has joined the firm as a Partner in the Technology Practice. A seasoned senior advisor and counselor with more than 25 years of experience, Joe will lead Smith Anderson’s Data Use, Privacy and Security Group. 

Joe is Certified in Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC®) and his extensive experience includes helping clients to identify their risks and to design, implement and manage data privacy and security programs for their business, as well as advise on 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. 

“We are delighted to welcome Joe to the firm and are excited about the extensive knowledge he brings with him,” said Managing Partner Gerald Roach. “In addition to having a robust private practice, Joe is a former privacy and chief information security officer for a large academic medical system and is a national speaker on data privacy, cybersecurity and healthcare topics. This experience sets him apart and will inform his leadership of our Data Use, Privacy and Security Group as we help clients navigate this era of data and digitization with a pragmatic, business-focused approach.”

“Cybersecurity and managing data are concerns for every business in today’s world, and there is no magic bullet on how to address the risks and legal requirements that apply to all organizations,” Joe said. “At Smith Anderson, I will be able to help clients identify their risks and design, implement and manage a data privacy and security program that is appropriate for their business, industry and stage of development. With my background that spans both business and law, I am able to help clients quickly create and operationalize data security programs for real world applications. I’ve had the advantage of spending years living in their shoes, and being keenly aware of the pressures and problems they face.”

Joe comes to Smith Anderson from Tucker Ellis, LLP in Cleveland, OH and prior to that from The MetroHealth System where he served as Privacy and Chief Information Security Officer/Counsel – Office of General Counsel.

Smith Anderson’s Data Use, Privacy and Security practice provides counsel in areas such as policies and procedures, data breach response, investigations, disputes, risk management, contracts that involve data licenses and transfer, and due diligence of data assets of acquisition targets. Lawyers in the Data Use, Privacy and Security practice use a multi-disciplinary approach to provide tailored and strategic data counsel for businesses in all industries.

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