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Joseph A. Dickinson

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Keri Jackowski
Phone: 919.838.2144


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 helping clients to identify their risks and to design, implement and manage 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 leads 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.


  • North Carolina Technology Association, Board of Advisors
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Privacy & Data Security Member
  • Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies, North Carolina Thought Leadership Association
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Health Care Compliance Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • The Sedona Conference®

    • Working Group Series Program, Data Security and Privacy Liability - Working Group 11
  • 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
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Northeast Ohio Chapter
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Healthcare Practice Group
  • Ohio State Bar Association



  • Advised a private equity fund and its contract research solutions portfolio company in their acquisition of a statistical programming, consulting, and data management company.
  • Advised a company specializing in video game and software development in a definitive agreement to acquire a company that developed a presence-based social networking platform connecting users online through live video on mobile and desktop apps.
  • Advised a leading provider of patient affordability, access, adherence, and support services in a definitive agreement to acquire a provider of mobile-based medication management and adherence solutions for the life sciences sector.

News & Publications

Speaking Engagements


  • Co-Panelist, "Health Care Sector Deep Dive," Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Cybersecutiy & Privacy Protection Virtual Conference 2020
  • Co-Presenter, "Managing Remote Access & Incident Response Remotely Workshop," NC TECH Webinar in Partnership with TCDI
  • Co-Presenter, "Cyber Security," NCACPA's Business & Industry Spring Conference, Greensboro, N.C.
  • Co-Presenter, "The Role of Cyber-Insurance," WSJ Pro Cybersecurity Symposium, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Co-Presenter, "Data Privacy, Cybersecurity, & HIPAA for Practitioners," NCACPA's 80th Annual Symposium, Greensboro, N.C.
  • Co-Presenter, "Cyber Security and Health Care Privacy," HCCA 2019 Healthcare Enforcement Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Panelist, "Cybersecurity Panel Discussion," Total Computer Solutions, Greensboro, N.C.
  • Panelist, "Pathways to Employment in International Law," Duke University School of Law, Durham, N.C.
  • Speaker, "Overview of Data Privacy/Cybersecurity and Practical Implications," CED Accelerate Series, Research Triangle Park, N.C.
  • Co-Speaker, "What Do Carnegie Hall and Good Security Incident Response Plans Have in Common?" HCCA's 23rd Annual Compliance Institute, Boston, M.A.
  • Panelist, "General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – Info and Impacts," Visit North Carolina 365 Conference, Wilmington, N.C.
  • Speaker, "Cyber Security and Office Management Issues," Bi-Annual Family Law Symposium, NC Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Speaker, “Data Use and Privacy,” Selected Issues for Multi-Disciplinary Corporate Practitioners, Morrisville, N.C.
  • Co-Speaker, “Incident Response is Not Just an IT Issue: The Role of Compliance, Privacy, and Legal Officers,” AHLA’s Physicians and Hospitals Law Institute, San Antonio, Texas
  • Co-Speaker, "The Evolving CyberSecurity and Privacy Risk in Health Care: Incident Preparation and Response," AHLA's Fraud and Compliance Forum, Baltimore, Md.
  • Speaker, "The State of Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Today," Triad Leadership Breakfast Series, Greensboro, N.C.
  • Speaker, "Incident Response: Legal Issues," Carolinas IT Breaking the Chain Cybersecurity Seminar, Raleigh, N.C
  • Panelist, "Ethics in AI - What About Privacy?," NC Tech Association's State of Technology Conference, Durham, N.C.
  • Panelist, "Cybersecurity Incident Response," Triad Workplace Summit, Highpoint, N.C.
  • Co-Speaker, "The GDPR Implications for U.S. Healthcare Providers," Annual Compliance Institute, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Co-Speaker, "What Do Carnegie Hall and Good Security Incident Response Plans Have In Common?" Annual Compliance Institute, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Panelist, Greensboro Chamber of Commerce's Cybersecurity Summit, Greensboro, N.C.
  • Panelist, "National Security: Cyber Warfare and Defense," UNC School of Law, Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • Co-Speaker, "Cybersecurity Issues in Government Contracting," Society of American Military Engineers, Fort Bragg, N.C.
  • Panelist, "Understanding and Combating Cyber Fraud: Trends and Techniques," PNC & Scott Insurance Cyber Security Seminar, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Speaker, "A Company’s Legal Obligations in the Event of a Data Breach," North Carolina Technology Association Lunch and Learn, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Co-Speaker, "The Board, Senior Leadership and Cybersecurity," AHLA Fraud and Compliance Forum, Baltimore, Md.
  • Moderator, "Roundtable Discussion of Cybersecurity," TCDI Leadership Summit, Greensboro, N.C.
  • Speaker, "Cybersecurity from a Legal Perspective," TCDI Leadership Summit, Greensboro, N.C.
  • "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.
  • "Third-Party Vendor Management," 2017 Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection Conference, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio
  • "Best Practices in Vendor and Business Associate Risk Management," 2017 GHX Healthcare Supply Chain Summit, National Harbor, Md.
  • "Regulating Information: A Candid Conversation About HIPAA and Privacy," Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio
  • "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
  • "Bored with Your Board’s Lack of Interest?" Health Care Compliance Association’s 21st Annual Compliance Institute, National Harbor, Md.
  • "HIPAA Best Practices and Audit Readiness," Health Action Council Webinar
  • "Business Associates," GHX Webinar
  • "Computer Law," Guest Lecturer, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio
  • "Healthcare Update – Regulations, HIPAA, and Risk Avoidance," 2016 In-House Counsel Summit, Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland, Ohio
  • "Cyber Security Month – Security Panel," Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
  • "A Practical Guide to Your Incidence Response Plan," Practical Tips and Tools to Deal with Cybersecurity Challenges, Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Data Breach Webinar, University HealthSystem Consortium
  • Data Privacy and Security, The Risk Management Society, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Data Privacy and Security Seminar, Association of Corporate Counsel, Cleveland, Ohio
  • "Privacy and Security Task Force – Breach Investigations and Most Common Breaches," University HealthSystem Consortium Legal and Compliance Counsel Annual Meeting, Chicago, Ill.
  • HIPAA Webinar, Health Care Compliance Association
  • "HIPAA HITECH Compliance Seminar: What Organizations and Their Business Associates Need to Know," sponsored by Tri-C and JurInnov

Bar & Court Admissions

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


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

Malone University, B.A., 1989

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