Partner Jim Slater has been selected as Law360 Rising Star in the area of Privacy. A team of eight Law360 editors reviewed nearly 1,000 nominees to arrive at the 163 attorneys under 40 whose legal accomplishments belie their age.
Slater, 38, concentrates his practice on commercial litigation and has represented several financial institutions over a number of years. He assisted KeyBank in managing potential exposure and liability in connection with a major privacy data breach at Heartland Payment Systems, which KeyBank sponsored in the payment-card networks. He also represented KeyBank in helping forge a settlement among KeyBank, Heartland, and the credit card brands. Slater’s experience in dealing with the case from inception, his substantive knowledge of this area of law, and his practical experience dealing with class action and privacy issues were all factors in his getting the class action dismissed on motion. Slater also is involved in advising clients on data breach matters that haven’t risen to litigation, advising them on what needs to be mitigated, what notification obligations may be required, and what liability or exposure the client may face.
“I’m pleased that Jim has been selected for this much-deserved recognition,” said Ted Kobus, Co-Leader of the Privacy and Data Protection team. “His knowledge of privacy issues, combined with his commercial litigation experience involving financial institutions, is extremely valuable in defending clients involved in payment card litigation and the assessment process.”